Last updated: March 20, 2020

Thank you for visiting (“website”). This Privacy Policy explains how we, the Asia Pacific Wine and Spirit Institute, a registered non-profit located at 20th Floor 250 Howe Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3R8, Canada (“APWASI”, “we”, “us”, “our(s)”, etc.) collect, use, disclose, safeguard and otherwise process your personal information (i.e., information that can be used to identify you) when you visit and interact with this website, including when you purchase and use our online courses and other products or services (“Services”).

This Privacy Policy also explains our data practices when we communicate with you by email, telephone or other means.

We may modify this Privacy Policy from time to time, and will notify you by posting the modified version at and changing the effective date at the top.We encourage you to check this web page periodically for any changes to the Privacy Policy.

If you have any queries, please contact APWASI’s data protection contact by emailing:


1. How do we collect personal information?

For the most part, we collect personal information directly from you, such as when you create an account, enrol in a course with us or you subscribe to us when you submit your contact details.

We may also automatically collect information when you visit our website. See “Cookies & Targeted Advertising” to learn more.

2. What information do we collect?

The type of information we collect depends upon your engagement with us. We collect the information set out at Appendix A and Appendix B about you when you visit our website and use our Services.

3. How we use personal information?

We use your personal information to:

Facilitate account creation and logon processes. If you choose to create an APWASI account, or link your account with us to a third party account (such as your Google or Facebook account), we use the information from those third parties to facilitate account creation and logon processes.

Provide, administer and manage our online courses and other Services. We use your information to provide you with the requested Service.

Send you marketing and promotional communications. We or our third-party marketing partners may use information you send for marketing purposes, in accordance with your preferences (see “Your Rights” below). For example, we may send you emails to keep you informed of upcoming courses and events.

Send administrative information to you. We may use your personal information to send you product, service or new feature information or information about changes to our terms and conditions or policies. These types of communications are not promotional, but for a legitimate purpose, such as meeting our contractual obligations or part of our business relationship.

Process online payments. We use your financial information, address and other data to process online payments.

Deliver targeted advertising to you. We may use your information to develop and display content and advertising (and work with third parties who do so) tailored to your interests or location.

Administer prize draws and competitions. We may use your information to administer prize draws and competitions when you elect to participate in competitions.

Request feedback. We may use your information to request feedback and to contact you about your use of our Services or our website.

Protect our website and our Services. We may use your information as part of our efforts to keep our website and Services safe and secure (for example, for fraud monitoring and prevention).

Improve APWASI and the website. We will use your information to better understand our customer needs, improve our Services, website and to develop new Services.

To respond to legal requests. If we receive a subpoena or other legal request, we may need to inspect the data we hold to determine how to respond.

4. Does APWASI use special category personal information?

We do not use special categories of personal information.

5. Cookies & Targeted Advertising

Like many sites, this website uses cookies, etags, web beacons and other similar technologies to automatically collect certain technical data from your computer or mobile device. We may collect non-personally identifiable information relating to your use of our website, such as which pages you access, which links you clicked, the date and time of your access, information about the internet browser used, your internet service provider and the website from which you accessed our website. If collected, this information will be used to assist us in analyzing the activity on our website, which we use to help us improve the website and our Services, including the following:

IP Addresses. We may collect your IP address when you visit our website to help us diagnose problems, for system administration, to report aggregated information to our business partners, and to audit the use of our website. We do not normally link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable. In select circumstances, we may use IP addresses to help us identify you when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our terms of use.

Cookies & other similar technologies. We use cookies, scripts, pixel tags, etags, web beacons and other similar technologies. A cookie is a small text file installed on your computer or other device that enables our website to recognize you. It consists of a unique number and can distinguish you from other visitors. It does not contain any personal details. This means that it is very difficult to identify you personally on the basis of such cookies, or identify you when you visit third party websites. Depending on the type of cookie or technology used, these tools may be necessary for our website to function, to improve performance or assist us in recognizing you, such as when you log into your account. We collect this data to help us analyze our website flow, performance, content structure, better reflect visitor preferences, prepopulate information so that you do not have to enter it over and over again, track usage and to tailor advertisements to you.

