Privacy Policy


Privacy Policy

Last updated March 30, 2011

Online Privacy Statement

Mortgage Bankers Association ("MBA" or "we") knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. This statement describes our privacy policy. By visiting mba.org, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Statement.

What Information Do We Gather and How is it Used?

MBA collects information from our users at several different points on this web site:

Users to the public areas of the MBA web site browse anonymously. However, the MBA web server does collect aggregate data, such as number of access attempts by page.

MBA may collect information ("Personal Information") from you before allowing access to certain resources and personalization features on the site, or to order products and services. Generally, when Personal Information is collected, it is used by MBA to improve web content; to respond to visitors' interests, needs and preferences; and to develop new products and services. MBA may share Personal Information on a limited basis with its affiliated organizations as well as with a select group of affinity partners and other third parties. Also, third party vendors providing services in connection with this web site or MBA products and services may have access to Personal Information. It is MBA’s policy to require such vendors to hold Personal Information in confidence.

In order to register for MBA conferences, webcasts, classes and meetings, we will ask you to provide certain Personal Information on the registration form, which may include, but is not limited to, your name, address, phone number, email address and credit card information. This Personal Information is used for billing purposes, registering you for conferences, webcasts, classes and/or meetings, communicating with you about the conferences, webcasts, classes and/or meetings for which you have registered, and also for other marketing purposes.

Cookies
Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on your machine for use either during a particular session ("session" cookie) or for future use ("persistent" cookie). MBA uses both session and persistent cookies to facilitate, track and limit automated activity, and to assist in the collection of site visitation statistics. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about users over the Internet. If you decline the attachment of any cookie, you may not have access to the full benefits of the web site.

Log Files
Like most standard web site servers we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Links
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that MBA is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Web Beacons
Web Beacons are within the content of MBA’s online news publications, NewsLink, Tech NewsLink and Commercial/Multifamily NewsLink to establish the publications’ email open rate. The online news publications are NOT using the Web Beacons to collect and or keep any Personally Identifiable Information.

Sharing
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: ALTHOUGH WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO PRESERVE USER PRIVACY, WE MAY NEED TO DISCLOSE PERSONAL INFORMATION WHEN (I) REQUIRED BY LAW WHEREIN WE HAVE A GOOD-FAITH BELIEF THAT SUCH ACTION IS NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH A CURRENT JUDICIAL PROCEEDING, A COURT ORDER OR LEGAL PROCESS SERVED ON OUR WEB SITE; OR (II) NECESSARY TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE RIGHTS OR PROPERTY OF MBA OR MBA AFFILIATES, INCLUDING THEIR WEB SITES. MBA DOES NOT SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES EXCEPT AS STATED IN THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT. IN ADDITION, WE MAY SHARE AGGREGATE DATA WITH THIRD PARTIES WHERE SUCH DISCLOSURE DOES NOT ENTAIL THE DISCLOSURE OF ANY PERSONALLY-IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION.

Business Transitions
In the event MBA goes through a business transition, such as a merger or selling a significant portion of its assets, users’ Personal Information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. Users will be notified via email and prominent notice on our web site for 30 days prior to a change of ownership or control of their personal information. If as a result of the business transition, the user's personally identifiable information will be used in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection they will be given choice consistent with our notification of changes section.

Security
This web site takes commercially reasonable precautions to protect our users' information. All information entered by a user on the site is encrypted and is protected with SSL encryption software. All purchase transactions that occur on our store are transmitted via an SSL secure server with a digital certificate of authentication from VeriSign. We do not store credit card numbers of any sort in our online store for security purposes.

If users have any questions about the security at our web site, users can send an email to info@mba.org.

Opting out and Correcting Personal Information
If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, email our Customer Support at info@mba.org or click the "Contact" link on this web site in order to inform MBA of the changes.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this Privacy Statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

However, if users have opted out of all communication with the site, or deleted/deactivated their account, then they will not be contacted, nor will their Personal Information be used in this new manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our web site notifying users of the change. In some cases when we are going to use users’ Personal Information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will post a notice as described above, but we may also email users who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices. Users who do not wish to have their Personal Information used in a different manner should email MBA at the email address indicated at the end of this policy or, if registered with MyMBA, can change their preferences through that mechanism.

Contact Information
If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at: Phone: (202) 557-2700
Email: info@mba.org
Postal Address: MBA, 1919 M Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20036

Miscellaneous
MBA may modify this policy from time to time. You can determine whether the policy has been updated since you last reviewed it by checking the "Last Updated" date at the top of this Privacy Policy.

If at any time you believe MBA has not adhered to this policy, please notify us and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly identify, diagnose and correct the problem. This is MBA’s sole obligation and your sole remedy for MBA’s breach of this Privacy Policy. You may reach us by email at info@mba.org or by mail at MBA, 1919 M Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20036