Effective April 1, 2020

This Privacy Policy is applicable to any website, mobile app and other online service originating in the United States and owned and operated by the Alabama Grocers Association or any of its U.S. subsidiaries and/or affiliates under its control (collectively the “Company”, “we”,  “us” or “our”) that states it is governed by this Privacy Policy and/or links to this Privacy Policy as well as to consumer information that we  receive from you or a third party in connection with Company publications and other products and services we offer to you (including both offline and online orders of subscriptions to Company websites  and other products and services we offer to consumers) unless otherwise specified (collectively, the “Service”).  As of April 1, 2020, the Company currently owns and operates the Service for the following brands (our “Family of Publications”):


Any new brands, publications, sites and services acquired by or created by  the Company will also be included in our Family of Publications, unless otherwise specified. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect when you visit the Service or order Company publications or other products and services we offer to you (whether you do so offline or online), how we use that information and what choices you have about how it is used. Some functions and services  offered through the Service may have additional privacy statements that  supplement this  Privacy Policy. We urge you to read our entire Privacy Policy, and any applicable additional privacy statements, so that you will understand both our commitment to you and your privacy, and how you can participate in that commitment. Please note that unless otherwise indicated, this Privacy Policy does not cover any information that may be collected elsewhere, including without limitation through any third party website.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

Some functions and services offered through the Service require that you provide certain personally identifiable information (“PII”). We may also collect PII when, whether you do so offline or online, you order a subscription to a Company publication, order other products and  services we offer to you, or furnish us with information relating to  your order or account. PII that we may collect includes email address, name, postal address or telephone number. We may also collect other information about you that we associate with your PII such as your  interests, preferences and demographics. We collect this  information for example, when you  enter a contest or sweepstakes, or register for a  mailing list. To the extent we combine information about your Service usage with PII, we will treat it as PII. However, to the extent we  “de-identify” (i.e., removal  or modification of personally identifiable  elements or the extraction  of non-personally identifiable elements,  including through  anonymization, pseudonymization and hashing) the  information we do not consider it PII for purposes of this Privacy Policy and may, subject to  applicable law, use and share it without limitation. We do not make any  assurance that de-identified data is not capable of re-identification. 

Use of Personally Identifiable Information

We may use your PII and other information we collect about you for any purposes not prohibited by applicable law or inconsistent with the applicable Privacy Policy or any statement made by us to you in writing at the time of collection.  Such uses may include, without limitation, use of your information to:

  • operate and improve the Service and our other products and services;
  • understand you and your preferences for purposes such as to enhance  your  experience and enjoyment using the Service, and our other products  and  services;
  • process and deliver promotion (e.g., contest and sweepstakes) entries, winners and rewards;
  • send you a welcoming email, to contact you about your use of the Service and to provide important Service and other updates;
  • provide  the services, products or information you request and to  process  payments and complete any transactions in connection therewith;
  • respond to your comments and questions and provide customer service;
  • provide and deliver products and services you request;
  • request feedback and to enable us to develop, customize and improve  the  Service, our Family of Publications, and other products and  services;
  • send you surveys or questionnaires;
  • send you newsletters, including any online newsletter(s) you have requested or, for print subscribers, those online newsletters that are editorial companion pieces to our print publications;
  • send you related information, including confirmations, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;
  • communicate with you about new contests and sweepstakes, promotions and rewards, upcoming events, and other news about products, and services offered by Company and our selected sponsors;
  • use for editorial purposes, such as to contact you about content you have  submitted to the Service or to give attribution to content you  submit;
  • send an email on your behalf which contains a display or link to a recipe, article, advice or other content you have selected to share; and
  • investigate and take action against fraudulent or illegal activity or improper conduct and otherwise protect us and our users.

Sharing of Personally Identifiable Information

Company may share your PII for any purposes and circumstances not prohibited by applicable law or inconsistent with the applicable Privacy Policy or any statement made by us to you in writing at the time of collection, including without limitation: 

  • We  may share your PII with our affiliates, our technical consultants, auditors and other third parties who act on our behalf, for example, to make the Service available, enhance functionality, or provide services related to the Service or fulfillment of subscriptions  or orders for any of our publications or other products and services  (such as sending emails, fulfilling  subscriptions and other orders, providing customer service, and performing data-, information technology-, or marketing-related services), and/or who assist us in producing,  delivering, renewing and otherwise managing content, samples, products, and gifts and prizes.
  • We  may make your PII, along with certain other information about you (such as your interest in particular health or lifestyle topics or your subscription information), available to third parties for the purpose of offering products.
  • We  may transfer your PII and other information in connection with or  during negotiation of any merger, financing, acquisition or dissolution, transaction or proceeding involving sale, transfer, divestiture or disclosure of all or a portion of our business or assets to another company.
  • We  will consider, and may release, PII to third parties: to (i)  comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process,  (ii) to protect the rights and property of Company, our agents, customers, members, and others, including to enforce our agreements, policies and  terms of use, or (iii) in an emergency to protect the personal safety of Company employees, customers, or any person.


