Older Privacy Policy Revisions

Note: This is NOT the Privacy Policy — this is a summary of older changes to that policy that were implemented prior to January 1, 2019, listed in reverse order by date. For a summary of more recent changes, please see the Recent Revisions section at the bottom of the Privacy Policy page.

(Portions of our Privacy Policy were adapted from the Automattic Inc. Privacy Policy under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license, so the entire Privacy Policy is offered under the same license.)

  • December 30, 2018: Added Startpage.com and DuckDuckGo to the list of third-party service providers under Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information. Minor editorial corrections to fix some typos in this list.
  • December 29, 2018: Updated Financial Transactions Policy to change the phrase “our bank” to “our bank(s)/financial institution(s), other applicable payment processor(s) …” and change “To the applicable payment processor and/or their legal counsel, auditors, and/or fraud protection services …” to “To the applicable payment processor and/or bank/financial institution’s legal counsel, auditors, and/or fraud protection services …” Fixed a typo in that section (a missing colon). Updated third-party service providers list under Disclosure to include our bank(s)/financial institution(s), and/or other applicable payment processor(s), and changed “Facebook and/or Twitter” to “Facebook, Twitter, and/or other social media services,” also fixing a typo involving the parentheses. Added “our bank(s)/financial institution(s)” to the bullet point on contractual obligations, fixed a minor wording issue (it should have said “… or as otherwise described under ‘Financial Transactions Policy’ above”), and inserted the phrase “(without limitation)” ahead of the list of examples (since the examples shown may not be an all-inclusive list). Minor editorial correction to remove some unnecessary spaces.
  • December 19, 2018: Updated Embedded Content to note that WordPress may gather information in the course of installing, removing, or updating plugins, themes, and add-ons from WordPress.org. Updated Disclosure’s list of third-party vendors and service providers to include Microsoft and WordPress.org. Slightly amended the description of our mobile provider to change “emails and texts sent to and from … to “emails, texts, and other messages sent to and from …” Updated the preamble to note that the Ate Up With Motor Facebook page is currently deactivated. Updated Data Retention to note that we have downloaded our Facebook data, including data from the Ate Up With Motor page, for archival purposes, although we are deleting that account. ETA: Amended the Microsoft description from “software, apps, and tools” to “software, apps, tools, and services” and the Spectrum/Time Warner Cable description from “and thus has access to …” to “and thus has information about …”
  • December 10, 2018: Clarified the first bullet point under Disclosure, changing “… may also include corrections, clarifications, or additional details …” to “… may also include information, corrections, clarifications, and/or additional details …” Added a link to the locally archived version of the policy for the Ate Up With Motor Facebook page under Disclosure and in the preamble, whose text we rearranged for greater clarity (and to restore the language about text style variations, which was inadvertently dropped). Fixed a typo in this list.
  • December 9, 2018: Made a minor clarification to Data Retention regarding consent logs: changed “… after which we may retain some logs for audit and compliance purposes” to “… after which we may retain some related records for audit and compliance purposes” and put that phrase in parentheses.
  • December 5, 2018: Removed the links to our Facebook-specific privacy policy, as for the time being we have deactivated our account and the page on that service.
  • December 2, 2018: Updated Information We Receive From Other Sources to clarify what kind of information we may receive in connection with security and anti-spam measures and how we use it (adding email filtering as an additional example).
  • November 29, 2018: Updated the Disclosure text regarding licensing articles/photos to change “However, we do sometimes license our articles and/or images to third parties” to However, we do sometimes license our articles and/or images to third parties (and/or offer images or other content we have created or modified/adapted under a Creative Commons or similar license).”
  • November 27, 2018: Updated Embedded Content to add Vimeo to the list of content providers and updated Disclosure to add our Internet service provider with a link to their customer privacy policy.
  • November 25, 2018: Clarified Data Retention regarding the retention of email and messages we receive via third-party services like social media.
  • November 19, 2018: Fixed a typographical problem with the previous Effective Date. Updated Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests and Disclosure to clarify our periodic use of Gmail, which is a service owned by Google.
  • November 17, 2018: Minor wording adjustments in Disclosure: changed “their own, comparably strict confidentiality policies” to “their own, comparably strict (or stricter) confidentiality policies.”
