Effective Date: June 28, 2016
Last Revision Date: June 28, 2016
Protecting the security and privacy of personal information is critical to us. This Privacy Notice describes privacy practices for the services Volkswagen Group of America, its authorized Outside Contractors, or a designated settlement or claims administrator (collectively, “VWGoA”, “we” or “us”) make available through this website located at http://www.VWCourtSettlement.com (the “Settlement Website”).
The Settlement Website has been established to provide information about, and to receive and process claims for, the Settlement. This Privacy Notice applies to information that you submit through the Settlement Website. The information that we collect will be used solely for the purpose of the Settlement and the claims administration process, as governed by the Court.
We reserve the right to change this Privacy Notice, so long as the change is consistent with the Settlement Agreement. We recommend that you review this Privacy Notice regularly to ensure that you are familiar with our privacy practices. If at any time you have questions regarding this Privacy Notice, you may contact us at the email or postal address listed in the last paragraph of this Privacy Notice.
This Privacy Notice is designed to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of non-public personally identifiable information that may either identify an individual or may be used together with other information to do so (“PII”) in the possession of VWGoA. Pursuant to court-ordered procedures, VWGoA may collect PII directly through this Settlement Website or through proof of claims forms which it disseminates.
To participate in the Settlement, you may be required to provide PII in order to access the Settlement Website and the information available through it. To do so, you may need to provide us with your name, email address, mailing address, zip code, and other personal information. You may also be asked to provide financial or other PII that we need in order to evaluate, process and pay your proof of claim.
We may also use your information to communicate with you about the status of the Settlement and matters relating to the Settlement.
We will not associate PII collected from you through the Settlement Website with any of your PII that we obtain from sources other than you or other than through the Settlement Website except for the uses specified by this Privacy Notice, unless such information is public or as authorized by you.
Except as provided in this Privacy Notice or as authorized by you, we will not share any of your PII with any other person. We may disclose information that you provide about your Claim so long as we do not disclose your PII. In addition, we may share information from you and others in aggregated, non-personally identifiable form with any other person, including members of the general public.
We may also use information, or share information with third parties, when we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to (a) comply with legal process or otherwise satisfy any applicable law or regulation; (b) prevent fraud or imminent harm; (b) ensure the security of information; or (d) address technical issues.
We may use independent contractors, vendors, and suppliers ("Outside Contractors"). If we use Outside Contractors to assist with the processing of your information, we may disclose your information to them or receive your information through them. Before disclosing any information to an Outside Contractor, we will, at a minimum, require that it agrees to comply with our obligations under this Privacy Notice with respect to information it receives from us or from you as our Outside Contractor.
When you input information on our Settlement Website, all of your information is transmitted through the Internet using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. SSL technology causes your browser to encrypt your information before transmitting it to our secure server. SSL technology, an industry standard, is designed to prevent someone other than operators of the Settlement Website from capturing and viewing your personal information.
While we use industry standard means to protect the Settlement Website and your information, the Internet is not 100% secure. The measures we use are appropriate for the type of information we collect. We cannot promise that your use of the Settlement Website will be completely safe. We encourage you to use caution when using the Internet.