The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is committed to promoting and protecting the privacy rights of individuals, as enumerated in Article 1 of the California Constitution, the Information Practices Act of 1977, and other state and federal laws.
It is the policy of ABC to limit the collection and safeguard the privacy of personal information collected or maintained by the Department. The ABC’s information management practices conform to the requirements of the Information Practices Act (Civil Code Section 1798 et seq.), the Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.), Government Code Sections 11015.5 and 11019.9, and other applicable laws pertaining to information privacy.
You have the right to know what types of information we gather and how we use it. Individuals have a right to access information about themselves and may request a correction of any inaccuracies. You have the right to have any electronically collected personal information deleted by us, without reuse or distribution.
Personal information will not be disclosed, made available, or otherwise used for purposes other than those specified at the time of collection, except with the consent of the subject of the data, or as authorized by law or regulation. Electronically collected personal information is exempt from requests made under the Public Records Act.
What we do with the information collected
The information we automatically collect or store is used to improve the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. This information does not identify you personally and is used for gathering web site statistics.
Information you provide for specific requests are used to help us improve our website and to process your requests. We do not sell your information or distribute it to anyone outside of ABC unless required by law or necessary to process your online request. We may be required to comply with subpoenas and government orders, and provide information to the extent permissible by law.
Whenever you visit a website, a small piece of information called a cookie can be sent to your computer. The main purpose of a cookie is to identify and customize webpages for you. ABC uses Google Analytics tracking cookies for statistical purposes to determine how useful our information is to you. You can choose not to have your data used by Google Analytics by downloading their opt-out browser add-on. Selecting to opt out will not interfere with your ability to use the web site.
On this website, a temporary cookie may be placed on your computer that automatically records the following information:
- Date and time of visit to the ABC website
- Name and version of your web browser used to access the ABC website
- Computer Internet Protocol address
- Web pages requested
- Referring website or social media platform
- Forms or documents that you downloaded
You can prevent cookies from being placed on your computer by accessing your browser’s preferences menu and deleting existing cookies. There also are commercial programs available to help you manage cookies. Before taking such steps, you should be aware that some websites may not work properly if you choose to block the placement of cookies on your computer. You will need to decide whether enabling cookies outweighs privacy concerns.
Information we collect for specific requests
We need the information listed below to respond to your request:
Protecting your privacy
The ABC secures all personal information against loss, damage, modification, unauthorized access, or disclosure as required by federal and California Law, and the State Administrative Manual policy. Information voluntarily provided by you will be protected by the appropriate computer, network, and Internet technical security controls at the employee and departmental level to prevent unauthorized access. Some of these security controls include: password and user identification verification, data encryption, confidential transmissions, secure storage areas, and audit trails.
Individuals have a right to access information about themselves and may request a correction of any inaccuracies. You have the right to have any electronically collected personal information deleted by us, without reuse or distribution. Any information we acquire, including information collected on our website, may be released if requested as stated in the Information Practices Act of 1977 (see Civil Code Section 1798).
Electronically collected personal information is exempt from disclosure when requested under the California Public Records Act (see Government Code Section 6250).
For more information on how you can protect your privacy, visit the Privacy Enforcement and Protection page on the Office of the Attorney General website.
Links to other websites
Notification of changes
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy
Contact our Privacy Officer.