Online Privacy Policy

Last Updated December 15, 2014

Welcome to Clarke Financial Group, Incorporated (Clarke)

Clarke recognizes the importance of protecting all information that you, financial advisors and executives, may chose to provide to us. To further this commitment, we have adopted this Online Privacy Policy to tell you how we collect, store, and use the information you provide to us online. Besides this Online Privacy Policy, we also may have other more general privacy policies that may apply to you as a Clarke customer.

Online Privacy Policy FAQ

What information does this Online Privacy Policy cover?

Our Online Privacy policy only applies to business information collected on websites with a link to this Online Privacy Policy, and does not apply to information collected by Clarke through any other means.

It covers how we collect, use, and share business information as of the date that this Online Privacy Policy is posted.

It also covers information submitted and collected online, and does not necessarily apply to information that Clarke may collect offline.

And it only covers websites maintained by Clarke. Also, this policy doesn’t apply to any other websites maintained by other companies or organizations to which we link. Clarke is, therefore, not responsible for the content or activities provided on those websites.

What types of information do we collect from the business users that visit us online?

Personal information is information that identifies you can be used to contact you directly. We only collect personal information voluntarily given to us by our visitors. This website is for professional use only, and its content is directed to financial professionals. Generally, we don’t require you to give us personal information to access public areas of our website. Certain secure web areas, however, enable or require you to provide personal information online when you use specific features on our website. For example, we collect personal information from you when you:

  1. Want to download or share information from The Clarke School
  2. Want to download or share information from our blog, Gates and Denton Game Plan
  3. Want to register to access the backend of our website, which is restricted to clients
  4. Ask questions about our services and how we work
  5. Request to download images, logos, and video from our media page
  6. Apply for a position with our company
  7. Request information about our references or clients

For example, this information may include:

  1. Name
  2. Position Title
  3. Name of Your Company
  4. Business Address
  5. Business Email
  6. Business Telephone

Additionally, we may also collect other types of information. For example if applying for a job, information about your industry experience.

Non-professionals and Children

This site is for financial professionals only. We don’t knowingly collect personal information from people under 18.

Information We Collect Through Technology

We collect information through technology to enhance our ability to serve our customers and the advisors that work for them. For example, when you come to our website, we collect your IP address. An IP address is often associated with the portal you used to enter the Internet, like your ISP (Internet service provider), company, association, or university. Standing alone, however, your IP address is not personally identifiable. At times, we also use IP addresses to study the frequency that our visitors visit various areas of our websites. We may combine this information with personal information. Finally, our websites do not respond to browser Do Not Track signals or other similar mechanisms.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Our websites also use cookies and web beacons to collect and store information.

Cookies are pieces of information that a website sends to your computer while you are viewing the website. We use cookies for a variety of purposes. For example, when you return to one of our websites after logging in, cookies provide information to the website so that the website will remember who you are. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You can do this through your browser (e.g., Netscape or Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you turn cookies off, you won’t have access to many features that make your web experience smoother, and some of our services may not function properly.

Web beacons are small pieces of data that are embedded in images on the pages of websites and in our email communications. We also use these web beacons to analyze the traffic patterns, such as the frequency users visit various areas of our websites. These technical methods may involve transmitting information either directly to us or to another entity authorized by us to collect information on our behalf. We also use web beacons in HTML e-mails that we send our visitors to determine whether our visitors have opened those e-mails or clicked on links in those e-mails.

Network Advertisers. Our website is not associated with any Network advertisers currently, however we may elect to in the future. Advertisements managed by third parties may be placed on our website. These companies are called ‘network advertisers.’ Network advertisers placing advertisements on our websites may also use cookies and web beacons to collect information when you click on or move your cursor over one of their banner advertisements. You may not realize this information is being collected. In some cases, we may have access to information from web beacons and cookies used by network advertisers on our sites, and this information may permit us to identify other sites that you have visited that are also associated with the network advertiser. In doing so, however, network advertisers do not collect personal information, and we do not give any personally identifiable information to them.

How is your personal information used and shared?

Whatever the purpose may be, we only collect information to the extent reasonably necessary to fulfill client requests and our legitimate business objectives. We may also use and disclose your personal information to our affiliates and others for any purpose allowed by law.

Clarke Online Activities and Updates

For example, we use and may disclose your personal information to:

  1. Authenticate your identity
  2. Provide you with requested materials
  3. Respond to your product or service information requests
  4. Process your request to register or appoint with us
  5. Send you newsletters and updates
  6. Provide you with additional materials that may be of interest, including marketing materials
  7. For daily business purposes, such as website administration, product development, etc.
Purchase or Sale of Businesses

We may purchase a business or sell our business and your personal information may be transferred as a part of the purchase or sale. If we purchase a business, the personal information received with that business would be treated in accordance with all of our privacy policies, including this Online Privacy Policy, if it is practicable and permissible to do so. If we sell our business, we will include provisions in the selling contract requiring the purchaser to treat your personal information in the same way required by our privacy policies. The provisions of this paragraph will also apply if we are sold as part of bankruptcy proceedings.

Disclosures Required By Law and Disclosures to Help Protect the Security and Safety of Our Websites and Others

We may disclose any information as permitted or required by law, when we believe in good faith it is necessary for safety purposes, required for legal reporting, or to protect our legal rights or enforce our Terms of Use or any contest rules. We may also disclose information about you to our auditors, regulators, legal advisors, or to respond to a subpoena.

What choices do you have about the collection, use, and sharing of your personal information?

We don’t share the information of our clients and their agents with unaffiliated third parties for their own direct marketing purposes.

If you signed up to receive newsletters or other e-mail messages from us, you can opt-out any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the message.

You may also choose to opt-out from receiving marketing materials from us by making a request at cfgroup.com/contact/

Finally, at this time, our websites do not respond to browser Do Not Track signals or similar mechanisms.

What kinds of security measures do we take to safeguard your personal information?

The security and confidentiality of our client’s information is of great importance to us. That’s why we have technical, administrative, and physical security measures in place to protect user data from unauthorized access and improper use. For example the areas of our website that enable or require the submittal of your personal information use encryption to protect that information. We also review our security procedures periodically to consider new technology and updated security methodologies. Despite our reasonable efforts, no security means is ever perfect or impenetrable.

How can you update your personal information?

You can contact send us an email from our contact page or from your Advisor Portal Dashboard after password authentication.

How will know if we update our Online Privacy Policy?

We reserve the right to amend this Online Privacy Policy at any time. If we make any material change in how we collect your personal information online, or how we use or share it, we will prominently post notice of the changes on this page and amend the publication date.