Privacy Policy
The Washington Wine Commission protects the privacy of its online users, subject to the law and regulation applicable to the Commission as an agency of the State of Washington.  All statements and representations set forth in this privacy policy are subject to the terms and limitations of such law and regulation, in particular, RCW 42.56 regarding public records. 

The Commission does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals, except when it is knowingly provided by such individuals. The Commission does not share voluntarily provided, personally identifiable information for any purpose other than its intended use.  The Commission encourages you to read this privacy policy carefully, so that you will clearly understand our method of collecting and using information.

Information Collection and Use

The Commission collects personally identifiable information when you use certain features of this website. The Commission uses the information collected to fulfill your requests for information, products and services.

Web Log File Data

The Commission collects some basic web log file data about site visitors. This information includes domain names, website traffic and server usage statistics. This information is used for site management and administration and to improve the content and overall performance of our site.

Subscriptions

If you subscribe to a newsletter or other publication distributed by the Commission via e-mail, we will keep your e-mail address in a private distribution list. We do not use this e-mail address list for any other purpose, and we only add individuals at their request. At any time, you may opt out by using the unsubscribe link provided on our website and in the publication e-mail, which will remove your information from the distribution list for that publication.

Third-Party Service Providers

The Commission may engage third-party vendors to help us manage our website and allow us to better service our visitors. The Commission never shares with third parties any personally identifiable information you provide when requesting information, except as may be required by law.

Links To Other Sites

This site may have links to other sites we think may be of interest to our visitors. The purpose is to provide visitors with convenient access to other sites that might interest them. A link to another site does not imply an endorsement of the site's content or services.  The Commission is not responsible for the privacy practices of sites not owned by the Commission. The Commission encourages you to read the privacy statements at any such site that collects personally identifiable data.

E-mail Communication

The Commission does not collect your e-mail address unless you voluntarily submit it to us or choose to communicate with us via e-mail. The Commission does not sell or rent any e-mail addresses. When you send email in to the Commission via the washingtonwine.org website, your message and e-mail address will be forwarded to the appropriate department within the Commission.

How We Use the Information

The Commission uses the information you provide to fulfill your online request, facilitate customer service and inform you of our services. The Commission does not rent, sell or otherwise provide visitors' personal information to third parties, such as marketers.  It is possible that the Commission could be forced to disclose personally identifiable user information in response to a search warrant, subpoena, court order or other legal means (e.g., freedom of information act request); this can happen to any organization keeping records. Disclosures may also be appropriate to protect our legal rights and the security or integrity of our website, or to avoid liability.

Policy Changes

The Commission will post any changes to our privacy policy on the Washington Wine Commission website.

Deletion and Removal of Information

Non-identifiable information in our database will not be deleted. Like all responsible website publishers, the Commission maintains backup files as a protection against natural disasters, equipment failures, or other disruptions. Backup files protect you and the Commission because they lower the risk of losing valuable data. Removing a record from our main files does not remove that record from any backup systems. It may take up to six months before all the information in a backup record is completely erased through the normal recycling of backup files. In the meantime, as long as backup records exist, they receive the same privacy and security protections as our other records.
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