Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting Ate Up With Motor. This Privacy Policy explains what information we gather on this website and how we use it. Please read this policy before using the site. By using the Ate Up With Motor website, you indicate your acceptance of the policy described below. (Please note that any external third-party websites linked from Ate Up With Motor have their own terms and privacy policies, which are separate from this policy!)

If you received a notice that this policy has changed since you last reviewed it, you may want to jump directly to the recent revisions list at the bottom of this page, which summarizes recent modifications by date.

Who We Are

For purposes of this Privacy Policy, the terms “we,” “us” and “our” shall be deemed to refer to Aaron Severson dba Ate Up With Motor. Click here to jump to our contact info.

License for This Policy

Portions of this Privacy Policy were originally adapted from the Automattic Inc. Privacy Policy under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. This policy (including our adaptation of the Automattic terms and our additions) is offered under the same license. If you elect to use or further adapt our version, please credit Automattic as well as us. We also strongly recommend that you note the Effective Date shown toward the bottom of this page and include that date in your attribution if it is reasonably practical to do so. (See the change log at the bottom of the Automattic policy linked above for their revision history; both the original and this document have been modified many times!)

Information We Collect

We may collect information on you in three ways: automatically through this website; if and when you supply information to us; and from other sources. Each of these three types of data collection, and our use of that information, will be further explained below.

Legal Bases for Collecting and Using Information

Under European Union (EU) data protection law, our legal grounds for collecting and using your information are as follows:

  1. The use is necessary to fulfill a contractual obligation (such as complying with the terms of a Creative Commons or other license for the use of your content); or
  2. The use is necessary to provide the functions of the website (such as comments and user feedback forms); or
  3. The use is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation (such as our need to maintain reasonable records of payments received or image usage rights); or
  4. We have a legitimate interest in using your information — for example, to safeguard the integrity of this website, to troubleshoot technical problems, to better understand how many people access our content, to conduct research into the subjects of our articles, and to appropriately respond to your inquiries regarding our work; or
  5. You have given us your consent.

Notice to Parents Regarding Children Under 16

The Ate Up With Motor website is not intended for and should not be accessed by children under 16. Unless otherwise required by law, if we receive any personally identifying information through this website that we know to be from a child under the age of 16 (e.g., an email message, contact form submission, or comment), it is our policy to promptly delete such information or, if complete deletion is not possible, to take whatever steps we reasonably can to de-identify or anonymize that information.

If you have questions, or if you are a parent and believe that Ate Up With Motor may have collected personally identifying information about your child, please contact us via one of the methods shown here.

Information We Gather Automatically

Cookies

This website uses cookies, which are small text files — strings of information — that a website stores on your computer or device and that your browser then provides to the website each time you access the website. Ate Up With Motor uses cookies to store certain privacy preferences, such as your acceptance of this Privacy Policy, and when you perform certain actions, such as saving your information when making a comment. We may use those cookies to determine which content to show you (for example, whether to display banners intended for first-time visitors) and to check whether or not you have consented to Google Analytics tracking (see “Online Tracking” below). The login page, which is not normally accessible to visitors, also uses temporary cookies to manage our administrative logins and help ensure that administrative areas of the website are not accessible to unauthorized visitors.

Cookies are specific to each device and browser. Therefore, if you access this website from multiple devices (for example, from your home computer and also from your smartphone), or from different browsers on the same device, each device and each browser may store its own set of cookies.

Some cookies placed on your computer or device will expire automatically after a certain period of time (such as 30 days or one year). You can also delete some or all of the cookies through your web browser. Most browsers also have settings to allow them to automatically delete all saved cookies whenever you close the browser.

You are free to block or remove any cookies set by Ate Up With Motor, either through your browser or using the Privacy Tools. However, please note that some site features may not function without cookies. For example, you may not be able to hide notification banners. Also, if you have previously saved privacy preferences for this website, such as opting out of analytics tracking, those preferences will be lost once you delete the cookie(s). (Again, please note that if you use multiple devices or browsers, deleting or blocking cookies on one browser does not affect cookies on the others!)

Online Tracking

(Note: Portions of this section were adapted from language previously suggested and/or required by Google LLC (Google®) for users of its web analytics service.)