  • November 15, 2018: Clarified the preamble and Data Retention section regarding our work separate from the Ate Up With Motor website. Updated Data Retention to further clarify our retention of log data. Under Notice to Parents of Children Under 16, amended “if complete deletion is not possible …” to “where complete deletion is impossible or not practically feasible …”
  • November 13, 2018: Changed references to Google LLC to just “Google” to avoid confusion with their shifting corporate usage. Updated Data Retention to clarify retention of privacy/consent logs. Updated Online Tracking; Server and Error Logs; Security Scans; Comments and Personal Information; Contact and Image Authorization Forms; and Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests to make clear that we may also use the data to troubleshoot technical problems and improve the functionality of the site (and if applicable our accounts/pages on third-party sites/services). Added Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter to the list of third-party service providers under Disclosure and added “website development/improvement” to the list of possible functions of independent contractors. Updated Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests with links to some third-party privacy policies and to note that Flickr was previously owned by Yahoo! (now part of Oath). Fixed a minor formatting error, clarified an item on this entry of the revision list, and made a capitalization change to the Google Fonts description under Embedded Content.
  • November 11, 2018: Updated Server and Error Logs to note that access to the FTP folders may be logged. Updated Data Retention to clarify that logs of some administrative functions (which contain no user data) may be retained for longer periods, as may records of FTP access.
  • November 9, 2018: Updated the first bullet pointed item in Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information to indicate that the research for our articles may involve sharing or discussing relevant personal information with third parties. Minor wording adjustment to the item in that section on bystanders in photos: changed “… or of associating the photos in which they appear …” to “… or associate the photos in which they appear …” for clarity.
  • November 8, 2018: Moved the reference to displaying specific notifications or content based on IP address or user agent from the WordPress section of Embedded Content to Server and Error Logs, since that function appears to mostly be performed locally (i.e., by this website rather than an external one). Added notes to Server and Error Logs, Security Scans, Embedded Content, Comments and Personal Information, and Contact and Image Authorization Forms sections indicating that your IP address may reveal your geographical location and in some cases also your Internet service provider.
  • November 7, 2018: Updated Embedded Content to better describe information gathered by WordPress. Added an item to that section about FeedBurner blog feeds on the administrative dashboard.
  • November 5, 2018: Updated Disclosure to change “… the property, rights, and/or safety of Ate Up With Motor, third parties, or the public at large” to “… our property, rights, and/or safety, or the property, rights, and/or safety of third parties or the public at large.” Fixed typographical errors in this revision list (corrected the inadvertent substitution of em dashes for ellipses).
  • November 4, 2018: Updated Comments and Personal Information, changing “… record and use information in and associated with your comment … ” to “… record and use personal information in and associated with your comment … “; “record and, if applicable, appropriately credit you … ” to “use, record, and if applicable appropriately credit you … “; and “… it can be found using the website’s search function” to “… it appears and/or can be found using the website’s search function and other internal indexing tools.” Updated Contact and Image Authorization Forms, changing “… record and use information in and associated with your form submission … ” to “… record and use personal information in and associated with your form submission … ” and “record and, if applicable, appropriately credit you … ” to “use, record, and if applicable appropriately credit you.” Updated Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests to change “record and, if applicable, appropriately credit you … ” to “use, record, and if applicable appropriately credit you.”
  • October 22, 2018: Updated this page’s hyperlinks with “rel=noopener” or “noopener noreferrer” attributes for security purposes.
  • October 19, 2018: Clarified Data Retention language regarding photos and other images and intellectual property, including noting that we customarily retain our work files and editing stages, if any. Also, clarified some cumbersome wording about retention of anonymous or de-identified log data. Rearranged the order of the Legal Bases for Collecting and Using Information, changed “… to safeguard the integrity of this website” to “… to safeguard the integrity of this website and its data,” and changed “to better understand how many people access our content” to “to better understand how (and how many) people access our content.”
  • October 16, 2018: Fixed some inadvertently deleted text in the Online Tracking section and adding a note inviting users to contact us for assistance in opting out. Updated the Who We Are text at the beginning to emphasize that we’re based in the U.S. (and a U.S. citizen). Fixed some broken navigation links on this page.
  • October 14, 2018: Updated Data Retention to mention archival backups of the defunct Ate Up With Motor LiveJournal blog and the pre-WordPress version of this website. Updated Embedded Content to change “… that loads the embedded content” to “… that loads and/or interacts with the embedded content”; “and/or include other mechanisms that allow the third-party hosting site to gather certain information about you” to “and/or use other mechanisms that enable the third-party site to gather information about you”; and “geographical location” to “your geographical location” for clarity. Updated the YouTube description in that section to note that YouTube players may check whether you are logged into a Google account and added an extra link to their privacy policy.
  • October 12, 2018: Updated Embedded Content and Disclosure to indicate that we may also use or offer other Google tools or services. Fixed a problem with this revision list not having been updated properly when we first posted this change.
  • October 10, 2018: Clarified Disclosure section to note that our web host also hosts the mail servers for our associated email addresses.
  • October 7, 2018: Further clarified Disclosure provisions about contractors/employers and third-party vendors/service providers. Minor editorial correction to this revision list. Revised Data Retention language to clarify the retention of anonymous or de-identified log data. Clarified Other Information You Provide to Us and Disclosure language regarding information related to photos or other images. Clarified Disclosure provisions regarding business transfers. Updated Comments and Personal Information to note that special characters, HTML/PHP code, and emojis in comments may be removed.
  • October 4, 2018: Minor change in the Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information section, changing “and its associated social media pages” to “and/or, where applicable, its associated social media pages/accounts (except where we have created separate privacy policies for such pages/accounts, in which case the disclosure provisions of those policies will apply instead).” Added a note about T-Mobile’s scam warnings to Security Scans and noted in Disclosure that our mobile carrier also, obviously, processes our phone calls.
  • October 3, 2018: Amended the independent contractors/employees and third-party vendors/service providers language in Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information for greater clarity, including explaining that the purposes for which we may share information with such contractors/employees/vendors/service providers may also addressing technical and/or legal issues (as well as the other purposes already specified), noting that some independent contractors may have their own comparable confidentiality policies, repeating some of the links to third-party privacy policies, and fixing some awkward punctuation. Inserted “(see “Other California Privacy Rights” below)” to the text of GDPR and State Law. Minor change to Server and Error Logs, changing “We, or where applicable our web host …” to “We, and/or where applicable our web host …” Made some minor clarifications to the language in the Cookie Policy section, including reordering two paragraphs.
  • October 2, 2018: Several minor formatting and punctuation changes to Data in Submitted Images, Other Information You Provide to Us, and Acknowledgements of User Assistance to improve readability. Minor clarification in Data Retention regarding text message retention.
  • October 1, 2018: Clarified language about ban lists/blacklists, noting that some may include email addresses and which we may use to protect our system and devices as well as preventing spam and protecting the site and its data.
  • September 30, 2018: Renamed Cookies section “Cookie Policy” and added a hypertext anchor to it. Updated Comments and Personal Information and Information We Receive from Other Sources sections to note that we may obtain/receive ban lists of IP addresses and/or user agents commonly associated with spam and/or malware.
  • September 29, 2018: Updated the Comments section to note that published comments may appear in search results made using the website’s search function and that we may index them for that purpose. Clarified Disclosure and California Information-Sharing Disclosure sections to note that embedded content providers may use the information they gather for advertising/marketing purposes.
  • September 28, 2018: Updated and clarified the Comments section (and the Comments item in Disclosure) to reflect recent updates to the Terms of Use, including hopefully clearer language about email notifications and modifying/deleting comments.
  • September 26, 2018: Updated the Comments and Personal Information section to mention the Recent Comments widget, rewording some of the adjacent text for clarity.
  • September 25, 2018: Further adjusted wording of Information We Receive from Other Sources. Updated Server and Error Logs and Data Retention to clarify the types of data the logs include and how long we retain it. Minor wording change in Other California Privacy Rights. Amended Disclosure to fix a readability problem with the item on business transfers. Updated Comments section to include a note about the Recent Comments widget.
  • September 24, 2018: Updated Other Information You Provide to Us and Information We Receive from Other Sources to describe information we may receive about the owners of cars we photograph (where we know who they are, which we often don’t!). Made some minor clarifications to those sections for readability with the new text.
  • September 21, 2018: Under Data Retention, changed “other, similar non-voice direct messages we receive on our phone” to “other, similar non-voice direct messages we send or receive via our phone”; “specific messages” to “certain specific messages”; and “if they contain some vital information” to “if we have some outstanding reason to do so” for clarity. Integrated California Privacy Rights information here, adding a hyperlink anchor to it and rearranging some headings and other text in the Your Rights section for ease of reading. (Also, updated the point about data portability to note (starting in 2020, California residents may request this up to twice per year).”) Under Controllers, Questions, and How to Reach Us, changed “would like to remove your data” to “would like to amend or remove your data.”
