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PRIVACY POLICY and WEB SITE USAGE AGREEMENT

Every successful relationship begins with communication. And since we've got a relationship right here on the Internet, let's communicate. Down below is everything you've ever wanted to know about our PRIVACY POLICY, which is here to assure you that any information you submit to us (like, say, your address, credit card information, and favorite yoga position) will remain absolutely private. There's also our WEB SITE USAGE AGREEMENT. It states that vw.com is a private, copyrighted site, the content of which can't be taken, borrowed, copied, or used for anything other than strictly personal reasons. Though everything here might seem obvious, hey, some things just have to be said.

 

 

PRIVACY POLICY

Privacy Policy Table of Contents:

Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this Privacy Policy, which explains our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this Privacy Policy easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable data may be requested.

The Information We Collect

This Privacy Policy applies to all information collected or submitted on the vw.com website. On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Survey questions
  • Phone number
  • Credit card/Debit card information

On some pages, you can submit information about other people. For example, if you order a gift online and want it sent directly to the recipient, you will need to submit the recipient's address. In this circumstance, the types of personal information collected may include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number

How We Use Information

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order. We may use your e-mail address to communicate with you, for example, to notify you of special offers or programs you might find of interest.

We use the information you provide about someone else when placing an order only to ship the product and to confirm delivery.

We use return e-mail addresses to answer the e-mail we receive. We may also use these e-mail addresses to provide order status and order tracking information, and to respond to queries.

We may offer gift-cards by which you can personalize a product you order for another person. Information you provide to us to create a gift-card is only used for that purpose, and it is only disclosed to the person receiving the gift.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive our catalog as well as updates on our new products and services.

We may use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and share with our advertising agencies. For example, we may tell an advertising agency that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to personally identify those individuals.

If you choose to register or receive products or materials from us, or to otherwise give us personal information, we may store some or all of that personal information and use it for marketing research and marketing purposes, which may include sharing it with Volkswagen or Audi authorized dealerships or with various suppliers that provide marketing, research, or other services for us. If you choose to save information, such as a vehicle configuration, on our website(s), we may contact you to follow up on your interest in our cars. In such cases, we may employ an outside research company to call you on our behalf.

We will never sell your personal information to any other company.

In the event of a criminal investigation or a suspected illegal activity, we may be required by law enforcement agencies to share certain personal information.

Finally, we never use or share personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

A Word On "Cookies"

"Cookies" are small items of data that some websites either write to your hard drive upon your visit to their site(s) or store in the browser. These data files contain information the site can use to organize the pages you have visited on a particular website. Some of our websites may use "cookie" technology to measure site activity and tailor information to fit your personal interests. In this way, we can deliver tailor-made information suiting your personal interests upon your next visit to our site(s). Our use of "cookie" technology is, thus, to provide you with a more individualized delivery of information and an optimal viewing experience.

Pixel Tags

We may use "pixel tags," which are small graphic files that allow us to monitor the use of our websites. A pixel tag can collect information such as the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the tag appears; the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of the page on which the pixel tag appears; the time the page containing the pixel tag was viewed; the type of browser that fetched the pixel tag; and the identification number of any cookie (please see A Word On "Cookies") on the computer previously placed by that server. When corresponding with you via HTML capable e-mail, we may use "format sensing" technology, which allows pixel tags to let us know whether you received and opened our e-mail.

Our Commitment To Data Security

Because your privacy is important to us, we have installed safeguards to secure the credit card information we collect online. Our e-commerce site uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology supported by Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator/Communicator, and other popular browsers to protect your online transactions. SSL encrypts your credit card number, name, address, and phone number before they travel over the Internet. We also use additional technologies and measures to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, maintain data accuracy, and ensure appropriate use of this information.

Our Commitment To Children's Privacy

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

How You Can Access or Correct Your Information

For your information on the e-commerce site (https://drivergear.vw.com), you can access and maintain all your personally identifiable information that we collect online by visiting the Account Information section of our website at https://drivergear.vw.com/member/home.asp

. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information. You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

How to Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please contact us.

 

 

WEB SITE USAGE AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
USER AND VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.

 

Initial Notice

Thank you for visiting our Web site. Please read carefully the following legal agreement before using this Web site. By using this Web site, you signify your assent to these terms of use. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please disconnect from and do not use this Web site.

 

List of Restrictions

Neither the Web site nor any element thereof, including, without limitation, text, graphics, images, or other materials, may be copied, repurposed, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or redistributed, except that you may download one copy of such materials to your individual computer solely for your personal, non-commercial use only (which also excludes any use by any governmental, educational, charitable, or other institutional use that is not strictly a personal use by you), provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices appearing on such materials are strictly preserved without any alteration, modification, or obfuscation. With respect to any software downloaded by you from the Web site, such software, and all elements thereof, are licensed to you by Volkswagen of America, Inc. for your personal use only. You may not modify or prepare derivative works based upon the Web site, or any element thereof, and you may not redistribute, sell, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or otherwise attempt to access the source code to any software downloaded from the Web site.

 

Scope of Content

The products and programs mentioned on the Web site are subject to availability. All prices shown are the U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") and do not include extra costs, such as, but not limited to, taxes, dealer charges, registration, and transportation. For specific product availability and program information, please visit your local authorized Volkswagen dealer.

 

Reservation of Rights

All rights, titles, and interests in and to this Web site are owned by Volkswagen of America, Inc. The Web site is protected by United States copyright law and international treaty provisions, including, without limitation, the Berne Convention. All trademarks, service marks, and trade names are proprietary to Volkswagen of America, Inc. In particular, the Volkswagen logo, the word "Volkswagen," all Volkswagen vehicle names, and the Volkswagen advertising slogan are registered trademarks. None of the items mentioned herein may be used without the express written consent of Volkswagen of America, Inc. All rights not expressly licensed hereunder are reserved by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

 

WARRANTY DISCLAIMER

THE WEB SITE AND ALL ELEMENTS THEREOF ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC. MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES CONTAINED ON THE WEB SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC. DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC. DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEB SITE WILL OPERATE OR PERFORM IN A MANNER THAT IS UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT THE WEB SITE OR HOST SERVER WILL BE MAINTAINED FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL CODE. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC. MAKES NO WARRANTIES THAT THE INFORMATION PRESENTED ON THE WEB SITE IS CURRENT, UP-TO-DATE, OR ACCURATE. SOME STATES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THE FOREGOING SHALL BE ENFORCEABLE TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

 

LIABILITY LIMITATION

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE AND REGARDLESS OF LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER IN TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, WILL VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC. BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR AN INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, RELIANCE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, HOWEVER CAUSED, AND REGARDLESS OF CHARACTER, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DAMAGES RELATING TO LOST DATA, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTIONING, OR OTHERWISE. SOME STATES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES, SO THE FOREGOING LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THE FOREGOING SHALL BE ENFORCEABLE TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. YOU AGREE TO THIS ALLOCATION OF RISK IN RELATION TO YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE.

 

Links to Third Parties' Web Sites

This Web site may contain hyperlinks, which links the User to other documents or Web sites that are operated by third parties other than Volkswagen of America, Inc. Such hyperlinks are provided solely for User's references. Volkswagen of America, Inc. does not control such Web sites and is not responsible for their contents. Volkswagen of America, Inc.'s inclusion of hyperlinks to such Web sites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such Web sites or any association with their operators. Accordingly, User agrees to hold harmless Volkswagen of America, Inc., its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, and the shareholders, officers, directors, employees, and agents of any of them against and from and against any and all claims, demands, judgments, costs, liabilities, expenses (including attorneys' fees), and damages arising out of claims resulting from hyperlinking, including, without limitation, any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by User of these terms and conditions.

 

Limit to Users.

This Web site is presented by Volkswagen of America, Inc. from within the United States, and Volkswagen of America, Inc. makes no representation that materials in the Web site are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States or Canada. Neither the Web site, nor any underlying information or technology, may be downloaded or otherwise exported or re-exported into, or to a national or resident of, any country to which the United States has embargoed goods (for example, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya) or to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nations or the U.S. Commerce Department's Table of Denial Orders. By downloading or using any element of the Web site, you are agreeing to the foregoing and you are certifying that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list. In addition, you are responsible for complying with any and all local laws in your jurisdiction that may impact your right to use the Web site.

 

Modification of These Terms and Conditions

Volkswagen of America, Inc. reserves the right to change this Agreement at any time by revising the terms and conditions herein. User is responsible for regularly reviewing these terms and conditions. Continued use of this Web site following any such changes shall constitute the User's acceptance of such changes.

 

General Terms and Conditions

This Agreement shall be deemed to include all other notices, policies, disclaimers, and other terms contained in this Web site; provided, however, that in the event of a conflict between such other terms and the terms of this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall control.

This Agreement shall be deemed to have been made in the State of Michigan, U.S.A. and shall be interpreted, and the rights and liabilities of the parties hereto determined in accordance with the law of the State of Michigan, U.S.A., without regard to conflicts of law principles. The parties consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts for the County of Oakland, Michigan, U.S.A. for the determination of any claim or controversy between the parties and arising out of or relating to this Agreement. Both parties hereby consent to the jurisdiction of the Michigan courts and waive any objections as to personal jurisdiction or as to the laying of venue in such courts due to inconvenient forum or any other basis.

User acknowledges that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between the User and Volkswagen of America, Inc. as a result of this Agreement or use of this Web site. User agrees not to hold himself or herself out as a representative, agent, or employee of Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Volkswagen of America, Inc. shall not be liable for any representation, act, or omission of the User.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.'s performance of this Agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this Agreement is in derogation of Volkswagen of America, Inc.'s right to comply with law enforcement requests or requirements relating to the User's use of this Web site or information provided to or gathered by Volkswagen of America, Inc. with respect to such use.

If any part of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law, including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in effect.

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the User and Volkswagen of America, Inc. with respect to this Web site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral, or written, between the User and Volkswagen of America, Inc. with respect to this Web site. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form will be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

 

Indemnification

As a condition of use of this Web site, the User agrees to indemnify Volkswagen of America, Inc., its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, and the shareholders, officers, directors, employees, and agents of any of them against and from and against any and all claims, demands, judgments, costs, liabilities, expenses (including attorneys' fees), and damages arising out of claims resulting from User's use of this Web site, including, without limitation, any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by User of these terms and conditions.

 

Retail Legal

Airbags

 

Airbags are supplemental restraints only. Always use safety belts. Seat children only in the rear, using restraints that are appropriate for their size and age.

24-hour Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance, for four years, is provided by Road America

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