Local Motors Privacy Policy

Last Modified: February 2017

Local Motors, Inc., and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies (“Local Motors”, or “we”, “us”, or “our”, as applicable) understands the importance of protecting the personal information of our customers, visitors, users (e.g., designers, contributors), and others (known collectively or individually as "Users") who use our website at www.localmotors.com (the “Website”) and mobile device applications. This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) applies to the entire Local Motors platform, including all of the products, services, and websites offered by Local Motors, mobile device applications, and any other online or offline Local Motors activities related to your data (collectively, the “Platform”).

We reserve the right to update the Policy at our discretion, and will make the current version of the Policy available to you on our website www.localmotors.com and available through links in our mobile device applications. You can determine if the Policy has been revised since your last visit by referring to the “Last Modified” date at the top of this document. While we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of changes to this Policy, we may not notify you of such changes by e-mail or other direct personal contact, and you are responsible for reviewing the Policy when you utilize the Platform.

By utilizing the Platform, you agree to the terms of this Policy. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, you may not use the Platform. As a general principle, information you provide to us will be collected, stored, used, and shared as outlined in this Policy.


Generally. Local Motors does not require that you register in order to view its products, designs, or User comments. However, registration is required to use certain features of the Platform, such as posting comments, evaluating submissions, participating in the forums, submitting designs and participating in competitions. Local Motors and our third party service providers may collect personal information when you register with Local Motors, when you use the Platform, when you make a purchase, or any time you provide information to Local Motors about yourself, including, publicly available contact and social information related to you, including but not limited to your email address, gender, company, job title, photos, website URLs, social network handles, physical address, financial information, and so forth (collectively, "Personal Information"). For example, when you register, we ask for information such as your name, email address, and other personally-identifying information. In addition, Local Motors and our third party service providers may gather or automatically receive and record other non-personally-identifying information ("Non-Personal Information") on server logs from your browser even if you do not register with Local Motors, for example, your IP address, cookie information, and the pages you visit.

Local Motors and our third party service providers may combine information about you that we have with information we obtain from business partners or other companies.

Children’s Online Privacy. Local Motors is committed to protecting the privacy of children under the age of 13. Local Motors does not knowingly or intentionally collect Personal Information online from children under the age of 13. If Local Motors learns that personally identifiable information of persons under 13 years of age has been collected on the Website without verified parental consent, then Local Motors will take commercially reasonable steps to delete this information.

Social Media Sites. When you interact with any Local Motors account on a social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, we may collect the personal information that you make available to us on that page or account, including your user ID and/or user name, and any information you have made public in connection with that social media service. Please note, however, that we will comply with the privacy policies of the corresponding social media platform and we will only collect and store such personal information that we are permitted to collect by these social media platforms.


Local Motors and our third party service providers may use your Personal Information and Non-Personal Information for at least the following general purposes: to customize the advertising and content you see; fulfill your requests for products and services; improve our services; contact you with service and other announcements, administrative messages and for marketing purposes; conduct research; analytics purposes; provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients; to facilitate your participation in challenges, competitions, and other design activities; and for other lawful business purposes of Local Motors.


Local Motors does not rent, sell, or share Personal Information with other people or non-affiliated companies except for the general purposes above, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

  1. We may provide Personal Information to trusted partners who work on behalf of or with Local Motors under confidentiality agreements. These companies may use your Personal Information to help Local Motors communicate with you about offers from Local Motors and our marketing partners. However, these companies do not have any independent right to share this information.

  2. We may share Personal Information if we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Local Motors, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.

  3. We may use both your Personal Information and certain Non-Personal Information, and may share it with our third party service providers, for purposes of understanding the usage patterns for certain content, services, advertisements, promotions, and/or functionality on the Platform.

  4. We may use both your Personal Information and certain Non-Personal Information, and may share it with our third party service providers, to improve the quality and design of the Platform, to communicate with Users (through the Platform, other websites, email, or otherwise), and to create new features, promotions, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing User activities, preferences and trends.

  5. We may share Personal Information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or other forms of legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.

  6. We may share Personal Information if we believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of Local Motors' Terms of Use, or as otherwise required by law.

  7. We may share or transfer Personal Information if Local Motors is acquired by or merged with another company. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, we may not be able to control how your Personal Information is treated, transferred, or used.

