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Privacy Policy

Welcome to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Internet site (this "Site"), of THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY LTD. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is committed to responsible data management and subscribe to the principles of the data protection legislation in the United Kingdom. We follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information. If you have any questions about our privacy policy or if you’d like to raise any issues relating to it, please contact us.

This privacy policy describes our information collection and use practices on this Site. It does not apply to information you might provide on another site operated by us, or one of our partners or affiliates, nor does it apply to information you may provide to us through other forums, including offline or through electronic mail.

Information collected at this site

There are 2 types of information that we can learn about you as you browse and use this site. Each type of information can be used in a different way.

  • 1. Internet-related information - generic statistical and demographic information that we gather passively from visitors to the Site.
  • 2. Personal information that you provide when registering, ordering online, entering a promotion or making contact with us.
1. Internet-related information gathered passively

We collect Internet-related Information from visitors to our Site, including the referring URL, your IP address, which browser you used to come to the Site, the country, state or province, the pages of our Site that you viewed during your visit and any search terms entered on our Site, for the purposes of system administration, to gather broad demographic information, and to monitor the level of activity on our Site. We track customers' traffic patterns throughout their online sessions, including which pages or specific URLs a customer views while using the Site as well as in-page browsing actions and sample recordings from a select sample size of users. We use your Internet-related Information to diagnose problems with our servers and software and to administer our Site. We may share aggregated statistics about pages viewed on our Site, demographic information and sales and other shopping information with third parties to enrich your visitor experience.

2. Actively collected personal information you provide

If you provide information about yourself by registering on a page, ordering product, filling out a survey, entering a promotion (including contests, sweepstakes, offers and rebates) or otherwise voluntarily telling us about yourself or your activities, we will collect and use that Personal Information to respond to your request, and for other business purposes, including identifying consumer preferences and improving our products and services and the content of this Site. We may also share customer information such as emails with third parties to perform services on your behalf to improve our marketing and sales services and to improve the online advertising you see from us. We may also contact you by email, regular mail, fax, text message, or telephone from time to time with information about our new products and services, special offers, upcoming events and changes to this Site. If you do not wish to be contacted by all or any of these methods, you may let us know by sending an email message to us sales@smws.com . Please be sure to give us exact name and address, and your detailed request, so we can respond appropriately.

How to access or modify your personal information

You have the right to access and modify your Personal Information. Once you have registered and logged in to the site, you can access and change your Personal Information by editing your Profile. You can change part or all of your information. Once you have made the appropriate changes, submit your changes and your Profile will be updated immediately. You may also contact us at sales@smws.com .

If you provide us with your consent, we may share your Personal Information with our affiliates and business partners with whom we have joint marketing arrangements. We may also give you the opportunity, at the time that you provide us with your contact information, to have your information shared with other third parties or posted on this site for reasons we will describe at the time we make the request. If you do not want us to share your Personal Information with our marketing affiliates and business partners, then please let us know by contacting us at sales@smws.com .

We employ other companies to perform certain functions on our behalf, such as fulfilling orders, delivering packages, and services related to the design, maintenance and improvement of this Site and our database and related systems. These companies have access to your information. We have arranged with WorldPay and PayPal to process your credit card information. They use SSL encryption of your credit card information. You may access the WorldPay and PayPal sites and privacy policies to read more about the security measures they employ. Regardless of whether you have provided us with consent, we will share your information with those companies that perform certain functions on our behalf under contract to us, and as may be necessary to comply with applicable laws, police investigations, or in legal proceedings where disclosure of such information is relevant and permitted by law. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will also assign, sell, license, or otherwise transfer to a third party your name, address, e-mail address, member name and any other Personal Information in connection with an assignment, sale, joint venture, or other transfer or disposition of a portion or all of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society service, or the assets, business or stock of THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY LTD.

Links to other websites

On this Site, we may provide as a convenience to you links to other websites, including sites operated by us, our partners, associates, or independent third parties. These links are provided as a convenience to you. Each website has its own privacy practices, as described in that site's privacy policy. Those practices may be different than the practices described herein and we urge you to read each website's privacy policy carefully before you use or submit information to that site.

Additionally, to the extent that you follow a link to a website operated by an independent third party, please be aware that we exercise no authority or control over that third party, and cannot and are not responsible for any information that you may submit at that site.

Third party access to your personal information

Your information will be transferred to WorldPay and PayPal to allow payment processing, which locations may be outside the EU, and by providing us with your information, you are consenting to such transfer. Although we will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of any Personal Information collected, we will not be liable for disclosure of Personal Information obtained due to errors in transmission or the unauthorised acts of third parties.

Username and Password

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user name and password. You shall be responsible for all uses of your membership, whether or not authorised by you. You agree to immediately notify THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY LTD. of any unauthorised use of your user name or password.

Cookies

"Cookies" are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser. You can find out more about the way cookies work on www.cookiecentral.com. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society uses proprietary and third party cookies for a number of purposes, for instance to enable us to simplify the logging on process for registered users, to help ensure the security and authenticity of registered users, to provide the mechanisms for online shopping and to enable traffic monitoring. Cookies contribute to our ongoing efforts to improve our websites performance and seek to drive relevant experiences for our users.

Non-registered visitors of the site are sent anonymous cookies to keep track of their browsing patterns and build up a demographic profile. We may also use cookies to understand membership log in history; this information may be passed to third parties (UnBounce) to help us deliver membership relevant advertising on our own website.

Whilst you do not need to allow your browser to accept cookies in order to browse much of our website or to access many of our services, you must have cookies enabled if you wish to shop online or access any areas reserved for registered users.

Most browsers allow you to turn off the cookie function. If you want to know how to do this please look at the help menu on your browser. As described above this will restrict the online services you can use.

SMWS mailing list

You can unsubscribe from the SMWS mailing list at any time by clicking the Unsubscribe links in our emails or logging in to the website and visiting the Newsletter section in My Account.

If you wish to change your email address, please unsubscribe and then re-subscribe using Newsletter field in the footer.

If you need information or have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or our use of your Personal Information, or wish to review all of your Personal Information, you may contact our UK Sales Team via e-mail at sales@smws.com or via mail at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX.