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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

As used in this Privacy Statement, 1st Farm Credit Services, ACA, 1st Farm Credit Services, PCA, and 1st Farm Credit Services, FLCA, are each individually referred to as an “Association” and are collectively referred to as "the Company", “ourselves”, “we,” "us", and “1st Farm Credit Services.” 

Customer privacy is important to 1st Farm Credit Services. This Privacy Statement applies to the pages on the www.1stfarmcredit.com and 1stfcs.myfarmcredit.com subdomain. We maintain security standards and procedures to help prevent unauthorized access to confidential information about our customers. 

All web pages displayed on the www.1stfarmcredit.com or 1stfcs.myfarmcredit.com subdomain are collectively referred to in these Terms of Service as the “Site.” Capitalized terms used in this Privacy Statement but not otherwise defined will have the meaning given to such terms in the Terms of Service applicable to the Site.  By visiting the Site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Statement.

Personal Information Policy

We require you to provide certain personally identifiable information and other information (collectively, “Personal Information”) to use certain features and functions of the Site. By providing such information, you consent to our collection and use of it as described in this Privacy Statement. The Personal Information you may provide includes contact information, such as your name, address and e-mail address and information about your personal financial situation, if you make any online requests for services.

Please note that if you choose to apply for a loan online, you are authorizing 1st Farm Credit Services to obtain credit history information needed to make lending decisions.

1st Farm Credit Services values our customer relationships, so we want you to have the facts about these solicitations, and we want you to feel comfortable with how 1st Farm Credit Services handles your loans and your confidential information. We strictly observe Farm Credit Administration regulations that protect your rights to confidentiality. 

If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes or we otherwise transfer assets relating to our business or the Site to a third party, such as by merger, acquisition, bankruptcy proceeding or otherwise, we may transfer or sell your personal information to the new owner. 

Your privacy and the security of your Personal Information are vital to our continued ability to serve your ongoing credit and financial services needs. We use Personal Information obtained from you to provide products and services; respond to your questions or inquiries; identify customer prospects; identify areas of user interest; and consider potential improvements to our Site.

Specific ways we use information include:

  • You can contact us directly with questions or comments regarding the services or to request additional information by using the contact information on the Site "Contact Us" pages. You also provide Personal Information when you request materials from us. We may also use your Personal Information to determine the level of interest in our offerings.

  • We may use your Personal Information to get in touch with you regarding the status of your online requests for services or any additional information you requested. We may also use your Personal Information to determine whether you qualify for any services for which you request online.

  • We may use your Personal Information to contact you regarding additional services and features or requesting your feedback about your experience with the Site.

When communicating with 1st Farm Credit Services, please remember the following:

  • Email may not be secure, if you do email information to us, then you assume the risks with email. The Secure Document Exchange is the preferred method to exchange personal identifying information between you and 1st Farm Credit Services staff.

  • Don’t open attachments in emails if you don’t know the sender. Attachments can contain viruses and spyware. Delete unwanted email.

  • Maintain an up-to-date anti-virus software program on your computer to detect and eliminate malicious threats.

Report to us immediately if your password is lost or stolen and then immediately change your password. Also report any suspicious or unauthorized transactions, including a request for your password that appears to come from 1st Farm Credit Services. You do so by electronic mail, visiting one of our branches, or contacting us by phone.

We use industry standard physical, technical and administrative security measures and safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal information.  However, since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot guarantee, ensure, or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.  There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.  It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information.  Please note that e-mails and other communications you send to us through www.1stfarmcredit.com may not be encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means or through 1stfcs.myfamcredit.com.

We automatically collect information about your Internet connection, such as:

  • Your Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com") if you use a private Internet access account and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our Site;

  • If you linked to our site from another Web site, the IP address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our Site;

  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our Site;

  • The date and time you access our Site; and

  • The pages you visit.

This information does not identify you personally. We use this information to monitor our Site's effectiveness, identify areas of user interest, and consider potential improvements to our Site.

We may provide links on the Site to other sites of interest. We do not review or endorse the content of these sites or guarantee that they will abide by this Privacy Policy. Your use of such linked sites is subject to the terms and conditions and privacy policies of the providers of those sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of each Site that collects Personal Information.

Please note that your use of the Site and services is subject to our Terms and Conditions of Service which you may access from our Home Page or other Site pages by clicking on Terms and Conditions.

Access Security

We may utilize encryption technology that allows for the protection of data in transit between your computer and our systems. If your secure session is inactive for a predetermined period of time (e.g., you forget to log out), the secure session will generally automatically log off for you.