Please note that our third party service providers are owned and operated by others, and they may have different privacy policies, not subject to our control. Also keep in mind that any Personal Information, designs, or comments that you voluntarily disclose on certain portions of the Website and/or Platform, for example on comment pages, or on the forums, becomes publicly available. Designs submitted towards contests will enable the public to view your submission; moreover, designs submitted towards profile pages will also be viewable by the public. Your account name is displayed to other Users when you send and/or post messages through the Website or Platform.

Additionally, any comment or other content you post on the Website, for example on comment pages, or on the forums, becomes published content and is not considered personally identifiable information subject to this Privacy Policy. Your messages and other information you make available in public areas of the Website will be seen by people and organizations not related to or controlled by Local Motors, and may be used by others to contact you. Local Motors’ Privacy Policy applies only to websites and services that are owned and operated by Local Motors. While other websites may be displayed as links from within the Platform, those sites are owned and operated by others, and they may have different privacy policies. When linking from Local Motors to other websites, if you have privacy concerns, we urge you to review the privacy policies of those sites.

Do Not Track. At this time, we do not honor or have the capability to process “do-not-track” signals from browsers or other consumer choice mechanisms regarding the collection of behavioral tracking data. While we collect Personal Information from you as described above, we do not collect Personal Information from you to monitor your online activities across third party websites or online services and over time (also known as behavioral advertising or interest-based advertising).

Cookies, Logs, and Web Beacons. Local Motors may set and access Local Motors cookies on your computer. You may disable these cookies within your browser, but some portions of the Platform may require that your Local Motors cookies be enabled. When you use Local Motors services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. Local Motors may present links in a format that enables us to keep track of whether these links have been followed. We use this information to improve the quality of our site including offering customized content and advertising. This Privacy Policy applies to web sites and services that are owned and operated by Local Motors. We do not exercise control over the sites displayed as search results or links from within our various services. These other sites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Local Motors lets other companies that show advertisements on some of our pages set and access their cookies on your computer. Other companies’ use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not this one. Advertisers or other companies do not have access to Local Motors' cookies. Local Motors may use web beacons in connection with e-mails sent to Users, to let us know whether and when the email was opened.


Because Local Motors is committed to preserving the confidentiality, integrity and security of your Personal Information, we have implemented commercially reasonable technical safeguards to help us accomplish this purpose. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the confidentiality, integrity or security of any Personal Information, or that Local Motor’s safeguards will prevent the loss or alteration of your Personal Information that you transmit to Local Motors, and you do so at your own risk. We use commercially reasonable efforts to limit access to Personal Information about you to our employees, contractors, and agents who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with Personal Information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs. Local Motors processes Personal Information only for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with this Privacy Policy or any applicable service-specific privacy notice. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the Personal Information we process is accurate, complete, and current, but we depend on our users to update or correct their Personal Information whenever necessary. In no event will Local Motors be responsible or liable for the deletion, correction, destruction, damage, loss or failure to store any Personal Information. Please note that our third party service providers are owned and operated by others, and they may have different safeguards in place to preserve the confidentiality, integrity and security of Personal Information, that are not subject to our control.


We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you, including those described above. Information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted, unless we no longer need the data to provide products and services. Some information, for example designs that you submit to a challenge, will be preserved even if your account is deleted.

You can review and edit your Local Motors account information at any time by visiting your account profile page. We reserve the right to use and share your Personal Information as provided for herein, but you may opt out and deactivate and delete your Local Motors account at any time by canceling your account on the account profile page. When you use Local Motors’ services, we make good faith efforts to provide you with access to your Personal Information and either to correct this data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes. We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected or removed before processing such requests.

California Disclosures. If you are a California resident and have an established business relationship with us, you can request a notice disclosing the categories of personal information we have shared with third parties, for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes, during the preceding calendar year. To request a notice, please submit your request to privacypolicy@localmotors.com.


If you are a User accessing the Platform from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the Platform, which is governed by U.S. law and this Privacy Policy as incorporated in our Terms of Use, you will be transferring your Personal Information into the United States and you consent to that transfer.


Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, including Local Motors' treatment of Personal Information or Local Motors' third party service providers, by contacting us through the Platform or by writing to us at: privacypolicy@localmotors.com.

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