Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The APOLNET website is maintained by the Alcohol Policy Network, a group launched in 1995 to facilitate the development of policies that prevent problems associated with alcohol use and enhance the health, safety and well-being of individuals and communities.

The APOLNET Privacy Policy is based on a fundamental respect for privacy, as defined by the Privacy Act (see also the Office of the Privacy Commissioner), and according to generally accepted website management practices.

We use cookies to track general user trends and patterns, and to remember your unique preferences when you visit the APOLNET site. A cookie is a small piece of information that a website stores on your computer. It is retrieved automatically whenever you return and some of its contents are put into log files that are then used to generate periodic statistical reports. These reports help us to evaluate and improve our website by tracking global indicators such as the total number of visitors, total pages viewed, most popular documents retrieved, etc.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to alert you when one is being sent. However, some parts of the APOLNET site may not work properly if you choose not to accept any cookies. For additional information on cookies, see the Help instructions in your browser.

On our site there are two places that may request personal information: our Listserv and our Key Contacts Database.

When you subscribe to the listserv you are doing so from the email address to which you wish listserv postings to be sent. This email address and a randomly generated password (sent to you each month) are the only pieces of personal information we store. Note, however, that when you post an item to the listserv, your email address is also viewable by the internet public at large.

Members of our Key Contacts Database have decided to become a resource for others in the alcohol policy field to call on for information, or be a media spokesperson, workshop/conference presenter, event organizer, program contact, funder, or consultant. In doing so, identifying information such as name, work address, telephone number, and email address are requested. While the information can be viewed by those searching the database, the content can only be changed using the user-supplied password.

We do not sell, share, lease, or in any way distribute our members' information. The information provided is used strictly for the purposes for which it was gathered, as per the federal Privacy Act. As we are committed to protecting the accuracy and integrity of the information represented on this site, we will be sending out emails periodically for the purposes of ensuring your email address is active, to remind you of your password, and, once a year to remind you to verify your database profile (contact information) before we go to press.

For security reasons, we ask that you do not allow anyone else to register or update your information in the database or listserv. If you forget your password or have difficulty editing your profile, please email

Please note that APOLNET has links to many external sites over which we have no control. We strongly encourage you to read their privacy policies and always use caution when asked to divulge personal information.