Ministry of Ale Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how the Ministry of Ale collects, uses and discloses information, and what choices you have with respect to the information. This Privacy Policy will be subject to changes as reflected in current data protection legislation in New Zealand.

You should read this Privacy Policy alongside our Terms and Conditions.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

The Ministry of Ale will occasionally update this Privacy Policy to reflect the current New Zealand data protection law. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to stay informed on how the Ministry of Ale is protecting your information.

Personal Information

Personal Information is information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, by reference to an identifier such as a name, email, an identification number, location data, or an online identifier.

We collect personal information from you when you: use our Services, register for membership with us, provide us information on a web form, update or add information to your membership, participate in a community board discussion, or when you otherwise correspond with us.

Some of this Personal Information, such as a way to identify you, is necessary for us to communicate and provide services to you.

Information We Collect and Receive

The Ministry of Ale collects Personal Information, such as your email address, name, home or work address, and telephone number.

  • Such information is collected when you register as a member with us, when you use our Site, through web forms, through your participation in community discussions, or when you otherwise communicate with us.

  • We also use cookies to collect information about the pages that view, the links that you click, and other actions you take when accessing our Site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the Ministry of Ale's public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others.

Third Party Sites

The Ministry of Ale encourages you to review statements of websites you choose to link to from the Ministry of Ale so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. The Ministry of Ale is not responsible for the privacy policy or statements or other content on such third party websites.

How We Use Information

The Ministry of Ale collects and uses your Personal Information in order to communicate with you and provide you with Services.

The Ministry of Ale does not sell, rent or lease your Personal Information or its member lists to third parties.

The Ministry of Ale will disclose your Personal Information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the Ministry of Ale or the Site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the Ministry of Ale; and (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of members of the Ministry of Ale, or the public.

Company Communications

The Ministry of Ale may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by the Site that we think you may find useful, such as upcoming events or blog feeds that you have subscribed to. We may also send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the Site. Generally, you may opt out of such emails at the time of registration or through your member settings, though we reserve the right to send you notices about your membership, such as service announcements and administrative messages, even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.

Unless users opt-out from receiving marketing materials upon registration, Ithe Ministry of Ale may email members about products and services that the Ministry of Ale believes may be of interest. If you wish to opt-out of receiving marketing materials from The Ministry of Ale, you may do so by following the unsubscribe link in the email communications, by going to your membership settings (if applicable) or contacting us using the contact link in the menu above.

You may at any time review or change your Personal Information by going to your member settings or contacting us using the contact ilink in the menu above. You also have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Information or to have us delete or restrict how we use your Personal Information, but this right is determined by applicable law and will impact your access to the Site.

We will retain in our files some personally-identifying information to prevent fraud, to troubleshoot problems, to assist with any investigations, to enforce our Terms and to comply with legal requirements as is permitted by law. If your account is deactivated, all personally-identifying information will be removed and your access to the Site will be impacted.

Use of Cookies

The Ministry of Ale's website uses "cookies" to personalise your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Ministry of Ale that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you register with the Site, a cookie helps the Ministry of Ale to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. When you return to the Site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Ministry of Ale features that you customised.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.

How we protect your Personal Information

The Ministry of Ale secures your personal information from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. The Ministry of Ale secures Personal Information on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. When Personal Information is transmitted to other sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

We take the security of your Personal Information extremely seriously and use reasonable electronic, personnel and physical measures to protect it from loss, theft, alteration or misuse. However, please be advised that even the best security measures cannot fully eliminate all risks. We cannot guarantee that only authorised persons will view your information. We are not responsible for third-party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures.

We are dedicated to protecting all information on the Site as is necessary. However, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Personal Information by keeping your password confidential. You should change your password immediately if you believe someone has gained unauthorised access to it or your account. If you lose control of your member account, you should notify us immediately.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.