  • September 20, 2018: Changed “SMS” to “SMS/MMS” and, under Data Retention, changed “other, similar direct messages we receive on our phone” to “other, similar non-voice direct messages we receive on our phone” for clarity. Under Legal Bases for Collecting and Using Information, struck “Under European Union (EU) data protection law.”
  • September 18, 2018: Added information about SMS texts to Data Retention and added link to Your California Privacy Rights page to Your Rights section, changing the heading of that section accordingly. Added subheadings to that section and rearranged some text.
  • September 17, 2018: Updated Your Rights section to note that some of these rights apply to residents of some U.S. states, including California. Updated Disclosure section regarding security measures. Updated Financial Transactions Policy to better describe the information in transaction reports.
  • September 16, 2018: Amended Embedded Content to change “The third-party host may also detect …” to “In some cases, the third-party website may also be able to detect …” and “This information is collected and processed …” to “Such information is collected and process …” Fixed error in link tags.
  • September 15, 2018: Added links to Gravatar and their TOS under Embedded Content and noted that Gravatar may now be integrated with WordPress.com. Noted that Embedded Content providers may also test for the presence of cookies or certain add-ons present on your device/browser, added the phrase “without limitation” to the examples of information those providers may gather, and noted that user agent information often reveals what type of computer or device you’re using.
  • September 14, 2018: Updated Embedded Content to include Gravatar and note that Google Fonts may cache data on your device browser as well as gathering certain information about your device.
  • September 13, 2018: Updated Embedded Content to note that there may be PayPal-served content on the administrative dashboard. Struck the item in that section about Google Drive and Amazon Web Service embedded graphics, which have now been removed. Clarified WordPress data-collection language, including noting that back-end content may be loaded from several domains owned by WordPress.org (e.g., s.w.org, ps.w.org, and ts.w.org).
  • September 12, 2018: Updated Embedded Content to include remotely served Google Drive and Amazon Web Services graphics. Clarified that some back-end administrator components also embed YouTube videos.
  • September 10, 2018: Amended Financial Transactions Policy to better describe the payment button, which is no longer actually called the “Contribute” button. Added link to AboutCookies.org under Cookies. Updated links to Google Privacy Policy, added YouTube to the list of Embedded Content, and rearranged the order of the Embedded Content list.
  • September 9, 2018: Further clarified Cookies section to better explain cookie duration. Updated Embedded Content and Financial Transactions Policy to clarify how the payment button is served, some of the ways it may gather information, and how to find more about PayPal policies (and added a note that those policies may differ depending on your location). Updated Cookies and Online Tracking to better explain how to change your mind about Google Analytics.
  • September 8, 2018: Updated Online Tracking to clarify that the opt-out cookie applies only to tracking on Ate Up With Motor, not any other site using Google Analytics. Renamed the button to access privacy/cookie settings from “Change Your Privacy Preferences” to “Access Your Privacy and Cookie Preferences” for clarity and added that button here rather than simply a link to it. Updated Comments section to include note about saving your information with cookies for future comments.
  • September 7, 2018: Further amended Cookies and Online Tracking to clarify cookie durations.
  • September 6, 2018: Amended Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests to change “we will typically forward …” to “we typically prefer, where possible, to forward …” Added a link to Yoast’s GDPR page to Embedded Content. Updated Cookies to better explain how you can find out about the specific cookies the site uses and fixed an embarrassing typo. Added WordPress to Embedded Content.
  • September 5, 2018: Updated links to external privacy policies/statements (including adding links to the Google Privacy Policy); updated the ownership descriptions for BootstrapCDN/MaxCDN (which are now part of StackPath), DreamHost, and T-Mobile; added a smattering of ® symbols throughout; hyphenated “back-end” for editorial consistency; and fixed some inconsistent capitalization. Clarified the duration of some cookies in Cookies section.
  • September 4, 2018: Further clarified Data Retention section about retention of messages received via third-party websites/services. Updated Embedded Content to indicate that some backend (administrative dashboard) features may be served by Yoast.
  • September 2, 2018: Updated Data Retention to clarify retention of messages received via third-party websites/services such as social media.
