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    Privacy & Cookies

    PRIVACY POLICY

    At Wine Scholar Guild, we are committed to protecting and maintaining your privacy. As part of our normal operations we may collect your information. This Privacy Policy describes the type of information we may collect and how we collect, use, and store that information as a result of your access and use of this website (www.winescholarguild.org) (the “Website”). By visiting the Website, you consent to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.


    This statement is designed to tell you as much as possible about how we use and manage Personal Information provided to or collected by us. We believe you should be made aware of our practices so you can make informed decisions about the information you share with us and how you allow us to use your information.

    In this ever-changing world we may, from time to time, review and update this Privacy Policy to take account of new laws and technology and changes to our operations. All Personal Information held by us will be governed by our most recent version of this Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Website after any modification to this Privacy Policy constitutes your acceptance of such modification.

    THE WEBSITE AND SERVICES ARE HOSTED IN THE UNITED STATES. IF YOU ARE A USER ACCESSING THE WEBSITE OR SERVICES FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION, CANADA, ASIA, OR ANY OTHER REGION WITH LAWS OR REGULATIONS GOVERNING PERSONAL DATA COLLECTION, USE, AND DISCLOSURE THAT DIFFER FROM UNITED STATES, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THROUGH YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THE WEBSITE OR SERVICES, WHICH IS GOVERNED BY UNITED STATES LAW AND THIS PRIVACY POLICY, YOU ARE TRANSFERRING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THE UNITED STATES AND YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THAT TRANSFER. ADDITIONALLY, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IS PROCESSED IN THE UNITED STATES WHERE LAWS REGARDING PROCESSING PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM THE LAWS OF YOUR COUNTRY.

    1. Information We Collect and How We Collect It

    We collect both Personal Information and other information not classified as Personal Information. “Personal Information” means information which identifies you as an individual or from which your identity can be reasonably ascertained.

    The Personal Information we collect may include your name, email address, phone number, and postal address. We may also collect demographic information, such as your ZIP or postal code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favourites. If you choose to make a purchase, we will ask for additional information, such as your credit card number and billing address which is used to create a billing account. If you choose to participate in these activities, we may also collect information from you that you provide in response to surveys.

    Other information we may collect includes your taster profile information, taster grid responses, wines tasted, and any other information you choose to provide to us. We may also collect information automatically when you access the Website, including your IP address and geographic location, the date and time you access our Website, the URLs of websites and pages you visit, hardware and software information that we receive from your internet-enabled device.

    2.    How We Use Your Information

    The information collected on the Website will be used to operate the Website, optimize your experience with Wine Scholar Guild, to provide the products and services you request, respond to employment inquiries, communicate with you by email, telephone or in writing, provide customer support, respond to questions or complaints, conduct customer surveys, detect and prevent fraud and for other purposes described in this Privacy Policy.

    If you choose to utilize the wine tasting tool on our Website, we may review and analyze your submissions, publish findings based on your submissions, publicly display your ratings and evaluations of wines, and share your tasting data with the panel creator, other panelists, and third parties.

    In certain circumstances, we may use information you provide, including Personal Information, for promotional or direct marketing purposes from Wine Scholar Guild, our affiliates and partners. However, you may at any time request us not to use your information for promotional or direct marketing purposes. Such a request can be made by contacting us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is no fee for making such a request.
    In many cases where we ask you to provide us with information about yourself, if you do not provide us with that information we will not be able to provide you with the relevant product or service.

    3.    Links to Third Party Websites

    To the extent that our Website contain links to sites operated by third parties (“Linked Websites”), the Linked Websites are not controlled by us and we are not responsible for the privacy practices of those companies. We accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the content or policies of Linked Websites. Before disclosing your Personal Information to Linked Websites, we recommend you examine their privacy policies.

    4.    Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties

    We respect the privacy of Personal Information and we will take reasonable steps to maintain that privacy.

