World-Check Privacy Statement

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Your Data in the World-Check Product

World Check is a service provided by Reuters Ltd in the United Kingdom and Thomson Reuters Global Resources (TRGR) Switzerland (Thomson Reuters).

Thomson Reuters, Finance & Risk Businesses use personal data responsibly and strives to protect individual data protection rights. All data in the World-Check product (World-Check) is derived from sources originally available to the general public. Thomson Reuters makes personal data available for the legitimate use by its private and public sector subscribers. We do not process personal data about an individual collected from private third party or commercial suppliers of information.

Our products and/or websites may contain links to sites maintained by others, or by other parts of Thomson Reuters. This Privacy Statement does not reflect the privacy practices of those products and sites. It also does not cover the information practices at, or the Financial & Risk generic Privacy Statement. Please see the links above or via these sites for their specific Privacy Statements.

Under its agreements with its subscribers Thomson Reuters limits access to World-Check and may terminate such access to any user who misuses it. The information in World-Check is made available only to those who require it to carry out due diligence or other screening activities in accordance with their legal or regulatory obligations or risk management procedures designed to combat financial crime. This includes "know-your customer", anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing or anti-bribery and corruption customer and counterparty due diligence and screening. Most of us are automatically subject to this form of due diligence, or screening at some point for example when opening a bank account, consulting a lawyer, or accountant, or starting a business relationship with a multinational organisation.

Thomson Reuters does not:

permit use of World-Check to compile mailing lists or consumer marketing data;
process any Non-Public Domain Data such as individual credit reports, social security numbers, income tax records or bank or credit card information;
process or distribute information about any person's religious preference or health;
process any person's medical records.


"Public Domain Data" is Personal Data available to the general public typically over the internet. Examples include data found on:

International sanction or watch lists;
Law enforcement, regulatory or other government websites;
Political websites such as parliamentary, local government or individual politician websites,
The reputable news media
Information sources made public by an individual themselves, for example on their website, blog or social networking page.
"Non-Public Domain Data" is data about an individual obtained from a source that is privately or publicly owned and not available to the general public. Examples include Social Security Number and similar government-issued identification numbers and bank account details.

"Personal Data" is data about a living individual and includes, but is not limited to: name, date of birth, profession, and current location.

"Permissible Use" means the use by Thomson Reuters’ subscribers of the Personal Data within World-Check for specified permissible purposes. These purposes must comply with the Data Protection Act. Examples of uses that are permissible include the use of World-Check for anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing or anti-bribery and corruption due diligence;

“Sensitive Personal Data” means in relation to World-Check data relating to actual or potential criminality or political opinions or beliefs.

Your Questions Answered

Does Thomson Reuters make my Personal Data in World-Check available to the general public?

No, Thomson Reuters does not distribute Personal Data on World-Check to the general public. Only authorised World-Check subscribers have access to that Personal Data.

What steps does Thomson Reuters take to inform users about appropriate use of World-Check?

Thomson Reuters includes usage restrictions in its client contracts.

Why have I not been told that my Personal Data is on World-Check?

Your Personal Data has been collected from sources available to the general public and those sources generally do not provide reliable contact details such as email or postal addresses. In addition even if we were able to find that information we do not process detailed contact details such as this.

Why have you not obtained my consent to your processing of my Sensitive Personal Data?

First, as mentioned above we do not have any reliable contact details for you and second, because of the limited reasons for which we make World-Check available to our subscribers, we do not need to seek that consent.

By including my Personal Data in World-Check are you advising your subscribers that I should be viewed negatively?

On the contrary, we make it clear that the inclusion of an individual on World-Check should not automatically be taken to draw any particular inference (negative or otherwise) about them. The Personal Data of many individuals is included in World-Check solely because they hold prominent political or other positions or are connected to such individuals. In addition, while every reasonable attempt is taken to ensure that your Personal Data is accurate, because it is gathered from sources available to the general public, we do not guarantee that such Personal Data will not have changed or be correct. If your Personal Data includes negative allegations about you, we advise our users to assume that such allegations are denied by you.

