Monitoring

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (the Bank) monitors this website for unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, to defeat or circumvent security measures, or to use this site for anything other than its intended purposes. By using this website, you consent to such monitoring and are advised that if our monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, the Bank may provide such evidence to appropriate law enforcement officials.

Collection of personal information

Except as otherwise stated in this policy, you may visit this website without providing any personal information about yourself unless you choose to provide such information. For example, you are not required, but you may choose, to provide us with personal information if you subscribe to our publications or email lists, send us questions through email, answer our user surveys, register for an event, apply for a job, or participate in our online activities. We may use personal information provided voluntarily through this site to tailor our website, publications, and services to our users' needs.

Cookies

This website makes limited and specific use of permanent cookies. First, we use cookies to track user traffic patterns on this website. The cookie contains an alphanumeric string that identifies your computer as having visited atlantafed.org. When you return to the website, we will know that you have visited before and that will give us information about what you found valuable on our site.

In addition, we may make occasional use of the same kind of cookie for user research, such as to administer user surveys, so that you will be invited to participate in a survey only once. In this example, the cookie's presence on your computer will indicate to the website that you are a returning user and have already responded to the invitation.

Finally, we may make use of permanent cookies to enable users to customize the appearance or content of this website. This cookie does not record any information about you or your computer other than what is described above, nor can we use it to gather or correlate information about your activities elsewhere on the internet.

Your participation will help us meet our goal of providing you with easy-to-use, high-quality content. You can set your browser to notify you before you receive a cookie, allowing you to decide whether to accept it or not. You can also set your browser to not accept cookies at all. However, if you do so, some areas of some sites (including frbatlanta.org) may not operate properly.

Transient memory-resident cookies or temporary session cookies are used to maintain a user's state of navigation during a browser session and expire from memory once the session is ended. This website may from time to time use transient memory-resident cookies for on-line surveys, for example. In addition, sometimes a third-party vendor will use cookies on one of the sites it operates, hosts, or manages for us—for example, for online registration of certain conferences and workshops. Since the Bank does not operate a third-party vendor's website, this online privacy policy does not apply to the collection of personal information or any other information by that site.

Nonpersonal information collected and stored automatically

This website collects statistical information about users in aggregate by performing analyses on the server log files. We use this statistical information to determine, among other things:

  • our site's most popular pages
  • the browsers and operating systems visitors most often use
  • the sites and search engines that have referred visitors to our site
  • the domains from which our users visit us

Such analyses do not involve personal information. We do not correlate this data with personal information about you. This statistical information, in aggregate form, and without personally identifying you, may be shared with other Federal Reserve Banks or the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

Use of personal information

Generally, any information collected via this website, whether individual or aggregate, is for Federal Reserve use only. We do not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except when we have your permission or under the following circumstances:

  • When we retain the services of other Federal Reserve Banks, outside agents, or third parties under contract with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Such personal information is only provided to, and is only used by, those parties in conjunction with the services they provide to the Bank.
  • When we are required to disclose personal information about you to government officials or otherwise as required by subpoenas, court orders, legal process, or other legal obligations and to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against claims. We will share and/or use information to investigate, prevent, or take action against illegal activities or suspected fraud.

If you participate in a user survey, we analyze your answers and personal information only in aggregate. We may use the information to tailor our website, publications, and services to our users' needs and to better understand our audience.

If you provide us with your postal or email address, or telephone or fax number, we use this information only for the purpose for which you provided it, such as to

  • provide you with the publications or information you requested
  • register you for a tour, conference or other event
  • clarify your request or registration
  • correspond with you regarding your job application
  • provide you with related information

When you fill out our online forms, they may be delivered to a Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta email address or database. Your online communications are not encrypted. We cannot guarantee the security of any information sent electronically, whether submitted via online form or email. If your communication is sensitive, or includes personal information that you do not wish to send to us electronically, you should send it by postal mail to:

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Attention: Manager, Web Services
Public Affairs Department
1000 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

If you register for an event online, we may hold onto your registration information for the purpose of contacting you in the future about similar events. If you do not want us to keep your registration information, you must tell us so by sending your request to: webmaster@atl.frb.org.

Maintenance of personal information

The safeguarding of personal information is important to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. While we endeavor to maintain the security of personal information in our possession, we cannot guarantee such security. The Bank is not responsible for the security of personal information or any other information you provided while it is being transmitted to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's website, through email or otherwise. Nor is the Bank responsible for what a third party does with any information you provide.

If you have voluntarily submitted personal information to us and wish to review, update, correct, or delete it, please email your request to: webmaster@atl.frb.org.

Children

This website is not directed to children under the age of 13, nor does the Bank knowingly collect, maintain, or use personal information obtained via this website about children under the age of 13. Minor children should always obtain parental consent before releasing information to this or any website.

Links to external websites

This website contains links to other websites. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those websites. By linking to external sites, the Atlanta Fed does not imply endorsement of the site's sponsor.

Links to social media third-party websites

The Atlanta Fed uses certain third-party social media sites as additional means of reaching the public and directing people to resources on frbatlanta.org. The Bank maintains an official page or presence on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Linked In.

You can access the Bank's official pages on social media sites without having an account or subscribing to services.

As noted above, the Atlanta Fed's privacy policy does not apply on these third-party websites and therefore you should familiarize yourself with the privacy policies of the social media site you use.

Other considerations

We may from time to time provide a discussion group or forum. Be aware that information you submit in connection with such a feature will be publicly viewable and not confidential. There is risk in such communication venues that others will collect and use this information.

Policy changes

We reserve the right to change this policy at any time without notice. If any change to this online privacy policy affects the way we use personal information, we will provide an avenue for you to opt out of such use. Otherwise, the Bank will not provide you with notice of changes to this policy. You are responsible for reviewing this policy from time to time for any such changes.

This privacy policy was last updated May 24, 2017.

Contact information

You may direct questions or comments about the privacy policy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's website to our website administrator at privacy@atl.frb.org.