At GWN Securities, Inc. (“GWN”) we understand that the privacy and security of the personal and account information that you have entrusted to us and to our independent associates with whom you have chosen to do business is of utmost importance. We value the opportunity to serve you, and we are obligated to honor that relationship with care. For that reason, GWN and its affiliate company, GWN Marketing, Inc., adhere to confidentiality standards that are designed to protect your personal information. We believe that your privacy should not be compromised. At the same time we want our independent associates to offer you the array of financial products and services you need to accomplish your financial goals. We believe we can do both through the policy outlined below.
PROTECTING YOUR INFORMATION
When you establish a relationship with an independent GWN advisor and purchase financial and investment products and services through GWN, you are asked to share personal and financial information used to help in the assessment and attainment of your financial goals. In that relationship, independent GWN advisors will use the information to assist you in identifying the services and products you may want or need, to meet changing needs, and to identify constantly developing new products and services that may be of interest to you. GWN may also want to contact you to review your current information and status in order to assure that both we and our independent associates can serve you better. The information you share with us is important to you, and you can expect that we will protect the privacy and use of your private personal and financial information. At GWN we are committed to protecting the privacy of the information we collect, use, and share about you.
GWN has taken the appropriate methods that require the disposal of consumer report information so that the information cannot practically be read or reconstructed.
OUR DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
So that you may be better served, GWN and its independent associates may share information about you with nonaffiliated financial institutions, such as banks, clearing firms or custodians, who perform services on our behalf or when necessary for the performance of our services. These non-affiliated financial institutions are bound by obligations of confidentiality not to disclose any information provided by GWN or any independent GWN advisor about you and may not use such information for any purposes other than the performance of the particular service involved. We also may disclose information about you to non-affiliated third parties as permitted by law, for example to process a financial product or service that you have authorized. We also may share your information with regulators and law enforcement organizations, or in response to a subpoena or discovery request, as permitted or required by law.
If the GWN advisor servicing your account(s) leaves GWN to join another broker/dealer, the GWN advisor may retain copies of your GWN SECURITIES, INC. CUSTOMER PRIVACY NOTICE personal information so that he or she can continue to serve you at the new firm. In doing so, your representative may share your information with the new firm, but is otherwise required to keep confidential the personal information obtained from you while the associate was affiliated with GWN, and he or she may only use it to service your account(s). Should your GWN advisor decide to leave GWN for another broker/dealer, we will notify you at that time in writing so that you may determine whether to opt out or opt in* to allow your advisor to take your information to the new firm.
*If you reside in the state of Alaska, California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota or Vermont, we are required to obtain your written approval to allow your advisor to take your information to a new firm.
Internet Privacy Protection Policy
Effective Date: August 1, 2004
We are committed to protecting your privacy. Our website is a great way to find out more about our services, access informative articles and financial information. We will not collect any personal, identifiable information without your knowledge.
Identifiable information can be broken up into two categories, personal and non-personal information.
Our site may create a temporary data file commonly known as a cookie. It may also track the areas of our website that you visit. We may collect information regarding the internet provider from which you are connecting to our site, such as AOL or MSN. We may also track the website from which you linked to our site. This information is used statistically and not to identify individuals.
You can visit the site and remain anonymous by not providing any personal information. However, you may choose to share this information by completing applications, online forms or requesting that we contact you. Personal information includes, but is not limited to name, address, phone number and email address.
When using secure areas of this website to provide or access your personal information, the information is encrypted, making it indecipherable to third parties. Your browser will indicate that you are in a secure area by displaying a locked padlock in the bottom of the screen. Internet connections cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We have taken all reasonable measures to protect the information entered and accessed on the website. However, we cannot be liable for unintentional disclosure of information.
KEEPING INFORMATION CURRENT
GWN and its independent associates are committed to keeping your non-public personal and financial information secure, accurate and current. You should provide your independent GWN advisor with any updates and changes to your personal information.
- We collect and use information about you in order to provide you with investment, insurance and services appropriate to your personal circumstances.
- We obtain most of the information from you, primarily from the information you supply us and the application paperwork you complete when you apply for our products or services. Occasionally additional information may be obtained from third parties such as consumer reporting agencies.
- To guard the personal information of our clients, we maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with state regulations.
- All employees are required to protect the confidentiality of our clients’ personal information and they may not access that information unless there is a legitimate business reason for doing so, such as responding to a customer request.
- We will not sell the personal information of our clients.
- We will not disclose the personal information of our clients except as necessary for conducting business or where required by law. For example, we may disclose your personal information to an agent, our employees, or our service providers so they can service your business or respond to your questions or requests. We may also disclose your personal information to other financial institutions with which we have joint marketing agreements. We require the recipients of such information to protect the information and use it only for the purpose provided.