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Privacy Policy

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions ("DFI") has created this privacy policy to demonstrate its commitment to the privacy of its users. The policy discloses information gathering and dissemination practices for DFI's official Internet site.

Credit Card Security

Some applications on the DFI site take credit cards as payment. We ensure your security and privacy in two ways:

  • We use an industry standard SSL strong encrypted connection.
  • We do not store credit card numbers in our databases.

What is SSL?

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL 128-bit) encryption makes it impossible for anyone to read your information in transit. For an additional layer of security, we do not store credit card numbers or expiration dates in our database. The only information we maintain is the credit card order number given to us by VeriSign, our credit card processing service company.

How do I know it is Secure?

You will know you're in the "secure" area of our site when you see the "http" portion of the web site address in your browser change to "https." The "s" stands for "secure." In addition, both Netscape and Internet Explorer use special symbols to indicate that you're in a web site's secure area. (Earlier versions of Netscape use a highlighted key. More recent versions of Netscape and all versions of Internet Explorer show a closed, highlighted lock.)

What about those warning messages?

Some browsers let you know that you're moving in or out of a secure area by notifying you with a special pop-up window that requires you to click "ok" before continuing.

Use of IP Addresses

DFI may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with its servers, to administer various features of its site and to gather broad demographic information. Information gathered through IP addresses is not sold or provided to vendors, direct mail concerns, third party e-mail list services, etc.

Use of "Cookies"

DFI may use "cookies" to assist you in accessing information at DFI's Web site. Information gathered through the use of "cookies" is not sold or provided to vendors, direct mail concerns, third party e-mail list services, etc. DFI cannot control the use of "cookies" for Web sites linked to its official Internet site and is not responsible for the privacy practices (or the content of) such Web sites.

eMail

Users may correspond with DFI through e-mail. The identity of correspondents, and their corresponding e-mail addresses, are not sold or provided to vendors, direct mail concerns, third party e-mail list services, etc.

Registration

Users may register to access some DFI records. To do so, users may have to provide DFI with certain information, and DFI may have to use that information in the accessing of these records. Information provided to access DFI records is not sold or provided to vendors, direct mail concerns, third party e-mail list services, etc.

Data and Communications

Data and communications are not necessarily secure against interception and may not always be encrypted. See DFI's Disclaimer for additional information. If your data or communication is particularly sensitive to you, you may want to consider additional security measures.

State and Federal Law

DFI complies with state and federal law regarding the disclosure of information and the release of records. Users should consult with their attorneys regarding the applications of such laws.

Questions

Questions or concerns regarding DFI's privacy policy should be directed to DFI's Send e-mail to our Site Manager. Site Manager. See Contact Us at DFI's Web site for additional means to contact DFI.