Privacy Policy

Winemag.com Privacy Policy 

Effective July 27, 2018

Welcome to winemag.com.  The Wine News Inc. (“we”, “us” or the “Company”) is committed to protecting your privacy! This Privacy Policy describes how we obtain, use, share and protect your personal information, including information gathered through your use of winemag.com, related websites wineenthusiast.com and wineexpress.com (“Websites”), and any services we may provide (collectively, “Services”). This Privacy Policy covers data, including personal information, collected through our Services and all other means whether online or offline.  By using our Services, you accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy.  If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use our Services. \

We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy to learn more about:

  • What information of yours is collected by us;
  • How we use the information we collect;
  • Your rights with respect to the information we collect;
  • How we protect children;
  • How you can opt-out of receiving communications from us;
  • The security of your information; and
  • How to contact us with any comments or questions about this Privacy Policy.

This policy may be updated from time to time without prior notice, so please check back periodically. If you continue to use our Services after such changes have been made, you hereby provide your consent to the changes.

  1. Collection of Information

Information You Provide to  Us

When you contact us by phone, email, via our website or any other way, you may provide personal information, such as your first and last name; email address; phone number; postal address; information contained in correspondence; and payment information.  You may also provide marketing and communications data, including your preferences for receiving mailings from us.  We do not intend to collect additional personal information from you, however, we ask you to keep in mind that if you voluntarily disclose personal information online – for example, in a forum made available via social media – that information can be viewed and used by others. We are not responsible for unsolicited messages you receive from other users. We encourage you to exercise caution when making decisions about what information you disclose in such public areas.

Information We Collect Automatically; Use of Cookies

Certain non-personally identifiable information about our visitors is collected by the standard operation of our Internet servers and through the use of “cookies.” Cookies are small amounts of data that are sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer‘s hard drive for the purpose of facilitating and enhancing your communication and interaction with our Services.  To support our Services we or our service providers may use one or more of the following cookies for the purposes set forth below.  You have the option of disabling cookies by accessing the tools provided to you in your Internet options. However, please note that you may not have full access to our Services if you change your cookie settings to disable them.

  • Analytics and Performance Cookies: These cookies are used to collect information about traffic to our Services and how users use our Services.  The information gathered includes the number of visitors to our Services, the websites that referred them to our Services, the pages that they visited on our Services, the time of day they visited our Services, whether they have visited our Services before, and other similar information.  This information is aggregated, and does not identify any individual users.  We use this information to help us improve how our Services work and to gather demographic information.  We use Google Analytics for this purpose.  Google Analytics uses its own cookies.  You can find out more about Google Analytics cookies here: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage. You can find out more about how Google protects your data here:  https://policies.google.com/privacy. You can prevent the use of Google Analytics relating to our Services by downloading and installing the browser plugin available through this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
  • Essential Cookies: These cookies are essential to provide you with services available through our Services and to enable you to use some of its features.  For example, they allow you to log in to secure areas of our Services and help the content you request load quickly.  Without these cookies, the functionality that you have requested cannot be provided, and we only use these cookies to provide you with this functionality.
  • Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow our Services to remember the choices you make when using our Services, such as remembering your login details.  These cookies are used to provide you with a more personal experience and to avoid you having to re-enter your preferences upon each visit to our Services.
  • Social Media Cookies: These cookies are used when you share information using a social media sharing button on our Services, and when you engage with our content through a social media networking website such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  1. Use of Information We Obtain

We may use the information we obtain about you to:

  • Provide our Services, including but not limited to the fulfillment of orders;
  • Improve the content of our Services and enhance your experience;
  • Communicate with you about Services, and respond to your inquiries;
  • Send correspondence (including, for example email on behalf of ourselves and/or reputable organizations whose products or services are complementary to our Services);
  • Personalize your use and interaction with our Services;
  • Analyze trends and statistics;
  • Operate, evaluate, develop, manage and improve our business;
  • Maintain and enhance the safety and security of our Services and prevent misuse;
  • Comply with and enforce applicable legal requirements, relevant industry standards and policies; and
  • Otherwise manage and enhance our Services.
  1. Disclosure of Information We Obtain

We will not sell, rent or disclose your personal information to anyone except as described.  We share your personal information with our affiliates and/or reputable organizations whose products or services are complementary to our Services and for the purposes identified in this Privacy Policy. We also share your personal information with agents and service providers including third-party service providers for the purposes of fulfilling orders, delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mail, processing credit card payments, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, and providing search results and links (including paid listings and links).  We do not authorize these agents or service providers to use or disclose the personal information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or comply with legal requirements.

