Update: Personal Data Protection at ECMWF

ECMWF takes great care to protect personally identifiable information of all data subjects with whom ECMWF interacts.

Throughout 2018, ECMWF will be implementing all elements of a revised personal data protection policy that aims to ensure an adequate level of protection relative to the European Union’s standards reflected in Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While these standards do not directly apply to ECMWF, an inter-governmental organization, ECMWF has chosen to provide, as controller or processor, similar and appropriate safeguards.

ECMWF has also laid the foundation for the role of a data protection officer, the PII Protection Officer. The interim PII Protection Officer can already be reached at pii‐protection‐

Please check this website for further updates.

Privacy statement

By accessing the ECMWF web site, certain information about users, such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, navigation through the site, software used and time spent, as well as other similar information, will be stored on ECMWF servers. We also use Google Analytics. The information will not specifically identify users and any information stored will be used internally for web site traffic analysis only. If users provide unique identifying information, such as name, address and other information on forms stored on this site, or use an ECMWF user-id, this information will be used for statistical purposes only and will not be published or made available to a third party.

ECMWF does not sell or rent its web site users' names, addresses, email addresses or other personal information.

If you are registered in an ECMWF database and would like your name to be removed, please contact our Service Desk

Use of IP address

The IP address is a number that is automatically given to your computer and is used when you are browsing web sites on the Internet. Web servers that host web pages automatically identify your computer through its IP number. It is possible to derive users' locations from their IP addresses. ECMWF uses IP addresses and the derived location of users, in order to carry out statistical analysis of the use of its web site.

Use of cookies

Cookies are the information that a web site transfers to users’ hard drives for record-keeping purposes; passwords are not saved in cookies. Cookies help ECMWF to ensure that its web site responds to users' needs, allowing us to provide easier access to protected pages, and personalisation and data persistence features.