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Privacy Notice


BWD Privacy Policy Statement

Thank you for visiting the Bird Watcher's Digest.com Nature Shop! We value each of our online visitors and strive to protect your privacy. To that end, we have provided this policy to explain the ways in which we collect and use information to support our relationship with you. In addition, we list the options you have to control the way information is collected from your computer.

You can always find the most recent version of our privacy policy on this page, along with a notification of changes and the date in which modifications will apply to our online visitors. Our current policy has been in effect since September 1, 2002, and was last updated on June 9, 2009. Please refer to the Notification of Changes section for further details.

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Notification of Changes

Our privacy policy is periodically reviewed to ensure that we are adequately serving the interests and needs of our online visitors, customers, and subscribers. If we decide to change our privacy policy in whole or in part, we will inform you by posting a notice on our website. Changes to the policy will become effective on the date we specify and will apply to current and past users of our website.

On April 15, 2006, we upgraded the BWD Nature Shop to better serve our customers, which necessitated a revision in policy. This policy has been updated to describe the use of the information our customers share with us online. Our privacy policy continues to be available at the same URL. In addition, the language has been modified to clearly describe the ways in which the BWD Nature Shop collects and uses information obtained from online visitors. The revised privacy policy will become effective on May 1, 2007.

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A Special Note Concerning Children

We respect the privacy of children, and do not collect any more personal information than reasonably necessary to enable them to participate in the activities we offer on our website. We do not have any agreements with outside organizations to collect personal information on our site. The information we collect from children is used to respond to children's specific requests to participate in activities such as contests or sweepstakes, voting in polls or otherwise expressing an opinion, or submitting questions and/or comments.

We do not hold information or share children's personal information with anyone other than those who provide support for the internal operations of the website and our agents (e.g., contractors who provide fulfillment services or technical support to the website). Parents can request the information that we have collected from their children online, prevent the further use or maintenance of such information, or direct the deletion of their children's personal information by emailing us at [email protected].

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Customized Web Experience

At Bird Watcher's Digest.com, we use tiny pieces of information called "cookies" that help the site remember preferences that you set during a previous visit. We use them to control features you have accessed previously or to customize your web experience as you travel through our site.

"Session" cookies are used to improve navigation, facilitate during the online subscription process, and collect statistical information on the site. They are erased once you exit your web browser or turn off your computer.

"Persistent" cookies are more permanent bits of information that are placed on your computer hard drive, and stay there unless you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for a number of purposes, such as retrieving information you previously provided (such as user's identity, name, and e-mail address), helping to determine what areas of the site visitors enjoy most, and customizing the website to suit your preferences on an ongoing basis. Persistent cookies used at the BWD Nature Shop do not store personally identifiable information; they merely tell us what features you have accessed during previous visits to our site.

You can set your browser to accept all cookies, to reject all cookies, or to notify you whenever a cookie is offered so that you can decide to accept or reject it. To learn more about cookies and how to specify your preferences, please search for "cookie" in the "Help" portion of your browser. Please note: if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features we offer at the BWD Nature Shop.

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Personal Information:

When you attempt to add an item to your "shopping basket" or access any other "secure" page on this web site, we ask that you log in or register if you haven’t already done so. Our servers use the latest secure socket layer (SSL) protocol to encrypt all sensitive information. We also ask for information during the checkout process. The information you provide is used in the following way:

Name and Address: This information is used as defaults for billing and shipping information during the check out process. We also use this information to confirm the identification of callers when calling in to return items.

Telephone Number: This information is used to contact a customer if an urgent problem arises with their order, for calling back customers to our service department in case of disconnection, and for caller identification.

Password: This information provides each customer with private access to his or her personal information. Passwords are encrypted and stored in our secure database server and are not decrypted or shared with anyone.

E-mail Address: This is the unique identifier for each customer and is used by customers with the password to gain access to their personal and sales information. It is also used during order processing to notify customers of order status and customer service issues.

Shipping and Billing Address Information: This information is used for processing orders and is saved with each order as a "receipt". You view all previous orders by logging on using you E-mail Address and Password.

Order Information: This includes item, price, shipping, and tax information. This information can be used elsewhere in the system to provide references to another customer (e.g., "Those who purchased this item also bought…").

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Access, Correction, and Deletion of Your Information

If you have created an account at the BWD Nature Shop and wish to notify us of a forthcoming change in your mailing address, you can update your contact information by logging in to your account at the store and making the necessary changes.

To keep other personally identifiable information that you provide via this site accurate, current, and complete, please contact us as specified below and we will take appropriate steps to update or correct such information in our possession, or to delete your information from our contact list.

