Ford Owners Club (The Club, we) recognises that your privacy is very important to you and that it is your right to control your personal information. The Club respects your privacy and is committed to protect the personal information that you share with us. This document explains the following:
• What Information Is Collected
• How We Use Information Collected
• Data Security
• Third Parties
• Children and Privacy
What Information Is Collected
Registration and use information – When you register to use our services by establishing an account, we will collect Personally Identifiable Information as necessary to offer and fulfil the services you request. Personally Identifiable Information means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, email address, a home, postal or other physical address, other contact information, gender, personal interests, car model and year and other information when needed to provide a service you requested. The amount and type of information collected varies depending on the type of membership.
All third-party images are linked via proxy, which stores images within our server for up to 14 days. If the image is requested to be viewed again, the server re-caches images for a further 14-day period. This is to ensure that our HTTPS serves the images locally.
All files from our CDN come from our central repository on the same server and are not hosted on a third party server.
How We Use Information Collected
The Club uses Personally Identifiable Information for several, general purposes: to personalise your experience on our website, to keep you up to date on the latest club announcements, special offers or other information we think you’d like to hear about from us, and to better understand your needs and provide you with better services. This is essential to keeping our service free. We do not share Personally Identifiable Information about individual users in any circumstances.
The Club only contacts members who have provided clear, explicit consent for marketing purposes through e-mail. We are fully committed to ensuring the rights and obligations set out in the GDPR 2015 are respected. Therefore, if you change your mind and do not wish to continue receiving information via e-mail there is an “opt-out” option at the end of all messages.
The Club stores your information on secure, firewall-protected servers that are located in secure European facilities. These technology and security features, as well as strict internal guidelines, are designed to safeguard the privacy of your personal information from unauthorised access or improper use. Access to your personal information is only granted to club staff who require such access. Backups are run to reduce the risk of loss of information, and our Internet servers are housed in secure facilities. We have security measures in place to protect our customer database and access to this database is restricted internally.
While we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure the security of the information you transmit to us, and so we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet. Change your passwords often, use a combination of letters and numbers, and make sure you use a secure browser.
Third Party Cookies & Data Collection: We use third parties’ analytics technologies which involve cookies being dropped via our website and the collection of Personally Identifiable Information about you, so we can understand how you use our website and services. You need to provide clear, explicit permission for us to use these cookies and may opt out at any time. We do not have access to or control over how data collected by third party cookies are processes, but please read our cookies policy for more information.
The Club uses the eBay API (Application Programming Interface), to communicate directly with the eBay database in XML format and provide a custom interface, functionality and specialised operations not otherwise afforded by the eBay interface. Learn more about the ebay API at https://go.developer.ebay.com/what-ebay-api
Children & Privacy
Our websites do not target and are not intended to attract children under the age of 13. The club does not knowingly solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 or send them requests for personal information.