Introduction

This website is operated by Whisky Distilled. We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and complying with the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”). This statement sets out our privacy policy and explains what we do with the personal information that we collect from our users. Please read the following to understand our views and practices regarding personal information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should contact us using the details given at the end of this statement.

Please note that this policy applies only to the Whisky Distilled website and not to the websites of other organisations to which we may provide links. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of such third party sites and you should make your own enquiries in respect of them.

What information may be collected?

We may collect personal information from you when you access the website for auditing usage of the site and for general administration purposes. The information we may collect will comprise some or all of the following: your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, IP number and post code. If you do not wish us to collect your personal data please do not provide it.

Whisky Distilled may in some cases collect information about you that may not be personal data. For example the type of Internet browser you are using, the type of computer operating system you are using, and the domain name of a website from which you linked to Whisky Distilled site.

How is the information used?

We will use the information we collect to track and monitor the usage of our website and help us understand the patterns of site visitors. This will help us operate the site more effectively, identify what sort of information is of interest to our users and assist us in business processes such as accounting, marketing and record keeping.

Will my personal information be provided to third parties?

We may share your personal information with third parties but only in the strictly limited circumstances set out below.
– We may supply your personal information to third parties (such as our internet service providers) who help us administer our website. These third parties must at all times provide the same levels of security for your personal information as Whisky Distilled and, where required, are bound by a legal agreement to keep your personal information private, secure and to process it only on the specific instructions of Whisky Distilled.
– We may also supply your personal information to government bodies and law enforcement agencies but only: if we are required to do so by the requirements of any applicable law; if in our good faith judgement, such action is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process; to respond to any legal claims or actions; or to protect the rights of Whisky Distilled, its customers and the public.

Will I be sent information that I did not ask for?

To keep you informed about our services, seminars and events, we may contact you by e-mail or post. If you wish not to receive such communications please contact us at the address below, e-mail us at info@whiskydistilled.com.

Cookie Policy

We may use “cookies” from time to time. Otherwise known as a type of tracking software, a cookie is a small, unique, text file that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies help our website tailor the information presented to you based on your preferences by collecting information such as which areas of the website you have visited and for how long, so the next time you visit the site, those pages may be accessible readily. Cookies also allow us to collect statistical information such as search engines used, how many visitors download files and which files these were. We will also be able to study how visitors navigate around the site and this will help us manage and improve the site where necessary.

A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites and cookies do not damage your system. You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings on your browser so that it rejects them or notifies you when a website tries to send you a cookie. Rejecting cookies may affect the scope of your enjoyment of a website and may mean that some features do not operate as intended. We do not use single-pixel gif images, sometimes referred to as “web bugs” or “web beacons”.

What security will exist?

We are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal data. We use appropriate standards of technology and operational security to protect personal information including a Secure Server and network firewall connection. Operationally, access to personal information is restricted to authorised personnel who are under a duty to maintain the confidentiality and security of such information.

Internet and Data Storage

The Internet is inherently insecure. Personal Data submitted by means of the Internet may be vulnerable to unauthorised access by third parties. Submission of Personal Data using the Internet is at your own risk. We will take reasonable and appropriate technical measures to ensure that your Personal Data is stored in a secure manner. However, we shall have no liability for disclosure of data due to errors in transmission or the fraudulent, negligent or other illegal acts of a third party, such as ‘Hacking’. Any transmission of personal information on or through the use of our website is at your own risk.

Transmission of Data Overseas

Whisky Distilled may transfer your Personal Data to the United States in circumstances where our service providers are located there. Otherwise Whisky Distilled will not transfer your Personal Data to a country outside the European Economic Area without informing you first. By using this website and providing your Personal Data you are providing your explicit consent to transmission of your Personal Data to the United States.

How can I access my personal information?

You have certain rights as a Data Subject under the Data Protection Act 1998 to request details and in certain circumstances a copy of the personal data which we hold about you. The law states that we may charge you a fee (currently £10) for providing this information. If you would like a copy, please write to us at the address below and mark your envelope “Personal information request”. Should you discover any inaccuracies in such personal data, please notify us as soon as possible at the same address. We will then correct our records and notify any third parties to whom such personal data may have been supplied.

Affiliate marketing links

Our website contains some affiliate marketing links, which means we get paid commission on sales of those products or services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. We use Skimlinks and more information about their data collection is set out in their privacy policy at http://skimlinks.com/privacy-policy

What is Skimlinks?

Skimlinks offers a service to Publishers to help them earn an income and gain insights from their commerce-related content. The service works by creating/tagging links within content that a User is reading which, if clicked, takes the User to a Merchant website where the products and/or services can be purchased. If the User then buys something as a result of clicking on these links, the Publisher is paid a referral fee by the Merchant through Skimlinks. This referral fee does not come out of Users’ pockets, nor does it affect the price Users pay or the experience Users have on the Merchant’s site.

