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This FORTUNE Privacy Policy is delivered on behalf of Fortune Media IP Limited and our affiliates and governs the personal data collected in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), Switzerland and the United Kingdom (“U.K.”) on any website or mobile application on which a link to this Privacy Policy appears and any data we collect in connection with delivering the services to you, which may include providing you with online subscriptions and other product offerings whether online or offline (collectively, the “Services”). Your privacy is important to us. We provide this Privacy Policy to explain our practices for collecting, sharing and using the information you provide to us via our website or mobile applications and by using the Services, and to tell you about the choices you may be able to make regarding the ways in which your information is collected, used and shared.

This Privacy Policy also informs you about data we obtain about you from third parties.

Fortune Media IP Limited is a Hong Kong limited liability company. We are the controller of your personal data, i.e., we decide on the means and purpose of the processing of your personal data, and can be reached as set out in the “How to Contact Us” section below. Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable living individual.

Information We Collect

We collect information about you in various ways and from various sources. For example, you may provide personal data directly to us, we may receive personal data about you from someone else, we may collect certain information about you automatically through your use of the Services, or we may obtain information about you from third parties who are acting on our behalf or with whom we cooperate.

Information You Provide To Us

When you use the Services, you may, among other activities, order publications and products; subscribe to FORTUNE Newsletters; apply to attend or register for a FORTUNE conference; register to create an online account; subscribe for access to digital and other content; or post comments and other user-generated content. The information that you provide to us and that we collect or receive depends on your relationship with us and your interaction with the Services but may include personal data such as your name, email address, year of birth, address, job title, telephone number or fax number. In addition, you may be asked to provide us or one of our third party providers with payment information, such as your credit card or debit card number, where needed, such as when completing a purchase.

We may also collect information about your personal or professional interests, your organization or industry and your use of, or opinions about, various products, programs and services. For instance, we may ask you to identify your job or industry to qualify you for free business magazines.

Additional information regarding data collection and use related to FORTUNE conferences appears in the “Information We Collect From Fortune Live Media Account Holders” and “Conference Applications” sections below.

Information Other People Provide About You

Through some features of the Services, certain promotions and on various portions of the websites and applications on which a link to this Privacy Policy appears, other people may be able to submit information about you to us. For example, someone might submit your name, mailing and/or email address to send you a gift. The types of personal data that people may submit about you at these pages may include your name, address, email address and telephone number. We may use your personal data for the purposes described in the “How We Use the Information” section below. We will notify you of this Privacy Policy when we first contact you. Our lawful basis for processing the personal data submitted to us by another person is performance of the contract with us or steps prior to entering into a contract with us or, as the case may be, our legitimate business interest.

Information We Collect Automatically

We, our partners, advertisers, advertising networks or other third party service providers, as explained further in the “Cookies and Other Online Tracking Technologies” section below, may also automatically collect certain personal data when you visit our web pages, open our emails, use our applications, or otherwise use the Services. Such automatically collected information may include:

  • The type of browser and operating system you are using.
  • Your IP address or mobile device identifier.
  • The domain name of your internet service provider.
  • The date and time of a visit, information about the content you view and the features you access, the number of links you click within the website or applications as well as your activity and behavior on our websites or applications.
  • Location-based information regarding the state or country from which you accessed our Services.
  • Information regarding the advertisements you have interacted with, viewed, or accessed, such as the number of times you view an advertisement.

This data may be combined and linked with data relating to you from other sources in order to improve our Services and for advertising purposes. Our lawful basis is our legitimate business interest to constantly improve our Services to provide you with information relating to our offerings which might be of interest to you.

Information We Obtain from Other Sources

We may engage service providers to collect information about you on our behalf. For example, as described in the “Fortune Datastore” section below, we may engage third party service providers to collect publicly available information about certain individuals who work at companies that are included on various lists, such as the FORTUNE 500 list. We may also engage entities who assist us in identifying individuals whom we may invite to FORTUNE conferences. Depending on the length of time for which you have been a subscriber, we may have received information about you and your subscription history from entities with which the publication was previously affiliated. If you use certain third-party payment providers to purchase a subscription, we may receive information associated with your account (e.g., billing address) from that provider.

We also receive information from you when you interact with our pages, groups, accounts or posts on social media and other third party platforms. This includes aggregate data on our followers, data regarding how you engage with our content (such as likes, comments, and shares) and publicly available profile information.