    We sometimes hire third parties to provide limited services on our behalf, including packaging, mailing, and delivering items, providing technical support, and other new services. We provide those companies only the information they need to deliver the service and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.

    We may also disclose your Personal Information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary in connection with a sale, merger, transfer, exchange or other disposition (whether of assets, stock or otherwise) of all or a portion of a business of our company and/or our subsidiaries or to (i) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process served on us or the Website; (ii) protect and defend our rights or property and the Website; (iii) enforce our agreements with you, or (iv) act in urgent circumstances to protect personal safety or the public.

    Under no circumstances we will sell Personal Information without your consent.

    5.    Cookies Policy

    • What is a cookie?

    Cookies are small data files that your browser places on your computer or device. Cookies help your browser navigate a website and the cookies themselves cannot collect any information stored on your computer or your files. When a server uses a web browser to read cookies they can help a website deliver a more user-friendly service. To protect your privacy, your browser only gives a website access to the cookies it has already sent to you.

    • Why do we use cookies?

    We use cookies to learn more about the way you interact with our content and help us to improve your experience when visiting our website. Cookies remember the type of browser you use and which additional browser software you have installed. Some of the cookies we use are session cookies and only last until you close your browser, others are more persistent cookies which are stored on your computer for longer.

    • How do I reject and delete cookies?

    We will not use cookies to collect Personal Information about you. However, should you wish to do so, you can choose to reject or block the cookies set by us by changing your browser settings – see the Help function within your browser for further details. Please note that most browsers automatically accept cookies so if you do not wish cookies to be used you may need to actively delete or block the cookies. You can also visit www.allaboutcookies.org for details on how to delete or reject cookies and for further information on cookies generally. If you reject the use of cookies, you will still be able to visit our Website but some of the functions may not work correctly.

    6.    Information Security

    We will take reasonable steps to ensure that all Personal Information held by us is secure from any unauthorised access or disclosure. However, we do not guarantee that Personal Information cannot be accessed by an unauthorised person (e.g. a hacker) or that unauthorised disclosures will not occur.
    We will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify Personal Information if it is no longer needed for the purposes for which we are authorized to use it.

    7.    Children

    We do not knowingly solicit Personal Information from children or from anyone under legal drinking age in the United States (i.e. 21 years old). This Website does not offer information intended to attract children and you may not use our services if you are under the age of 21 years old. You must also be old enough to consent to the processing of your Personal Information in your country.

    8.    Accessing Your Personal Information

    You may request to access your Personal Information held by us. Such a request must be made via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. First, we will require you to verify your identity and specify what information you require. We will grant you access to your Personal Information as soon as possible, subject to the circumstances of the request.

    In the same way, a request may be made to delete Personal Information, and all reasonable steps to delete the Personal Information will be made, except where retention is required for legal reasons. Deletion of Personal Information may result in Wine Scholar Guild being unable to provide you with information about certain transactions, content, services or product information, upcoming promotions, and provide you with certain content, goods or services.

    We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, are extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required by local law.

    9.    Our Company-wide Commitment to Privacy

    To make sure your Personal Information is secure, we communicate our privacy and security guidelines to our employees and strictly enforce privacy safeguards within the company.

    10.    Updating Your Personal Information

    We make it easy for you to keep your Personal Information accurate, complete, and up to date. We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.

    11.    GDPR Personal Data Privacy Rights

    If you accessed the Website from the European Union or the United Kingdom, you have the right to:

    • Request a copy of your personal data;
    • Request corrections to your personal data;
    • Request that we delete your personal data;
    • Withdraw your consent for collection and processing of your personal data; and
    • File a complaint with the data protection authorities in your home country if you believe your personal data privacy rights were violated.

    To file a request, or if you have any questions, please contact us by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    12.    Newsletters

    If you wish to cancel your subscription to a newsletter, you can either send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by using the respective link at the end of the newsletter.

    13.    Contact Us

    If you would like to make an access request or wish to provide feedback about this policy, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Last

    Updated: June 21, 2021

     

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