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AdVL Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy for website



We have created this policy in order to demonstrate our commitment to preserving your privacy and safeguarding any personal details you provide to us. This policy explains how we collect and use your information.

By using our website, by becoming a Member of the Académie du Vin Library, or by providing us with your personal information, you automatically agree to this policy. We may update the policy from time to time without notice to you, so please check it regularly.

Information that we collect

If you purchase a book and/or a Membership subscription from our website, subscribe to our newsletter, or become involved with us in some other way, we may collect personal information about you such as:

  • Your name, address, email address or telephone number
  • Orders and purchases made by you, including method of payment. We do not retain credit card information
  • Your (encrypted) password if you set up an account with us
  • Your online browsing history on our website

Please note that when you visit the AdVL website, cookies will be used to collect information about you, such as your internet protocol (IP) address, and information about your visit such as the pages you viewed or searched for, page response times etc. We do this so that we can measure our website’s performance and make future improvements. For more information on Cookies, please see our Cookie Policy (below)

How we use the information that we collect

We may use your information in order to:

  • Send you the books you purchase from AdVL
  • Contact you about the books you have purchased and to advise about despatch and delivery
  • Tell you about forthcoming titles and events in the AdVL library
  • Manage your online account
  • Ensure we communicate with you in accordance with your contact preferences
  • Provide you with the opportunity to review our products and services
  • Carry out research to better understand your views on AdVL

From time to time we will send you marketing communications as we believe we have a legitimate interest in doing so. However, we will always offer you a clear and simple means of choosing your preferences and opting out of communications, should you wish to do so.

When we may share your information

So that we can provide you with our books and services, we have to share some of your information with trusted third parties. These include our marketing email specialists, Mailchimp; the payment processors, banks and clearing houses that process your payments; our warehousing and despatch company J&J; and the delivery companies we use to send our books to you. When we organise events, we also sometimes need to use external agencies to manage the event organisation.

We will only send to third parties the information that is necessary for the stated purpose. If we do this, we will not give those individuals or organisations any rights to use your personal information (or to contact you) except in accordance with our instructions. The only times we will pass your details would be:

  • To enable providers to fulfil AdVL orders or provide Membership services
  • To enable organisations within the payment card industry to prevent online fraud
  • Where we are required to do so by any law or court order.

If you place an order or a Membership subscription with us, we will process the payment either through PayPal or through an online payments service called Stripe.  A copy of PayPal’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.paypal.com/en/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full and a copy of Stripe’s Privacy Policy can be found at mailto:https://stripe.com/gb/privacy.

Despatch of books is managed by James & James eCommerce Fulfilment Ltd and its distribution partners, who are contracted by us to manage any necessary data supplied to them in order to fulfil orders in accordance with worldwide GDPR regulations.

Please note that we will not pass on your information to third parties for purposes other than to deliver AdVL services.

How long will we keep this information about you?

We will only keep information about you for as long as we need to. We make sure that any companies that process your information on our behalf do the same.

The length of time may depend on the reason for which we are processing the information and the type of information being processed. Generally, we will retain information for a period of 7 years after the last interaction with the user. This is to ensure that we have proper records and a clear audit trail. We will carefully and securely dispose of any information after the retention period has expired.

In the event that you ask us to stop sending you marketing communications, we will retain certain details, such as your name, to help us ensure that you are not contacted again. If you ask us to destroy your information, we will usually do so within 30 days where we are able to do so and we do not need to hold the information for our records. 

Where is my information stored?

The information that we collect from you will primarily be stored on the servers of our domain partner 1&1 IONOS Ltd, a company registered in the UK No. 03953678.

When providing payment details through the Stripe payment service, those details may be transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) to its US headquarters. Stripe is accredited under the EU-US Privacy Shield, which means that information from Europe can lawfully be transferred to it. More information about this transfer can be found at https://support.stripe.com/questions/stripe-and-european-information-transfers. 

Your rights in relation to your information

Under the terms of information protection legislation, you have the following rights when using this website:

  • In certain circumstances you have a right to require us to stop processing your personal information in a particular way.
  • You have the right to request that your personal information is erased from our information base in certain circumstances.
  • You have a right to ask for a copy of the personal information we hold about you. If you want to access to your personal information, please send a description of the personal information you want to see and proof of your identity by email to info@academieduvinlibrary.com. 
  • We also want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. Please let us know if your details change. You may also ask us to correct or remove personal information which is inaccurate.
  • You can also opt-out of receiving all or some of our non-Membership marketing communications or request that we stop processing personal information about you for certain purposes at any time by contacting us info@academieduvinlibrary.com.

For more information, we suggest that you consult guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Managing the information we have about you

We are committed to ensuring that:

  • We will only use your personal information for the purposes stated in our Privacy Policy, and that we will always use technology and processes that ensure that your personal information is secure. 
  • When we ask another organisation to provide services to us that involve sharing your personal information, for example our warehouse, we will always make sure they have appropriate security measures in place.
  • If you would like to change our use of your personal information, you can do this easily. Please contact us by emailing info@academieduvinlibrary.com or by managing your subscription status in your account pages on the AdVL website.

If you should be unhappy with the way in which we have handled your personal information please contact us info@academieduvinlibrary.com. You are also entitled to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office. For further information see the Information Commissioner’s guidance at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/personal-information



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We have a visible banner on our website to remind users that by using the website they consent to our use of cookies.

Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default. However, it is possible to set an internet browser to reject cookies.

If you do not accept our use of cookies as set out in this Policy, please set your internet browser to reject cookies. This may impair your ability to use our website.

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By taking out a monthly or annual Membership subscription with the Académie du Vin Library, you are entering into a legally binding arrangement with Académie du Vin Library Ltd (AdVL). Monthly subscribers Your subscription fee will be debited from your bank or Paypal account on the day your membership is activated and on the same day of each month thereafter. You may cancel your subscription at any time by notifying us by email. However, if you decide to cancel less than 5 days before the next subscription fee is due, this fee will be forfeited.

Annual subscribers Your subscription fee will be debited from your bank or Paypal account on the day your membership is activated and automatically renewed on the same day of the following year unless you tell us otherwise. We will send you an automatic reminder by email when your subscription is due for renewal. You may cancel your subscription at any time by notifying us by email. However, if you decide to cancel less than 5 days before your next annual subscription fee falls due, this fee will be forfeited. We regret that no refund on subscription fees can be given, for whatever reason. After cancellation, all personal information relating specifically to your Membership will be destroyed.

The benefits of Membership include, but are not necessarily limited to, those advertised on our website. You are advised to check the website regularly for updates.

Membership and its benefits are limited to one subscriber only and apply only for the period of the subscription. Do not share your membership details with anyone. Failure to comply with this condition may lead to automatic cancellation of Membership and its benefits.

By entering into a Membership agreement you acknowledge that additional purchasing information will be stored by us in order for us to fulfil the benefits of Membership. We undertake not to share this information with anyone else and to use it solely for the purposes for which it is intended.

Content published on the Members-only area of our website is for the benefit of Members only. It may be referred to with due credit to Académie du Vin Library but must not be copied, electronically shared or otherwise republished, either wholly or in part, without the express permission of the publishers. Failure to comply with this condition may lead to automatic cancellation of Membership and its benefits.

Académie du Vin Library Ltd regrets that it is unable to offer refunds for Membership benefits not taken up during the period of the subscription or to extend those benefits to a further subscription period.

Membership subscription fees are inclusive of VAT and all other local taxes. Académie du Vin Library Ltd regrets that it is unable to offer refunds of taxes that are not applicable within a particular area, state or country.

If you have a question or complaint about Membership of the Académie du Vin Library or the benefits thereof, please let us know immediately by writing to info@academieduvinlibrary.com and we will do our best to resolve the issue promptly.