Last modified on December 20, 2017
Privacy Disclosure Statement
American Financial Resources, Inc. (herein referred to as AFR) has been committed to your financial well-being and protecting the privacy and security of the information you share with us since our inception in 1997.
This Privacy Disclosure Statement applies to your interaction with American Financial Resources, Inc or any of its wholly-owned subsidiaries or brands, including, but not limited to AFR Wholesale and eLEND, at any online or mobile site or application that we own and control (“Site”), unless a different online and/or mobile policy is posted at a particular site, or is made available to you and by its terms supplants this Policy.
Agreement To Policy
By using a Site or interacting with an AFR advertisement or page or account on a third- party site, you consent to this Policy, including your consent to our use and disclosure of information about you in the manner described in this Policy.
Gathering, Using, and Sharing Information
Types Of Information
You may interact with us in a variety of ways online, including through a mobile device. We may offer sites or applications that permit browsing and do not require registration. We may also offer the ability to enroll, register or access your accounts online. Information that we may collect about you through online interaction includes information that you input, such as your name, address, email address, other contact information; data resulting from your activity, such as transaction information; and location information. We may also gather additional information, such as the type of device and browser you are using, the IP address of your device, information about your device’s operating system, and additional information associated with your device. We may also gather information collected through cookies, tags, and other technologies, as described further below.
The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information may include:
- Social Security number and employment information including tax returns, w-2s, paystubs and related documents
- Account balances and transaction history
- Credit history and investment experience
- Social Security Number
- Current and previous home ownership experience, including physical and mailing addresses
- Letters of explanation regarding credit or employment events
- Date of birth / age
- Other information required by our investors or insurers (such as HUD)
Social Security numbers are classified as “Confidential” information under the AFR Information Security Policy. As such, Social Security numbers may only be accessed by and disclosed to AFR employees and others with a legitimate business “need to know” in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Social Security numbers, whether in paper or electronic form, are subject to physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards, and must be stored, transmitted, and disposed of in accordance with the provisions of the Information Security Policy applicable to Confidential information. These restrictions apply to all Social Security numbers collected or retained by AFR in connection with customer, employee, or other relationships.
About “cookies” and Ad Choices On Third Party Sites
Do you have to accept cookies?
You may be able to set your browser to reject browser cookies. However, if you choose to reject cookies, you may not have access to your accounts. Therefore, if you set your browser options to disallow cookies, you may limit the functionality we can provide when you visit our Site. The latest versions of internet browsers provide cookie management tools, such as the ability to delete or reject cookies. We recommend that you refer to information supplied by browser providers for more specific information, including how to use these tools.
Cookies is a term also used to describe other locally stored objects, such as cookies stored in an Adobe folder on your device. These cookies will not be deleted when you clear cookies from your browser. We may use this technology for purposes such as information security and fraud prevention. We do not use this technology for online behavioral advertising purposes. Please refer to information provided by Adobe for information on how to disable and control Flash objects. If you choose those options, you may limit the functionality we can provide when you visit our Site.
Additional technologies. We may also use additional technologies such as pixel tags, web beacons, and clear GIFs, and may permit our third-party service providers to use these technologies. We use these technologies for purposes such as measuring the effectiveness of our advertisements or other communications, determining viewing and response rates, and determining which offers to present to you on our own or on third party sites.
Using information. In addition to the uses described above, we use information for purposes as allowed by law such as: servicing; communicating with you; improving our Site, products, or services; legal compliance; risk control; information security; anti-fraud purposes; marketing or personalizing the presentation of our products and services to you; tracking website usage, such as number of hits, pages visited, and the length of user sessions in order to evaluate the usefulness of our sites; and using read-receipt notifications in our email communications.
We may share information with service providers with whom we work, such as data processors and companies that help us market products and services to you. When permitted, or required by law, we may share information with additional third parties for purposes including response to legal process.
When you submit a loan application to us, we may ask for information that may include where you work, what you do, your income, assets, debts and obligations, your financial goals and other similar information. We use this information when evaluating your eligibility for a loan. This evaluation also requires us to obtain information about you from others such as consumer reporting agencies (also known as credit bureaus), the IRS, licensed title search companies, and your hazard and/or flood insurance company.
In addition, American Financial Resources, Inc. may provide third party firms with information furnished by you, such as names, addresses and the financial information you have provided to us or that we have obtained from others about you. Any use of this information will be restricted to advancing your request for a loan, locating a home, or the marketing of other financial products American Financial Resources, Inc. may offer. We will never sell information about you to any other organization.
Any third party that receives this information is not permitted to use this information for its own purposes or to give it to anyone else (unless it is to help them close your loan or perform other activities requested by you or required by us).
We may also provide certain information to others when legally required to do so (for instance, in response to a subpoena), to prevent fraud, or to comply with a request by a government agency or regulator.
From our web pages, we do not knowingly collect personal information from individuals under the age of 13 without obtaining verifiable consent from their parents. For more information about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), visit the FTC website: www.ftc.gov.
Do Not Track Policy
We do not currently change how our website operates when receiving a Do Not Track request from a visitor’s web browser. We only collect personally identifiable information when you proactively provide it to us, such as when submitting a rate quote request, but it will remain possible to submit information when utilizing the Do Not Track option.
For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at:
American Financial Resources, Inc.
9 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Policy Updates and Effective Date
If we make updates to this Policy, we will update the Policy with the changes and revise the “date of most recent update” posted at the top of this Policy. Any updates to the Policy become effective when we post the updates on the Site. Your use of the Site following the update to the Policy means that you accept the updated Policy.