Megatrends Watch Institute


Privacy Policy

The Megatrends Watch Institute ("MWI") takes online privacy very seriously, and is committed to the protection of your personal information. Accordingly, MWI adheres to the privacy principles, and accompanying commentary, set out below (the "Privacy Principles"). The Privacy Principles are based on the principles on the OECD's Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data.

Principle 1 - Accountability

MWI is responsible for all Personal Information under its control. We are responsible for Personal information in our possession or custody, including information that has been transferred to a third party for processing. We will use contractual or other means to provide a comparable level of protection when the information is being processed by a third party or where it is provided to third parties to enable us to provide services to you.

Principle 2 - Identifying Purposes

We will identify and document the purposes for which we collect, use or disclose Personal Information at or before the time of collection. The purposes will be limited to those which are related to our operations and which a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances. We will make a reasonable effort to specify the identified purposes, orally or in writing, to the individual from whom the Personal Information is collected either at the time of collection or after collection but before use. We will state the identified purposes in such a manner that an individual can understand how the information will be used or disclosed.

Principle 3 - Consent

Personal Information will only be collected, used or disclosed with the knowledge and consent of the individual except where inappropriate. The way in which we seek consent, including whether it is express or implied, may vary depending upon the sensitivity of the information and the reasonable expectations of the individual. An individual can withdraw consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice, by providing written instructions to us. In certain circumstances, as permitted or required by law, we may collect, use or disclose Personal Information without the knowledge or consent of the individual.

Principle 4 - Limiting Collection

We will limit the amount and type of Personal Information collected and retained to that which is necessary for our identified purposes and we will only collect Personal Information by fair and lawful means.

Principle 5 - Limiting Use, Disclosure, and Retention

Personal Information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal Information will be retained only as long as necessary to fulfill the identified purposes. We will not sell, rent or transfer any list of contacts without the consent of all persons identified on the list, except as required by law.

Principle 6 - Accuracy

We will use our best efforts to ensure that Personal Information is as accurate, complete and up to date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. We will use our best efforts to ensure that the Personal Information that is used on an ongoing basis, including information that is disclosed to third parties and information that is used to make a decision about an individual, is accurate, complete and up to date.

Principle 7 - Safeguards

We will protect Personal Information with safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. Our safeguards will protect Personal Information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification, regardless of the format in which the information is held.

Principle 8 - Openness

We will make specific information about our policies readily available, except to the extent this is confidential commercial information.

Principle 9 - Individual Access

Upon written request, we will inform an individual of the existence, use and disclosure of his or her Personal Information and we will give the individual access to that Personal Information. An individual can challenge the accuracy and completeness of his or her Personal Information and have it amended as appropriate. We will respond to an individual’s written request within a reasonable time (generally within 30 days).

Principle 10 - Enforcement

MWI regularly reviews its compliance with this Privacy Policy. Please direct any questions regarding this Policy to