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Opt-out/Opt-in Policies and Our Online Forms

Online forms at the BWD Nature Shop may ask you to submit personally identifiable information in order for you to benefit from the services we offer (such as newsletter subscriptions and order processing). The information you provide is used to process your order and notify you about developments in regard to that order.

On occasion (less than six times a year) you may receive information regarding special offers or announcements specifically from BWD, which we feel may be of interest to our customers. If you prefer not to receive this type of special service you may opt-out at any time. Our emails contain opt-out instructions specifically for emailed communications. You may opt-out of mailed offers and announcements by contacting us. We will do our best to insure that you will not receive similar offers in the future.

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User-generated Content

User-generated content includes all text, graphics, or other materials that our website users submit to the BWD Nature Shop. This content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who submitted it.

To post user-generated content, you must become a registered user. Registrants must create a user ID and password. Users younger than 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian's permission to use or post user-generated content.

Bird Watcher's Digest makes a good faith effort to prescreen user-generated content submitted to the BWD Nature Shop. We do not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of any user-generated content, nor do we endorse any opinions expressed therein. You acknowledge that any reliance on user-generated content will be at your own risk.

We reserve the right at all times (but have no obligation) to edit or remove user-generated content that violates this privacy policy and our posting guidelines. We also reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as we reasonably believe is necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request; (b) enforce this privacy policy, including investigation of potential violations; (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; (d) respond to customer support requests; or (e) protect our rights, property, or safety, and that of our users and the public.

Your user-generated content is not confidential or proprietary. By submitting user-generated content to Bird Watcher's Digest, you grant a non-exclusive, non-revocable, perpetual right for us to use it in any manner, including the right to change, create derivative works, sublicense, assign, and commercialize without any payment due to you.

Please notify the webmaster via email of any objectionable content appearing on this website. We will investigate allegations that any user-generated content violates this privacy policy, but make no promise that we will edit or remove any specific user-generated content.

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User-generated Content Posting Rules

Please use the following guildelines when posting user-generated content on our website:

  • Stay on topic. Post only constructive comments and questions.
  • Please exercise good judgment and conduct. Do not post content that is offensive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, or pornographic.
  • User-generated content cannot be posted for solicitation purposes. Do not post advertising or commercial content. Do not post any content that involves the transmission of junk mail, chain letters, or "spam" mail.
  • Stay honest and legal. Do not post any content that is intentionally misleading, inaccurate, fraudulent, or that promotes illegal activities. Do not post any content designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of the website.
  • Accept responsibility. You are responsible for ensuring that any user-generated content that you post does not violate the terms stated within this privacy policy.

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Internet Commerce and Data Security

Bird Watcher's Digest is committed to ensuring data security with respect to online purchases made on our website. On all forms involving credit card payment, we protect transmissions with industry standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. If you would like to subscribe to one of our publications or make a purchase in our store, but do not wish to provide your credit card information online, you may call us toll-free at 1-800-879-2473 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST). Our customer service representatives will take your order over the phone.

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Third-party Advertisements and Websites

As you travel through popular areas of the BWD Nature Shop, you may encounter advertisements for products and services from our partners and affiliates. These ads are carefully selected by BWD, posted only if we believe they are relevant to the interests of our visitors, and do not employ cookies, web beacons, or other tracking methods on our website. Should you choose to click on these ads, you will be taken outside of the BWD Nature Shop to sites that are not controlled by BWD. For your own safety, you are advised to check the privacy policy of destination sites before proceeding further.

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Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

In addition to purposes stated elsewhere in this privacy policy, BWD may disclose your personally identifiable information to carefully chosen third parties in the following cases:

  • We share visitor and customer information with trusted companies, service providers, and contractors who fulfill orders, offer products and services in connection with our website, or process online credit card transactions. These third parties are not permitted to use this information for purposes outside of the services they provide to Bird Watcher's Digest or our subscribers and customers.

  • We may also share information with law enforcement officials if required by applicable laws, court orders, or government regulations. BWD will have no legal responsibilities for such disclosures.

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Scope of This Policy

The BWD Nature Shop contains links to other websites operated by advertisers, sponsors, business affiliates, and companies providing quality content or services that we feel will benefit our online visitors. Please note that this policy applies only to pages found within the birdwatchersdigest.com domain. BWD is not responsible for the privacy practices of sites that it does not operate. If you click on a hyperlink leading you away from Bird Watcher's Digest.com, we encourage you to review the privacy policy on the destination website and evaluate the ways in which they will collect and use your information.

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For Further Information

The BWD Nature Shop is owned, operated, and maintained by Pardson, Inc. If you would like to contact us regarding our privacy practices, please write to us at the following address:

Bird Watcher's Digest
P.O. Box 110
Marietta, OH, 45750

You may also contact us at [email protected] and send us an e-mail with the subject line: "Web Site Privacy Request"

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