The Commonwealth Secretariat acknowledges the right to the protection of personal data, in accordance with Commonwealth principles and values and international best practice and respecting local law. Our Data Protection Core Guiding Principles explain more about this.

Collection of personal information

The privacy and security of your personal information is of utmost importance to the Commonwealth Secretariat   We will protect and respect your privacy at all times.   

Online forms

As part of our efforts to ensure privacy of data received from our online forms, your details will be held securely for the purpose of updating you on our programmatic activities, processing your job application and for the delivery of our press releases and newsletters. Your details will not be passed to any third party.

If you wish to stop receiving information from us via our mailing lists, please use the unsubscribe feature available in each communication.

Job opportunities

Any information provided to us via a job application submission will be held securely and will not be shared with any third party. Any subsequent communications from us will relate only to the opportunity applied for.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII Data)

We may collect non-PII Data whenever you interact with our website.

Non-PII data may include your website browser name, the type of device you are using and other technical information about your means of connection to our website, such as the operating system and your internet service provider, etc.

We may use this information to understand how you, and you and others as members of a group, use the services and resources provided on our website. This can help us optimise visitor’s future experience of our website.

How long do we keep your information for?

If you have subscribed to our newsletter and emails, all of your electronic contact information will be kept in our secure database until such time as you wish us to delete it or 'forget' you.

Any other information that you’ve provided will be retained for as long as necessary. This assessment needs to be made on a case by case basis, and will include assessment of factors such as the need to keep financial or employment records.

Your rights over your information

You can ask us what information we hold about you, and you can ask us to correct, remove, or stop using it. To do this please use the form below.

Data Subject Access Request form


In relation to the above, the Commonwealth Secretariat uses something called cookies to personalise and enhance your website experience and help us analyse web traffic.

Please read our Cookie Policy for further information.