  • September 1, 2018: Updated Disclosure item about sale of the website and its assets to note that also applies if we transfer control of the website and/or in the event of our death or incapacity, in which case visitor information would be among the assets transferred to the acquirer or our applicable heirs, successors, and/or assigns. (Some of the updated language is again borrowed from the Automattic privacy policy noted in the preamble.) Updated the item under Data Retention about financial transactions and legal agreements to clarify that it includes records related to payments or purchases we make, such as phone bills or buying research materials.
  • August 31, 2018: Minor wording changes to Financial Transactions: changing heading to “Financial Transactions Policy”; changed “applicable payment processor and their legal counsel, auditors, or fraud protection services” to “applicable payment processor and/or their legal counsel, auditors, and/or fraud protection services”; changed “any applicable tax auditor or investigator” to “any applicable tax auditor or other government investigator”; added “otherwise” to “As described in ‘Disclosure …'”; and struck “specifically” from “… to address questions related to your transaction(s) with us.” Changed contact email to admin (at) ateupwithmotor (dot) com throughout.
  • August 18, 2018: Added additional information to Cookies and Data Retention regarding cookie duration. Noted under Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests that some third-party contact methods (such as trying to reach us by commenting on a photo we’ve posted on a third-party website) may be publicly visible. Minor revisions to Disclosure to clarify the item about providing information to third-party service providers investigating a dispute, and to amend the language about disclosing information if we are required by law to do so: “(such as, without limitation, if we receive a subpoena, court order, or other government order requiring us to disclose certain information, or in connection with a tax audit or other official investigation).”
  • August 17, 2018: Updated Your Rights section to note that the data retrieval tool can’t presently retrieve feedback form submissions.
  • August 15, 2018: Updated Security Scans; Comments and Personal Information; Contact and Image Authorization Forms; and Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests to note that those communications may also be scanned by our security tools for spam or malware. Added a note to Disclosure about Avast, the current provider of some of our security, antivirus, privacy, and administrative tools, including a link to their privacy policy. Minor tweak to Security Scans to note that Sucuri “can detect security vulnerabilities and some forms of malware by scanning the files and public areas …” Fixed a formatting error.
  • August 14, 2018: Updated Data Retention to clarify retention of log and scan result data, email alerts, and notifications. Further clarified the point in Disclosure about releasing information that is already publicly available (such as information in news articles or on your website).
  • August 13, 2018: Updated Server and Error Logs to note that the website also keeps logs to record your consent to the Privacy Policy, other legal terms, and/or to our gathering certain types of personal information. Added “where applicable” to the use of information (making it, “We, or where applicable our web host, may use …”). Also added a note about retention of consent logs to Data Retention. Updated Security Scans to note that we also use various measures to secure our local and/or offline systems, devices, and data against malware and other security threats.
  • August 12, 2018: Updated Comments and Contact and Image Authorization Forms to add “without limitation” to the examples following “… the information in and associated with your comment” and drop the definite article (making it “… use information in and associated with your comment (including, without limitation …”). Also noted that comment notification emails to other users may sometimes include the website/URL you entered with your comment, and added a mention of the email notifications to Disclosure. Updated the language about the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on to emphasize that separate conditions may apply to its use.
  • August 11, 2018: Added a point to Acknowledgments of User Assistance and Information section about personal details that may be implicit in the nature of the assistance provided. Updated Security Scans to note that security measures may automatically block certain suspicious actions or queries. Added anchor to Data in Submitted Images header, linked to it from the Comments section for easier reference, and amended the sample copyright line text slightly. Updated Cookies section to clarify that embedded third-party content may use cookies and noted in Embedded Content section that the PayPal button may place cookies. Minor edit in Disclosure section: changed “third-party vendors” → “third-party vendors or service providers” (and “vendors/service providers”) and added “(without limitation)” to the list. Updated Comments and Personal Information and Data in Submitted Images to say clearly that we can’t control how others may use personal information you include in a publicly visible comment or submitted image and clarify the description of what metadata an image file may contain.
