So just how do we protect your privacy? In a nutshell, we promise to treat your personal information responsibly and provide you with choices. It’s as simple as that. Here’s how:
Collecting, Using and Sharing Visitor Information
Clear GIFs (Graphic Interchange Format)
A clear GIF is a small file that tracks visitors so we can learn how they use web ads and websites. These GIFs don’t’ have any personal information. Some of our business partners use GIFs on Websites and may use GIFs provided by DoubleClick. For more information about DoubleClick or to opt out of their GIF, go to http://www.doubleclick.com/us/about_doubleclick/privacy.
We collect and use visitor information which doesn’t have personal information so we can:
• Analyze how visitors use our Website
• Develop new services to improve our Website
• Analyze our marketing campaigns
• Know how many visitors have seen or clicked on ads
Visitors can choose to use tools to tell us what they think about our Website. We collect and use the comments that visitors provide to improve our Website and your experience.
IPS Advisory Services has business partners who help develop or service our Websites. They may track and keep visitor information.
Collecting and Using Your Personal Information
We require you to share your personal information with us for some of our online activities. For example, we collect your personal information so you can access and service your policies online, apply for products or services, and ask us questions.
Personal information is any information that identifies you and describes your relationship with IPS Advisory Services.
Some examples of the personal information IPS Advisory Services collects are:
• Name, address and social security number
• Assets and income
• Property address and value
• Account and policy information
• Consumer report information
• Family member and beneficiary information
• Information from applications and transactions
• Any information you give IPS Advisory Services
If you apply for a product or service, we may collect personal information from your consumer reports, such as your credit report. We may also need to collect your medical information. But, we won’t use or share your medical information for marketing, unless you give us your permission.
You may choose to use your personal email to correspond with IPS Advisory Services. Please be careful about the information you send to us in email. As with any public Web tool, your email may not be secure.
We collect your personal information when you:
• Ask a question
• Use tools and calculators
• Apply for products or services
• Complete a form
• Conduct transactions
• Apply for a job
• Send email to us
• Subscribe to receive email from us
Sharing Your Personal Information
We don’t sell your personal information.
When you buy a product, we may share your personal information with other IPS Advisory Services Companies or one of our business partners to service your product. We also share your personal information with your agent, investment advisor, investment company, broker-dealer, or transfer agent affiliates. They use your personal information to manage your policy or account.
We share your personal information for everyday business purposes. Some examples include mailing your statements or processing transactions that you request. You cannot opt out of these.
Sharing Your Information for Marketing Purposes
We may share your personal information with other IPS Advisory Services Companies or our business partners. We share your personal information with these companies so we can tell you about other products that might interest you.
We have joint-marketing agreements with our business partners. This means that we have partnered with them to offer you a new product that might interest you. They may use your personal information to market their products. If you would like to learn more about opting out, please read the next section.
We respect your right to choose how we use your personal information. We may share your personal information with IPS Advisory Services Companies or business partners to market new products to you. These include the agent who sold you your policy or contract. You may not want to opt out if you would like to learn about these products and services from one of our companies. Your privacy choice also applies to any joint owners listed on your policy. Feel free to make your privacy choice at any time. We’ll follow your choice, unless you tell us that you’ve changed your mind.
To tell us your privacy choice, please mail your request to:
IPS Advisory Services
420 Chinquapin Round Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
If you already have opted out, you don’t need to opt out again.
Confidentiality and Security
We use physical and technical safeguards to protect your personal information. We limit access to your personal information to those who need it to do their jobs. The law requires our business partners to use your personal information only for our purposes. They may not share it or use it in any other way. We comply with all data security laws.
You can always ask us for a copy of your personal information. Please send a letter to the address noted above and have your signature notarized. This is for your protection so we may claim your identity. We can only give access to information that we control. We don’t charge a fee for giving you a copy of your information now, but we may charge a small fee in the future.
You can call your agent or producer to change your personal information. But, we can’t update information that other companies, like credit agencies, provide to us. So, you’ll need to contact these other companies to change and correct your information. For example, if you want to update the information in your credit report, you’ll have to contact the credit-reporting agency.
A Parting Word…
These are our privacy practices. They apply to all current and former clients of IPS Advisory Services.
Effective Date: February 1, 2009
Registered Representatives and Investment Adviser Representatives may only conduct business with residents of the states in which they are properly licensed and/or registered. Please note that not all of the products and services that may be mentioned are available in every state. Investing involves market risk, including possible loss of principle, and there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be achieved.