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Current Privacy Statement - Updated May 1, 2018

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The General Motors Family of Companies (including General Motors Company, OnStar, LLC (“OnStar”), and affiliates) (collectively, "GM" or "we") provides this Privacy Statement to let you know how we collect, use, and share your information when you use GM vehicles, products, services, websites, infotainment systems, social media sites, and mobile applications for connected vehicle services (products and services).  This Privacy Statement applies to the products and services offered by GM, but excludes products and services with separate privacy statements that do not incorporate this Privacy Statement.  For example, General Motors Financial Company, Inc. maintains its own privacy statement.

 

KEY POINTS ABOUT OUR INFORMATION PRACTICES

Collection

We may collect information about you and your accounts with us, such as your name and address. And when our connected vehicle products and services are active, we may collect information about your vehicle, including diagnostics, use, and vehicle location. We may also collect various types of information about you from dealers and others who provide information to us. See below to learn more.

Use

We may use your information to improve the quality, safety, and security of our products and services, to develop new products and services, and for marketing. See below to learn more.

Sharing

We may share your information to provide you with products and services, to improve the quality, safety, and security of products and services, to comply with applicable law, to respond to your requests, and to allow recipients to use for marketing or other purposes subject to your consent where required. See below to learn more.

Choices

You have choices regarding how we use and share your information for marketing and other purposes. See below to learn more.

Your Obligations

Given the nature of our products and services, there may be times when someone other than you is using one of the products and services we provide to you (for example, you let someone else drive your vehicle). We rely on you to inform such person about this Privacy Statement and the privacy choices you have made.

Cookies and Tracking

We may use cookies and similar technologies to help provide our products and services, understand and customize your preferences, and display relevant advertising to you. See below to learn more.

Third Party Products and Services

In connection with our products and services, you may be offered the opportunity to use third party products and services that are not owned or controlled by GM and are governed by separate user terms and privacy statements. See below to learn more.

Access and Update

You may access your online accounts to update your information or you may contact us to learn about how to do so. See below to learn more.

California Privacy Rights

California residents have certain rights regarding the personal information we disclose to third parties for their own marketing purposes. See below to learn more.

Security measures

We maintain reasonable and adequate security controls to protect your information and require our service providers by contract to do the same. See below to learn more.

Retention

Retention We keep information for as long as necessary to provide our products and services, operate our business, and comply with legal obligations. See below to learn more.

Children's privacy

We do not target or knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. See below to learn more.

International Data Transfers

We maintain appropriate protections for cross-border transfers as required by law for international data transfers. See below to learn more.

Changes

We will notify you of any material changes by posting the updated version of this Privacy Statement and taking other steps as needed. See below to learn more. Contact Us Please contact us by mail, email, or phone with any questions. See below to learn more. Please contact us by mail, email, or phone with any questions.  

 

INFORMATION WE MAY COLLECT

We may collect the following information through your use of the products and services, including when you operate or travel in a vehicle that has active products or services, and otherwise with your consent. We may also collect your information from GM dealers, licensees, partners, service providers, and independent third party sources. The types of your information that we may collect include:

  • Information about you and your accounts with us: such as your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, e-mail address, login information, demographic data, gender, password, PIN, emergency contact information, information about the acquisition and financing of your vehicle, like whether or not you have financed or leased your vehicle, the lease/financing term, and billing information, like your credit card number, CVV code and expiration date.
  • Information about your vehicle: such as license plate number, vehicle identification number (VIN), mileage, oil/battery status, fuel or charging history, electrical system function, gear status, and diagnostic trouble codes.
  • Information about the use of your vehicle, including operational and safety related information: such as GPS location, speed, air bag deployments, crash avoidance alerts, impact data, safety system status, braking and swerving/cornering events, event data recorder (EDR) data, seat belt settings, vehicle direction (heading), camera image and sensor data, voice command information, stability control or anti-lock events, security/theft alerts, infotainment system usage, and WiFi data usage.
  • Information about your device and how you interact with our products and services, including apps and websites: such as IP address, browser type, unique device identifier, cookie data, associated identifying and usage information from your mobile phone, laptop, or other device.

 

HOW WE MAY USE YOUR INFORMATION

We may use your information in order to:

  • provide our products and services
  • improve the quality, safety, and security of our products and services
  • develop new products and services, including autonomous vehicle and car-sharing products and services
  • maintain customer relationships and communicate with you
  • administer your account(s) and process your payments for products and services
  • operate our websites and applications, including online registration processes
  • provide customer and vehicle support and service (for example, recall information, servicing and maintenance or warranty service)
  • for warranty administration and validation
  • provide product and service updates
  • evaluate the quality, safety, and security of our products and services
  • collect outstanding debts for products and services
  • for research, evaluation of use, and troubleshooting purposes
  • protect the safety of you or others
  • verify eligibility for vehicle purchase or incentive programs
  • perform marketing, including interest based marketing and advertising (with necessary consents)
  • administer your participation in contests, quizzes, surveys, promotions and offers
  • customize and improve communication content and your experience with GM and
  • comply with legal, regulatory or contractual requirements

Where required, we will anonymize your information in a way that it can't reasonably be associated with you or your vehicle. We may use anonymized information or share it with third parties for any legitimate business purpose.

