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March 2010

Definition of Terms

"We", "us" and "our" refers to Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc. (MBCA). The Regions and Sections are related but separate entities, and "we", "us" and "our" do not refer to them. "Site" or "Service" refers to the Mercedes-Benz Club of America web site, but not to the web sites or services of related Regions or Sections. "Personal information" means information about you or your computer that we collect in connection with your application for membership, your communications with us, your participation in our activities, your use of our website, or any other nonpublic means by which we come about information about you. Personal information does not include information that is available from public sources, such as telephone directories or government records.

Collection of your Personal Information

MBCA collects and uses your personal information to operate the MBCA web site and deliver the services you have requested.

MBCA keeps track of the pages our members visit within the MBCA web site, in order to determine how our services are used. This data may be used to deliver customized content, advertising, or other purposes within MBCA.

We may collect information about your computer hardware and software. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring web site addresses. This information is used by MBCA for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the MBCA web site. This information does not personally identify you or your exact location.

Please keep in mind that if you disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through MBCA public message boards (Forums), Technical Q&A or any other feature of the web site or service, this information may be collected and used by others without our control.

MBCA will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on MBCA or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of MBCA; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of MBCA, or the public.

Confidentiality, Use, and Security of your Personal Information

MBCA does not sell, rent or lease its member lists to third parties. We may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information is not transferred to the third party. In addition, MBCA may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide member support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to MBCA, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information. Your personal information is not made available to Daimler-Benz, AG or Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. or any of their affiliate companies.

MBCA may use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from us. We may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Our members' personal information is used within MBCA only on a need to know basis. For example, we do not provide one Section with the personal information about another Section or its MBCA members. We restrict access to personal information about members to those employees and volunteers who need to know that information to perform their jobs, and to our officers, committee members and staff who need to know that information to serve in their roles with us. We maintain reasonable safeguards to guard your personal information.

MBCA secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure, except as otherwise noted in this Policy. MBCA secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

The MBCA web site may have features which expose limited amounts of personal information. These features may include, but are not limited to, Forums, Technical Q&A, and a Member Directory. You may opt-out of appearing in the Member Directory by modifying your Member Profile. Participation in Forums or Technical Q&A is optional, and will be visible on the web site.

MBCA does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Use of Cookies

The MBCA web site uses "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your computer.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the MBCA services or functionality.


This site is maintained by Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc. All information and content on this site is Copyright © 1956 - 2010, Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

All texts, pictures, audio and video files and other information published here, with the exception of the marked article, are subject to the copyright of the MBCA. They may not be reproduced or copied in whole or part without the written permission of MBCA.  The Mercedes-Benz marque and the Mercedes-Benz Star are protected trademarks of Daimler-Benz, AG. Daimler-Benz, AG is registered at the registration court, Stuttgart, Germany.

Terms of Service

The web site service (the "Service") contains material which is derived in whole or in part from the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc. and other sources and is protected by international copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute in any way any material from the Service including code and software. If you are a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc., chartered Region or Section, you may download material from the Service for your personal, non-commercial use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. To the extent that any material you download is a trademark of either Daimler-Benz, AG; Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC or the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc., you must comply with the limited license terms available upon written request.

The points of view expressed in the public area of the Service are opinions of the persons posting such points of view, and do not represent the views or statements of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc.

You agree to use our Service in accordance with these Terms. If you do not agree, do not use this web site.

Changes to Privacy Policy

MBCA will occasionally update this Statement without notice, to reflect changing needs. MBCA encourages you to periodically review this Statement.

We may change the Privacy Policy or Terms of Service or impose new conditions on use of the Service from time to time, in which case we will post the revised Terms of Service on the web site. By continuing to use the Service after we post any such changes, you accept the Terms of Service as modified.

Privacy Policies by Regional Clubs, Zones, or Registers

We encourage the Regions and Sections to adopt privacy policies of their own.