Our lawful basis is our legitimate business interest to constantly improve our Services and to provide you with information relating to our offerings which might be of interest to you, perform a contract with you or take steps prior to entering into a contract with you.

How We Use the Information

We may use the information collected pursuant to this Privacy Policy in the following ways:

  • To fulfill requests for our publications, products or services, including to send you FORTUNE newsletters, facilitate and complete your payments and transactions, and to respond to inquiries about offerings.
  • To provide you with the Services.
  • To market to you and offer other products, programs or services that may be of interest.
  • To communicate with you, such as to notify you of new products and services, provide you updates and offers related to your account or subscription, when we make changes to subscriber agreements, to fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter, or to contact you or respond to you inquiries.
  • With respect to information collected in connection with our online forums and communities, to provide an interactive experience and facilitate participation in these online forums and communities and, from time to time, to offer you products, programs, or services.
  • To improve the design and content of our publications and Services, which includes using analytics to develop new products and services.
  • To conduct research and analytics.
  • To enable us to customize your user experience and analyze site usage, including by tracking the online articles and digital content you have accessed and read.
  • To offer you enhanced products, programs, or services.
  • To permit third-parties to market and advertise to you.
  • To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and Fortune Media IP Limited, including for billing and collection, and as we believe is necessary or appropriate to protect, enforce or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety or property of the Services, its employees or agents, or other users or to comply with applicable law.
  • For other uses that advance our commercial or economic interests.
  • In any other way as we may describe when you provide the information or otherwise at your direction or with your consent.
  • As permitted by law, including for auditing, fraud and security monitoring.

Our lawful basis for processing your personal data is your consent or, as the case may be, performance of your contract with us, steps prior of you entering into a contract with us or our legitimate business interest or the legitimate interest of our affiliates or other third party in the activity described above.

If You Do Not Provide the Information Requested From You

Some of the personal data requested from you is required in order for you to use our Services. If you do not wish to provide such personal data, you are not obligated to, but as a result we may not be able to provide the particular Service to you. However, some of the personal data requested from you is optional. This means that you can elect not to provide it to us and you will still be able to use the Service. If not all the personal data requested on a form is required, the required personal data may be identified to you such as by displaying an asterisk (*) next to the field where the required personal data is requested.

How We Share the Information

We may share the information we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal data, as follows:

  • We may share your information with our service providers, business partners and vendors on which we rely to, for example, assist us in providing the Services to you. These third parties use your information as is necessary or appropriate for the performance of the services they provide to us, or as otherwise contractually permitted. For example, we may share information about FORTUNE conference attendees with our event sponsors.
  • We may share your information, including information that is combined with outside records, with third parties who provide services to us, such as direct marketing services, in order to enhance our ability to market to you those products or services that may be of interest to you.
  • If you choose to submit content (e.g., a “letter to our editors”, an online review, or a public comment), we may publish your name, screen name and other information you have provided to us. You hereby consent to this. Please see our Terms of Use for more information.
  • We may disclose information that we receive from you and from third party sources to third parties that want to market products or services to you and whose practices are not covered by this Privacy Policy (e.g., other marketers, magazine publishers, retailers, participatory databases, and non-profit organizations). For example, if you are a print subscriber, we may share information about your subscription, such as your physical mailing address, with companies that want to market to you via mail.
  • When you request a magazine, service, or other product, we will share your information to the extent necessary to fulfill your request. We may contact you with special offers of possible interest.
  • Pursuant to applicable law, we may also have to share your personal data with regulators, public institutions, courts or other third parties.
  • We may transfer your information to other offices of Fortune Media IP Limited and our affiliates for internal management and administrative purposes on our behalf. Your personal data will be transferred to other Fortune Media IP Limited and our affiliate’s offices where necessary for the performance or conclusion of our contractual obligations to you or for your benefit. To the extent not prohibited under applicable law, transfers and disclosures of your information may also be made where necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims, to protect the rights and property of Fortune Media IP Limited and its affiliates and their respective agents, customers, and others, including to enforce our agreements, policies, and terms of use; or to protect the personal safety of any person.

In addition, please note that if Fortune Media IP Limited or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or lines of business is merged, acquired, divested, financed, sold, disposed of or dissolved, including through merger, consolidation, sale or divestiture of assets, the relevant customer database, including personal data we may possess about you, may, in whole or in part, be sold, disposed of, transferred, divested, or otherwise disclosed as part of that transaction or proceeding.

