Effective October 7, 2004
This Financial Institution recognizes the importance our customers place on privacy and the security of their personal information. Our goal is to protect your personal information in every way that we interact with you, whether it's on the telephone, in our lobby, at one of our ATMs, or on the Internet.
We think it is important for you to be informed of the policies, procedures, and security measures we have in place to safeguard your personal and confidential information. With that in mind, we have developed this policy to help you to understand the steps we take to protect your personal information when you utilize our Internet services.
We may utilize the services of third party providers to assist us in providing online services, such as website hosting. These third party providers are referred to within this policy as service providers.
Information Collected on the Internet
Registration. Website visitors are not required to register in order to utilize certain features of our website. The registration process simply allows users to customize features that facilitate the tracking of stocks, viewing of selected news articles, the local weather report and personal horoscopes.
The registration process only requires a user name, email address, and passcode. The email address is the User-ID.
Other information such as your zip code is optional and only used to customize website features.
Other information: We may collect additional information if website visitors knowingly and willing provide that information to us, such as when you send us an email or complete an application online. If you provide us this information, it is only used internally and in furtherance of the purpose for which it was provided.
Additional information about IP addresses and cookies are provided below:
Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses
An IP address is a number that's automatically assigned to your computer whenever you're on the Internet. Web servers, the computers that "serve up" web pages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address. When collecting information for us, our service provider does not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable; however, this institution and our service providers may use IP addresses to audit the use of our site. We can and will use IP addresses to identify a user when necessary for security purposes.
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a very small text file sent by a web server and stored on your hard drive, your computers memory, or in your browser so that it can be read back later. Cookies are a basic way for a server to identify the computer you happen to be using at the time. Cookies are used for many things from personalizing start up pages to facilitating online purchases. Cookies help sites recognize return visitors and they perform a very important function in secure Internet banking.
When you register on our website and select the Remember Me checkbox, our service provider sends a cookie to your hard drive, which enables you to customize the website and bypass the login process each time you revisit. These cookies are retained on your computer until you either delete them or click on the logout link within the website. These cookies only contain a unique user identification number and do not contain or collect any personally identifiable information.
When registered users login to the website, our service provider may also send cookies called "per-session" cookies or "server-side" cookies. These cookies reside in the browser and are only used to monitor the session by a unique identification number. These cookies are used for security purposes and you must allow your browser to accept these cookies in order to use the website. These cookies are destroyed after eight hours.
When you click on advertisements in our website or advertisements on linked 3rd party web sites, you may receive another cookie. You do not have to accept these cookies to visit the website.
Use of Information Collected
When you register on our website, we will use your email address to send you a welcome letter.
If you have previously agreed to accept online disclosures, we may also send you email notices for certain required regulatory disclosures, such as an annual privacy notice. For more information on how to enroll for electronic disclosures, please contact this Institution.
We may also send you emails marketing our products and services. Our service providers may send emails as an agent on our behalf. We will always provide you an opportunity to opt-in or opt-out of email advertising promotions as required by law.
If you send us an email, please do not include any non-public personal or sensitive information as email messages may not be secure.
External 3rd Party Links
Our website may include numerous links to other 3rd party sites. These links to external third parties are offered as a courtesy and a convenience to our customers. When you visit these sites, you will leave our website and will be redirected to another site.
This Institution does not control linked 3rd party sites. We are not an agent for these third parties nor do we endorse or guarantee their products. We make no representation or warranty regarding the accuracy of the information contained in the linked sites. We suggest that you always verify information obtained from linked websites before acting upon this information. Also, please be aware that the security and privacy policies on these sites may be different from our policies, so please read third party privacy and security policies closely.
While using our website, you may still see our logo when visiting other 3rd party sites. A technique called Framing allows us to display our logo and look and feel while allowing you to browse another site at the same time. Its important to note that while you may still see our logo and frame, any information you provide to a 3rd party is not covered by our privacy or security policies.
This Institution and its service providers have developed strict policies and procedures to safeguard your personal information. We restrict employee access to your sensitive personal information to a "need to know" basis. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your non-public personal information. We educate our employees about the importance of confidentiality and customer privacy. We take appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce employee privacy responsibilities.
Privacy of Children
This financial institution respects the privacy of children. We do not knowingly collect names, emails addresses, or any other personally identifiable information from children. We do not knowingly market to children on our website.
Our website may include linked 3rd party sites that would be of interest to children. We are not responsible for the privacy and security practices of these sites. Parents should review the privacy policies of these sites closely before allowing children to visit these sites and provide any personally identifiable information.