Who we are

Our website address is: https://wacstl.org.  We can be contacted at:

World Affairs Council of St. Louis
812 Olive Street, Suite 110
St. Louis MO 63101
314 727 9988

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When people register or sign up as members, we collect the data shown on the form, and also the visitor’s IP address.  For payment, we will also collect credit card or paypal data.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you submit information on a contact form, we may download and access the information for responding to your comment or taking action. We request only that information needed to assist you.  Information may be shared with staff who are tasked with responding.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We track overall website interaction for membership reports.

Who we share your data with

We share your data with WAC-STL staff in order to process requests or respond to contact forms. For payment information, we will share with appropriate financial institutions.  Through third-party email services and web hosting providers, we track interactions with visitors to the site and email interaction.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

We maintain your contact information on company servers.  We do not make your information available to third-parties.

Additional information

We maintain information on interactions with this site on the site’s dashboard and in management reports to view overall trends.

How we protect your data

We keep sharing of data to a minimum, use strong passwords, lock paper files and keep software for our network current.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We will notify all contacts if we become aware of a breach.

Notice to European Union users

World Affairs Council  of St. Louis’  operations are located primarily in the United States. If you provide information to us, the information will be transferred out of the European Union (EU) to the United States. By providing personal information to us, you are consenting to its storage and use as described herein.

What third parties we receive data from

WordPress, Paypal, GoDaddy, JetPack

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Those which pertain to 501(c)3, U.S.- based nonprofits organizations.