Privacy, personal data, security. GDPR

The Wine Alchemy Privacy Policy, GDPR, and Security

The Wine Alchemy Privacy Policy, GDPR, and Security

1) Privacy and your Personal Information.

Wine Alchemy commits to protect the privacy and personal data of its users. Furthermore, it opposes Surveillance Capitalism and is a supporter of the Center for Humane Technology. Hence, our Privacy Policy tells you how personal information is defined, obtained, define, and used. It also tells you about your rights.

The privacy policy applies to your personal information. Its collection is via our website or in other ways such as by telephone or email. We make it clear when we collect personal information, and we ask for your positive consent first. We also explain what we then do with it.

Your personal information retention and use comply with the Data Protection Act and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

2) GDPR.

ICO Registration Certificate 2018-22

ICO Registration Certificate 2018-22

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. Its introduction strengthened, harmonised, and modernised EU data protection law and enhanced individual rights and freedoms. It is consistent with the European understanding that privacy is a fundamental human right. GDPR regulates how individuals and organisations may obtain, use, store, and destroy personal data. It came into force on 25/08/2018.

GDPR covers all EU institutions and also all systems outside the EU that process the personal data of EU citizens. It also continues to be in force after the UK left the European Union. The penalties for non-compliance are stringent.

Wine Alchemy, established in the UK,  is the Data Controller. Paul Howard, Owner and Director, is the Data Protection Officer. Contact him via the website.

The ICO is the UK regulator responsible for monitoring and investigating data breaches and complaints. The Wine Alchemy registration with the ICO (Information Commissioners’ Office) is ZA317200.

3) The Wine Alchemy website

Wine Alchemy uses Google Analytics, a third-party US service. They collect internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We use them to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is processed anonymously, which does not identify anyone. Neither Wine Alchemy nor Google Analytics tries to find out the identities of those browsing our website. Google Analytics participated in and certified its compliance with the Privacy Shield framework. They treated all personal data received from EU member countries under the Privacy Shield framework. However, the Privacy Shield Framework was invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union on 16 July 2020. Therefore, Google then redefined its terms and conditions according to Standard Contractual Clauses, shown here.

We use a third-party service, WordPress, to publish our website, run by Automattic Inc in the US. The website is hosted and maintained at Maratopia Digital Marketing in the UK. WordPress collects anonymous information about user activity. They report on effectiveness to help improve it. For more information about how WordPress processes data, see Automattic’s notice. The Maratopia privacy policy is here.

The Wine Alchemy site features a Twitter feed. Twitter is in the USA; their policy is here. Wine Alchemy does not share your Data on or with Twitter or any other social media.

4) Personal Information collection

When you visit the Wine Alchemy website, you give personal information. This information is the minimum to operate our services and requires your positive consent. It may include your name and email address. Collection happens when:

  • your access device connects to the website via your browser. It sends digital data about the device, its location and IP address.
  • completing a Contact Us form on the site;
  • subscribing to a Newsletter/Update to receive news, events, and information;
  • commenting on published articles;
  • email, where we may retain your email messages, your email address and our responses;

Wine Alchemy never collects sensitive personal data. Examples include health or financial information or information that reveals a person’s racial or ethnic origin. Wine Alchemy does not conduct personal data profiling either.

5) Cookies

The Wine Alchemy website gathers information about site usage using cookies. A cookie is a small data file that a web page server adds to your hard drive. Cookies cannot identify you. Instead, they enable more straightforward navigation and help us match content to your preferred interests more quickly. Wine Alchemy does not track users across other websites either. In addition, our use of cookies complies with legislation.

Hence by using the Wine Alchemy website, you agree to cookie use. If you do not accept this, you can alter your browser settings. For example, you can turn off cookies or block those which are unacceptable to you. You can also delete existing cookies. All modern browsers allow you to do this, and your browser has the instructions for this. In addition, your device may provide you with additional tools and information to safeguard your online privacy, and you may also use a VPN.

6) How do we use your information?

We use your information as follows:

  • to present content from our website effectively;
  • notify you of any changes;
  • provide subscribers with Newsletter/Update using MailChimp;
  • update our records;
  • provide anonymised website statistics via Google Analytics.

7) Personal information and third parties

We do not sell any personal information. The transfer of personal data for data processing is to Google Analytics and WordPress as described above, or MailChimp, as described below. These third-party data processors are outside the EU. Notwithstanding this, we are under a duty to disclose or share your information to comply with any legal obligations.

8) Your Consent

Consent is the legal basis for processing your personal data under GDPR.

The Wine Alchemy Newsletter/Update subscription, Contact Me form and Article Comment are optional website features. However, their use requires your positive consent to collect and use your personal data.  You may sign up for the Newsletter/Update, use the Contact Me form or leave Comments on published Articles. Moderation prevents spam, abuse or hate crime. Positive consent to these optional facilities is at your discretion; this is by reading the privacy statement and then ticking the blank consent box.

The Newsletter/Update is an optional free subscription service that requires your positive consent if signing up. You may unsubscribe from this at any time. All Newsletter/Updates contain clear unsubscribe links. Wine Alchemy deletes any subscriber if they have not opened a Newsletter/Update for two years. On all unsubscribing, personal information is removed and destroyed.

The Newsletter/Update uses MailChimp, a data processor in the USA. It gathers statistics on email opening, location and usage. MailChimp certified compliance with Privacy Shield and treated all personal data from EU member countries under the Privacy Shield framework. However, the Privacy Shield Framework was invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union on 16 July 2020. Therefore, Mailchimp has since redefined its terms and conditions according to Standard Contractual Clauses. MailChimp’s compliance is here.

9) Your rights

You may request access to your personal data that we collect online and maintain by contacting us at any time. Such access is without charge. Exceptionally, we may charge a fee based on our administrative costs when an application is unfounded, excessive, or repetitive. The response is within one calendar month of the request.

You have the right to ask us not to process information for marketing purposes. Any marketing will cease immediately upon receipt.

You have the right to have any of your personal data held by us securely erased, restricted or rectified. We will respond without undue delay, and in any case, within one calendar month.

You may unsubscribe from the Newsletter/Update at any time.

10) Security and Trust

The Wine Alchemy website uses a renewable SSL EV Certificate for enhanced safety and privacy using HTTPS. Consequently, in your browser, you may see this as:

  • our name, as we own the EV certificate;
  • a distinctive colour, usually green, shown in the address bar, indicating a valid EV certificate;
  • a lock symbol in the address bar. It varies in colour depending on the website security status. By clicking on the lock symbol, you can obtain more information about the EV certificate.
  • Some browsers now display HTTP sites as Not Secure.

HTTPS is more secure than HTTP. However, we cannot guarantee the security of your data during transit to our website. Once we receive it, we use security features to authorise access. You may also use a VPN on your device to access the website.

11) No Advertising Policy

Wine Alchemy never accepts advertisements for third-party goods and services and does not publish “guest posts”. Wine Alchemy never carries advertising, affiliate programmes or sponsored links (aka”Clickbait”). We believe that users of the website wish to explore and enjoy published content on merit without distraction. Wine Alchemy is not a portal to junk, fake journalism or paid advertisements. External links included within articles are intended only for information or further exploration.

Wine Alchemy may accept payment for published articles and journalism. However, any recommendations made are based on personal opinions and are without guarantee. External Links to wine stockists and wines are representative at the time of publication and are unpaid.

Last update 22 June 2021