Privacy Policy

INTRODUCTION

ARFinancial Accounting Services and its affiliates (collectively “ARFAS” or “we”) will treat personal data that you provide through this website (“Site”) according to this privacy policy, which is consistent with our treatment of personal data that you provide offline to us or to our brokers and dealers. By visiting our Site, you agree to be bound by this policy.

FOREIGN VISITORS

If you are visiting this Site from outside the United States, please do not provide any personal data through this Site or by e-mail, as this privacy policy may not comply with your local law.

CHILDREN

This Site is not intended for visitors under 18 years of age. We do not knowingly solicit or collect personal data from or about children, nor do we knowingly market our products or services to children.

PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT FROM VISITORS

Personal data identifies an individual, for example, by name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. We may collect the following types of data: (1) if you apply for a job, your name, address, references, and employment history; (2) if you apply for credit, your name, address, social security number, credit history, and financial information, directly or through one of our brokers or dealers; (3) if you use this site to check the status of your account, your name, account number, and other information, such as a password, to verify your identity; and (4) if you send us e-mail or request information, your name, email address, and any other personal data you supply in your message.

OTHER DATA WE AUTOMATICALLY COLLECT

When you visit the Site, ARFAS automatically collects certain non-personal data by various means, one of which is “cookies.” A cookie is an alphanumeric string of text (a unique identifier) that our web-server stores in your computer by means of your web-browser. The cookie allows us to recognize your computer when you revisit our Site. We can then improve your use of the Site, for example by providing quick log-in, displaying only web pages that interest you, and saving you from retyping information in a form. Cookies also allow us to analyze aggregate traffic on the Site, in order to streamline navigation and keep the content fresh for all visitors. You can configure your browser to reject cookies, but doing so may disable some of our Site’s features. Cookies do not contain personal data, nor can they read or transmit any data on your computer’s hard drive. They can, nonetheless, be combined with personal data that you knowingly provide, to create a profile. ARFAS does not use cookies in this manner without your express consent.

Regardless of cookies, all web-browsers transmit the IP address of the computer on which they are running (so that the web-server knows where to send the requested web page). We analyze IP addresses only in extraordinary circumstances to attempt to track hackers.

HOW WE USE THE DATA WE COLLECT

We may use the data that you provide as follows:

  • If you apply for a job, to consider you for the position and to contact references;
  • If you apply for credit, to assess your credit-worthiness (including retrieving credit reports) and to approve or reject your application;
  • If you check the status of your account, to respond to your inquiry;
  • If you send us e-mail or request information, to reply to your request. We may also use the data that you provide to help us improve the content and function of this or other Sites, to better understand our customers and markets, to improve our products and services, to enhance our marketing and promotional efforts, to improve product offerings, and to later contact you, electronically or otherwise, about products or services that we believe will interest you. If required by law, such communications will explain how to “opt out” of receiving future communications. You cannot opt out of receiving communications about your account, such as service announcements and administrative notices.

SHARING DATA

ARFAS may share data that you provide under the following circumstances:

  • Affiliates – We may share your name, address, and information about your transactions and experiences with us (such as your payment history or other facts about your account) with our affiliates. We may also share other personal data that you provide with our affiliates in order to provide you with information about products or services that may interest you. Option for our Consumer Customers: If you are a consumer (as opposed to commercial) customer of ARFAS, you may direct us not to share, except as permitted by law, personal data other than your name, address and information about your transactions and experiences with us and submitting it to us.
  • Agents and Service Providers – In order to establish, administer, and manage our customers’ accounts, evaluate credit, provide customer service and benefits, process account transactions and account statements, conduct research and analysis, or process job applications, we may disclose personal data to companies that work with us to perform services or business operations on our behalf. We may also share personal data with companies that perform marketing services on our behalf, or with other financial institutions (including insurance companies) with whom we have joint marketing agreements.
  • Third Parties (Disclosures Permitted or Required by Law) – In certain instances, we are permitted or even required to disclose your personal data to third parties. Examples of this type of permitted disclosure are reporting information about your transactions with us to credit reporting agencies, responding to regulators or auditors, protecting against fraud, or providing information in connection with proposed or actual business transactions involving our companies or accounts. We may also disclose your personal data to third parties when legally compelled to do so, or when we believe that such disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law, to enforce our terms of use, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of ARFAS, its employees, customers, visitors to the Site, and others. Please be aware that these disclosures are permitted by law without your consent.
  • Business Transfers – As we develop our business, we may sell or buy businesses or assets, or be involved in mergers or other corporate reorganization. In transactions such as these, your personal data may be one of the transferred business assets.
  • Other Third Parties (Optional Disclosures) – We may also share, as permitted by law, your personal data with other third parties with whom we do not have joint marketing agreements, such as other financial service providers, insurance companies, or non-financial companies such as service organizations, retailers, travel services or direct marketers. These companies may wish to provide you with information about products or services that may interest you.

