With your consent, we may obtain information about you from third parties such as credit agencies. This information helps us assess your eligibility for certain products and services such as a margin account. Please remember that if you do not agree to provide your consent for this, we may not be able to extend margin privileges to you. We may also, with your consent, provide your information to outside sources. For example, service providers who we hire to do things like process your trades and send your month-end statements to you will have access to certain account information including your name and address in order to perform their required functions. We require our third party service providers to sign a Privacy Agreement to help ensure that they will protect the confidentiality of your information. We are also obliged to provide your information to regulatory bodies within the investment industry. We may also be required to disclose your information to government agencies or law enforcement agencies, or when we are in receipt of a valid Court Order or search warrant.
We have thorough security standards in place to protect your information against unauthorized access and use. If you access your account through an electronic means, we use passwords that you alone should know and require you to logout when your session is over. We also provide training to our employees so they will understand the need for confidentiality when dealing with your information. We retain your information only as long as we need it to service your account, or as long as industry regulations demand. When we no longer need your information, we will delete electronic records and destroy physical records.