AFCO CREDIT CORPORATION
AFCO ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION
AFCO cares deeply about the privacy and security of our clients’ personal information, and protecting your information is consistent with our purpose, mission, and values. We believe it is helpful to have an overview of how this commitment is applied as AFCO collects, uses, and protects your personal information when you visit us online or on our applications.
Updated December 2022
AFCO’s business address is AFCO Credit Corporation, 150 North Field Drive, Suite 190, Lake Forest, IL 60045, USA. Our Client Contact Center may be reached at 800-288-6901.
What information we collect
When you visit an AFCO website, application, or otherwise interact with us online, we may collect the following information:
Your browser type (e.g., Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox)
Your Internet Protocol or “IP” address (Your IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your device by your Internet Service Provider. An IP address is identified and logged automatically whenever you visit a site, along with the time of the visit and the page(s) that were visited)
The presence of any software on your device that may be necessary to view our site
Configuration information about the device you are using, including, but not limited to, your device type, web browser type and version, operating system type and version, display/screen settings, language preferences
Personal information submitted on applications, forms, and onsite electronic messaging. Types of personal information typically include:
Account numbers and account information
Passwords and other authentication information like PINs, security questions, and other secure sign-on methods*
Search engine traffic referral information
Transactional information from behind the secure login about your relationship with us
The information we collect online helps AFCO to:
Effectively manage your account:
Ensure your identity and protect the security of your personal and account information from unauthorized access
Process transactions on your account
Respond to questions
Fulfill regulatory requirements
Analyze our site usage and enhance the user's experience:
Diagnose server problems
Alert users of any possible software compatibility issues
Help us make decisions about how various technologies are used and identify usage trends
Make business decisions:
Analyze data and credit risk
Develop and improve products and services
Carry out other day-to-day business operations, such as to comply with applicable laws; perform compliance activities; and engage in human resources activities
Prevent and detect fraud
Protect against risks to security
Monitor network activity logs
Detect security incidents and conduct data security investigations
Protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity
We only use personal information that we have about you when we have a legal basis to use such personal information under applicable data protection laws.
AFCO shares your information in different ways as permitted and required by law. For example, we may share your information with:
Affiliates and other entities in the AFCO family
Businesses with which we partner to offer products and services for our clients or prospective customers, such as bill pay partners
Service providers that provide various services to us, such as those we use to help detect and prevent fraud and improve our online services
Government entities and other third parties as needed for legal or similar purposes, such as:
To respond to requests from our regulators
To respond to a warrant, subpoena, governmental audit or investigation, law enforcement request, legal order, or other legal process
To facilitate a merger, acquisition, sale, bankruptcy, or other disposition of some or all of our assets
To exercise or defend legal claims
Please see the AFCO Consumer Privacy Notice for more information on how your personal information may be shared and how you may be able to limit certain types of sharing.
Please note, we may also share aggregated and de-identified data, such as aggregated statistics regarding product usage, with third parties.
We reserve the right to transfer personal information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets (including, without limitation, in the event of a reorganization, dissolution, or liquidation).
If you are visiting the AFCO website, please be aware that your personal information may be transferred to, or stored and processed in, the United States. We will rely on legally provided mechanisms (e.g., derogations such as performance of a contract) to lawfully transfer personal data across borders.
We store your personal information as long as it is required to meet our contractual and legal obligations, or if we have a legitimate business need to do so.
AFCO may employ various technologies to collect information, including:
Cookies: Cookies are pieces of information stored directly on your device. Cookies provide information that is used for security purposes, to facilitate navigation, to display information more effectively, and to personalize/customize your online experience. The cookies AFCO uses do not collect or store any personally identifiable information about you. AFCO uses persistent cookies to learn how visitors use our site, such as which pages are viewed the most, to identify the most common navigation paths, or to customize the presentation of information on the site. AFCO also uses session cookies to assist in delivering some online transactions. Session cookies are no longer active after you log off the service that initiated them, and all session cookies are automatically deleted when you close all browser windows.
