2.0 Purpose & Scope
The purpose of this policy is to define Brinkman Financial privacy standards to be published and disseminated to customers and all visitors to any Brinkman Financial website.
Protecting your privacy is important to us. We hope the following statement will help you understand how Brinkman Financial collects, uses and safeguards the personal information you provide to us on our site.
I. Information that is being collected online.
Brinkman Financial collects nonpublic personal information about you only to the extent required to complete transactions requested by you and protect you against fraudulent uses of this data. The types of information we collect include your name, address, telephone number, email address and bank account or credit card data. None of this information is collected without you voluntarily providing it to us. We collect, retain and use information about you only for specific business purposes and where we reasonably believe that it will help administer our business or provide products and services to you. The information is used to protect and administer your records, account, and funds; to comply with certain laws and regulations; and to help us design and enhance our products and services offerings so that we may provide you with quality products, services, and superior customer support. We do not license, sell, rent or trade any collected business information, including contact information or specific information about your accounts or other personally identifiable information unless: (1) you request or authorize it; (2) information is provided to help complete a transaction initiated by you; (3) information is provided to a reputable credit bureau or similar information reporting agency; or (4) the disclosure otherwise is lawfully permitted or requested.
To help make our sites more responsive to the needs of our visitors, we use a standard feature of browser software, called a "cookie," to assign each visitor a unique, random number, a sort of user ID, if you will, that resides on your computer. The cookie doesn't actually identify the visitor, just the computer that a visitor uses to access our site. Unless you voluntarily identify yourself (through registration, for example), we won't know who you are, even if we assign a cookie to your computer. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply. A cookie can't read unrelated data off your hard drive. Our advertisers and the third parties that provide products or services through our site may also assign their own cookies to your browser, a process that we don't control.
Browser Level Information and IP Addresses.
Our web servers automatically collect limited information about your computer configuration when you visit our site, including the type of browser software you use, the operating system you're running, the resolution of your computer monitor, the website that referred you, and your IP address. (Your IP address is a numerical address that is used by computers connected to the Internet to identify your computer so that data (such as the web pages you want to view) can be transmitted to you. We also use IP address information for fraud scoring so that your financial data can be better protected. Your IP address does not tell us who you are.) We use this information to deliver our web pages to you upon request, to tailor our site and to measure traffic within our site.
II. Information Sharing
The information we collect is only used to process the transactions that you either initiate or approve. Email addresses and other personal information is collected in order to communicate Invoice or other pertinent information to you. None of the information gathered is ever sold, and is only shared with third parties in order to complete transactions.
III. Marketing uses of the collected information.
None of the information gathered is currently used for marketing purposes.If any information is used for marketing in the future you will be notified and given the opportunity to opt out of such sharing prior to implementation.
Any inquiries about personal information or questions about this policy should be directed to Brinkman Financial customer service using the link on the bottom of any page.
V. Describe how you protect the information online.
Brinkman Financial has implemented a number of security measures to protect your information. Your information is protected on secured networks and is accessible by a limited number of employees who have special access rights to such systems. When you access merchant information, we offer the use of a secure server. Industry-standard encryption technologies are used when transferring or receiving sensitive information supplied by users. Brinkman Financial updates and tests its technology to improve the protection of our information about you and to ensure the integrity of our information on a regular basis.
All Brinkman Financial employees are responsible for ensuring that the policy laid down in this document is adhered to. Staff should be aware that failure to carry out the duties and responsibilities discussed in this policy will be subject to disciplinary action and could result in dismissal.
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