We may also provide aggregate statistics and de-identified data about  our customers, which we treat as non-PII as permitted by applicable law, including data about traffic patterns and related site information, to third parties for their own purposes, including statistical analysis.   For instance, we and third parties may convert your PII to a  unique identifier, such as through hashing (which we treat as non-PII as permitted by applicable law), and we and third parties may use and share that data as permitted by applicable law, including to match data attributes to and from other data sources.  Any such third party activities are subject to their privacy policies and practices.

Your Sharing of Personally Identifiable Information

Please be aware that when you connect and share your actions, comments, content and information, for example, through discussion board postings on the Service, those actions are not private. Others may capture personal information you post, including your email address, and may use the data to identify or contact you, including to send you emails. We cannot control such actions by others. Please be mindful of your own privacy needs as you choose who to connect with and what to share and make public. If you share information about others, please be sure to respect their privacy and get consent for any information you may share about them. 

Notice of Your Choices about Our Use and Sharing of Personally Identifiable Information

 

If  you do not wish to receive promotional and newsletter emails from any one of our Family of Publications you may click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of an email.


If you opt out of promotional or newsletter emails from any of our Family of Publications, we may continue to send you certain communications  such as service announcements and administrative messages, relating to the Company or the Service that are necessary to  our relationship with  you.


If  you wish to opt out of our promotion lists for receiving offers via postal mail or telemarketing from third parties for their products and services, contact customer service at jbrown@alabamgrocers.org or at:

Alabama Grocers Association 

300 Vestavia Parkway, Ste. 3500

Birmingham, AL 35216


You may also use the postal address above for general customer service questions.

Third Party Activities

If  you submit PII through a form on the Service to request information from an advertiser or other third party, choose to otherwise share your PII with a third party such as by sharing stories you read by  connecting with social networking services, or click on a link on the Service to  go to a third party site that may collect information about  you, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of, including any  marketing or other use of your PII by, those third parties. To learn  more about any  other company or organization’s privacy practices, we  suggest you contact them directly about their privacy policy.  

Cookies, Web Beacons and Server Logs

Company, and third parties such as related Web hosting providers, and advertisers and ad serving and tracking companies, sometimes utilize “cookie” technology and other tracking technologies now and hereafter developed (“Tracking Technologies”) on or in connection with the Service. Cookies are bits of data stored on your hard drive that contain no personally identifying information (but may associate a  unique  identifier with your device and/or collect information that is  hashed or otherwise converted to non-PII). Not all Web browsers accept  cookies,  and those that do usually provide a preference or setting that  allows  you to refuse and remove most types of browser cookies. If your browser does not accept cookies, you may still enjoy the Service but not all features and functionality may work.


We  may also use local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences such as volume control for videos, or display content based upon what you view on the Service to personalize your visit. Third party partners provide certain features on the Service and may display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity, using Flash cookies to help track and store information about you. Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and how data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser usually will not remove Flash cookies. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for certain Flash cookies click here.


We  and third parties may collect information using Web beacons. Web beacons are electronic images that may be used on the Service or in our emails. We may use Web beacons to deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage and campaign effectiveness, collect and share  information that is hashed or otherwise converted to non-PII, and to tell if an email has been opened and acted upon.


Server logs capture certain non-personally identifying data (but do  track  device identifiers), such as the time and date of a Web visit or opening an email, the browser and operating system being used, and the Web URL a user linked from. This information may be used for various purposes, such as use in aggregate form to help us plan system enhancements when necessary and to provide content that is compatible with our visitors’ Web-browsing systems. We also collect information about keyword searches performed by visitors on the Service. We do not collect your name or email address as a result of using a search feature. We may keep logs of all words searched to help us learn what kinds of information Service visitors are seeking, and to improve our Service.


Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to online services you visit. Note, however, there is no consensus among industry participants as to what “Do Not Track” means in this context.  Like many online services, we currently do not alter our practices when the Service receives a “Do Not Track” signal from a  visitor’s browser.  To find out more about “Do Not Track,” you can visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com, but we are not responsible for the completeness or accuracy of this   third party information. Some third parties, however, may offer you choices regarding their Tracking Technologies, such as is described above regarding analytics and Interest-based Advertising. One way to potentially identify cookies on our Service is to add the free Ghostery plug-in to your browser (www.ghostery.com),  which according to Ghostery will display for you traditional, browser-based cookies associated with the websites (but not mobile apps)  you visit and privacy and opt-out policies and options of the parties operating those cookies.


Company  participates in the Adobe Experience Cloud Device Co-op to better understand how you use our sites across various devices you use, and to deliver tailored promotions. Go to https://cross-device-privacy.adobe.com to learn more about how Adobe does this and to manage your choices relating to this linking of devices.

Privacy and Security Precaution Warning

Please  note that no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure.  As a  result, we cannot guarantee the security of the information that  you transmit via the Service.  

Privacy Policy Changes

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to prospectively change, modify, add, or remove portions of this policy at any time. Please bookmark this page and check it periodically. We will post any changes online.