The following suggestions can help increase online security:

Passwords

  • Never disclose your login ID or password to anyone else.

  • Never write down your login ID or password.

  • Change your password frequently.

  • Create complex passwords that use a combination of lower case, upper case and numbers.

  • When you have completed your online session, be sure to log out.

You should be aware that when you visit and interact with our Site, 1st Farm Credit Services may collect technical, navigational and other non-personally identifiable information (such as a catalog of the site pages you visit) from cookies, referrers, IP addresses, environmental variables and similar technologies and information you voluntarily provide, as further described below.

  • Cookies. Cookies are pieces of information that a web site places in a file on your computer associated with your browser that may be used to deliver content specific to your interests and for other purposes, such as security and other account administrative functions. This information is processed passively by your browser as you surf through this Site. Cookies do not cause damage to your computer systems or files. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to automatically decline cookies, or to be given the choice of declining or accepting the transfer of a particular cookie, or cookies from a particular web site, to your computer. If cookies are disabled in your browser, your functionality with the Site may be limited.

 

  • Referrers; IP Addresses; Environmental Variables. 1st Farm Credit Services may also collect "referrers" information, IP addresses and various environmental variables.

 

    • A "referrer" is information the Web browser passes along to our web servers that references the URL from which you came.

    • "IP address" is a number used by computers on the network to identify your computer so that data can be transmitted to you.

    • Environmental variables" include, among other things, the domain from which you access the Internet, the time you accessed this site, type of Web browser and operating system or platform used, the Internet address of the web site you left to visit this Site, the names of the pages you visit while at this Site, and the Internet address of the web site you then visit.

We work hard to protect the security of your information. Some, but not all, of our Site pages use Secure Socket Layer ("SSL") technology, the current standard for secure transactions over the Internet. While we strive to protect your information by using SSL and through measures to protect our system, such security cannot be ensured. Consequently, we do not ensure or warrant the security of information you transmit, and you do so at your own risk. If your communication to us includes confidential information that is sent outside of the 1stfcs.myfarmcredit.com subdomain, you may want to contact us by using regular mail or telephone.

Third Party Sites

When you visit our site, you may select a link to an external web site outside our service, which means you will leave our site. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. These other sites are not subject to our privacy statement and we are not responsible for the privacy policies for these other sites, nor for the use of any information that these sites may collect. Information displayed on third-party sites are not supported or endorsed by us.

Children and Parents

We do not offer or provide products and services for children. If you are under 18, you may use our Site only with involvement of a parent or guardian. We do not intend to collect Personal Information from children. If your child has submitted Personal Information and you would like to request that such information be removed, you may contact us by one of the methods listed below, and we will honor your request.

Privacy Statement Updates

1st Farm Credit Services reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove any portion of this Privacy Statement in whole or in part. Changes or amendments to this Privacy Statement will be effective on the earlier of (1) the date on which you expressly agree to the change or amendment (or to revised Terms of Service) or (2) 30 days after the revised Privacy Statement has been posed on the Site (unless you opt out of the changed or amended Privacy Statement within the 30 day period by discontinuing all use of the Site and Services and sending written notice of your decision to opt out of the amended or changed Privacy Statement to the address given below for legal notices). Except as provided in the preceding sentence, by accessing, browsing, or otherwise using the Site, you agree acknowledge that you have read this Privacy Statement on the date of your access, browsing, or use of the Site.  

Certain information on and functionality of the Site is provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). This privacy policy incorporates by reference Google’s privacy policy (currently found at http://www.google.com/privacy.html), as amended by Google from time to time.

Providing and Receiving Information

You may choose to not provide information or opt-out of receiving communications from us any time by contacting us at:

1st Farm Credit Services

Attn: Legal Department

2000 Jacobssen Drive

Normal, IL 61761

Telephone: 309-268-0100

Email:  LegalNotices@1stfarmcredit.com

 

Borrower Privacy Statement

Since 1972, Farm Credit Administration (“FCA”) regulations have generally restricted the disclosure of most types of Personal Information and other information provided to us while applying for or obtaining a loan (“Personal Borrower Information”). Specifically, employees and the director of a Farm Credit institution may not disclose the Personal Borrower Information to others without your consent in certain circumstances. We may disclose your Personal Borrower Information and other Personal Information to our employees, contractors, agents, affiliates, third party service providers, independent auditors, regulators, consultants, or attorneys, or to any third party if otherwise permitted by the FCA regulations applicable to 1st Farm Credit Services, such as 12 C.F.R. Part 618, Subpart G, or as otherwise required or permitted by law.

Last Revised and Effective: October 16, 2014