FOCUS Credit Union, hereafter referred to as FOCUS CU, respects the privacy and security of its users. Our goal is to provide you with a personalized Internet experience that delivers the information, resources, and services that are most relevant and helpful to you. In order to achieve this goal, we sometimes collect information during your visits to understand what differentiates you from each of our millions of other users.
In order to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, we have prepared this statement disclosing the privacy practices for the entire FOCUS CU site. Additional terms and conditions, if any, regarding the collection and use of your information may also be provided to you before you sign up for a particular service. When/if you sign up for these services, you will learn what personally identifiable information of yours is collected, how and when we might use your information, how we protect your information, who has access to your information, and how you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
What Information is collected: FOCUS CU collects certain information from and about its users in three ways — directly from the user, from our Web server logs, and with cookies. User-Supplied Information: When you sign up for a service, such as It’sMe247 Online Banking, Credit Card Application, Loan Application, or e-mail services. We may ask you for your name, e-mail address, and some other personal information while you are applying for service. The more accurate information you volunteer, the better we are able to customize any experience. Server Log Information: When you visit an Internet Web site, you disclose certain information about yourself, such as your Internet [Protocol] (IP) address, the time of your visit, and the referring location (e.g., the Site or page that offered a link to a FOCUS CU page). FOCUS CU, like many other sites, records this basic information about visits to its site.
You should remember that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online, such as on message boards, through e-mail, discussion groups, or in chat areas, your information can be collected and used by others. Although FOCUS CU tries to protect your personal information, FOCUS CU cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. You are also solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords you set up and/or any account information.
How and When Information is Used: We use information in different ways, depending on the type of information.
User-supplied information: This information is used for purposes such as personalization and verification.
Web Server Logs: This information helps us identify which areas of our site are of interest to our visitors. FOCUS CU also collects the Internet [Protocol] (IP) addresses of its visitors for the purposes of system administration and to report aggregate information to our vendors, advertisers, and partners.
Cookies: We use “cookies” to let you use our services more easily and to let us keep track of certain statistical information that helps us improve our site. Cookies allow us to save passwords and preferences for you so that you won’t have to re-enter them the next time you visit.
How We Protect Your Information: The privacy and protection of your personal information is vitally important to FOCUS CU. FOCUS CU does not make personal information available to any third parties without your permission. Any user statistics that we may provide to prospective advertisers or partners regarding your FOCUS CU usage are provided in the aggregate only and do not include any personally identifiable information about any individual user.
Your access to some of our services and content is password protected. We recommend and urge that you do not divulge your password to anyone. FOCUS CU should never have the need to ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited email. You should not disclose your user name and password to others. In addition, if applicable, you should remember to sign out of your FOCUS CU account or on-line service at the end of each session. You may also wish to close your browser window when you have finished your work. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, despite our efforts to protect your personal information, FOCUS CU cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, or to or from our on-line products or services. You transmit all such information at your own risk. However, once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
Who Has Access to the Information: Except as described below, FOCUS CU will not willfully disclose any individually identifiable information about its users to any third party without first receiving that user’s permission. FOCUS CU may disclose personal information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or to protect the rights or property of FOCUS CU.
When you are at the FOCUS CU site and asked for personal information, you share that information with FOCUS CU alone, unless the service is offered in conjunction with another party. For example, some FOCUS CU services, such as It’s Me 247 Online Banking, on-line Credit Card Account access, are offered in conjunction with another company. In order to provide such co-branded services to you, it is necessary for us to share your personal information with the company offering the co-branded service. If you do not want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer of data by not using that particular service. If you choose to share your data with a provider of a co-branded service, you should understand that those providers may have separate privacy and data collection practices. FOCUS CU has no control over and accepts no liability for these independent practices. Each provider should provide more information regarding its privacy and/or use policies.
How to Correct Inaccuracies: If you use another FOCUS CU service, we may send you an e-mail confirming your new account and/or service. The message will be sent to the address that you supplied us and will describe ways for you to change or delete the account information provided. Remember to keep the confirmation e-mail as it will also contain information that will help you in case you run into problems accessing our services. Also, please remember to call your local FOCUS CU office for verification of any questions you might have regarding your account status.