Last revised: October 18, 2022
Since 1975, vehicle owners in Oregon refer to getting a smog test as going through “DEQ” (Oregon Department of Environmental Quality). They drive their vehicles to one of the agency’s DEQ Clean Air Stations where state inspectors plug in a device to connect newer vehicle’s OBD system to communicate via a cable to DEQ’s computer system. In 2016, the agency initiated an additional testing option which allows private businesses to inspect vehicles without a cable connection to DEQ’s computer system. The option is called DEQ Too™ and it uses wireless telematics technology to remotely transmit data to DEQ’s computer system. Applus is an official wireless telematics equipment provider for Oregon’s DEQ Too program.
The hardware equipment and software applications used by telematics providers are purchased or leased directly by participating business locations – not by DEQ. DEQ maintains a DEQ Too Business Participants List which includes Applus as one of the S-Type Telematics Device Providers. There are over 300 business participants, most of which use Applus equipment and are mostly auto dealerships and device-use businesses such as auto shops and oil change locations. About 15% of Oregon’s DEQ tests are performed at these businesses.
Wirelessly OBD transmitted data is the same as the OBD data collected via cable at DEQ Clean Air Stations
During a traditional test conducted at a DEQ Clean Air Station, the agency’s cable-equipment collects OBD data from vehicles. Likewise, during a wireless remote OBD test, telematics devices are required to transmit the same data that’s collected at DEQ Clean Air Stations. Therefore, a vehicle tested using Applus’ remote OBD device is transmitting the same data that vehicle owners are accustomed to allowing collection of in order to complete their vehicle emissions test. A vehicle’s OBD data does not include license plate information, nor any person/business, name, email, physical address or phone number.
Applus uses encryption technology to protect information during transit.
Collection and Use of Information
Applus collects personal information from you when you contact us, and order products and/or services. This includes information which includes, but is not limited to, your name, your business name, your business address, mailing address, email address and phone number. This personal information may be collected from you through the use of the Website or via off-line contact with Applus.
In addition to information that you give to us voluntarily, we and our service partners may collect certain information through the Website automatically such as: IP address, the web page from which you came, your web browser software, the type of device used to link to the page, and the language settings on your browser, among other things.
You may access any personal information you provide to us, correct or modify any such personal information, or direct us to make no further use of your personal information. To do so, please send an email with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may use the information we collect from and about you to fulfill your requests for products and services; to review our Website usage and operations; to address problems with the Website, our business or our products and services; to protect the security or integrity of the Website and our business; and to comply with laws, a subpoena or other legal process. Applus may also use the information we collect to contact you with information and promotional materials and offers from our company. If you do not wish to receive offers or promotional materials from Applus, please contact us at email@example.com. We will not knowingly collect information from children under 13.
Applus will not sell or share your personal information with any third parties unless necessary to complete your order and maintain services. For use with the TeleSmog telematics device, Applus designed the SmogExpress software application and SmogWise, LLC developed it. They also help us supply, distribute and manage the telematics devices and the iPhones that run the application. As a result, Applus shares with them your business name, contact, type of business and shipping address. We may also share your personal information internally with staff members when it is necessary to manage your order, maintain services or respond to your inquiries.
In the event that some or all of our company or assets are bought, sold, or otherwise transferred, or is in the process of a potential transaction, personal information will likely be shared for evaluation purposes and included among the transferred business assets.
Our Website may use “cookies,” which are small pieces of information stored by your browser or other application on your computer’s browser or hard drive. The cookies are used to connect your computer with information stored about your online activity, searches, preferences and product purchases both within the same website visit and from one visit to the next. The “help” portion of the browser toolbar for most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive new cookies or how to disable cookies altogether. If you reject cookies, you may not be able to participate in certain activities or receive promotions tailored to you. We do not control and do not guarantee the effectiveness of browser-based tools for managing cookies.
Do Not Track Disclosure
Do Not Track (DNT) is a privacy preference that users can set in some web browsers, allowing users to opt out of tracking by websites and online services. At the present time, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has not yet established universal standards for recognizable DNT signals and therefore, we and the Site do not currently recognize DNT.
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