World Athletics Privacy Policy


1.        Introduction

Your personal information is being processed by the World Athletics. The World Athletics respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal information.  This Privacy Policy relates to our use of any personal information you provide to us whether through the World Athletics website or through attending our events (for example by purchasing a ticket or merchandise, participating in mass participation race, or taking part in one of our competitions). 

This Privacy Policy explains the following:

  • the type of information we collect;
  • how the information is used;
  • where the information is stored;
  • when we may contact you;
  • whether we will disclose your details to anyone else; and
  • the use of cookies.

World Athletics websites contain hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. These third party websites have their own privacy notices, please review them. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third party websites. Your use of such websites is at your own risk.


2.      What type of personal information is collected?

When you use World Athletics' website, such as a sign up to a newsletter, purchase a ticket, sign-up for mass participation or enter a competition, we will ask for personal information for that activity. For ticket or merchandise purchases or sign-up to mass participation events at our World Athletics' competitions these are arrange, organised by or on behalf of the local organisers for the World Athletics competition and they will share personal information with us.  In the table below we set out what personal information we process, the activity on our website it covers, the legal basis upon which we process it and retention period for that data.

Type of Personal Information
Business Purpose Legal Basis upon which it is used Retention Period
Name; Email Address Contacted World Athletics to make a comment, raise a question or query about its organisation or activities Consent For as long as necessary for the purpose of corresponding with you about your comment, question or query – we will then delete your personal information
Name; Email Address Registered to receive the World Athletics Newsletter Consent Until such time as you unsubscribe/request to be removed from the Newsletter mailing list
Name; Email Address; Country Registered to receive news, offers, competitions and events from World Athletics and the event organisers of the World Athletics Series event you have requested to be informed about. Consent Until such time as you unsubscribe/request to be removed from the mailing list
Name; Email Address; Gender; Country Registered a World Athleticd Account and to receive the World Athletics email communications such as information, special offers relating to athletics and athletics events and topics you have said you are interested in. We may monitor information about your visit such as pages viewed, page interaction information and time on page in order to further tailor the website experience to you.  Consent Until such time as you unsubscribe from communications or close your account
Name; Email Address; Media Outlet; Press Number Registered to receive World Athletics Press Releases Consent Until such time as you unsubscribe/request to be removed from the Press Releases mailing list
Name, Email, Country, Age Opted in to receiving any direct marketing (i.e. news, offers, competitions and events from World Athletics, World Athletics' trusted commercial partners and/or event organisers) Consent Until such time as you unsubscribe/request to be removed from the mailing list (note you will also need to notify the partners who do contact you)
Name, Email, Country, Age, Address, World Athletics Series Event attended, payment information,   Shared by organisers of World Athletics Series Events for business analysis purposes of purchasers and/or recipients of tickets and/or merchandise and/or mass participants and/or fan engagement activities   Legitimate Interests   Until [1 year] after the event attended 
Name, Email If you enter a competition Consent Until the winner of the competition is formally announced
Name, Email Delivery of the Events and Schedules and promotional information into your personal calendar (e.g. Google, Outlook) by the eCal service. Consent A minimum of 12 months or until you withdraw your consent.


If you register or sign up to receive information in response to competitions then we may have additional information to this privacy policy about the personal information collected. This will be available from the privacy policies page of the website.


3.       How will the information be used?

To send you the information or create an account that you have registered or signed up for. If you have opted into receiving information about upcoming events, offers and news from us or our Official Partners then you will receive information either from us or our Official Partners. See We also use your personal information for the following non-marketing purposes:

  • we may contact you for service related reasons;
  • to track traffic flows and to make our website easier for you to use (see our Cookies Policy);
  • planning and managing our business activities by understanding aggregated analysis on behaviour and habits (see our Cookies Policy).

It is easy to unsubscribe from any email messages you no longer want by contacting us (see below).


4.      Where will the information be stored?

Information that we collect from you may be transferred and stored outside of Monaco for the purposes of providing the services under the website to you. Our website is hosting on servers located within Europe and where you provide your personal information we have set out below where servers located that host this information. By submitting your personal information, you consent to this transfer, storing or processing.

We will always take all reasonable precautions to make sure that your data remains secure, handled in accordance with this Privacy Policy and has the same legal protection as it would have if it remained in Monaco.

Please note that the transmission of data via the internet is not completely secure and therefore we cannot guarantee the security of data sent to us electronically.  Any transmission of such data is therefore entirely at your own risk.  Where we have given you (or you have chosen) a password so that you can access certain parts of the site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential.


5.      Will World Athletics share my information with anyone else?

World Athletics may disclose your personal data where it believes it is compelled to do so by law; in particular for the prevention or detection of crime, the capture or prosecution of offenders; and the assessment or collection of tax or duty.

Other than our service providers who help us run our website (but unless we need your consent also) we will only share your contact information with third parties, subject to the law, to contact you directly where we have your permission.

Email Communications

Our service provider for sending email communications is MailChimp ( The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308 USA. The servers processing the personal data are located in the USA. By agreeing to receive email communications you consent to the processing of your personal details (email address, name and gender if provided)

World Athletics Series Event Organisers

If you register or sign up to receive information on our event specific web pages then an event specific privacy policy will be available from the privacy policies page of the website. World Athletics may share or provide access to the marketing database to World Athletics Series Event Organisers for purposed of promotion of the event, ticket or merchandise sales and if applicable, entry into any mass participation activities and fan engagement activities held during the event.