Skimlinks also offers Merchants and Advertisers a service that helps them to better understand and target Users’ behaviours, and to identify and work more effectively with Publishers and third parties on marketing campaigns.

What information does Skimlinks collect about Users through its technology and how does it use this information?

Skimlinks store Users’ IP addresses, from which they can determine a User’s approximate geographical location (e.g. country or region). They need this information to optimize the links that are created/monetized to suit the geography of the User, and to provide aggregate reporting to Publishers, Merchants and Advertisers on the location of users visiting Skimlinks Enabled Sites. They also use IP addresses as part of their efforts to reduce fraud and identify non-human browsing patterns.

Skimlinks store information about the device that a User uses to access sites within their Publisher network, such as the browser type, browser version, and type of device. This helps them ensure they can diagnose and fix browser compatibility issues more swiftly, optimize their service to suit the preferred browsing environments, and provide aggregate reporting to Publishers, Merchants and Advertisers.

Skimlinks store non-identifiable information, using cookies and device identifiers, about the websites within their Publisher network that Users visit, which of their links Users click on, and whether Users make a purchase. This enables them to provide Users with relevant and useful links and advertising to products and/or services in which they are likely to be interested, and to Merchants and Advertisers from whom they are likely to want to buy. Further information regarding the cookies they utilise to collect this information can be found here

As part of the information available in standard web serving logs, Skimlinks also store information about the referrer, i.e. the website page from which the User linked to the Skimlinks Enabled Site.

To provide Publishers and Merchants with the Service, Skimlinks collect information on visits and sales on Skimlinks Enabled Sites, including but not limited to order value, products bought, and order identifiers. These are used to help Publishers, Merchants and Advertisers make better marketing and content creation decisions. At no time do they know who a User is, nor do they make any attempt to try and identify a User.

Skimlinks use cookies to collect the information they need to optimise the product/Merchant links they monetize/create, and improve the service they provide to Publishers, Merchants, Advertisers and Users. Cookies also enable them to carry out audience segmentation, ie they divide Users into groups based upon defined criteria such as product usage, demographics, communication behaviour and media use. They synchronise cookie identifiers with third parties in order to enrich the Service and offer personalized experiences across the web. As you browse Skimlinks Enabled Sites, cookies will be placed on your Computer so that they can understand what you are interested in. These anonymous profiles allow for the customization of websites and targeting of content, including but not limited to advertising.

How can I disable Skimlinks cookies?

If you no longer want Skimlinks to store data about the websites you visit, the links you click and the Merchants you buy from, you can simply opt-out here This will mean Skimlinks will not drop Skimlinks cookies when you browse websites in their Publisher or Merchant network.

Please note: This opt-out facility relies on a cookie being set on your browser. By visiting the link above, you acknowledge that Skimlinks will be setting and maintaining the cookie on your browser in order to recognise you as an opted-out visitor. You must opt-out again if you clear that cookie from your browser (see allaboutcookies.org for more information), use a different internet browser, or use a different computer to access the internet.

U.S. visitors can understand more about cookies and their choices at these websites:
http://www.aboutads.info/choices
http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/

EU/EEA visitors can understand more about cookies and their choices at http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/

If you opt-out of Skimlinks cookies, Skimlinks will still operate on pages that you visit, and still create monetizable links in content if the Publisher has chosen to install Skimlinks on its website. They just won’t optimise these links based on your preferences and behaviours, nor will they associate the websites you visit and shop from to a specific cookie.

In order for referral fees and commissions to be paid by Merchants to Publishers, Skimlinks works with affiliate networks and other ad networks that manage the relationships between Skimlinks and the Merchants. As set out above, Users who receive Skimlinks cookies are also assigned a unique identifier number.

When a User clicks on a link created by a Tool, Skimlinks attaches the User’s unique identifier number so it passes to the appropriate affiliate network for the purpose of tracking whether that User makes a purchase on the Merchant website they visit. Note that at no time do Skimlinks pass any Personal Information, nor make any attempt to determine the actual identity of an individual User; all information is completely anonymous and used only for the purposes of optimizing the service provided to the User. The affiliate and ad networks that work with Skimlinks also use their own cookies in order to track if a sale has occurred, as most of these parties will only pay Publishers when a referral has been successful, i.e. a sale was completed. Skimlinks do not have control over or access to these cookies and they are dropped by the affiliate and ad networks via our Skimlinks Enabled Sites and Publisher Toolbars.

What is my opt-out status in respect of Skimlinks technology?

You can find out your current opt-out status or consent status, and can also opt-out or opt-in again, by clicking here

What about changes to the privacy policy?

We reserve the right to modify or amend this privacy policy at any time and for any reason. Details of any changes will be posted at the top of the privacy policy web page.

Contact Address:
Whisky Distilled
42 Lamberton Court
Pencaitland
Tranent
East Lothian
EH34 5BL