  • August 10, 2018: Updated Comments section to explain that the website may perform automated tests on comments to filter spam and comments left by bots. Rearranged and made some minor amendments to the text of that section for clarity, and changed “By posting a comment …” to “By submitting a comment …” Updated both Comments and Contact Form sections to explain that we may use data associated with comments and contact form submissions to record your acceptance of the Privacy Policy and other legal terms, that the feedback forms record the date/time of your submission, and some other minor clarifications. Updated and expanded Data Retention section. Updated Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests section to better describe the information gathered and to clarify when we will respond via the same account or service. Clarified language about email scanning in Security Scans and added related notes to the Comments, Contact Forms, and Other Inquiries sections about our web host and/or mobile carrier scanning email for spam or malware. Added links to the DreamHost and T-Mobile privacy policies to the Disclosure section for ease of reference. Made some minor tweaks to Legal Bases for Collecting and Using Information. Clarified the info in the Disclosure section about publicly available information about public figures and people in the auto industry and added a stipulation about disclosing information where we are required to do so by an applicable third-party service in connection with a dispute or investigation. Updated and expanded Information We Receive from Other Sources. Added a note to the preamble at the top stressing that this policy doesn’t apply to business or professional relationships with the site’s proprietor independent of Ate Up With Motor. Changed the order of the Acknowledgments of User Assistance and Information section for better logical flow. Fixed a typo in Disclosure: “potentially personally identifying formation” was supposed to read “potentially personally identifying information.”
  • August 5, 2018: Updated Disclosure section to indicate that we may share already publicly available information about people in the automotive industry and/or public figures with other writers, researchers, journalists, etc.
  • July 26, 2018: Minor editorial revision: changed “Google” or “Google Inc.” to “Google LLC” where applicable.
  • July 18, 2018: Minor editorial revision to Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests wording about Gmail and Yahoo Mail (saying “Google® and Yahoo!® webmail accounts” first and “Gmail and Yahoo Mail” second rather than the other way around for better usage).
  • July 17, 2018: Updated Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests to note that some older site-related email may be contained in our personal Gmail or Yahoo Mail accounts. Minor editorial corrections.
  • July 16, 2018: Updated description of user agent information and that it typically includes browser settings such as language preferences.
  • July 15, 2018: Clarified Data in Submitted Images to explain that if we modify one of your images after it has been published on Ate Up With Motor, the original, unmodified version may linger for a while in cached pages as well as in backup files. Streamlined Embedded Content section to make it clearer and less repetitive.
  • July 12, 2018: Further clarified log retention periods based on update from Sucuri and made other minor adjustments to Data Retention. Restored Notice to Parents and updated the How to Reach Us section.
  • July 11, 2018: Clarified how long we retain logs and that some security audit logs may be retained by us or Sucuri for longer than 30 days. Added notes about our web host and mobile carrier conducting security and anti-spam scans of email. Clarified Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information to note that (obviously) our mobile carrier may manage site-related texts as well as emails sent to or from our phone or phones, that PayPal processes certain financial transactions, and that the piece about publicly responding to support requests is further explained in Contact and Image Authorization Forms as well as Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests.
  • July 10, 2018: Clarified that if we license one or more of our photos or other images to a third party, it’s conceivable that they may include personal info that “is somehow visible in certain of our images or present in their metadata.” Also clarified that, obviously, our and our web host’s security scans look for the presence of potentially malicious code, and corrected a minor editorial error in this list. Noted that the admin login page sets cookies and made minor clarifications to the Security Scans section.
  • July 4, 2018: Clarified some of the ways we may use personal information from comments, contact forms, and other communications. Changed “metadata and EXIF information” to “EXIF information and other metadata” for clarity and noted that we may add or alter filenames and metadata to indicate the provenance and attribution of an image or other content (as well as retaining any personal information that might already be contained in the content). Minor punctuation and formatting corrections.
  • June 24, 2018: Clarified that comments and contact form submissions may record your browser’s user agent information (browser and operating system type/version) as well as your IP address. Changed description of user agent info from “browser type/version and operating system” to “browser and operating system type/version” throughout for clarity.
  • June 21, 2018: Noted in Comments; Contact Forms; and Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests that we may use information associated with your message to verify your identity as well as determining whether or not you’re a bot. Clarified Data in Submitted Images to indicate that we may be able to remove information upon request. Provided a more representative example under Information We Receive from Other Sources.
  • June 20, 2018: Added link to Majestic-12 GDPR Compliance Statement to Online Tracking section.
  • June 19, 2018: Added comments to Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information, for completeness.
  • June 18, 2018: Clarified throughout that we may use information from our logs, comments, forms, and email submissions to prevent spam and electronic attacks directed at our system, devices, and accounts as well as the website itself (for example, by blocking email or IP addresses used to send us spam or viruses). Fixed a typo in the Contact Forms section (it should have said “associated with your submission” rather than “associated with your comment”).