When you first visit the Ate Up With Motor website, you’ll be asked if you consent to Google Analytics tracking.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google that uses cookies (specifically, first-party “tracking cookies”) and scripts to gather information about site visitors, including (but not limited to) their Internet Protocol (IP) address; browser type; language preference; the referring site (if any); and the date, time, and length of each visit. This information does not include users’ names or email addresses. The data gathered is transmitted to and is stored and processed on Google servers located in the United States. The analytics service uses the data to generate reports and statistics on traffic and visitors to the site. The service also uses a process called “IP geolocation” to identify visitors’ geographical locations based on their IP addresses.

Please note that Google Analytics does not provide your IP address or other personal information to us except in the form of anonymous, aggregate statistics. For example, Google Analytics tells us what percentage of our visitors come from a particular country and what percentage use a particular type of browser, not what country a specific visitor comes from.

The reason we collect this type of aggregate, anonymous user information is to better understand how many visitors the website has and how they use the site (for example, to determine which articles are the most popular). We may use this aggregate data for the purpose of selling advertising on the site (for example, to inform potential advertisers how many unique visitors the site has in an average month) or to help us identify and diagnose potential performance issues and technical problems (for example, to troubleshoot a technical issue that affects only one specific type of browser).

Ate Up With Motor does not use this analytics service or the data it gathers to personally identify our visitors, nor do we link or associate such information with personally identifying or potentially personally identifying information. Furthermore, we have configured Google Analytics to partially anonymize visitors’ locations by removing the final octet of each IP address. We have NOT enabled the Google Analytics User-ID tracking features, and as of April 11, 2018, we have disabled the User Analysis metrics in Google Analytics reporting.

Ate Up With Motor has not authorized Google to share Google Analytics data with other Google products or services, although Google may access, use, or transfer the data to third parties for troubleshooting or service-improvement purposes or for legal reasons. You can learn more about how Google uses the information collected by the Google Analytics service at this link: “How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps.”

If you consent to Google Analytics tracking and later decide you no longer wish to be tracked, you have several options for opting out:

  1. Press the “Disable Google Analytics Tracking” button in the right sidebar or here: Disable Google Analytics Tracking. This will place a cookie on your device’s browser telling the analytics service not to track you.
  2. Go to Privacy Tools page and click “Open Privacy Preferences” to update your consent settings
  3. Go into your browser settings and delete the ateupwithmotor.com cookie called cookieconsent_status (or all ateupwithmotor.com cookies), which will rescind your previous consent. If you do this, the website may ask again if you consent to Google Analytics tracking, although you’re free to click “Dismiss.”

If you prefer, Google offers an add-on for many common web browsers that allows you to opt out of transmitting information to Google Analytics. You can find the add-on at this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. (Please note that we take no responsibility for the functionality of this tool or any other tools provided by Google.)

Ate Up With Motor also uses Majestic® SEO, a service of Majestic-12 Ltd., to analyze backlinks to this website. (See the Majestic SEO website for more information on this service.) Majestic-12 does not normally gather personal information about individual site visitors — they analyze hyperlinks and web page titles — but you can learn more about what kind of information their service uses in their GDPR Compliance Statement. (Please note that where they refer to “customers,” they’re referring to account holders, which in this case means Ate Up With Motor rather than you as a site visitor.)

Server and Error Logs

Like most websites, Ate Up With Motor and our web host, DreamHost (which is located in the United States — here’s DreamHost’s privacy policy) maintain various logs that collect certain information (such as, but necessarily not limited to, the IP address; the user agent information supplied by the browser, which typically includes (among other things) the browser and operating system type/version and sometimes browser settings such as preferred language; and in some cases the referring site, if any) about each computer or device that accesses the site; that generates an error (such as attempting to access a nonexistent file); or that attempts to interact with the site in any unusual or suspicious way (such as trying to access the site’s administrative area or run an unauthorized script). These logs are part of the routine operation of the website and its host and are not in any way connected to or associated with the Google Analytics service or data described above.

We, or our web host, may use the information in these logs to troubleshoot technical problems such as broken or outdated internal links; to improve the functionality of the site; to block spam and hotlinking or other unauthorized use of Ate Up With Motor images or other content; and/or to prevent, resist, or recover from electronic attacks or intrusion attempts (which may involve our temporarily or permanently blocking certain IP addresses). We do not release the log data except as described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

Security Scans

Ate Up With Motor and our web host use a variety of security measures to help protect this website and its data. These measures may include monitoring the site’s operation for unusual or suspicious actions and periodically scanning the site’s various files and components for unauthorized changes or potentially malicious code. If these security measures detect a possible intrusion attempt or the presence of suspected malware, the security system typically records the type of suspicious action and any associated IP address and user agent information. This information may be sent via email to the administrator in the form of an alert.

For example, if an unauthorized visitor attempts to access an administrator-only area of the website, we may receive an automated email alert warning us of the attempted access. That alert would typically include the unauthorized visitor’s IP address and possibly their user agent information (which typically includes, among other things, the browser and operating system type/version and sometimes browser settings such as preferred language), allowing us to investigate and take appropriate action to prevent electronic attacks or intrusions.

As with the server and error logs, we may use this information to troubleshoot technical problems (such as a broken link accidentally sending legitimate users to non-public pages); to prevent and/or resist electronic attacks or intrusion attempts (such as by blocking the IP address associated with the specific action); to recover from an actual attack or intrusion; and to ensure that legitimate users are not inadvertently blocked or locked out. We do not release such data except as described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

Among the security measures we use is the Sucuri Security plugin, provided by Media Temple, Inc. d/b/a Sucuri a subsidiary of Go Daddy Operating Company (Sucuri), which includes security activity auditing, notifications, and a remote scanning feature that can detect security vulnerabilities and some forms of malware by scanning the public areas of the website. (A complete list of the features of the plugin can be found in the “WordPress plugin & API Key” section of the Sucuri Security Terms of Service.) These scans and associated security audits may sometimes capture users’ personal data, such as IP addresses that attempt to perform unauthorized actions such as accessing the administrator login page, or data published in comments. Data gathered through this service is subject to the Sucuri Security Privacy Policy and the Data Processing Addendum to their Terms of Service. As explained in the Sucuri Privacy Policy, their service complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

Some Sucuri components are also served via Cloudflare; see the applicable section of “Embedded Content” below. However, this generally applies only to back-end administrative functions, not any publicly facing component.

Additionally, email messages sent to or from any of our ateupwithmotor.com email addresses, including administrator notifications for new comments or contact forms, may be scanned for malware, spam, or other potential security issues by our web host and/or mobile carrier (currently T-Mobile — here is their privacy statement). For example, their email servers may filter or flag incoming email messages that contain malicious code or that were sent from email addresses or domains associated with spam or malware.

Reports and Aggregated Statistics

From time to time, Ate Up With Motor may compile or release aggregated, non-personally identifying information about users of the website. For example, we may publish a report on trends in the usage of the website such as total page views, the average number of unique visitors per month, the most popular pages on the site, or the average time visitors spend on the site. We may display this information publicly or provide it to others (including to potential advertisers). However, such reports will not contain any personally identifying information on Ate Up With Motor visitors. Ate Up With Motor does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

Embedded Content

Certain content on Ate Up With Motor, such as fonts, scripts, images, and videos, may be hosted on and served by third parties, such as content delivery networks (CDNs) or video hosting services. This “embedded content” may place cookies on your computer or device, incorporate so-called “tracking pixels” or “pixel tags” (small image files that allow the hosting site to track when a webpage containing that image is loaded), and/or include other mechanisms that allow the third-party hosting site to gather certain information about you. For example, an embedded video player may read your Internet Protocol (IP) address to determine if you are permitted to view a particular video in your country or region.

In general, if you access a portion of this website that contains embedded content, the third party that serves that content can gather information about you in the same manner as if you went to the third-party website directly. Not all embedded content providers use cookies, but even the ones that don’t will typically gather certain information about any computer or device that loads the embedded content. The information they gather may include your device’s IP address, geographical location (determined based on the IP address), and your browser’s user agent information (which typically includes, among other things, your browser and operating system type/version and sometimes browser settings such as your preferred language). This information is collected and processed by the applicable third-party server’s systems, not by Ate Up With Motor.

Third-party embedded content on Ate Up With Motor may include, but is not limited to:

  • Fonts from the Google Fonts API, which is a set of web fonts hosted on a remote server owned by Google Inc. (and located in the United States). The Google Fonts service does not place cookies on your computer, but may record certain information about your computer, including your IP address, when you visit a page that uses one or more of those fonts. Click here to learn more about what information Google collects and how they use it.
  • Fonts, styles, scripts, or icons served by BootstrapCDN, a service of MaxCDN in the United States. Each time you access a portion of the site that includes such elements, BootstrapCDN records certain information about your computer or device, including the IP address, geographical location (determined based on the IP address), and user agent information. BootstrapCDN may retain this data for security, troubleshooting, and/or service improvement purposes. For more information, see BootstrapCDN’s privacy policy and MaxCDN’s legal page.
  • Certain scripts or functions may be served by the content distribution network Cloudflare. Cloudflare may collect visitors’ IP address, user agent, and security-related data. See their GDPR page and privacy policy for more information.
  • The Contribute button that appears on the Ate Up With Motor website contains content served by PayPal® (including the graphics for the button itself) that may be used to collect and track data about users who access any portion of the site containing that button. For more information on what data PayPal collects and what they do with it, see their privacy policy. See “Financial Transactions” below for more information on the collection of transaction-related data.

From time to time, we may post embedded content hosted and served by other third-party websites or services not listed above — for example, an embedded player showing an externally hosted video or audio file. To learn more about what user information such third-party websites gather and how they use it, click the links on the applicable player or display window to go to that hosting site and review their privacy policy and associated terms and conditions.

Ate Up With Motor does not receive or have access to user data gathered through embedded content hosted by third parties, nor do we have any control over their use of this data.

Ads on Ate Up With Motor

As of July 26, 2013, advertisements (including sponsored links) appearing on Ate Up With Motor are served by us — that is, the advertisement content resides on our website server along with our other content.

As of July 26, 2013, we do not permit our advertisers to use scripts or cookies to collect information about you while you are on the Ate Up With Motor website. However, if you click through an ad to an external website, that website may collect personal information about you as described in the site’s privacy policy.

You may find additional information on our advertisers’ individual privacy policies at the following links:

Information You Provide to Us

If you send us money, contact us via the feedback forms, or interact with the site in certain other ways, we will collect various personal information that you provide to us. The type and amount of information, and what we do with it, will depend on the context, as described below.

You can refuse to supply personally identifying information, although doing so may prevent you from using certain functions, such as comments.

Financial Transactions

If you make a payment to Ate Up With Motor, such as the purchase of advertisements or a contribution made via the “Contribute” button in the Support Ate Up With Motor box, we will record your name, company name (if applicable), address and contact information, and any other personal or payment information necessary to complete your transaction. We retain all transaction-related information for bookkeeping and tax reporting purposes.

If your payment is via PayPal® (including payments made via the “Contribute” button), the transaction will be subject to PayPal’s user agreement and privacy policy. PayPal may use cookies and/or so-called “tracking pixels” or “pixel tags” in the Contribute button and/or in the shopping cart to collect and track data about users. Ate Up With Motor does not have access to user data gathered by PayPal except for the information we receive in connection with a completed PayPal transaction, as described below.

When you make a payment or contribution to us via PayPal, Ate Up With Motor receives a standard transaction report (which is sent to us via email as well as being stored in our PayPal account) that contains personally identifying information, including your name, email address, mailing address, and the date and amount of your payment. This report does NOT include your bank account or credit card numbers — PayPal does not provide and we do not have access to the credit card or bank information you use with your PayPal transactions. As with other types of transactions, Ate Up With Motor retains copies of these transaction reports for bookkeeping and tax reporting purposes.

By making a payment or contribution to Ate Up With Motor (whether by check, money order, via PayPal, or by any other means), you grant us express permission to disclose personal or payment information associated with your transaction(s) with Ate Up With Motor, including copies of any applicable checks and the PayPal transaction reports described above:

  1. To our bank, legal counsel, accountant/bookkeeper, tax preparer, and/or tax attorney, as we deem reasonably necessary to our routine business operations and for our legal protection; and/or:
  2. To the applicable payment processor and their legal counsel, auditors, or fraud protection services (for example, if we must provide information for a dispute or fraud investigation); and/or:
  3. To any applicable tax auditor or investigator; and/or
  4. As described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

By making a payment or contribution, you also grant us express permission to contact you via email or postal mail to complete or acknowledge your transaction and/or to address questions specifically related to your transaction(s) with us.

Comments and Personal Information

If you post a comment on Ate Up With Motor, we will record the screen name and email address you provide along with your Internet Protocol (IP) address and your browser’s user agent information (which typically includes, among other things, your browser and operating system type/version and sometimes browser settings such as your preferred language). A copy of your comment, along with your screen name, the email address you provided, and your IP address, will then be automatically emailed to the site administrator. If your comment is in reply to another user’s comment on which that user has selected the “Notify” option, a copy of your comment and your screen name (but not your email address or IP address) will also be automatically emailed to that user.

By posting a comment, we will assume that you are expressly authorizing us to publish and use the contents of that comment as described in the Comment Policy section of the Terms of Use. Naturally, this means that when your comment is published, the name/pseudonym you provided and any personal information you included in the text of your comment will become publicly visible. If your comment includes a photo, this may include any EXIF information or other metadata contained in the image file!

Ate Up With Motor may record and use the information in and associated with your comment (including the IP address, email address, and user agent information) to respond to your comment or question; verify your identity and confirm that you are a human being and not a “bot” or automated system; secure the website and our accounts, systems, and devices against spam, fraud, abuse, or electronic attacks (for example, by blocking email or IP addresses associated with previous electronic attacks or spam); troubleshoot technical problems; record and, if applicable, appropriately credit you for any corrections, suggestions, information, or permissions you offer to us (for instance, if you suggest a useful resource or indicate that you are the owner of a car we’ve previously seen or photographed, we will usually record that fact in our notes); and as otherwise described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

If you include a valid email address with your comment, we may email you at that address to respond to your comment (or the associated comment thread, if any), particularly if your comment includes a question or offer of assistance, or if we need to clarify some aspect of your comment (for example, if you have posted two very similar comments, we may email you to ask which one you want us to publish).

Also, if you set your comment to notify you of replies, our system will automatically email you each time a reply is posted. If you no longer wish to receive email replies, you may leave a comment, send us an email at admin (at) ateupwithmotor (dot) com, or use the Contact Form to ask us to stop notifying you of comment replies or remove the applicable comment completely.

Please note that if you delete your comment, archival copies of the original comment and its associated information may remain in our records or in backups or archives created by us or our web host. However, once the comment is marked as deleted, we will not publish or otherwise release that comment or its associated personal information except as described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

Contact and Image Authorization Forms

If you contact us via any of the feedback forms, including the Contact Form or Advertise with Us form, or if you submit an Image Authorization Form, we will record any data you enter into the form (including your name and email address) as well as the date and time of your submission, your Internet Protocol (IP) address, and in some cases your browser’s user agent information (which typically includes, among other things, your browser and operating system type/version and sometimes browser settings such as your preferred language). A copy of the form, including your screen name, the email address you provided, and your IP address, will be automatically emailed to the site administrator.

Ate Up With Motor may record and use the information in and associated with your form submission (including the IP address, email address, and user agent information) to respond to your inquiry; verify your identity and confirm that you are a human being and not a “bot” or automated system; secure the website and our accounts, systems, and devices against spam, fraud, abuse, or electronic attacks (for example, by blocking email and IP addresses associated with previous electronic attacks or spam); troubleshoot technical problems; record and, if applicable, appropriately credit you for any corrections, suggestions, information, or permissions (such as a license to use your image or other content) you give us; and as otherwise described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

When you press the “submit” button on any of our forms, our system will automatically send an email acknowledgment, including a copy of your message or submission, to the email address you provided. If you do not wish to receive future email messages from us, you may contact us via email (the simplest way is to reply to the notification email and type the word “REMOVE” in the subject line of your reply) or via a comment (although see the note above regarding comment notifications). Please note that if you submit a NEW message via one of the contact forms, you may still receive an automated response.

If your message includes a question, correction, suggestion, or request for technical support, we will record that information for our internal reference and records. We may also elect to publish your inquiry or excerpts of it on the Ate Up With Motor website or our associated social media accounts in order to help us respond to your questions or comments or support other users with similar concerns. However, other than the name or pseudonym (if applicable) you supply, we will not publish or release your email address, mailing address, IP address, or other associated personal information unless you specifically authorize us to to so or as described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

If we have published your inquiry as described above and you wish us to amend or redact any personal information it may include (for example, to remove your name and substitute a pseudonym), we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request provided that it does not infringe on the rights of others or attempt to impersonate some other individual or organization.

Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests

If you send us a message related to Ate Up With Motor via email, via one of our associated social media accounts/pages, or via some other third-party website or service (e.g., our account on an external photo hosting site or instant messaging service), we collect the following information:

  1. Any information you provide to us as part of your message, and
  2. Any other information associated with your message (such as the routing information that typically appears in the header of an email message), and
  3. For messages sent via a third-party website or service:
    1. Any information the applicable third-party website or service provides to us in conjunction with your message (e.g., your username and profile picture on that website/service), and
    2. Any publicly visible information in your profile on that website or service.

Some or all of this information may be transmitted to us via email and/or as SMS text notifications.

Ate Up With Motor may use this information to respond to your inquiry or message; verify your identity and confirm that you are a human being and not a “bot” or automated system; secure this website and our accounts, systems, and devices against spam, fraud, abuse, or electronic attacks (for example, by blocking email and IP addresses associated with previous electronic attacks or spam); to troubleshoot technical problems; record and, if applicable, appropriately credit you for any corrections, suggestions, information, or permissions (such as a license to use your image or other content) you give us; and as otherwise described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

We will normally respond via the same email address you used to contact us (or, if applicable, via the same social media account or service) unless you indicate you wish us to respond by some other means.

As noted above, if your message includes a question, correction, suggestion, or request for technical support, we will record that information for our internal reference and records. We may also elect to publish your inquiry or excerpts of it on the Ate Up With Motor website or our associated social media accounts in order to help us respond to your questions or comments or support other users with similar concerns. However, other than the name or pseudonym (if applicable) you supply, we will not publish or release your email address, mailing address, IP address, or other associated personal information unless you specifically authorize us to to so or as described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

If we have published your inquiry as described above and you wish us to amend or redact any personal information it may include (for example, to remove your name and substitute a pseudonym), we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request provided that it does not infringe on the rights of others or attempt to impersonate some other individual or organization.

Please note that any messages you send to us via a third-party website or service may also be subject to that site/service’s terms and privacy policy, which are outside our control. This includes messages sent to our personal Google® or Yahoo!® webmail accounts. (Although we now strive to avoid using those accounts for site-related business and have removed most email messages related to Ate Up With Motor from the Gmail and Yahoo Mail servers to offline archives, a small number of older site-related messages, most from prior to 2012, may remain in those webmail accounts, which are subject to those services’ respective privacy policies.)

Data in Submitted Images

You should be aware that if you provide photos or other images for use on Ate Up With Motor, either as part of a comment or in connection with an Image Authorization Form, those images may contain various personally identifying information.

First, the image itself may contain personally identifying information. For example, if you submit a photo of yourself standing in front of your personal car in front of your home, the phone may include your face, your car’s license number, and the street address of your house.

Second, the image file may contain EXIF information and other metadata created by the camera or device that originally generated the image and in some cases by any editing software you use to edit or modify the image. This metadata may include, among other things, your name; the date the photo was taken; the location where it was taken (based on GPS coordinates from your camera or device, particularly for mobile phone photos); the model of the camera or device; and the name and version of any editing software.

Naturally, by submitting an image to us, you are providing us with that information. When the image is published on Ate Up With Motor, this information may be included, making it publicly available.

You are of course free to remove or redact the EXIF information and other metadata from your images, and/or to obscure personally identifying information in the images themselves, prior to submitting them to us.

In some cases, we may be able, upon your request, to remove personally identifying data from the images you submit or from specific previously submitted images. However, please note that this is not always feasible. For example, if you submit a photo of you standing by your car near a well-known landmark, we could obscure your face and plate number, but we probably couldn’t remove the landmark from the background! Also, if we remove or obscure information after the image has already been published on the Ate Up With Motor website, copies of the original version (with personally identifying information intact) may remain for a time in cached pages and/or backup files created by us or our web host.

If we use your photos or other images on Ate Up With Motor, we may also ADD metadata to the file(s) and/or alter the filename(s) to indicate your copyright and license information (e.g., “Copyright © 2018 John Doe; used with permission on Ate Up With Motor”). This helps us to keep track of the provenance of the images we use, which may come from a variety of different sources.

If you have questions about image-related data, please contact us.

Other Information You Provide to Us

In some cases, you may provide us with personal information in ways not specifically mentioned above. For example, if you send us a physical package via postal mail, it will likely include your mailing address as well as any information in the package itself. Our use of that information will depend on the nature of the information and the context in which we received it, although in general, we only disclose such information as described in “Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information” below.

Information We Receive from Other Sources

From time to time, we may receive information about individuals from third-party sources.

For instance, we routinely gather publicly available information about people involved in the auto industry as part of our research, which we may use and publish for journalistic purposes and historical documentation (including the creation of appropriate bibliographies and credits). This may include images such as publicity photos or official portraits.

If we use an image or other content under a Creative Commons or similar license, we also gather all appropriate and necessary information to properly attribute that content and otherwise comply with the applicable license terms. That content itself may also contain personally identifying information about its creator and/or subject.

In some cases, we may receive information about someone from a different individual, whether intentionally or inadvertently. For example, a reader might provide the contact information of an individual or firm that could assist us with research or images for an article, or submit a photo they have taken that depicts your car and/or that includes you in the background.

We may also obtain publicly available information about visitors or people who contact us. For example, if you send us a message about advertising on Ate Up With Motor, we might look up your company in a search engine or visit your company website to better understand who you are and the nature of your business.

Acknowledgments of User Assistance and Information

If you provide us (whether via comment, contact form, email, or by other means) with significant assistance with Ate Up With Motor content (for example, if you supply images, suggest useful resources, or offer substantial factual corrections) or assist us in the resolution of a technical issue, we may elect to acknowledge you by name or applicable pseudonym, generally in the “Acknowledgments” or “Notes on Sources” section of the applicable article(s), unless you have specifically asked us not to or if the context of your communications with us reasonably suggests that you prefer not to be acknowledged or identified. This acknowledgment will be limited to your name/pseudonym 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.

In the event that you have received such an acknowledgment here or on Ate Up With Motor’s associated social media accounts and would like us to remove it, please contact us via email at aseverson (at) ateupwithmotor (dot) com or the Contact Form and we will promptly delete the applicable acknowledgment(s). If you wish to alter or correct the acknowledgment (for example, to replace a pseudonym with your real name or vice versa), we will make our best efforts to accommodate your request so long as it does not infringe on the rights of others or attempt to impersonate some other individual or organization.

Disclosure of Personally Identifying Information

We may release or disclose personal information we gather about visitors to the Ate Up With Motor website and its associated social media pages:

  • As part of journalistic or historical accounts, if you are or were involved with the subjects of one or more of our automotive articles. For instance, if you are an automotive stylist, engineer, or executive, your name and certain biographical and professional details may be included in our articles about one or more cars you worked on. In most cases, this information is drawn from sources that were already publicly available at the time of writing, but it may also include corrections, clarifications, or additional details either provided by you or obtained from third parties (which may include images such as publicity photos or official portraits).
  • In the case of photographs in which you may be visible. Most of the photos we use on Ate Up With Motor were taken in public places, not always by us, and may include visible bystanders or potentially personally identifying formation about them (such as their car’s license plate number). It is not always possible for us to completely obscure bystanders in photos, either for technical reasons or because we don’t have the legal right to modify that image. In most cases, we have no reasonable way to identify such individuals or of associating the photos in which they appear with other information about them. If you have recognized yourself in a photo on Ate Up With Motor and would like us to obscure or remove you, please contact us!
  • To appropriately credit you for the use of your photos, fonts, themes/plugins, or other content or intellectual property — particularly where such credit is required by the applicable license terms. As noted in “Data in Submitted Images” above, this may include adding your copyright and license information to the applicable filename and/or metadata to ensure that the attribution is clear. Also, if the version of your content we receive includes personal information (for instance, if you’ve published a photo under a Creative Commons license and the photo shows your address or includes your GPS coordinates in the metadata), the version of the content that appears on Ate Up With Motor may retain that information. If you want to modify or remove that information, please contact us!
  • To publish your submitted comments, as described in “Comments and Personal Information” above.
  • In the form of “Acknowledgments of User Assistance and Information,” as described above.
  • As part of a public response to an inquiry or support request, as described in “Contact and Image Authorization Forms” and “Other Inquiries, Messages, and Support Requests” above.
  • To our independent contractors and/or employees (if any) that need to know the information in order to process the information on our behalf or support our normal business operations (such as accounting and tax preparation) and that have agreed to follow this Privacy Policy for personal information that we share with them. Those contractors may be located outside your home country or the European Economic Area; by using this website, you consent to our transfer of such information to them.
  • To our third-party vendors — including our web host, DreamHost, LLC; PayPal (which processes certain financial transactions for us); our mobile carrier, T-Mobile (which processes site-related emails and texts sent to and from our phone (s)); Sucuri (which provides the Sucuri Security plugin described in the “Security Scans” section above); and Google (which provides the Google Analytics and Google Fonts services mentioned in “Embedded Content” above) — that need to know that information and that have agreed not to disclose that information to others. Those vendors may be located outside your home country or the European Economic Area; by using this website, you consent to our transfer of such information to them. Both Google and Sucuri comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, which governs the privacy and security of data U.S. companies process from residents of the European Economic Area.
  • If we are required by law to do so (for example, if we receive a subpoena, court order, or other government order requiring us to disclose certain information).
  • If we believe in good faith that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property, rights, and/or safety of Ate Up With Motor, third parties, or the public at large.
  • If the information is de-identified or aggregated such that it could not reasonably be used to identify you.
  • If we have received your authorization to do so.
  • If we sell the Ate Up With Motor website and its assets, or if Ate Up With Motor goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, in which case any purchaser or other acquirer of Ate Up With Motor or its assets could continue to use your personal information only as set forth in this policy.

In general, we do not sell or rent information about individual site visitors. However, we do sometimes license our articles and/or images to third parties. Therefore, if your name or other information is incorporated into the text of one or more articles or their bibliographies, or if your image or your info is somehow visible in certain of our images or present in their metadata, we may provide it to others in that context.

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.

Data Retention

As of May 25, 2018, we have configured Google Analytics to automatically delete saved user and event data from the analytics service after twenty-six (26) months. Aggregate analytics data (which is not personally identifying) may be retained for longer.

Most of the routine server, error, and security logs collected by us or our web host are retained on a rolling basis — that is, we customarily retain only the most recently collected data. For the Sucuri Security scanning service described above, security audit logs are normally retained for up to 90 days. Most other server and error log data, including the results of other routine security scans or alerts, is retained for 30 days or less before either being automatically overwritten by newer data or otherwise deleted. However, in the event of a security breach, intrusion attempt, or technical problem, relevant data may be retained for longer periods for troubleshooting or ongoing security purposes. For instance, IP addresses associated with an unauthorized intrusion attempt may remain blacklisted. Also, each time we or our web host perform a site backup, some recent log data may be captured in the backup files, which may be retained for a year or more.

Discounting obvious spam, which we promptly delete, we customarily retain other site-related data indefinitely, particularly information related to financial transactions (which we must keep for accounting purposes), image use authorizations, Creative Commons image attribution, or any site-related disputes. Also, we almost always retain research-related information indefinitely; if you send us information for current or future articles &mdash: corrections, suggestions, or useful resources to check out — we naturally prefer to retain your message for future reference, especially if it’s a suggestion we’re not able to follow up immediately!

Your Rights (GDPR and California Do Not Track Disclosures)

Ate Up With Motor does not currently respond to DoNotTrack browser settings.

If you are located in certain countries, including those that fall under the scope of the European General Data Protection Regulation (aka the “GDPR”), data protection laws give you rights with respect to your personal data, subject to any exemptions provided by the law, including the rights to:

  • Request access to your personal data
  • Request correction or deletion of your personal data
  • Object to our use and processing of your personal data
  • Request that we limit our use and processing of your personal data; and
  • Request portability of your personal data.

EU individuals also have the right to make a complaint to a government supervisory authority.

If you have questions or would like to exercise these rights, you can contact us as described below. We’ve also added a Privacy Tools page that will let you automatically retrieve your data from the website based on your email address. (Please note that the data you obtain through this tool does not include personal data not associated with your email address, such as server and error log data; data not stored on the Ate Up With Motor website itself (like emails you send us directly); non-electronic data (like physical copies of letters or photographs); or analytics results, which are not accessible to us on a user-specific basis.)

Please note that we may be obligated to retain certain data (such as financial transaction records) for legal or administrative purposes or to secure this website and its data.

Controllers, Questions, and How to Reach Us

The controller for processing personal information is Aaron Severson dba Ate Up With Motor, 11100 National Bl. #3, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

If you have questions about this policy or would like to remove your data from our records, you can contact us via postal mail to the address above, via the Contact Form, or by emailing admin (at) ateupwithmotor (dot) com.

Privacy Policy Changes

Ate Up With Motor may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, at our sole discretion. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such changes, whose effective date is shown below. If the terms have changed since your last visit, the website may prompt you to review and accept the changes.

Effective Date

This privacy policy is effective Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Recent revisions:

  • 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 informations, 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 &helllip; –> “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.

Please contact us if you need information on earlier revisions.


Updated: July 18, 2018 — 2:12 pm
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