Legal information on data protection.

BMW Group understands that use of your information requires your trust. BMW Group is committed to the highest standards of data privacy and will only use your information for clearly described purposes and in accordance with your data protection rights.

Last updated: 30 April 2019

Who is responsible for data processing?

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, Petuelring 130, 80788 Munich, with its registered office in Munich, is entered in the commercial register of the Local Court [Amtsgericht] of Munich under HRB 42243 (hereinafter referred to as "BMW"). The BMW Labs service (referred to as “the service”) is a family of applications and services running in the vehicle, and integrations with devices such as Apple and Samsung watches, the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (integrated devices). BMW provides the service to you and is responsible for related data processing activities.

What information may be collected about you and how is it used?

The service is designed to be a highly personalised mobility companion. In order to provide the personalised features of the service, BMW collects, stores and processes your personal data in compliance with applicable law.

The data collected for the service are processed for the following purposes:

A. Contracting to use the service (Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR)

In order to use the service, the following data categories are processed:

  • account login (BMW ConnectedDrive / myBMW login)
  • contact data (last name, first name, address, email address, etc.)

Delete

Your account login used to access your BMW Connected service is also your login for your other BMW services. You can delete your account at any time. For details, please scroll down to the section on “Your data privacy rights”

B. To provide the personalized features of the service (Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR)

The service collects and processes the following data to provide the user’s personalised features of the service:

Service data

  • user profile (preferences, language, app id, Top driver number, etc.)
  • user feedback (service rating, comment, problem description, etc)
  • messages (message, recipient contact information, etc.)
  • vehicle profile (vehicle identification number; VIN, licence plate, etc.)
  • anonymised application analytics (click events, app launch events, etc)

Vehicle data

  • vehicle id (links your specific vehicle to the service)

A complete list of the features, a detailed description for each and the data used can be found at the specific service descriptions.

Delete

You can delete your data at any time in the app. There are several ways to delete your data:

  • For some data types, you can delete the individual data; such as a single destination
  • You can unlink your vehicle from the service by contacting the specific service email address or labs@bmw.com
  • If you contact BMW with a request to have your data deleted – the service data will be deleted

Consent

For specific data types, the service will prompt for your consent before collecting the data. If you decline, the features which require that data will be disabled. Specific consent is requested for:

  • position and movement data (time, position, speed, etc.)
  • calendar events (event title, location, start / end times)
  • contacts (name, address, phone number)
  • receiving notifications

You consent to allow the service to collect and process all other described data types when you accept this privacy notice.

BMW Group Login

To fully use the BMW Labs service, you must register in the ConnectedDrive portal. By registering, you will receive an online customer account that also gives you access to additional portals of the BMW Group.

C. Assurance of product quality and development of new products (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR)

Beyond the mere provision of services, the data collected under Section B. are also processed for the purposes of quality assurance and for the development of new products and services by BMW. These processing activities serve the legitimate interests of BMW in our effort to bring you the highest quality products and services as well as new and innovative offerings.

In order to protect your privacy, the data used to improve our products and create new services is stored in a form that it is not directly traceable to you or your vehicle.

The health of the service is constantly monitored. In the event that the monitoring detects critical system fault some data collected under Section B. may be reviewed be to help determine the cause in order to correct the problem. Access to this information is strictly limited and is only used when needed to resolve a critical issue.

D. Consent-based customer care (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR)

If you have separately given your consent to the further use of your personal data for marketing purposes and/or market research your personal data will be used for this purpose.

E. Compliance with legal obligations to which BMW is subject (Art. 13(1)(c), Art. 6(1)(c) GDPR)

BMW will also process personal data if there is a legal obligation to do so. This may be the case if we need to contact you because your vehicle is affected by a recall or technical action.


‎Collected data is also processed in the course of ensuring the operation of IT systems; such as:

  • backup and recovery of data processed in IT systems,
  • logging and monitoring of transactions to verify proper functioning of IT systems,
  • detection and prevention of unauthorised access to personal data,
  • Incident and problem management for troubleshooting IT systems.

Collected data is also processed in the context of internal compliance management, in which we check, whether you have been sufficiently advised in the context of a contract and that the dealer has complied with all legal obligations.


‎BMW is subject to a variety of other legal obligations. In order to comply with these obligations, we process your data to the extent required and, if necessary, pass these on to the responsible authorities within the framework of statutory reporting obligations

F. Data transfer to selected third parties

The service includes features that utilise selected third parties in order to provide the function of the feature. In most cases, the data is provided in anonymised form such as the request to the map provider to retrieve the map image for your location. In other cases, the feature may require the transfer of your personal information to the third party such as when you schedule a service appointment for your vehicle or send a message to a friend. Features that send your personal data to a third party will inform you of the transmission or prompt for your consent before sending the data.

Details for all third party transmissions are described in the respective service descriptions.

How do we collect your personal data?

BMW collects your personal information in the following conditions:

  • the app is actively running, either in the foreground or background, on your mobile device
  • You actively use the features of the app
  • If you access the service via an integrated device the service will collect anonymised usage analytics
  • When you use the service to perform ConnectedDrive functions such as executing a remote command (e.g. locking your doors) or viewing your vehicle status the data is generated by your vehicle. All ConnectedDrive data is collected and processed under your ConnectedDrive agreement and is detailed under the ConnectedDrive privacy policy included separately in the app.

How do we keep your information safe?

We secure your data using state-of-the-art technology. By way of example, the following security measures are used to protect your personal data against misuse or any other form of unauthorised processing:

  • access to personal data is restricted to only a limited number of authorised persons for specified purposes;
  • data is transferred only in encrypted form;
  • data is stored in encrypted form;
  • the IT systems used for the processing of the data are technically isolated from other systems to prevent unathorised access, e.g. by hacking;
  • access to the systems is monitored permanently in order to detect and avert misuse at an early stage.