  • June 16, 2018: Clarified Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information: Changed “To appropriately credit you for the use of your photos or other content” to “To appropriately credit you for the use of your photos, fonts, themes/plugins, or other content or intellectual property.” Also, changed “we do sometimes license our articles and/or photos” to “we do sometimes license our articles and/or images” and noted in Data Retention that we typically retain all information related to disputes or suggestions related to articles. Added note at the top clarifying that this policy does not apply to any third-party websites linked here and changed “the website” to “this website” in preamble and in Information We Collect. Fixed a few typos.
  • June 11, 2018: Updated Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information and Information We Receive from Other Sources sections to note that information we gather publish regarding people who are subjects of articles may include images such as publicity photos and official portraits. Corrected date error (June 10 update was accidentally dated June 11).
  • June 10, 2018: Updated Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information section to explain how we use information about people who may be the subjects of our articles, rearranged and made minor clarifications to the rest of the text of that section, and added a note about licensing articles or photos that may contain personally identifying information.
  • June 8, 2018: Revised Inquiries, Submissions, and Support Request section to clarify what information we gather and include contacts with us via third-party websites. Renamed that section Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests. Corrected formatting error. Clarified Other Information You Provide to Us section. Updated Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information section to clarify that it refers to information about website visitors and to add note about people in photos. Minor editorial corrections.
  • May 30, 2018: Minor editorial clarification in Security Scans: “That alert would typically include the unauthorized visitor’s IP address, browser type/version, and possibly their operating system …” –> “That alert would typically include the unauthorized visitor’s IP address and possibly their user agent information (browser type/version and possibly operating system) …”
  • May 26, 2018: Updated Security Scans and Disclosure sections to reflect current Sucuri terms. Minor clarification to Google Analytics section. Clarified Embedded Content wording. Added link at the top to this revisions list.
  • May 25, 2018: Updated Google Analytics opt-in/opt-out language.
  • May 24, 2018: Various minor clarifications, including revised Cookies, Security Scan, Data Retention, and Revisions language. Updated Comment policy to clarify procedure for deleting comments.
  • May 23, 2018: Clarified Security Plugins section and renamed it Security Scans. Minor amendments to Server and Error Logs to correspond with these changes.
  • May 22, 2018: Clarified that PayPal transaction reports may be send to us via email, added name of mobile carrier, other minor clarifications.
  • May 21, 2018: Clarified third-party embedded content language and added note about Sucuri scanning. Clarified cookie language.
  • May 20, 2018: Further minor clarifications regarding GDPR compliance, including the use of logs and data from third parties. Added “Who We Are” header for clarity, noted that submitted photos may include identifying information, and noted that Google Fonts records your IP address.
  • May 19, 2018: Extensive clarifications and some rearrangement of text for ease of reading. Added GDPR information (based in part on latest Automattic terms effective May 25, 2018).
  • May 10, 2018: Updated age restriction from 13 to 16.
  • April 11, 2018: Updated Online Tracking section to note that as of May 25, 2018, Google Analytics will automatically delete user and event data after 26 months. Also clarified that we have NOT enabled the User-ID tracking settings and that as of April 11, 2018, we have disabled the Users metric in our Google Analytics reports.
  • April 4, 2017: Updated links from http to https.
  • February 11, 2016: Further clarified Contact and Image Authorization Forms section: changed “and/or appropriately attribute images you have provided for use on Ate Up With Motor” –> “and/or appropriately attribute images and/or factual information you have provided for use on Ate Up With Motor”.
  • February 10, 2016: Clarified Contact and Image Authorization Forms section: changed “We may record and use this information to …” –> “Ate Up With Motor may record and use the personally identifiable or potentially personally identifiable information associated with your submission to …”>; added “… ensure accurate records of our image usage rights and/or any related business transactions; and/or appropriately attribute images you have provided for use on Ate Up With Motor” to the list of uses; added note that “This information may also be stored in archives and backup files created by us or our web host”; and changed “we will not release that information except as described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below” –> “we will not release personally identifiable information related to your submission except as described below” for clarity.
  • January 13, 2016: Added note to preamble clarifying that variations in text style have no legal significance.
  • January 11, 2016: Amended Contact and Image Authorization Forms to note that excerpts of inquiries may also be published on our associated social media accounts to respond to requests or support other users, and may include your name or pseudonym.