Most browsers are set up to accept cookies; however, the “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will explain how you can stop accepting cookies and how to turn off existing cookies.

Online behavioural advertising. Online interest-based advertising means programs that decide which ads you might like to see based on non-sensitive information from your online activities, such as the actions you take when you visit this website as well as other websites. This data helps us and our ad partners understand your interests in order to display ads that you might enjoy. We also participate in network advertising programs that display advertising about our Services, as well as other unaffiliated advertisers.

You can opt-out of network advertising programs that track your activities across multiple websites to deliver personalized advertising content to you. To opt-out, please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada Opt-Out Page:

6. When will we share or disclose your personal information?

APWASI may share or disclose information with:

Third–Party Vendors. We share information collected from the website and Service with third-party vendors who act on our behalf and require such information to do that work. For example, we use third-party vendors to design and operate the website; to process payments, to store data, to conduct surveys; and to help us with our promotional efforts. These third-party vendors may need information about you to perform their functions.

Other users of thewebsite and Services. You may be able to submit User-Generated Content (UGC) on or through this website, for example, discussions about the online course. Any personal information contained in UGC can be read, collected, or used by others. Therefore, you should have no expectation of privacy with respect to UGC you submit on this website.

Third-Party Social Media Platforms. We may provide the functionality of this website that allows you to automatically post information about the actions you take on this website to a third-party social media platform (such as Facebook or Twitter). If you choose to take advantage of this functionality, people with access to your profile on the third-party platform may be able to see the actions you have taken. Thus, you should have no expectation of privacy in those actions. Further, if you choose to link your profile on this website with an account on a third-party social media platform, we may share the information in your profile with that third-party platform.

Part of a Business Transfer. Your information may be transferred to successor organization if, for example, we transfer the ownership or operation of this website to another organization or if we merge with another organization. If such a transfer occurs, the successor organization’s use of your information will still be subject to this Privacy Notice and the privacy preferences you have expressed to us.

Governments, agencies or law enforcement. We may disclose your information when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law, a court order or a subpoena. We may also disclose your information to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to protect the security of our website or Services; to enforce or apply our online Terms & Conditions or other agreements; or to protect our own rights or property or the rights, property or safety of our users or others.

7. Use of third-party links

Our website may include links to third-party websites, including social media platforms. We provide these links for your convenience. Please note that third-party websites and platforms are governed by their own privacy policies. When you use any social media, links, shortened links, you do so at your own risk and we cannot be held liable nor responsible for any issues, damages or implications arising.

8. Security of personal information

We use reasonable physical, administrative, and technical measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, modification, theft and disclosure.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet and platforms is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted through the website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk.

The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our website, such as your own account, you are responsible for keeping it confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

9. Retaining your information

Except as otherwise permitted or required by applicable law or regulation, we will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. Under some circumstances, we may anonymize or aggregate your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you.

We reserve the right to use such anonymous and de-identified data for any legitimate business purpose without further notice to you or your consent.

10. Where your information will be stored

The majority of your personal information is collected, used, processed and stored in Canada. However, some of your personal information may be collected, used, processed, transferred and / or stored outside your country of residence and subject to laws of that jurisdiction, including the United States of America. You expressly acknowledge and consent to the abovementioned data activities outside of your country of residence.

11. A word about minors

Our website and our Services are not intended for individuals under the legal drinking age of their jurisdiction. We do not knowingly collect personal information from minors. If you are under the legal drinking age, do not use or provide any information on this websiteor make any purchases. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a minor, without verifiable consent of a parent or legal guardian, we will delete that information.

