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Privacy Notice

American Bee Journal respects the personal privacy of visitors to our website (“”). Please read this Internet Privacy Policy carefully so that you understand what information we collect through our website, what we do with that information, and how to safeguard the personal information you provide to us. This Internet Privacy Policy applies only to information collected online through the American Bee Journal Website and does not describe the ways in which we may collect or use information obtained offline or through any means other than our American Bee Journal Web Site.

Internet Privacy Policy

Your personal privacy is a principal concern to us at the American Bee Journal. Our goal in outlining our policy on the collection and use of viewer/customer information is to ensure the highest level of confidentiality and security. When you provide your personal information on our American Bee Journal Website, we will not give or sell your personal information to any outside company for its use in marketing or solicitation without your permission, which may be express or implied. We will maintain the confidentiality of your personal information and it will be used only to support your customer relationship with our publication and to assist us in providing better and more targeted services to you. Additionally, internal practices are in place to help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to and use of customer information. When we ask viewers/customers to provide their personal information on the American Bee Journal Website, it is done with the goal of improving the relationship between the American Bee Journal publication and the viewer. At the American Bee Journal, we allow our viewers to maintain control over their personal information while attempting to provide a more interactive online experience. Our intention is to send e-mail only to viewers/customers who have chosen to receive such e-mails. At any time, you have the right to decline receiving future communications from the American Bee Journal in any manner, including email, fax, telephone and postal mail. To edit your privacy preferences, send an email to

Collect Information

When you browse any American Bee Journal Web Site, you do so anonymously. Personal information—including your e-mail address—is not collected. However, there are three (3) ways in which an American Bee Journal Website may collect information about you.

  1. The American Bee Journal Web Site may request that you voluntarily provide personal information for purposes such as correspondence, site registration, membership, making a purchase, or participating in contests or online surveys. Information that we ask you to provide may include your name, e-mail address, telephone number, mailing address and birth date. We may also request that you provide viewer/customer preference information, lifestyle interests, and other demographic information that may be needed to register or subscribe you to services or offers.
  2. Like many other commercial websites, the American Bee Journal Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how our websites are used. Cookies are small text files on your system used for keeping track of settings or data for a particular website. You may turn them off through your browser or set your browser to notify you before accepting them. The American Bee Journal Website may use cookies to store information necessary to provide a service or access into a site. Any information that we may store in cookies is used for internal purposes only.
  3. Each time an American Bee Journal Web Site page is requested from your browser, we log your computer’s IP address into our log files. Your computer has been pre-assigned a 12-digit number from your Internet Service Provider and may be static or dynamically assigned—this number is the IP address. The American Bee Journal uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track movements on the site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to any other personally identifiable information by the American Bee Journal.

The Information We Collect

We collect only information that is needed, and we tell viewers/customers how we use it. We limit the collection of information about our viewers/customers to what we need to know to manage their membership, to provide customer service, to offer new products and services, and to fulfill any legal and regulatory requirements. We tell our viewers/customers about the general uses of information we collect about them, and we will provide additional explanation if requested. A viewer/customer may change, update or add additional information about themselves at any time by contacting the local publication or sending an email to


Access to viewer/customer information is limited to those who specifically need it to conduct their business responsibilities. We use security techniques designed to protect our viewer/customer information—especially information that is used by employees and business partners to fulfill viewer/customer services. In addition to providing viewers/customers with the opportunity to refuse marketing offers, we release information only at the viewers’/customers’ requests, or when required to do so by law or other regulatory authority. When a court order or subpoena requires us to release information, we notify the viewer/customer directly so that his/her legal rights can be exercised, if appropriate. The only exceptions to this policy are when we are prohibited by court order or law from notifying the viewer/customer, or cases in which fraud and/or criminal activity is suspected. Finally, each American Bee Journal employee is personally responsible for maintaining viewer and customer confidentiality. Employees who violate these policies are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Employees are expected to report violations—and may do so confidentially—to their managers or other supervisors. You can email  with any concerns you may have about your privacy.

Use and Disclosure of Information

As a result of providing your personal information to us, the American Bee Journal can provide a more customized online experience, making your interaction with us more productive, helpful and fun, and will enhance the services and offers our publications bring to you. If you provide us with your e-mail address, or have done so in the past, we may send you e-mail offers or announcements of benefit to you. On occasion a state regulatory department may request us to make information available to beekeepers concerning new laws or information about diseases that affect the bees. You may voluntarily sign up for our newsletter on our website. These e-mail offers, notifications will come from the American Bee Journal publication only. Your information or email address is never sold to a third party. All offers are carefully developed to guarantee that they meet our standards. Our goal is to target offers to viewers/customers who will find them of value. At any time, you may request to discontinue receiving these communications from us by simply replying to the e-mail address included in every e-mail message that you receive from the American Bee Journal.

From time to time, we may offer contests or other promotions on the American Bee Journal Web Site. If you enter a contest or participate in a promotional event, we will ask you to provide information about yourself (such as your name, address, and email address). Among other things, we will need this information to contact you if you win, and we may also use this information for marketing purposes. We may share this information with any co-sponsors of the contest or promotional event; co-sponsors will be identified in the contest rules. We may also share this information with or other third-party service providers that help administer our contests and promotional events, such as by conducting drawings, and/or delivering prizes to winners. If you do not want to provide the requested information or have the information provided to co-sponsors or other third-party service providers please do not enter the contest or participate in the promotional event.

At times, our clients might collect personal information from viewers on the American Bee Journal Web Site or on-site at a retail location or other American Bee Journal sponsored events. The collection of this information is clearly marked as information being collected by or for a third party and providing such information is strictly voluntary. The American Bee Journal may help facilitate the collection of the information by providing forms and collection boxes for the client. Sometimes this information is shared with the publication, though the American Bee Journal will only market to you if you have given us permission. Information gathered in this manner is shared with our client partners; and other information you may have previously provided to us remains private.

We do monitor URL click-throughs found in our email messages. The click-through rate is reviewed in order to track (i) participation in contests to judge effectiveness and award prizes; (ii) viewer interests; and/or (iii) response rates for the American Bee Journal-marketing purposes or to report to a client in aggregate form only, the response of viewers. Individual activity is never shared with employees or third parties.

Protecting the Privacy of Children

Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. The American Bee Journal Web Site is not directed at children under the age of 13 and we will not knowingly allow anyone under 13 to provide us any personal identifying information. If you are under the age of 13, please do not provide any information about yourself to any American Bee Journal Web Site.

Other Disclosures

Third-party Internet sites and services accessible through the American Bee Journal Web Site have separate privacy and information collection practices, independent of us. The American Bee Journal has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions. You are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords, membership ID, or any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online. If you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. While we aim to protect your personal information, the American Bee Journal cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

While the American Bee Journal publication puts forth its best efforts in adhering to these minimum privacy standards, additional restrictions may be imposed to comply with state and local laws, and/or station-specific programs, products and services.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

The Internet is an evolving medium. If we need to change this Internet Privacy Policy at some point in the future, we will post the changes to this Internet Privacy Policy on this website and update the reference to the effective date to reflect the date of the amendment. By visiting the American Bee Journal Web Site, you agree that your visit, and any dispute over privacy, is governed by this Internet Privacy Policy.