  • January 9, 2016: Added new Privacy Policy Changes language noting the new Policy Update Minder on the front page of the site.
  • January 8, 2016: In Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information section, moved “Discounting Acknowledgments of User Assistance and Information (as described above)” to a bullet-point item. Rearranged wording of item regarding contractors, service providers, and business partners for clarity. Changed the last paragraph of that section to: “Ate Up With Motor takes all reasonable and appropriate measures to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information.” Added to Acknowledgments of User Assistance and Information section: “This acknowledgment will be limited to your name/username and the nature of your assistance and will not include your email address or other personal information unless you expressly request that we publish such additional information.” Changed “or other means” to “or by other means” and changed “replace a username” to “replace a username or pseudonym”. Minor editorial corrections.
  • January 7, 2016: Added BootstrapCDN info to Embedded Content section. Updated Server and Error Logs: “(such as, but not limited to, the IP address and in some cases the browser type and referring site, if any)” –> “(such as, but necessarily not limited to, the IP address; the user agent information supplied by the browser, including browser type/version and operating system; and in some cases the referring site, if any)” and added “to improve the functionality of the site” to the list of uses.
  • January 6, 2016: Clarified revision list. ETA: Editorial corrections. ETA: Slight rewording of Google Analytics information (“and the date and time of each visit” –> “and the date, time, and length of each visit”). Moved the link to the Google Analytics opt-out plugin from the Opting Out section to the Online Tracking section. Reworded Opting Out text (“Users may consider …” –> “However, users may wish to consider”) accordingly. Amended Server and Error Logs: “such as the IP address” –> “such as, but not limited to,”. ETA: In Embedded Content section, changed “Ate Up With Motor does not collect, receive, or have access to any user data related to these fonts” –> “Ate Up With Motor does not collect or receive any user data related to these fonts” and changed “to learn more about how Google uses this information” –> “to learn more about what information Google collects and how they use it”. Struck the word “layout” in that paragraph.
  • January 2, 2016: Clarified Comments and Personal Information section to note that we will assume you are authorizing us to publish any information you actually include in a comment you post (ETA: including the name/screen name you supply). (This should be obvious, but we note it here for the record.)
  • December 31, 2015: Editorial corrections.
  • December 29, 2015: Editorial corrections. Clarified that this entire policy is available under CC BY-SA 4.0. Amended Financial Transactions Policy: “We will not otherwise disclose your information … –> “We will not otherwise disclose personally identifiable information associated with your transaction …” Amended Contact and Image Authorization Forms: “we will NOT publish or release personally identifying information …” –> “we will NOT publish or release personally identifying information associated with your message …”
  • December 28, 2015: Added note about Automattic revision history.
  • December 26, 2015: Editorial correction.
  • December 25, 2015: Editorial correction.
  • December 24, 2015: Added link to Automattic Inc. main site. Reworded Server and Error Log language: “automatically generate access and error logs that include certain information” –> “maintain various logs that collect certain information”.
  • December 23, 2015: Minor change in Server and Error Log: “to block spam and unauthorized “hotlinking” to … –> “to block spam and hotlinking or other unauthorized use of …”; editorial corrections.
  • December 22, 2015: Editorial and formatting changes; added more detailed recent revision list. Clarified licensing notes for this policy.
  • December 19, 2015: Updated language regarding use of information related to comments and form submissions. Updated language clarifying that log information may be used to prevent hotlinking and/or electronic attacks.
  • December 10, 2015: Clarified that Google Fonts servers are located in the U.S.
  • December 9, 2015: Clarified Server and Error log information. Editorial changes, including rearranging some sections.
  • December 3, 2015: Editorial and formatting changes, including editorial and formatting changes to Financial Transactions Policy section.
  • October 23, 2015: Added “and/or” to Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information stipulations; editorial changes to Financial Transactions section.
  • October 10, 2015: Editorial and formatting changes; editorial changes to Financial Transactions section. Clarified Online Tracking section and noted that Google Analytics servers are located in the U.S.
  • August 24, 2015: Added Server and Error Logs information; editorial changes. Changed “court order” to “court order or other government order” in Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information. Added bankruptcy to Ownership Transfers.
  • August 10, 2015: Changed the order of the Embedded Content section. Updated license from BY-SA 2.5 to 4.0.

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Updated: December 29, 2019 — 2:07 pm