We are writing to let you know that we are reviewing our privacy policy in response to the EU's General Data Protection Regulations ("GDPR").

While the GDPR is a European law, we are taking this opportunity to clarify our privacy policy to everyone within the STO Community, no matter where you are located.

As a member of the STO Community, we need to hold a certain level of professional information about you in order for us to keep in contact with you and assist your National Coordinator to appoint you to certain activities. The information we hold is split into two distinct categories, NEITHER OF WHICH ARE SHARED ANYWHERE OUTSIDE OF THE STO COMMUNITY. 

The two categories are as follows:

CATEGORY 1: Professional information that is shared within the STO Community through the Science Connect portal:
• Title, Name, Nationality, Professional Email, Professional Phone & Fax, Work Address, Employer, Job Title, Organisation Type. 

(Category 1 information is to enable us to ensure that access to certain information is made available only to particular nations, and for communication purposes within the STO Community.)

CATEGORY 2: Personal Information that is visible only to the CSO and your National Coordinator:
• Date of Birth, Birth Place, Birth Country, Security Clearance

(Category 2 information is primarily to assist the National Coordinator in appointing you to certain activities.)

The information we hold on you is fully protected on our internal systems in accordance with NATO Security policies. Both the policies and the protection of your information is regularly updated and tested where we have a dedicated team of professionals working exclusively to ensure that your information is secure at all times.

• We're being more specific on how we use the information we collect, and how long we keep the data
• We're being more specific about your data preferences and your data rights
• These changes will not affect the way you use the STO Website or Science Connect

YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE ANY ACTION, however, if you wish to check and amend the information we hold on you that is shared across the STO Community, you can do so by editing your profile here in Science Connect. Just click on your Icon top right of screen then select My Page.

And as always, if you have questions about these changes or have any concerns, please email us at