Cookie policy

1.1 This Cookie Policy governs the use of cookies and social media plugins on the websites of ACEA and its affiliates (hereinafter “the Website”).

The websites in question are the following:

1.2 Cookies are small text files which are stored on a device’s hard drive and which contain certain information and sometimes personal data. Social media plugins are small pieces of software developed and provided by social media service providers, which add social media integration when built into the Website.

1.3 If you want general information about how we process your personal data other than through cookies and social media plugins, including in relation to your communication with us via e-mail, post, phone, fax and social media, please see our privacy policy.

1.4 By continuing to use the Website after having been informed of the use of cookies, you acknowledge that you have read and accepted this Cookie Policy.

2. In general

2.1 Your personal data are processed by Association des Constructeurs européens d’Automobiles ESV (ACEA), having its offices at 1040 Brussel, Robert Schumanplein 6 (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “ACEA”). You can contact us via e-mail at

2.2 A reference in this Cookie Policy to certain laws or regulations also includes any change, replacement or annulment of these laws or regulations, including any related executive decisions.

2.3 We reserve the right to from time to time modify, change or amend this Cookie Policy at its own discretion. Such modification, change or amendment will be communicated via the Website.

3. Cookies

3.1 You can avoid cookies being placed by configuring your browser as such. Guidelines about how to do this can be found here:

However, not allowing cookies when visiting the Website may cause certain or all features of the Website to stop working properly.

3.2 When you visit the Website, we place a number of cookies. Most data pertaining to these cookies, their placement and use allow us to identify you, and we use them to gain insight in how you and other visitors use the Website by gathering statistical and usage data, enabling us to provide a better user experience on the Website.

3.3 We know about the following cookies being used on the Website:

TypePurposeStorage period
“_exp_tracker”FunctionalThe purpose of this cookie is to keep track of the last five pages you visited on the website in order to be able to redirect you towards the page you were on before submitting a comment or sending us an e-mail through a contact form.Deleted after each session
“_exp_last_activity”FunctionalThis cookie is necessary to set the last activity to the current daytime every time a page on our website is reloaded.1 year
“_exp_super_search_history”FunctionalThis cookie collects the date of your search activities for content on our website. This is used to provide you with better functionality on when using the search facilities on our website.1 day
“_exp_last_visit”FunctionalThis cookie sets the datetime that the user last visited the website.1 year
Google Analytics cookies, including:“_gat”,“_ga”,“_gid”,Analytical and statisticalWe use Google Analytics cookies to determine how you and other visitors use our Website. With these insights we are able to compile reports and improve our Website and services. These cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the Website, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.For more information about these Google Analytics cookies, see:“_gat”: 10 minutes“_ga”: 26 months“_gid”: 1 day

3.4 You may at all times withdraw your consent with our use of cookies. To exercise this right, it suffices to delete the cookies, which have been placed on your device. To do so, you are kindly asked to refer to the appropriate instructions of your browser manufacturer, as listed above.

The purposesThe legal grounds
We process your personal data to perform statistical analyses so that we may improve our Website, advertisement, products and services or to develop new products and services.This processing activity is based on your consent.
We may also process your personal data for the preservation of our the legitimate interests, its affiliates and partners or a third party if your registration with or use of the Website can be considered (a) a violation of this Cookie Policy or the intellectual property rights or any other right of a third party, (b) a threat to the security or integrity of any of the Website or to us or to any of our affiliates’ or its subcontractors’ underlying systems due to viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, malware or any other form of malicious code, or (c) in any way hateful, obscene, discriminating, racist slanderous, spiteful, hurtful or in some other way inappropriate or illegal.This processing activity is based on our legitimate interests.
We process your personal data to comply with legal obligations or to comply with any reasonable request from competent law enforcement agents or representatives, judicial authorities, governmental agencies or bodies, including competent data protection authorities.Your personal data may be transferred upon our own initiative to the police or the judicial authorities as evidence or if there are justified suspicions of an unlawful act or crime committed by you through your registration with or use of the Website, our social media channels or other communication with us.These processing activities are necessary to comply with legal obligations imposed on us.

5. To whom we send your personal data

5.1 We rely on third party processors to provide you our Website and to process your personal data on our behalf. These third-party processors are only allowed to process your personal data on our behalf upon our explicit written instructions.

5.2 We warrant that all third-party processors are selected with due care and are obliged to ensure the safety and integrity of your personal data.

5.3 We do not send your personal data in an identifiable manner to any other party than the ones mentioned in Articles 5.1 and 5.2 without your explicit permission to do so. However, we may send anonymised data to other organisations that may use those data for improving products and services as well as to tailor the marking, displaying and selling of those goods and services.

6. Location and transfer

6.1 We process your personal data within the European Economic Area (EEA). However, in order to process your personal data for the purposes outlined in Article 4 above, we may also transfer your personal data to other ACEA entities or to third parties who process your personal data on our behalf outside the EEA. Each entity outside the EEA that processes your personal data will be bound to observe adequate safeguards with regard to the processing of your personal data. Such safeguards will be the consequence of:

  • The recipient country having legislation in place which may be considered equivalent to the protection offered within the EEA; or
  • A contractual arrangement between us and that entity, such as an agreement based on the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses.

7. Quality assurance

7.1 We do our utmost best to process only the personal data which are necessary to achieve the purposes listed under Article 4 of this Cookie Policy.

7.2 Your personal data are only processed for as long as needed to achieve the purposes listed under Article 4 of this Cookie Policy or up until such time where you withdraw your consent for processing them. Note that withdrawal of consent may imply that you can no longer use the whole or part of the Website. We will de-identify your personal data when they are no longer necessary for the purposes outlined in Article 4, unless there is:

  • An overriding interest of us, or any other third party, in keeping your personal data identifiable;
  • A legal or regulatory obligation or a judicial or administrative order that prevents us from de-identifying them.

7.3 We will take appropriate technical and organisational measures to keep your personal data safe from unauthorised access or theft as well as accidental loss, tampering or destruction. Access by personnel of us or its third-party processors will only be on a need-to-know basis and be subject to strict confidentiality obligations. You understand, however, that safety and security are best efforts obligations, which can never be guaranteed.

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