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NATO Watch privacy policy

NATO Watch is committed to protecting the personal data of all our contacts. The policy below explains how we collect, process and store your personal data and how you can remove it from our records should you wish to do so.

Newsletter subscribers:

We publish and distribute four periodic newsletters by email:

  • Comments – on current and breaking news (approximately 6-12 times each year);
  • News Briefs – covering a range of NATO-related news items from around the world (approximately 3-6 times each month);
  • Observatory – a quarterly news digest focused on NATO policy-making and operational activities (approximately 3-4 times per year); and
  • Press releases (approximately 3-4 times per year).

These are sent to our subscribers and anyone else who would like to receive a copy. You can subscribe via a form submission from the website or by actively asking us to add you. Our newsletters sign-up form only records the email addresses of our subscribers.

We operate a double opt-in system to reduce spam or malicious submissions via the web form and any subscriber can either use the “unsubscribe” link (on every newsletter), or by simply contacting us and asking us to remove their name and email address from the subscription list. That list is held within this website’s database, hosted in Germany and backed up to a secure backup box within the same datacentre and is never taken off-site.

Please note that unsubscribing from our newsletters does not permanently delete your personal data, which will remain on our newsletter database. To permanently delete your data, you will need to contact us and specifically request this.

Website visitors:

When you visit the NATO Watch website your IP address will be logged by the web server that hosts This is solely for the purpose of provision of service and detection of crime. You can read more about this here.

When you browse the NATO Watch website, a 'cookie' may be downloaded onto your PC. Our website uses cookies to customise certain options and to gather statistical data about your visit to our site using Google Analytics, for example, the pages you browsed most. Cookies do not collect personal information stored on your computer. It is possible to disable cookies on your web browser, though some of the website's functionality may be lost. Cookies set by this website:



Typical content



Authentication session to prevent having to login multiple times in one browser session.

A unique id that ties the current session to a database settings table

One week


This helps the website understand browser Javascript functionality

An on/off flag that denotes whether or not the browser supports Javascript

On site exit


Once you agree to the use of cookies, this cookie will let the website understand that you did so.

An on/off flag that denothes whether you agreed to cookies or not.

90 days

Third-party cookies

These come from the AddtoAny service (provide "share links" for content) and Twitter - in respect of their widget, seen on the home page sidebar.


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This page was last updated: May 2018