How long do we store your data?

We only store your personal data for as long as is required for the respective purpose. If data is processed for multiple purposes, they are automatically erased, or stored in a form that is not directly traceable to you, as soon as the last specified purpose has been fulfilled.

The service retains the data for a varying period depending on the data type. The details for each data type are described in the service descriptions. Retention periods fall into the following categories:

  • Data retained only until the process, request or action is completed (example: you send a message to a friend to notify them of your estimated arrival time – message is sent and then deleted)
  • Data retained for a defined period (example: vehicle data is retained for 30 days, position data is retained for 6 months)
  • Data retained until you delete it or if you stop using the service for more than 5 years (example: your user profile, destinations you manually entered)

Who will we share your data with and how will we protect it?

BMW is a global company. Your personal data is processed preferably within the EU by BMW employees, national sales companies, authorised retailers and service providers engaged by us.

If data are processed in countries outside the EU, BMW ensures that your personal data are processed in accordance with the European level of data protection, using EU standard agreements, including suitable technical and organisational measures.

How you see and change your privacy preferences

You can review and change your privacy settings at any time in the Connected Drive Portal. Depending on the vehicle model, you can also access a privacy menu in your vehicle in which you can also change the vehicle related settings.

Your data privacy rights, your right to complain and contacting BMW

As BMW is processing your data, you are entitled to claim certain rights under GDPR and other relevant data protection regulations. This section explains your rights under the GDPR.

Your rights

According to the GDPR you are entitled to the following rights:

Right to withdraw Consent (Art. 7 GDPR):

If you wish to withdraw your consent allowing the service to process your data, in the app tap the “Delete all application data” option in the “Privacy and Terms” menu and then delete the app from your smartphone.

Settings to change your data collection permissions service data types are available in the app under the “Settings" menu.

Right to access your information (Art. 15 GDPR):

You can request information about the data that we hold about you at any time. This information includes, but is not limited to, the categories of data we process, for which purposes we process them, the source of the data if we have not collected it directly from you, and, if applicable, the recipients to whom we have submitted your information. You will receive 1 free copy of your data. If you are interested in additional copies, we reserve the right to charge for further copies.

The data collected and generated by the service can be viewed in either your ConnectedDrive portal or the app itself. The data is shown in the app as part of the display for the feature that collects or uses it. The number of destinations shown on the Destination tab are limited to make the feature easier to use. All destinations stored in the service can be viewed under the menu option Privacy and Terms | Learned Destinations.

You can also view your account information and vehicle data at any time in the ConnectedDrive portal.

Right to correction (Art. 16 GDPR):

You can request BMW to correct your data. We will take reasonable steps to keep the information we hold about you and process on an ongoing basis, accurate, complete, current, and relevant, based on the most up-to-date information available to us.

You can correct most of the data processed by the Connected service directly in the Connected Drive smartphone app or on the ConnectedDrive portal.

Right to deletion (Art. 17 GDPR):

You can ask that your data be deleted, if the legal prerequisites exist.

This may be the case under Art. 17 GDPR if:

  • The data is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed;
  • You revoke your consent, which is the basis of the data processing and there is no other legal basis for processing;
  • You object to the processing of your data and there is no legitimate reason for the processing, or object to data processing for direct marketing purposes;
  • The data was processed unlawfully

unless processing is required:

  • To ensure compliance with a legal obligation that requires us to process your data;
  • Especially with regard to statutory retention periods;
  • To assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR):

You may demand that we restrict the processing of your data if:

  • You deny the accuracy of the data. Data will be restricted from further processing for the time period we need to verify the accuracy of the data;
  • The processing is unlawful and you refuse the deletion of your data. Instead you demand the restriction of use;
  • We no longer need your information, but you need it to enforce, exercise or defend your rights;
  • You have objected to the processing, as long as it is not certain that our legitimate interest in processing of the data outweigh your personal rights.

Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR):

Upon your request, we will transfer your data - as far as is technically possible - to another person in charge. However, you are only entitled to this right if the data processing is based on your consent or is required to carry out a contract. Instead of receiving a copy of your data, you may also ask us to submit the data directly to another person in charge who you specify.

Right to objection (Art. 21 GDPR):

You may object to the processing of your data at any time for reasons that arise from your particular situation, if the data processing is based on your consent or on our legitimate interests or that of a third party. In this case, we will no longer process your data. The latter does not apply if we can prove compelling legitimate reasons for processing that outweigh your interests or we need your data to assert, exercise, or defend legal claims.

Time limits for the fulfillment of data subject rights:

We make every effort to comply with all requests within 30 days. However, this period may be extended for reasons relating to the specific right or complexity of your request.

Restriction of information in the fulfillment of data subject rights:

In certain situations, we may be unable to provide you with information about all of your data due to legal requirements. If we have to reject your request for information in such a case, we will inform you at the time about the reasons of the refusal.

Complaint to regulators:

BMW AG takes your concerns and rights very seriously. However, if you believe that we have not adequately complied with your complaints or concerns, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a competent data protection authority.

Contact BMW

To this end, please contact BMW Customer Service

By email: kundenbetreuung@bmw.de or

by calling the hotline: +49 89 1250 160 00 (Mon–Sun 8:00 am to 8:00 pm).

You can also directly contact BMW’s data protection officer:

Stefan Winkler
‎BMW AG
‎Petuelring 130
‎80788 Munich
datenschutz@bmw.de