The personal data you provide to us is processed in the EEA, the United States and other countries outside of the EEA, Switzerland and the UK. If we transfer your data from the EEA, Switzerland or the UK to the United States or to any other country which is not subject to an adequacy decision of the Commission of the European Union regarding an adequate level of protection of personal data, we will always ensure that there is a legal basis and, if required, a relevant safeguard method for such data transfer so that your personal data is treated in a manner that is consistent with, and respects EEA laws and other applicable laws and regulations on data protection. We have put in place EU standard contractual clauses as our safeguard method for data transfers from the EEA, Switzerland and the U.K. to our group of companies and our service providers outside of the EEA, Switzerland and the U.K., unless the respective service provider signed up to the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield program or, as the case may be, to the Switzerland/U.S. Privacy Shield program. If you require further information on our data transfers or a copy of standard contractual clauses we put in place you can request this from us. Please reach us as set out in the “How to Contact Us” section below.

FORTUNE Datastore

We or Fortune Media (USA) Corporation may publish or offer for purchase data regarding companies or organizations that are selected to the FORTUNE 500, FORTUNE 1000, Global 500 and 100 Best Companies to Work For lists and other similar lists or rankings. If your company or organization is selected to be ranked on one of these lists, we may collect your name, business address, business contact details, additional information about your position in your company and information about your professional background and publish this together with the list or other publication. Such data is obtained solely from publicly available sources. Your data will be processed exclusively for the purpose of the FORTUNE 500 list or our other publications and you will be provided with information about the data collected and processed. The lawful basis for collecting and processing your data is our legitimate business interest and the legitimate interest of third parties.

Information We Collect From Fortune Live Media Account Holders

When you register for the first time for one of our conferences we ask you to open a Fortune Live Media Account and to provide certain information, including your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, the company you work for, and credit card or other payment information so that we can process and approve your registration and better assist you when you contact us in the future (e.g., regarding other conferences you wish to attend). We may also use your personal data to inform you about our services, upcoming conferences and marketing events. Our lawful basis for processing your personal data is the performance of your contract with us and our legitimate business interest in promoting our conferences, services and marketing events.

Conference Applications

When you register for one of our conferences, we upload the data you provide to us during the Fortune Live Media Account registration process, and other information that you may provide to us in connection with your attendance at one of our conferences, into our mobile application for that conference. When you download and log in to use the app, you must provide your name and create a password and you may voluntarily provide certain additional data to us and other authorized users of the app, including your photo and bio. You may also choose to import data into the app from a social media profile, such as from your LinkedIn profile. The app enables you to network and interact with other conference attendees by, for example, sharing your agenda and profile with those attendees and enabling in-app messaging. The default privacy setting in the app makes your profile, agenda and other information visible to other authorized users of the app, including other attendees. You may adjust your privacy settings in the app to the extent you wish to make your profile “Invisible” or “Public.”   You may also visit the “Notifications” center in the app to adjust when you receive push notifications. We assign a unique user ID to your app on your device so that we can identify you when you use the app and collect user metrics such as how you use the app. We use the information we collect to operate and constantly improve our apps, to provide our services to you and other users and for promotional purposes. Our lawful basis for processing your data is our legitimate business interest.

Collection of Information by Third Parties

We sometimes may offer conferences, contests, sweepstakes, promotions, editorial features, or other activities or offerings that are sponsored, co-branded or co-sponsored by or presented with identified third parties. If you, or your company or organization, choose to participate in such activities or offerings, your IP address and the personal data that you voluntarily submit or that other people submit about you may be provided to us and our affiliates and such third parties. Such third parties will act as controllers of your personal data and we have no control over such third parties' use of your personal data.

Our websites and mobile applications on which a link to this Privacy Policy appears, and some of the Services, contain links to third party sites and services whose privacy practices may be different than ours. We also allow you to connect with other third party sites and services. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of third party sites and services and you should consult the other third party sites' and services' privacy notices in order to better understand their privacy practices.

Privacy Options

Email Marketing. We and our affiliates will only send you marketing emails in compliance with applicable law. If you prefer not to receive email marketing from us or our affiliates, you may opt out of receiving commercial email messages from us by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link that is contained in those email messages.

Telephone Marketing. We and our affiliates will only contact you by telephone in compliance with applicable law. Please email us at if you do not wish to receive telephone calls from us. 