We also may disclose personal information about you (1) if we are required to do so by law or legal process (such as a court order or subpoena); (2) in response to requests by government agencies, such as law enforcement authorities; (3) to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights; (4) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical or other harm or financial loss; (5) in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity; or (6) otherwise with your consent.

We reserve the right to share or transfer any personal information we have about you in connection with a prospective or actual sale, merger, transfer or other reorganization of all or parts of our business (including in the event of a divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or liquidation).

  1. Your Rights With Respect to the Personal Information We Have Collected

 You have the right to:

  • Know what personal information we have about you and request a copy of the same;
  • Update or change any incorrect personal information;
  • Ask us to stop collecting, processing and using your personal information in certain ways;
  • Request the portability of your personal information; and
  • Raise concerns regarding automated decision making processes.

If you wish to do any of the above, please send an email request to editor@wineenthusiast.net. We may refuse to comply with a request if the request is manifestly unfounded or excessive or repetitive in nature.  We may be entitled to refuse request, wholly or partly, where exceptions under the applicable law apply. 

  1. Use of our Services by Children

 Our Services are not intended for children under the age of 13, and we do not intend to collect personal information from or about children under the age of 13.  If a child under the age of 13 has provided us with personally information, that child´s parent or legal guardian should contact us at editor@wineenthusiast.net if they would like the information submitted by the child deleted from our records. We will use all reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database. If you are age 21 or younger, you are not authorized to submit any content or information to us without the explicit consent of your parent or legal guardian. 

  1. Opting Out of Future Communications

You may opt out of receiving email marketing communications from us at any time by using the “unsubscribe” link in emails, or by emailing us at editor@wineenthusiast.net.  To opt out of physical mailings and telephone communications, or to add your name to our do-not-share list, you may email us at the above address or call us at 800.648.6058.  We will be sure your name is removed from our list [and the list we share with other organizations] as soon as possible after we provide your request.  Please be aware, however, that even after your request is processed, we may, for a time, retain residual information about you in backup and/or archival copies of our database. 

  1. Do Not Track (DNT)

Our Websites are not designed to respond to DNT signals received from browsers.

  1. Protection of Personal Information

We are committed to using our best efforts to maintaining the security of your personal information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we adhere to industry standard practices and procedures to help safeguard and secure the information we collect. Although we use our best efforts to protect the security of your personal information and our system, due to the inherent open nature of the Internet, no transmission via the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result of this and other factors beyond our control, we cannot guarantee the security of the information that you transmit to or through our Services. Therefore, you assume that risk by using our Services. Our Websites are secured and verified by Let’s Encrypt Authority.

  1. Information from Users Outside of the USA and Consent to Transfer Jurisdiction

Our Services are operated in the USA.  If you are located in another jurisdiction, please be aware that information you provide will be transferred to, stored and processed in the USA.  By using our Services, you consent to the transfer, processing and storage of your information in the USA, where privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as those in your country of citizenship or residence.  We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

  1. Security of Personal Information on Third-Party Websites

Our Services may contain links to other websites that  are not under our control or supervision. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of third-party websites.  Third-party websites may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies, or no policies at all.  We encourage you to read the privacy policies of the third-party websites to see how your personal information will be handled before providing them with your personal information.  We encourage you to be aware when you access any such third party links and to read the privacy policies of each website that you access.

  1. Applicable Law

This Privacy Policy and our legal obligations hereunder are subject to the laws of New York and the U.S.A., regardless of the location of any user. You hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of and venue in the federal and state courts located in Westchester County, New York, U.S.A. in all disputes arising out of or relating to this Privacy Policy.

  1. Effective Date and Modifications

 This policy is effective as of July 27, 2018.  Please note that we may modify this Privacy Policy at any time, at our sole discretion, by posting the modified policy on our Services.  The modifications will be effective upon posting, unless some other date is specified.  You should review this Privacy Policy periodically so that you are aware of any modifications.  Your use of any of our Services constitutes your full acceptance of the Privacy Policy in its then-current form.

  1. Questions or Comments

 If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy and/or the practices described herein, please email us at editor@wineenthusiast.net or call us at 800.648.6058 or write us at 200 Summit Lake Drive, 4th Floor, Valhalla, NY 10595. Using the same contact information, you may also contact us to view (and/or edit or delete) your personal information at any time.

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