Does the fact that my Personal Data is on World-Check automatically mean that your clients cannot or will not do business with me?

No. We advise our users that they should not rely solely upon Personal Data found on World-Check when making any decision to deal with any individual. Instead they are advised to make independent checks of such individual to verify the accuracy of the Personal Data we process before making any such decision.

Are the Personal Data in World-Check accurate?

We maintain research standards designed to ensure the accuracy of the Personal Data we process. However, because of the nature of Public Domain Data, the data that we process may contain errors or become outdated. Therefore, if you find an error in any Personal Data that we process on you or believe it to be irrelevant or excessive, please send an email message to

We will notify you of any information or documentation that you may need to submit in order for us to consider making the changes being requested. Please be aware that any request may lead to no changes to your Personal Data being made or to them being updated or deleted.

Can I find out what information Thomson Reuters has about me in World-Check?

Yes, you may request a copy of the Personal Data that we hold on you in World-Check. To ensure your privacy, we'll ask for information verifying your identity. To request a copy please send an email message to

We make no charge for supplying you with this.

Any identification evidence that you provide will only be used to verify your identity for this purpose and for no other. We reserve the right to deny unreasonable or unwarranted requests for access.

If you have questions about requesting a copy of your Personal Data, please send an email message to

Can I have my Personal Data in World-Check updated or removed?

An individual may, for substantiated reasons, request that his/her Personal Data be updated or removed from World-Check. However, it is important to note that casual updating or removal of Personal Data from World-Check could compromise its integrity. Therefore, each request will be evaluated on its merits.

Thomson Reuters will act to prevent inaccurate, outdated, irrelevant or excessive Personal Data being processed in World-Check.

In order to consider such requests, we require a written explanation substantiating the request. Depending on the nature of the request and the Personal Data, the person may be required to provide supporting information and/or documentation.

Additional questions about updating or removing your Personal Data or the kind of supporting documentation that may be required may be directed to

Once a request to update or remove personal data has either been granted or denied, that decision will be communicated to the requestor in writing, as appropriate.

Additional Privacy Clause To Cover The World-Check Website And Products


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Third Party Services

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Please note that if you do not set your browser and e-mail settings to disable cookies and clear gifs, you will be indicating your consent to receive them. If you wish to find out more about cookies and clear gifs, you may like to visit an independent third party resource that explains what cookies and clear gifs are and how you may manage them. Please note that we are not responsible for, and have no control over, the content of this third party website.

How Does Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk Protect The Personal Information That It Collects?

We have implemented certain appropriate security measures to help protect your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorised access, use, or disclosure. For example, some of our products and/or websites are protected with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. Also, we store the information about you in a data centre with restricted access and appropriate monitoring, and we use a variety of technical security measures to secure your data. In addition, we use intrusion detection and virus protection software.

Also, please note that we may store and process your personal information in systems located outside of your home country. However, regardless of where storage and processing may occur, we take appropriate steps to ensure that your information is protected, consistent with the principles set forth under this Statement, and as required under Data Protection/Privacy laws.

Transfer Of Personal Information To Other Countries

If you are located in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), or a country with data protection/privacy law, we may transfer your personal information to countries that may not guarantee the same level of protection for personal information as the one in which you reside. Thomson Reuters will only transfer personal information to the extent it is necessary to fulfil the purpose outlined above.

Recipients of data are other companies in the Thomson Reuters group of companies and third party service providers.

We will take appropriate steps to provide an adequate level of protection to all personal information against the standards set within the EEA, as a minimum. No matter where you reside your data shall be processed in accordance with the provisions set out in this Privacy Statement.

Privacy Statement Changes

If Thomson Reuters information practices change in a significant way, we will post the policy changes here. Thomson Reuters reserves the right to change this Privacy Statement at any time by posting an updated version here.

This Privacy Statement was last updated on 1st April 2014.