Privacy Policy

This statement discloses the privacy practices for the World Designer Society. 

World Designer Society takes your privacy seriously. We process personal data in different contexts and we do so by fully respecting your privacy and your other rights and freedoms, as part of our unwavering commitment to ethical and responsible practices.

This Privacy Policy describes how we treat the information we collect. Please read this notice carefully.

Privacy Policy

The World Designer Society complies with all applicable privacy and data protection regulations worldwide.

Questions or concerns regarding this statement should be directed to wdshq@worlddesignersociety.com.

World Designer Society and Your Privacy

We recognize personal data as any information related to an identified or identifiable individual. Depending on the context of your interactions with the World Designer Society, we collect and use different types of personal data.

Types of personal data we collect from:

Members: include contact information, education details and history, employment, role, and payment account information (only the last four digits of credit cards are stored in our system).

Prospect clients: include name and contact information.

Customers of World Designer Society(including registrations for events, programs, competitions, etc.): We access personal data which may include sensitive information, only when it is necessary, to provide the service.

Vendors and suppliers: include name, tax and financial information, contact information for key personnel, language, communications and segmentation.

Website and social media users: In addition to the information visitors volunteer, we automatically collect the domain name, Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, operating system and platform, average time spent on our website, pages viewed, information searched for, access times and other relevant statistics. Our website also uses cookies.

World Designer Society receives and uses various types of personal data in order to conduct our day to day business activities. We apply the data minimization principle in the collection and use of personal data ensuring that we only collect information that is necessary and by fair means, and providing notice and requiring consent when necessary.

Some of this data is collected directly from you in the following situations when:

– You apply for membership or a competition.

– You register for an event, program, webinar, etc.

– When you browse, or use our website, e-commerce services, or social media pages.

World Designer Society applies the storage limitation principle in order to retain personal data in our records only for the length of time required to fulfill the purpose for which the data was collected. We do not keep personal data for longer than is necessary, and what is necessary depends on specific circumstances such as regulations requiring to retain information for a certain period of time and limitation periods of legal claims.

The retention period depends on the context in which we process data:

– 7 years for data we gather on past members

– Indefinitely for current members and non-members who have registered for an event, program, competition, etc.

– At times, World Designer Society engages third party service providers and other vendors to help us accomplish our business objectives. There are other circumstances where we are required by law to disclose personal data to third parties such as public bodies or judicial authorities.

We engage with third party contractors, service providers, and other vendors. If the engagement involves the transmission of personal data, World Designer Society requires the service provider to treat that data consistent with this Policy.

In certain circumstances, World Designer Society may be required to disclose personal information when required by law, when required to protect our legal rights, or in an emergency situation where the health or security of an individual is endangered.

We may also disclose personal data in the context of any sale or transaction involving all or a portion of the business.

World Designer Society is committed to the security, confidentiality, and integrity principle. We take commercially reasonable precautions to keep all information obtained secure against unauthorized access and use and we periodically review our security measures. We are committed to processing your data in a secure manner and have put in place specific technical and organizational measures to prevent the personal data we hold from being accidentally or deliberately compromised.

We also conduct information risk assessments, we ensure that our staff understands the importance of protecting personal data, and we are responsible for managing access rights within the company. We include both physical security and IT security in our overall data security approach. We are diligent in selecting vendors that process personal data on our behalf so that they also ensure appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect the data.

World Designer Society makes reasonable efforts to notify individuals and regulatory authorities, as required by law, if we reasonably believe that personal information has been stolen, disclosed, altered or infringed by an unauthorized person. We create and maintain a breach notification and reporting protocol.