Communications with you in connection with these uses may be via mail, telephone, e-mail, text message and other electronic messages, through the in-vehicle OnStar system or via our websites and applications.  See “Choices” below to learn how to manage your communication preferences.

 

HOW WE MAY SHARE YOUR INFORMATION

We may share your information as follows for the uses described below (and where required we will obtain additional consent or anonymize the information):

GM Family of Companies:  Within the GM family of companies (for example, OnStar, Maven) for the above uses.

Emergency Service Providers:  With emergency service providers, such as law enforcement, roadside assistance providers, and ambulance providers, in order to deliver related services (for example, Stolen Vehicle Assistance Services). 

Business Partners and Independent Third Parties:  With business partners, such as SiriusXM in connection with the satellite radio hardware installed on your vehicle and the associated products and services provided by SiriusXM, research institutes,  for research and development purposes (for example, improving highway safety);  dealers, fleet or rental companies, for service maintenance of your vehicle. We may also share data with third parties for marketing activities (with necessary consents) or where you have elected to receive a service from them and/or authorized them to request data from GM (for example, financial organizations who offer financing for the purchase or lease of GM vehicles or usage based insurance providers).

Service Providers:  With our product and service providers who work on our behalf in connection with the above uses, such as wireless service providers (e.g. AT&T), companies that administer our contests and promotions, host and/or operate our website, send communications, perform data analytics, credit card processors, or system providers necessary to process, store, or manage credit card information (we will not otherwise share your credit card information).

Where Required or Permitted by Law:  As required or permitted by law, such as in conjunction with a subpoena, government inquiry, litigation, dispute resolution, or similar legal process, when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, your safety, or the safety of others, to detect, investigate and prevent fraud, or to conduct screening to ensure you are not on any government list of restricted parties.

Business Transfers:  With a prospective or completed sale, transfer, or financing of a part of a GM business or its assets.

 

YOUR CHOICES

You have certain choices regarding how we use and share your information, such as for marketing and related purposes. Please visit our Consumer Preference System website or contact us to make choices about telephone, email, text message and other communications.  See “How To Contact Us” below.

If you exercise choice regarding certain marketing communications, your information may still be used for the other purposes described in this Privacy Statement (for example, vehicle support and service), including marketing communications where you have not exercised choice, or communications we are required or permitted by law to send to you (for example, certain types of transactional or account-related messages).

In addition, some collection and sharing practices are tied to the products and services we offer. To stop the collection or sharing of some information, you may have to decline those products and services or be willing to accept limited functionality.

 

YOUR OBLIGATIONS

The nature of our products and services means that there may be circumstances where you might let someone else use a product or service that we provide to you (for example, you let someone else drive your OnStar equipped vehicle).  It is important that if you do let someone else use one of our products or services that you inform them of this Privacy Statement and of the privacy choices that you have made.

If you sell or otherwise transfer your vehicle, it is your responsibility to delete all information (such as contacts, address look-ups, saved map addresses) from the vehicle’s system and contact us to transfer or cancel your account.  If you do not delete this information, it may remain on the vehicle’s system and may be accessible to future users of the vehicle. For instructions on how to delete information from your vehicle’s system, please refer to your vehicle owner’s manual.

 

COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES

GM products and services use cookies, web beacons, pixels and other device tracking technologies that allow us to identify you on your devices in a unique manner, such as through IP address or VIN (“cookies”), to gather information about your activity, such as demographic data, browser type, pages visited, activities conducted on the page, and the day and time of your visit. We use cookies, sometimes across devices, to measure your activity, remember your preferences, maximize and improve the performance of our website and products and services, and customize your experience (for example, maintaining your account login or contact information, help you locate a nearby dealer, autofill fields on forms).

We may also combine this information with other information collected online or offline about you, including information provided by third party sources, and it may be used or shared for the purposes described in this Privacy Statement. We may also allow third party advertising and personalization partners to use cookies on our website in order to develop personalized content and appropriate advertising based on your visits over time on GM websites and applications and non-GM websites and applications. This information may also be used to evaluate our online advertising campaigns or to tailor promotions and other marketing messages to you.

