SubaruOwnersClub.com Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy explains what what cookies are used by SubaruOwnersClub.com (part of Autoclubs International, a company registered in England and Wales with number 5933252 and its registered office at 96 Castle Ln W, Bournemouth BH9 3JU) as part of its activities, and how SubaruOwnersClub.com uses cookie information and how you may opt out of cookies.

Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on a user's browser. Most cookies contain a unique identifier called a cookie ID: a string of characters that websites and servers associate with the browser on which the cookie is stored. This allows websites and servers to distinguish the browser from other browsers that store different cookies, and to recognise each browser by its unique cookie ID. Cookies are widely used by websites and servers to provide many of the basic services that are found online. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Some parts of the club website uses cookies to track user traffic patterns. We do this in order to determine the usefulness of our website information to our users and to see how effective our navigational structure is in helping you reach that information. If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing our website, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use most parts of the website. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser, although you may not be able to take full advantage of the club website if you do so. In particular, you may be required to accept cookies in order to complete certain actions on our website (Essential Cookies).


How Does The Club Use Cookies?

The Club uses cookies to identify your device and to remember that you have logged in. We only use cookies that are strictly necessary to provide certain basic functions. Also, we use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website, by storing preferences such as your user profile information. Cookies help the performance of the website helping you get a better user experience.

The Club does not sell the information collected from cookies, or disclose any information with any third party companies, except if required by law (e.g. by a government body or law enforcement agency).

Essential Cookies

Certain cookies are strictly necessary to enable the user to be able to move around the website. Without certain cookies we wouldn’t be able to determine unique users and provide features such as automatic sign-in. These cookies do not collect any Personally Identifiable Information. Lifetime: Destroyed each time you close your browser.

Functionality Cookies

Functionality cookies allow us to record information about your personal preferences to give you a better user experience. For example, if you ticked ‘Remember Me’ this cookie will remain on your computer for up to 7 days or until you click ‘logout’. Until that time, you’ll remain signed in to the Club website. These cookies do not collect any Personally Identifiable Information. Lifetime: Functionality cookies will remain on your computer till you hit logout or will get destroyed after 7 days without you logging in.

Performance Cookies

Performance cookies are for internal purposes to help us provide a better service to our users. This allows us to test different designs with the aim of improving the presentation of our content. These cookies give us information about how you use the website. This can mean that they may be set by a third party company, as we contract external companies to measure performance. These cookies collect some Personally Identifiable Information such as IP addresses. You need to give us clear explicit permission for us to be able to drop these cookies on your device. You may opt out of performance cookies at any time by following the instructions below.

Google Analytics: The Club uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the website. Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. The lifetime of the cookies differ depending on the type of cookie. More information can be viewed here.

SkimLinks: Skimlinks helps us monetize editorial content through automated affiliate links for products. The following cookies are used by SkimLinks:

kimGUID : A unique identifier given to each computer to allow log analysis to determine the number of unique users for various parts of skimresources.com and redirectingat.com. Lifetime: Deleted after 10 years. You can opt-out of the Skimlinks Optimization cookie here.

OPTOUT : Used to identify users who wish to opt out of the Skimlinks tracking by skimGUID on skimlinks.com, skimresources.com and redirectingat.com. Lifetime: Deleted after 10 years.

TEST : Used to confirm that your browser is able to accept cookies. Lifetime: Deleted when the browser is closed.

Advertising Cookies: Advertising cookies are used to provide the most relevant adverts to you according to what areas you look at on the website, your IP address and geographical location.

We use a third party vendor, Google Adsense, to drop cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to the website. Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie (DFP, formerly called Google Dart) enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users that are based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites across the Internet. AdSense sends a cookie to the user's browser after any impression, click or other activity that results in a call to Adsense servers. If the browser accepts the cookie, the cookie is stored on the browser. Most commonly, AdSense sends a cookie to the browser when a user visits a page that shows Google ads. Pages with Google ads include ad tags that instruct browsers to request ad content from our servers. When the server delivers the ad content, it also sends a cookie. But a page doesn’t have to show Google ads for this to happen; it just needs to include Adsense ad tags, which might load a click tracker or impression pixel instead. Users can opt out of ads personalisation by following the instructions here and will no longer receive personalised advertising from Google.

Tapatalk: Tapatalk is an application designed to provide improved forum access for mobile platforms over access provided by the forum software itself. Tapatalk allows the user to have a unified interface to access multiple forums at the same time. The Tapatalk Plugin does not access any personal information, such as name, email, or cookie information, of forum members. And the Plugin never collects any sensitive information, such as Tax ID numbers, banking or credit card information, or health information.

Tapatalk does not store any IP address information, and instead, uses alternative tools to detect spam and inappropriate posts. The Tapatalk Plugin uses an encrypted token version of the email for login therefore, the application does not have access to the actual email.

For users of the Talkatap, a consent management platform in app will collect authorization by the user for information that is gathered by the app, and control with whom the information is shared. Information that is gathered by the app:

• The app collects information that is aggregated for analytics purposes (e.g., Google Analytics, or Matomo (aka Piwik)). The aggregated information provides analytics of the Tapatalk app usage for your forum in the Tapatalk Console.

• The Advertising Identifier for the mobile device is used for targeted advertising. The user will have the ability to turn the permissions on or off by ad provider. If the permissions are turned off, the user will still see the same number as ads, but they will be less relevant.

• If a user elected to register for a Tapatalk ID, Talkatap will collect the email address of the user.

• If a user wants to use the Tapatalk ID to become a member of a forum, Talkatap will ask permission to share that information with the forum they want to join. If permission is not given, Talkatap will not be able to register the member.

• A user can request to delete their Tapatalk account, and all information about that user will be purged within 30 days. However, Talkatap will not delete the posts or images by that user. They will need to contact The Club to have that information removed.