Privacy Policy and Cookies

This Privacy Policy describes the policies and procedures of the World Federation of Neurology ("the WFN", "we", "our" or "us") on the collection, use and disclosure of your information on (the "Site") and the services, features, content or applications offered by the WFN (collectively with the Site, the "Services").

The WFN receives information about you from various sources, including:

  1. if you register for the Site and the Services, through your user account with the WFN (your "Account");
  2. your use of the Services generally; and
  3. from third-party websites and services.

When you use the Services, you are consenting to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

What information does the WFN collect?

If you submit personal information through one of the following features of our Site, it may be collected and stored by the team that administers the Services:

  • enquiries sent in through the 'contact us' form
  • survey forms
  • membership forms
  • grant application forms
  • mailing list subscription forms. (WFN additionally use MailChimp as an email service provider.  More information about their specific privacy policies can be found here)

For a copy of any information collected about you through any of the above methods, please email with the URL of the form.

Following a link to another website

When you go to another website, read the privacy policy on that website if you want to know what it does with your information. WFN does not pass on any of your personal information to other websites and will never sell this information to any third party.

Is information about me secure?

Your access to the WFN website is encrypted through HTTPS or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS). This means that all data and communications between your browser and the website are encrypted and even if somebody managed to break into the connection, they would not be able to decrypt any of the data which passes between you and the website.

If you have created a user account on the website, your Account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to prevent unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.

WFN endeavours to protect Account information to ensure that it is kept private; however, WFN cannot guarantee the security of any Account information resulting from unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors that may compromise the security of user information.


A cookie is a small text file that is stored in your web browser. They are used to:

  1. enable certain functions on a website such as login or security;
  2. provide analytics;
  3. store your preferences; and
  4. enable targeted content.

Cookies are used by your browser and by most websites to help personalise or improve your web experience. If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by WFN websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. Please be aware that restricting cookies may affect some of the functionality of the WFN website although the majority of the site will still be accessible to you.

Cookies are not computer programs, and they cannot be executed as code. They cannot be used to disseminate viruses or access the hard drives - a cookie cannot read other information saved on the device’s hard drive, or get a user's e-mail address etc. They only contain and transfer to the web server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.

Cookies can either be session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie expires automatically when you close your browser. A persistent cookie will remain until it expires or you delete your cookies. Expiration dates are set in the cookies themselves; some may expire after a few minutes while others may expire after multiple years. Cookies placed by the website you’re visiting are sometimes called “first-party cookies,” while cookies placed by other companies are sometimes called “third-party cookies.”

The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. Additionally, you can disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on's settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.

You can find more information about deleting and controlling cookies from the website.

The WFN will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, in order to provide Services to you within the WFN intranet or extranet, it is necessary to gather information that will enable the Site to personalize, improve and to operate such Services. In connection with certain aspects of the Services, we may request, collect and/or display some of your Personal Information.

Google Analytics

The WFN uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.

Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the Site and compile reports for us on activity on the Site to help us understand how visitors engage with the Site and track visitor interactions. Google Analytics collects information anonymously and without identifying individual visitors.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By accessing the Site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Analytics uses its own cookie to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. To disable this type of cookie, some browsers will indicate when a cookie is being sent and allow you to decline cookies on a case-by-case basis. In addition to declining cookies, you can also install the Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on in your browser, which prevents Google Analytics from collecting information about your website visits.

  • Learn more about the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on and other Google Analytics privacy information.
  • Learn more about how Google Analytics uses cookies.

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

WFN sharing tools

WFN use a number of social media tools in the form of ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded or social media buttons and content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. These websites are not controlled by WFN. By using these links you accept the privacy policies of these websites.

These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. Data may then be collected by these companies that enables them to serve up adverts on other sites that they think are relevant to your interests. If you do not use such platforms then our site will not place these cookies on your device.

Vimeo cookies

WFN videos are stored on the server and integrated within the Site. Vimeo may place a number of cookies in your browser. Some of the cookies will only be used if you use certain features or select certain preferences, and some cookies will always be used. You can find out more about Vimeo cookies by viewing their current cookie list.

YouTube cookies

We sometimes embed video content from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

Bitly and

The WFN will often post links to the WFN and external websites through its Facebook and Twitter profiles. These posts will sometimes use the Bitly or utility to create shortened uniform resource locators ("URLs" or web addresses).

Bitly and collect information about accesses (such as clicks) of every shortened URL created through the Services. This information includes, but is not limited to: (i) the IP address and physical location of the devices accessing the shortened URL; (ii) the referring websites or services; (iii) the time and date of each access; and (iv) information about sharing of the shortened URL on Third Party Services such as Twitter and Facebook. These metrics and analytics are used by Bitly, and its partners to improve their websites and services by, for example, providing value-added features.

What happens when there are changes to this Privacy Policy?

If this privacy policy changes WFN will update this page. You should visit this page regularly so you know:

  • what personal information WFN collects
  • how WFN uses your personal information
  • when (if ever) WFN shares your personal information with someone else.

What if I have questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Services, please send us a detailed message to We will make every effort to answer your concerns.