GM adheres to the Digital Advertising Alliance's Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. To learn more about behavioral advertising please visit www.AboutAds.info. If you do not wish to receive personalized advertising or content from us, please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance's Opt-Out page or click on the AdChoices icon located at the bottom of the website page (for GM websites) or on GM advertisement (for non-GM websites). Even if you opt-out of behavioral advertising from us, you will still receive advertising, but the advertisements will not be personalized to your interests.

Similarly, we may also place cookies in our emails to measure the effectiveness of our email campaigns by identifying the individuals who open or act upon an email message, when an email message is opened, how many times an email message is forwarded, the type of software, device, operating system and browser used to deliver the email and any URL accessed through our email message.

Please also refer to your browser Help instructions to learn more about cookies and other technologies and how to manage their use. If you elect to refuse or delete cookies, you will need to repeat this process if you use another computer, or change browsers. If you choose to decline cookies, some of the functionality of a website may be impaired. Please contact us with further questions about how to opt-out of cookies andother technologies.

California Do-Not-Track. At this time, we do not honor website browsers' "do not track" signals. However, you may refuse or delete cookies, and otherwise express your choices on marketing issues as described above.

 

THIRD PARTY SERVICES, APPLICATIONS AND WEBSITES

Certain third party services or applications (for example, your carrier data plan, navigation services) you download, that are pre-installed, or which you may sign up for may have separate user terms and privacy statements, which are independent of our Privacy Statement. GM is not responsible for the personal information practices of these third party services or applications. We recommend that you carefully review the user terms and privacy statement of each third party service or application prior to signing up, downloading, or using them.

Similarly, our websites may contain links to independent sites outside of and not controlled by GM, such as those belonging to GM dealers, GM licensees, or independent product review sites. GM is not responsible for these sites, their omissions, policies, or content of the websites or for the personal information practices of such third parties. We recommend that you read the privacy policies of these third parties before making a decision to use the site or provide your personal information to the site operators.

 

ACCESS AND UPDATES TO YOUR INFORMATION

You can access your online account to view or update your information in that account. You may also contact us, as provided below, to learn about how to access, review, correct, update, or delete the information about you in our records. We may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes, to complete any transactions that you began prior to your request, or for other purposes as required or permitted by applicable law.

Please Note: We do not provide access to records of service events (for example, when you request service, an OnStar advisor calls in to your vehicle, or when we provide crash, theft, or emergency services). We generally do not release those records (including audio records) unless we receive a subpoena or are otherwise required by applicable law.

 

CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

If you are a California resident you have the right to request information from GM regarding the manner in which GM shares certain categories of your personal information with third parties, including affiliates, for the third parties' direct marketing purposes. California law provides that you have the right to submit a request to GM at its designated address and receive the following information:

  • The categories of personal information GM disclosed to third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year; and
  • The names and addresses of third parties that received such information, or if the nature of their business cannot be determined from the name, then examples of the products or services marketed.

You are entitled to receive a copy of this information in a standardized format and the information will not be specific to you individually. See “How To Contact Us” to make a request.

 

HOW WE SAFEGUARD YOUR INFORMATION

We maintain reasonable and adequate technical, administrative, and physical security and confidentiality measures designed to help protect your information from unauthorized access or acquisition. We also require by contract (other than in an emergency situations) that third party services providers acting on our behalf or with whom we share your information also undertake to provide such security and confidentiality measures in accordance with industry standards.

 

HOW LONG WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION

We may keep the information we collect for as long as necessary to provide products or services to you, to operate our business, to enable us to communicate with you, for our safety, research, evaluation of use, or troubleshooting purposes, or to satisfy our legal or contractual obligations. Where required, we will anonymize or dispose of the information we collect when we no longer need it for the uses described above.

 

CHILDREN'S PRIVACY

GM does not target or knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13.

 

INTERNATIONAL DATA TRANSFERS

We store your information in the United States, the European Economic Area (EEA), and other locations where we or our service providers maintain servers. We provide appropriate protections for cross-border transfers as required by law for international data transfers. With respect to such transfers from the EEA to the United States and other non-EEA jurisdictions, we implement standard contractual clauses and other mechanisms to protect such data.

 

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT

We may need to update this Privacy Statement from time to time as our business and products or services expand or change, or as required to by law. If we do, we will post the updated version of the Privacy Statement on our website, and ask for your consent to the changes if legally required.

 

HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have concerns or questions regarding GM's consumer privacy practices or this Privacy Statement, please press the blue button in your vehicle, visit our website(s), or call us at 1-866-MYPRIVACY (1-866-697-7482) or 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) for OnStar questions.  You may also contact the Privacy Manager by mail at OnStar Subscriber Services, P.O. Box 1027, Warren, Michigan USA 48090-1027 or by email at privacy@gm.com.