REVISED: OCTOBER 1, 2018
Our Collection and Use of Information
Information You Provide to Us
We collect personal information, such as your name and email address, when you register for an account on the Service. You may also provide us with optional information such as a photograph. Your user name, email address and any optional profile information that you elect to associate with your account is referred to herein as your “Profile Information.”
If you are a user of our subscription service, we will utilize a third party credit card payment processing company to collect payment information, including your credit card number, billing address and phone number. We will share this payment information with the third party processing company as detailed below in “How We Share Your Information: With Trusted Service Providers and Business Partners.” We do not store your payment information.
We may use your email address to send you Service-related notices (including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail). We may also use your email address to send you announcements and information about other products or services (including third party services) that you may be interested in (together, the “Marketing Messages”). You may opt-out of receiving Marketing Messages at any time by following the instructions provided in the Marketing Message. Through your account interface, you may also opt-out of receiving categories of Service-related notices that are not deemed by The Auto Professor to be integral to your use of the Service.
Even if you are not a registered user of our Service, if you email us we may retain a record of such email communication, including your email address, the content of your email, and our response.
Your use of the Service may involve you uploading or inputting various content into the Service; including but not limited to: comments about specific vehicles, saved Auto Grades, messages to other users or to the Service, etc. (together, the “Content”). You control how your Content is shared with others via your settings on the Service.
The Auto Professor may view your Content only as necessary (i) to maintain, provide and improve the Service; (ii) to resolve a support request from you; (iii) if we have a good faith belief, or have received a complaint alleging, that such Content is in violation of our Acceptable Use Policy; (iv) as reasonably necessary to allow The Auto Professor to comply with or avoid the violation of applicable law or regulation; or (v) to comply with a valid legal subpoena or request. We may also analyze the Content in aggregate and on an anonymized basis, in order to better understand the manner in which our Service is being used.
Information We Collect Automatically
When you use the Service, our servers automatically record certain information in server logs. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type and settings, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Service, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, mobile carrier, date and time stamp information and other such information. Log files help us to monitor, analyze, improve and maintain the Service and to diagnose and fix any Service-related issues.
When you access the Service using a mobile device and some computers, we may collect specific device information contained in your mobile device’s “device identifier.” This device identifier includes information such as the type of device you are using, its operating system, and mobile network information, which may include your mobile phone number. We may associate this device identifier with your Service account and will use data associated with your device identifier to customize our Services to your device and to analyze any device-related issues.
We may collect and process information about the location of the device from which you are accessing the Service. Location data may convey information about how you browse the Service and may be used in conjunction with personally identifiable information. You can disable location-based services in settings associated with the Service; however, please be aware that some features of the Service may not function properly if location services are turned off.
The Auto Professor uses technologies like cookies, pixel tags and web beacons to provide, monitor, analyze, promote and improve the Service. For example, a cookie is used to remember your user name when you return to the Service and to improve our understanding of how you interact with the Service. You can block cookies on your web browser; however, please be aware that some features of the Service may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.
We do not currently recognize or respond to browser-initiated Do Not Track signals that provide a method to opt out of the collection of information about online activities over time and across third-party websites or online services as there is no consistent industry standard for compliance.
How We Share Your Information
We may share the information we collect from you with third parties as detailed below.
As Directed By You
In general, we will display your Content within the Service as directed by you. If you have an account, we will display your Profile information on your profile page and elsewhere on the Service in accordance with the preferences you set in your account. You can review and revise your Profile information at any time.
With Trusted Service Providers and Business Partners, we may utilize trusted third party service providers to assist us in delivering, improving, protecting and promoting our Service. For example, we may use third parties to help host our Service, send out email updates, perform analyses related to the operation of our Service, or process payments. We may also store personal information in locations outside the direct control of The Auto Professor (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers).
With Law Enforcement or In Order to Protect Our Rights
We may disclose your information (including your personally identifiable information) in response to a lawful request by public authorities, including the requirements of national security or law enforcement agencies. We may also disclose your information to our legal counsel, governmental authorities or law enforcement agencies if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to do so in order to comply with a law or regulation; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect The Auto Professor’s rights or property.
In an Aggregate and Non-Personally Identifiable Manner
We may disclose aggregate non-personally identifiable information (such as aggregate and anonymous usage data, platform types, etc.) about the overall use of our Service publicly or with interested third parties to help them understand, or to help us improve, the Service.
In Connection With a Sale or Change of Control
How We Protect Your Information
The security of your information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) as part of our service, we encrypt the transmission of that information using industry-standard encryption.
The Auto Professor uses commercially reasonable and industry-standard physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your information. If you have any questions about security on our Service, you can contact us at info@The Auto Professor.com.
Risks Inherent in Sharing Information
Although we allow you control over where you share your Content and what information is included in your Profile and take reasonable steps to maintain the security of the information associated with your account, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your Content and we are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on the Service.
Your Choices About Your Information
You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through the Service, in which case The Auto Professor may not be able to provide certain services to you. You have a right to access information we hold about you. You may update or correct your account information at any time by logging in to your account. For questions or inquiries regarding the correction or deletion of your personally identifiable information on the Service, please contact us at info@The AutoProfessor.com.
The Auto Professor Blogs
Information you provide in comments to our blogs are public and may be read, collected, and used by others who view those blogs. Your posts will remain even after you cancel your Service account.
Our Service is not directed to persons under 13. The Auto Professor does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for an account on the Service. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at info@TheAutoProfessor.com.
International Data Transfer
Links to Other Web Sites
Do Not Track Signals
Some browsers have a “do not track” feature that lets you tell websites that you do not want to have your online activities tracked. We currently do not respond to “do not track” signals.
For questions about these or any The Auto Professor, LLC terms or policies, email us at info@TheAutoProfessor.com.