Marketing pixels, web beacons, clear GIFs, or other technologies: This technology may be placed on certain pages of our website, applications, emails, and other marketing initiatives. These tags usually work in conjunction with cookies and allow us to measure the effectiveness of our site and compile statistics about usage and response rates.
Firewalls, passcodes, data encryption, and other safety features: AFCO uses these technologies to ensure that the information you provide us remains secure.
Third-party plugins. Other companies may have plugins that appear on certain pages of our website or applications. Some of these, for example, may be from social media companies (e.g., the Facebook “Like” button). These plugins may collect information, such as information about the pages you visit, and share it with the company that created the plugin even if you do not click on the plugin. These third-party plugins and the way they operate are governed by the privacy policies and terms of the companies that created them.
Third-party aggregation services and tools
Aggregation allows you to gather information from many websites and view that information in a consolidated format. An example of why you might use a third-party aggregation tool is if you wanted a comprehensive view of assets and liabilities held within your financial accounts. If you provide information about your AFCO accounts (including your access information) to an aggregation service provider, we will consider that as your having authorized all transactions initiated by that aggregation site. AFCO reserves the right to disable aggregation for any account without notice. If you wish to cancel your third-party aggregation services, you should also change your AFCO password.
Given the very public nature of social media, it is critical that we all safeguard confidential financial information. If you post information on a AFCO site that we feel should be shielded from public view, we will remove it. This includes not only specific details about your AFCO accounts and other private, confidential information (such as your Social Security number), but details of information relayed in private conversations between you and AFCO representatives. Please know that in taking down or editing your posts, we are focusing our experience and best judgment to keep your personal information safe.
Email transmitted across the internet is normally not protected and may be intercepted and viewed by others. Therefore, you should refrain from sending any confidential or private information via unsecured email to AFCO. We'll never ask you to send confidential information to us via email, such as your logon ID, password, full account numbers, or Social Security number.
Occasionally, we will retain the content of your email—and our replies—to confirm proper responses to your questions and requests, to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, and to ensure that we consistently deliver an enjoyable client experience to you.
Linking to other sites
AFCO may provide links to non-AFCO companies, such as merchants, and will notify you when leaving the AFCO site. If you choose to link to websites not controlled by AFCO, we are not responsible for the privacy or security of these sites, including the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of their information. If you are asked to provide information on one of these sites, we urge you to carefully study their privacy policies before sharing.
Control your online and other privacy preferences
In summary, the following links can help you to customize and control your privacy preferences when interacting with AFCO online:
Do Not Track
We do not currently respond to browser “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that allow you to tell websites you do not want to have online activities tracked.
AFCO strictly follows the federal guidelines of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which gives parents control over what type of information is collected online about their children. We do not knowingly collect, maintain, or use personally identifiable information from children under age 13 on our websites. We are not responsible for the data collection and use practices of nonaffiliated third parties that are linked from our websites. Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s COPPA Website, opens in new tab for more information.
To protect personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with applicable federal and state laws. These measures may include device safeguards and secured files and buildings as well as oversight of our third- party service providers to ensure information remains confidential and secure.
Keeping your account information accurate and up to date is very important. If your account information is incomplete, inaccurate, or not current, please call or write to us at the telephone numbers or appropriate address for changes listed on your account statements, records, online or other account materials. You can also speak to a client representative by calling 800-288-6901 and selecting Option #1.
We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws. We will ask you to verify your identity in order to help us respond efficiently to your request. Consumers may also exercise their consumer rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
Under non-U.S. data protection laws, you may have the right to complain to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information.
AFCO’s Online Privacy Practices may be revised from time to time, so please review them periodically. Any changes will become effective when we post the revised Practices on the site (Please note the effective date listed at the top of this page). If we revise our Online Privacy Practices in a material way, we will provide a conspicuous notice on our website when any changes take effect.
If you have any questions or comments on our Online Privacy Practices, please contact us by calling 800-288-6901 and selecting Option #4 to speak to a Privacy Specialist; or by e-mailing AFCO-Compliance@afco.com.