12. Your Rights

You have certain rights with respect to your personal information subject to the applicable privacy legislations of your country of residence. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:

  • Account updating. You may log into your account and update certain details of your profile on your own.
  • Right of access. You may have the right to request access to the information we have about you and to request supporting information explaining how the personal information is used. To do so, email us at
  • Right of rectification. You may have the right to request that we rectify inaccurate personal information about you.
  • Tracking Technologies and Advertising. You can choose whether to allow the website to collect information through cookies or other tracking technologies by setting your device to refuse all or some cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies or block the use of other tracking technologies some parts of this website may not be accessible or may not function properly.
  • Email marketing. If you have opted-in to receive certain emails from us but no longer wish for us to use your contact information to promote our own or third parties’ products or services, you can opt-out by clicking “unsubscribe” in the promotional email or email us However, we may still need to send you service-related emails that are necessary for the administration and use of your account.
  • Targeted Advertising. Third parties using information to provide targeted advertising may provide you with additional choices about how they use your information or ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt-out of several third party ad servers’ and networks’ cookies simultaneously by using an opt-out tool created by the Network Advertising Initiative. Opting out of a network does not mean you will no longer receive advertising. It does mean that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your web preferences and usage patterns.
  • Withdrawing consent.You have the right to withdraw your consent for us to use and disclose your personal information, subject to legal restrictions. To withdraw your consent, contact us at
  • Your California Privacy Rights.If you are a California resident, you may be entitled to additional rights over your personal information. You have the right to know and access the specific pieces and categories of personal information we have collected about you in the past year, the categories of sources of that information, the business or commercial purposes for collecting that information, the categories of third parties with whom we share your information, and the categories of information we have shared about you in the past year.

You may have additional rights, depending on where you reside.

13. Contact us

We welcome your questions and comments regarding this Privacy Policy and our privacy practices. Please contact our privacy team by email at


Appendix a

We will collect the following personal information about you:

Category of personal information Personal information collected
Information collected when you register for an account with us. Your name, home address, personal email address, phone number, username and password, date of birth.
Information collected when you purchase an online course or other Services. Your name, home address, personal email address, personal telephone number, institutional code, username, password, any additional notes you provide, payment information such as credit card details.
Information collected when you register for the latest alerts and information. Your name, personal phone number, email address, cell phone, any comments you provide.
Information collected when you use an online course or other Services. Your name, job, title, employer, education background, education experiences, work experiences, training records, transcripts.
Special categories of personal data. We do not collect special categories of information.


Appendix B

Personal information we collect, use and share

Category Examples Collected Purpose Shared
Identifiers Name, username, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, or other similar identifiers Collected online or offline when you directly provide it to us. The purpose of the collection is listed above in the How we use personal information section. Shared with our vendors and service providers.
Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)) Name, address, telephone number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information. (Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories.) Collected online when you directly provide it to us. The purpose of the collection is listed above in the How we use personal information section. Shared with our vendors and service providers.
Commercial information Products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies. Collected online when you directly provide it to us. The purpose of the collection is listed above in the How we use personal information section. Shared with our vendors and service providers.
Biometric information Genetic, physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics Not collected N/A N/A
Internet or other similar network activity Information on a customer’s interaction with a website, application, or advertisement. Collected online when you directly provide it to us or from third parties. The purpose of the collection is listed above in the How we use personal informationand in the Cookies & Targeted Advertising sections. Shared with our vendors, advertising partners and service providers.
Geolocation data Physical location or movements. Collected online when you directly provide it to us or from third parties. The purpose of the collection is listed above in the How we use personal information section. Shared with our vendors and service providers.
Sensory data Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information. Not collected N/A N/A
Non-public education information Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution. N/A N/A N/A
Inferences drawn from other personal information Gender, preferences, aptitudes from taking courses. Collected online or when you directly provide it to us or from third parties. The purpose of the collection is listed above in the How we use personal information section. Shared with our vendors, and service providers.