Targeted Advertising.  Please see our AdChoices page and “Choices Related to Online Tracking and Advertising” below for information about how to disable cookies and other choices that may be available to you regarding targeted advertising.

Your Rights

You have rights as an individual which you can exercise in relation to your personal data that we hold. These rights are to:

  • request access to your personal data and request information in relation to its processing;
  • request rectification of your personal data;
  • request the erasure of your personal data;
  • request the restriction of processing of your personal data
  • object to the processing of your personal data.

You also have the right to receive your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to have us transmit those personal data to another controller, if you have provided these personal data to us, if the processing is based on consent or on a contract you have entered into with us or if the processing is carried out by us by automated means, subject, however, to legal restrictions which may apply.

In case you have provided your consent to the collection, processing or transfer of your personal data, you have the right to fully or partly withdraw your consent. To withdraw your consent, please contact us as set out under “How to Contact Us” below. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose(s) to which you originally consented unless there are compelling legitimate grounds for further processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims. In case we processed your personal data for promotional or direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time, in which case we will no longer process your personal data for such marketing purposes.

If you want to exercise one of these rights please submit a request at the “EU Data Subject Requests” or email us at Please note that all your rights are subject to legal restrictions which may apply. We may also ask you to verify your identity before we are able to respond to your request.

You also have the right to make a complaint at any time to a supervisory authority in any EEA member state or other competent body.

You will in general not have to pay a fee to exercise any of your individual rights mentioned in this Privacy Policy. However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request to exercise your individual rights is manifestly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

Retention of Personal Data

We will retain your personal data as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected. Thereafter, we will either delete your personal data or anonymize it so that it cannot be attributed to your identity and therefore is no longer considered as personal data. Please note that we may continue to retain personal data for purposes of our legitimate interests, including as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, prevent fraud, and enforce our claims.

Our Commitment to Security

We have put in place appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security and correctly use the information we collect from and about you. However, no system can be completely secure and we do not guarantee that unauthorized disclosures and access will not happen. Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that your personal data or other information will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

Cookies and Other Online Tracking Technologies

We and service providers or partners we engage to provide content, advertising, functionality and other services or that measure and analyze ad performance on the Services, may use cookies, web beacons and other similar technologies to understand usage of the Services and improve our content and offerings and to deliver advertisements in which you might be interested. These technologies collect statistical and other information about you and your use of the Services. Some of the tracking technologies we and our service providers or partners may use include:

Cookies. Cookies are small text files that may be placed by us or our service providers and partners on your computer or device when you visit our websites or applications. A cookie assigns a unique numerical identifier to your web browser or device, and may enable us, our service providers or partners to recognize you as the same user who has used the Services, and relate your use of the Services to other information about you, such as your usage information and other personal data about you. We, our service providers and partners may use cookies in a variety of ways. For example, we our service providers and partners may use cookies to:

  • Provide us with information about which portions of our websites and applications are the most popular by enabling us to see what web pages a user visits and how much time a user spends on each page.
  • Personalize your experience on our Services (e.g., to recognize you by name when you return to our site, to save your password in password-protected areas, to enable shopping carts, or to tailor content, or product and service offerings).
  • Help us understand which ads you have seen so that you don’t receive the same ad each time you access the Services.

Local Shared Objects. Local shared objects, such as “Flash cookies” also may be stored on your computer or device. Local shared objects operate a lot like cookies because they are stored on your device and can be used to store certain information about your activities and preferences; however, they cannot be managed in the same way as cookies. Depending on how local shared objects are enabled on your computer or device, you may be able to manage them using software settings. For information on managing Flash cookies, for example, see

HTML 5. HTML5, the language some websites are coded in, may be used to store information on your computer or device about how you use the Services. This information may be retrieved by us, our service providers or partners to help us manage the Services, and may give us information about how the Services are being used by our visitors, how they can be improved, and how we can customize the Services for users.

Cache Cookies. Cache cookies, such as eTags, may be used to identify your computer or device as the same computer or device that visited a Service or Services in the past.

Web Beacons. A web beacon is an electronic image called a single-pixel or “clear gif” that is a small piece of code that is used to collect anonymous and aggregate advertising metrics, such as the counting of page views, promotion views, or advertising responses. Web beacons can recognize certain types of information, such as a user's cookie number, time and date of a page view, and description of the page where the web beacon is placed. These web beacons may be used to deliver cookies that conform to our cookie policy above.

