Our Promise to You
We will not disclose your personal information to anyone unless it is required by law, at your direction, or necessary for us to provide you with our services. We will not sell your personal information to anyone.
Information We Collect
We collect a variety of personal and non-personal information from you in order to complete our advisory obligation to you. The information varies depending on the type of advisory service we’re providing. This includes, but is not limited to, social security number(s), birth date(s), driver’s license number(s), investment and bank account information, insurance coverage and health status.
How We Handle Your Personal Information
All our employees have access to personal information in order to provide services to you. Each employee has signed a confidentiality agreement. Employees are not permitted to remove your information from our office unless they are meeting with you at a location outside of our office.
We share information between spouses unless you tell us not to. This includes financial planning, tax, IRA and retirement account information (401(k), TSP, 403(b), pension, etc.).
Your information may be shared with outside parties such as federal regulators, brokerage firms where trading orders are placed on your behalf, accountants, and insurance agents or realtors, as necessary.
We maintain a secure office including a monitored security alarm, cameras, motion detectors, and a file room door that is equipped with a combination lock. We encrypt emails that include sensitive personal information.
Our computer environment is secured by nightly backups, a firewall, a virtual private network for remote connections, and virus protection software. Our systems are tested against intrusion on a periodic basis.
Your personal information will be maintained during the time you are a client and for the required time thereafter. The retention periods are set by federal and state securities laws and are outlined in BWFA’s Policies and Procedures Manual. When the retention period ends, we destroy the records by shredding.
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If you would prefer not to accept cookies, most browsers will allow you to: (i) change your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie, at which time you can choose whether or not to accept it; (ii) disable existing cookies; or (iii) set your browser to automatically reject any cookies. Start with these sites to learn more about your browser’s privacy controls:
• Internet Explorer
Additionally, Firefox and Chrome have extensive repositories of add-ons that can help enhance your control over your privacy. You can also learn more about cookies by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org, which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browsers.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about this notice.