Option for our Consumer Customers: If you are a consumer (as opposed to commercial) customer of ARFAS, you may direct us not to share personal data with other third parties, except as permitted by law, by submitting it to us at info@ARFinancialAccounting.com.

SECURITY

ARFAS uses reasonable measures to protect personal data from unauthorized access, deletion, or alteration. Any information you provide on ARFAS form (such as a job or credit application) is encrypted. Any personal information that ARFAS transmits to you at your request (such as your account balance) is encrypted. E-mail communications are not encrypted. Therefore you should not send any personal data by e-mail. ARFAS will never send you e-mail requesting personal data.

PUBLIC AREAS

ARFAS does not control and is not responsible for other visitors’ treatment of information that you post on public areas of the Site. For example, such information may be collected and used by others for their own purposes, including sending you unsolicited e-mail.

YOUR ACCESS TO PERSONAL DATA

If you wish to review, correct, or remove personal data that you provided to ARFAS, please send e-mail to info@ARFinancialAccounting.com.

LINKS

This Site may have hyperlinks to or pop-up windows from other websites. ARFAS is not responsible for their content or privacy practices. We urge you to review the privacy policy of any website that you visit.

NOTICES AND REVISIONS

ARFAS may revise this privacy policy from time to time. You should periodically check the revision date at the top of the webpage to learn of any revisions. Your use of the website at any time is deemed acceptance of the privacy policy then in effect. If you have questions about this privacy policy, please send e-mail to info@ARFinancialAccounting.com.

Disclosure Agreement

BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN DISCLOSURE

ARFinancial Accounting Services (“ARFAS”) has developed a Business Continuity Plan in order to respond to events that may significantly disrupt our business. This plan encompasses all ARFAS businesses. Since the timing and impact of disasters and disruptions is unpredictable, ARFAS will have to be flexible in responding to actual events as they occur. With that in mind, ARFAS is providing the following information regarding our Business Continuity Plan.

Our Business Continuity Plan

ARFAS plans to recover and resume business operations after a significant business disruption based on the recovery time objectives established in the plan for each division of the company as well as safeguarding our employees and property, making financial and operational assessments, protecting the company’s books and records, and allowing our customers to transact business.

Through the use of established teams in the various parts of its business, ARFAS’ plans address: data backup and recovery, all mission critical systems, financial and operational assessments, alternative communications with customers and employees, critical counter-party and bank impact and regulatory reporting.

Disruption Scenarios

Significant business disruptions can vary in scope and can impact a portion of a single building housing a division of our company, the business district where our company is located, and the city where we are located. In each of these cases, ARFAS will transfer our operations to other ARFAS site(s) and/or back up facilities when needed and expect to recover and resume business within the agreed to recovery objectives per the documented plan. Clients may experience some delays in reaching the company due to increased client calls, technology delays, or other difficulties arising from the transfer of operations.

Disclaimers

ARFAS’ Business Continuity Plan is designed to prepare the company for significant business disruptions and to enable it to resume its business operations based on agreed to recovery time objectives for each division as stated in each documented plan. The information contained herein is a summary of the overall Business Continuity Plan. Because of the confidential nature of much of the plans, it is not possible to distribute the plans to clients, customers or other external entities.

Recovery-time objectives provide concrete goals for business resumption. However various external factors surrounding a disruption, such as time of day and scope of disruption can affect actual recovery times.

The company’s Business Continuity Plan is subject to change due to ongoing assessment, technology and business changes, and enhancement of the company’s Business Continuity Plan. In addition, all plans are reviewed and updated at a minimum annually and plan testing occurs periodically that may result in further plan updates. A current copy of the Business Continuity Plan summary may be obtained by mail upon request.