Mobile Device IDs and Location-Based Information. Certain mobile devices, including smart phones and tablet devices, contain unique device IDs that can be used to identify their physical location. Some mobile device IDs are permanent, while others may be changed by accessing the device's privacy settings. Mobile devices also typically transmit caller ID data (which may include a phone number) when used to transmit a telephone call or text message. When you use mobile devices to access our Services, we may collect and transmit unique device IDs and collect caller ID data, as well as other information about your device, including without limitation, your wireless carrier, the make, model, operating system, capacity and settings of your device, the names, package IDs and versions of other software you have downloaded to your device and information about how you interact with and navigate within our Services.

These tracking technologies may be deployed by us and/or our by our service providers or partners on our behalf. These technologies enable us to assign a unique number to you, and may allow us to relate your use of the relevant Services to other information about you, including your usage information and personal data. We may match information collected from you through different means or at different times and combine such information with information obtained from other sources (including third parties), such as demographic information and updated contact information (where that information has been lawfully disclosed to us), for the purposes of learning more about you so we can provide you with relevant content.

The lawful basis for collection of your personal data via cookies or other tracking technologies and further processing of these data is our legitimate business interest or the legitimate business interest of our service providers and partners. The lawful basis for processing your location data is your consent.

Online Advertising

When you use the Services, FORTUNE, its service providers or third parties, such as ad technology, ad servers, ad networks or any other nonaffiliated third parties, may place cookies on your computer or use other online tracking technologies to collect or receive certain information about you and/or your use of the Services. Such information may include information about your visits to, and activity on, this website or application and other websites or applications, the number of times you have viewed an advertisement and other information. The information may be used to provide content, advertising, or functionality or to measure and analyze ad performance on the Services or other websites or platforms. For example, we may use third parties to present or serve advertisements, including online targeted advertisements that you may see on the Services. Third parties may also conduct research about the advertisements, or the Services themselves, and may place and use tracking mechanisms (e.g., tracking pixels) in the emails we may send to you. This information may be combined with information collected across different websites, online services, and other linked or associated devices. Our lawful basis is our legitimate business interest to constantly improve our Services and to provide you with information relating to our offerings which might be of interest for you. This Privacy Policy does not cover any use of information that such third parties may have collected from you for their own purposes or the methods used by the third parties to collect that information.

Choices Related to Online Tracking and Advertising

Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You can set your browser options so that you will not receive cookies and you can also delete existing cookies from your browser. In addition, we will only use cookies that are not strictly necessary if we have obtained your consent. However, you may find that some parts of the site will not function properly if you have refused cookies or similar tracking technologies and you should be aware that disabling cookies or similar tracking technologies might prevent you from accessing some of our content. Also, you may still receive advertisements even if you do not opt-in to targeted advertising. In that case, the ads will not be tailored to your perceived interests.

For more information on advertisements and your targeted advertising options visit our AdChoices page, or manage your cookie preferences.

Special Note for Parents

The Services are not intended for use by children, especially those under the age of 16, and we do not knowingly collect personal data from children under the age of 16. If you are a parent or guardian and believe we have collected information from your child, please contact us as set out under “How to Contact Us” below.

No Automated Decision Making

We do not apply automated decision making techniques.

Data Protection Officer and Representative in the EEA

We have appointed a data protection officer. If you wish to contact our data protection officer, please email us at or contact us as set out under “How to Contact Us” below.

As a non-EEA resident controller we have appointed a local representative in the EEA. Our local EEA representative is Fortune Media (Ireland) Limited and can be contacted as set out under “How to Contact Us” below.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy may be changed by Fortune Media IP Limited or its affiliates at any time and such changes will apply to information we collected from you pursuant to a previous privacy policy. The revised Privacy Policy will be posted on the appropriate portion(s) of our websites or mobile applications and will indicate at the bottom when it was most recently updated. We encourage you to periodically check back to review this policy so that you know what information we collect, how we use it and with whom we share it.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or its implementation please contact us via email at or by writing to:

Fortune Media IP Limited
c/o Fortune Media Hong Kong Limited 40
812 Silvercord, Tower 1,
30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Our local representative in the EEA can be contacted via email at or under the following address:

Fortune Media (Ireland) Limited
Coliemore House
Coliemore Road
Dalkey, Co

This Privacy Policy was last updated on July 1, 2020.