Event Calendar Scheduling

Our service provider for the providing calendar marketing software services is ECAL Marketing Ltd (hereinafter referred to as ECAL) of 10 John Street, London WC1N 2EB UNITED KINGDOM. ( .  ECal uses Amazon Web Services and Snowflake services on hosting located in the USA to process personal data. By agreeing to use the eCal service you consent to the processing of your personal details (email address, name). ECal's privacy and cookie policy is available here

Approved Sub-processors

The parties agree that ECAL may engage and appoint the following Sub-processors to provide the Services:

Name of Sub-processor

Sub-processors’s details (company number, address)

Location of Sub-processor

Services to be provided by the Sub-processor

End User Data to be processed by the Sub-processor

Amazon Web Services Inc.


410 Terry Avenue North, Seattle WA 98109-5210 USA

Location: US East 1 (North Virginia)

Hosting services

Email, name, location, preference, activity.


Suite 3A, 106 East Babcock Street, Bozeman, USA

Location: US East 1 (North Virginia)

Data lake and data warehouses


Email, name, location, preference, activity.


Can I find out what personal information World Athletics holds on me?

Yes.  You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that World Athletics holds about you. There will be an administration fee associated with this request and we will require two pieces of identification to prove your identity.

If you believe that any information we are holding for you is incorrect or incomplete, please e-mail us as soon as possible to the addresses below. 


6.     EU Data Protection Rights

If you are from the European Union then it may be that the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016 applies to how the World Athletics handles your personal information. The World Athletics has several obligations in relation to how it handles your personal data. The World Athletics is committed to the key principles of transparency, consent (where applicable), security and data minimisation. Alongside relying on the World Athletics meeting it obligations, you have several rights that you are entitled to exercise under these regulations. These are:

The right to object

One key right is the right to stop processing (right to object): This allows you to do three things:

  • You object to the disclosure of your information to the third parties listed above, but we must inform you that it will be difficult to process your application/registration for the purposes of providing the services on which you engage with the website and be provided with information without that information being disclosed.
  • You have the right to object to World Athletics processing information about you where we process based on 'legitimate interest'. 
  • You have the right to ask World Athletics not to process personal data for purposes of sending you direct marketing.

The other rights are:

  • Right of access: In accordance with the provisions of the data protection laws, you have certain rights to request a copy of your own personal information held by the World Athletics. You can request to receive a copy of your personal information in a readily understandable format within a reasonable timeframe (one month from the date of the request).
  • Right to rectification: You have the right to ask to rectify inaccurate or incomplete personal information which it has about you after you have been registered for accreditation. Where World Athletics positively knows that the personal information that it is processing is inaccurate or incomplete, World Athletics shall, as appropriate, rectify, amend, complete or update the relevant personal information as soon as possible. Where appropriate, if the personal information in question has been disclosed to a third party that is known or believed to continue to process the personal information, the third party shall be informed of the change as soon as possible.
  • Right to erasure: you have the right to ask to erase your personal information in some circumstances, including where the information held by World Athletics is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it is processed, you withdraw your consent to its use, or we can no longer lawfully process the data. However, if you do exercise this right during the accreditation process then it will make providing the basis for you to participate in events difficult.
  • Right to restriction of processing: you can restrict our processing of your data in some circumstances. This applies where, for example, if you contest the accuracy of the personal data we use or object to us using the information based on a 'legitimate interest' (see part 1, above (the right to object)). Please note that where you ask us to restrict processing, we can still store it subject to the retention period, and use it to establish or defend legal claims, which may run beyond the retention period stated.
  • Right to data portability: This permits you to receive from World Athletics a copy of your personal information in an electronic file or format that commonly be used on different devices and machines, and to transfer your personal data from World Athletics to another data controller or have the data transmitted directly between two data controllers.
  • Right to object to automatic processing: you have the right not to be subject to decisions based solely on automated processing which significantly affect them (at time of writing, World Athletics does not process your personal data on its systems for the purposes of making decisions based on automatic processing).


7.      Changes to World Athletics Privacy Policy?

This Privacy Policy may be updated at any time with or without notice, including in order to comply with new practices or regulations.  This policy was last updated in January 2024. You may wish to visit this page every time you submit personal information to one of the World Athletics’s websites.


8.      Cookies and your Privacy

In order to enable us to provide you with a personalised browsing experience, this website uses 'cookie' information collection technology. "Cookies" are small pieces of information that are issued to your computer when you enter a website. Cookies are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive, and they can be used for a wide range of purposes, such as identifying your computer's previous visits to a website, and to ascertain the most popular features of a website. Please see our Cookies Policy for more information about the cookies we use.


9. Contacting the World Athletics About this Privacy Policy

If you have any further questions or comments concerning the privacy of your information, please contact:

In respect of the registrations to the World Athletics Newsletter or to World Athletics Press Releases, please go to to unsubscribe/opt-out of receiving future communications from us.

In respect of the registration for an account to be able to purchase tickets to World Athletics events, you can change your preferences by logging in into your account and go to ‘My Account’. Here you can unsubscribe, opt-out or refuse receiving future communications from us, change your personal details, correct or complete information we hold about you. Alternatively, you can email - please also use this email if you wish to close or erase your account or add restrictions to it

You can also write to the Department of Legal & Business Affairs, Data Protection, World Athletics 6/8 Quai Antoine 1er, 9800 Monaco or email: should you wish to make a request to access information about you or you wish to correct or complete information we hold about you.

10. CCIN

The World Athletics have declared the processing of personal data submitted by you to this Website to the Commission de Contrôl des Information Nominatives, Monaco: who you may wish to contact should you have any questions or queries that you would like to raise with them.  

  • whether we will disclose your details to anyone else; and
  • the use of cookies.

World Athletics websites contain hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. These third party websites have their own privacy notices and we encourage you to review them. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk.