WE VALUE YOUR PRIVACY
Group 1 Automotive collects information from our users at several different points on our Web site. Group 1 Automotive is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell or rent this information to others.
Group 1 Automotive uses two types of user information: anonymous information gathered from cookies and log files, and personal information you provide us for certain services. See below for definitions of each of these methods.
Anonymous Information - Cookies and Log Files
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to personal information, until a user provides that information (see below). If a user rejects or deletes the cookie, he/she may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that the user will be limited in some areas of our site. For example, the user will not be able to receive notification of special offers, or participate in any contests that may take place.
Group 1 Automotive also maintains standard web logs that record data about all visitors to this Web site. These logs may contain:
- The Internet domain from which you access this site.
- Your IP address (Your computer is automatically assigned an IP address when you surf the Internet. Your IP address is either static or dynamic. A static IP address may be identifiable to you; a dynamic address is usually not identifiable to you).
- The type of browser and operating system you use.
- The date and time you visited this site.
- The pages you viewed on this site.
- The address of the Web site from which you linked.
Volunteering Personal Information
Users may choose to volunteer personal information (name, e-mail address, phone number, etc.) in order for us to provide them with services such as brochure and information requests, surveys and contests, site announcements, and special offers at the time of the request or in the future.
Group 1 Automotive takes all reasonable precautions to protect our users' information, both while the information is being transmitted and after it is received by us.
When our credit pre-approval form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with SSL 128-bit encryption software, an industry standard for reputable organizations. While on a secure page, such as our credit pre-approval application form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Fire Fox becomes locked, as opposed to unlocked, or open, when you are just "surfing."
Furthermore, once the information has been received by us, we use security procedures and policies commensurate with industry standards to safeguard against loss, theft, unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification and disclosure. If you have any questions about the security of our Web site, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Group 1 Automotive is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each Web site that collects personal information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.
Notification of Changes
Group 1 Automotive may disclose any data, whether personally identifiable or not, to any person performing audit, legal, operational or other similar services for Group 1 Automotive. Whenever possible, we will require any recipient of personal information for these purposes to agree in writing to hold the information in confidence, to use the information only for the permitted purpose, and to return or destroy the information when the services are completed.
We may also disclose any data, whether personally identifiable or not, when we reasonably deem it necessary to protect the safety of (i) an individual, (ii) the public, or (iii) the security and reliability of Group 1 Automotive and/or this Web site.
Group 1 Automotive does not knowingly allow anyone under the age of 13 to participate in any services offered on our Web site which requires the submission of user information. If we learn that a user is under 13 and has submitted user information to us, we will delete that information as promptly as possible.
We collect nonpublic personal information about you ("Private Information") from the following sources:
- Information we receive from you on credit applications or other forms;
- Information about your transactions with us, our affiliates, or others; and
- Information we receive from consumer reporting agencies (credit bureaus).
Except as permitted by law, we do not disclose to third parties information we obtain from you or others for evaluation of your request for credit, including information: from credit applications; from consumer credit reports; from verification of your application information; and from credit and employment references. Otherwise, we may disclose all of the Private Information about you, as a present or former customer, to:
- companies that perform marketing services on our behalf or to other financial institutions with whom we have joint marketing agreements, including motor vehicle dealers;
- our affiliates, including our motor vehicle manufacturing, distribution, services and sales affiliates; and
- non-affiliated third parties as permitted by law.
Except as stated above, we do not share the Private Information with third parties. We restrict access to the Private Information to those employees who need to know that information to provide products or services to you. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard the Private Information.