Privacy Policy

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada (“The Society”) is firmly committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, accuracy and security of our member's personal information. We value our relationship with you and our goal is to treat the personal information you furnish us with the utmost respect.

This Privacy Policy is intended to explain how we collect, use, disclose and protect your personal information. We have created this Privacy Policy in order to demonstrate The Society's commitment to protect your privacy. We only collect personal information on our members in order to provide you with our services. Personal information may be used to identify you, deliver services or products or assess requests or applications for products or services. We will not sell, trade or rent any personal information of our members to any third parties unless required for the purpose of making you aware of Society offers of bottlings, tastings, dry goods and other Society-related products and services as well as fulfilling, servicing and completing your requests and the transactions related to such products and services.

By becoming a member of The Society, you expressly consent to our contacting you by email, phone, mail, fax or otherwise for the purpose of making you aware of Society offers of bottlings, tastings, dry goods and other Society-related products, services and information as well as fulfilling, servicing and completing your requests and transactions related to products and services. You may 'unsubscribe' from such communications by clicking 'unsubscribe' on communications or by contacting us at curious@smws.ca  and advising us as to which communications methods are acceptable to you.

In addition to the above, by becoming a member of The Society, you agree that your information may be shared with third parties (which, for greater clarity, include our Exclusive Retail Stores) and you expressly consent to such third parties contacting you by email, phone, mail, fax or otherwise for the purpose of making you aware of Society offers of bottlings, tastings, dry goods and other Society-related products and services as well as fulfilling, servicing and completing your requests and transactions related to such products and services. If you wish to 'unsubscribe' from such communications from third parties you must contact those third parties directly.

We collect information on our members from a variety of sources, including information provided to us by you on your member application forms, which may include your name, address, telephone number, email address and any other information listed. Although we use all reasonable means to protect your personal information, The Society is not responsible for any improper use of your personal information that is beyond our reasonable control. These privacy guidelines describe our commitment to privacy, and explain the principles that guide us in protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information.

Accountability

The Society is responsible for personal information in its control, including information that may be transferred to a service provider performing services for, or on its behalf. We ensure that the companies that we transfer your personal information to agree to protect the personal information that they receive.

Purposes

The Society identifies the purposes for which it collects personal information either before or at the time of collection. If we need your personal information for another purpose we will make every effort to obtain your consent for that purpose.

Consent

The Society collects, uses and discloses personal information only with the consent of the individual, or as otherwise allowed by law. Consent to the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information may be express, implied or given to us verbally, electronically or through an authorized representative, as appropriate. Individuals may withdraw their consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and considerations.

Limited Collection

The Society only collects personal information that is necessary for the purposes identified. Personal information is collected directly from the individual, and may, with consent or as otherwise allowed by law, be collected from other sources.

Limited use, disclosure, and retention

Personal information is not, without consent, used or disclosed to a third party for any purpose other than that for which it was collected, unless such use or disclosure is required or allowed by law. The Society retains personal information only as long as necessary to fulfil the identified purpose or as otherwise required or allowed by law. When that need has ended your personal information will be removed from our systems and destroyed in a manner that ensures your security.

Accuracy

The accuracy of your personal information is important to us. The Society uses reasonable efforts to ensure that personal information is accurate and complete for the purposes for which it is to be used. If your personal information changes, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to provide us with an update.

Safeguards

The security of your personal information is important to us. The Society protects the security and confidentiality of personal information with safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. Personal information is accessible only by appropriate personnel that have a business need for the information.

Openness

This policy is posted on our website may be changed, modified or replaced at any time without notice. We encourage you to periodically review and check our website for updates. Upon written request we will respond to inquiries about our practices relating to personal information.

Individual access

Individuals may request to be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of personal information pertaining to him or her. The Society will provide appropriate access to such information that it holds. If The Society determines not to provide access to personal information, we will provide an explanation. Individuals may request the correction of personal information The Society holds about them, and if we find that what we have is incorrect, we will correct it.

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