BTR Trading Group, Inc. (BTR) operates under two privacy policies: one which governs the use of information exchanged via this website and one which governs the use of information voluntarily provided to us by our current and former customers (generally information required to open and/or maintain an account with BTR). Both of these policies are posted below for your information.
This notice provides BTR’s policy regarding the nature, purpose, use and sharing of any information collected via this web site. The information you provide on a BTR web site will be used only for its intended purpose.
Submitting information is strictly voluntary. By doing so, you are giving BTR your permission to use the information for the intended purpose, which may include marketing BTR’s services to you. If you do not want to give BTR permission to use your information, simply do not provide it. However, not providing certain information may result in BTR’s inability to provide you with the information or services you desire.
There are several types of information we collect. These include:
1. Automatically Collected Information
2. Information Collected for Tracking and Customization (Cookies)
3. Personal Information
Automatically Collected Information
We collect and temporarily store certain technical information about your visit for use in site management and security purposes. This information includes:
1. The Internet domain from which you access our Web site (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from an educational domain);
2. The IP address (a unique number for each computer connected to the Internet) from which you access our Web site;
3. The type of browser (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer) used to access our site;
4. The operating system (Windows, Unix) used to access our site;
5. The date and time you access our site;
6. The URLs of the pages you visit;
7. Your username, if it was used to log in to the Web site; and
8. If you visited this BTR web site from another web site, the URL of the forwarding site.
This information is only used to help us make our site more useful for you. With this data we learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use.Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are retained temporarily as required for security and site management purposes only.
Information Collected for Tracking and Customization (Cookies)
A cookie is a small file that a web site transfers to your computer to allow it to remember specific information about your session while you are connected. Your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the web site that provided it, and no other web site can request it. There are two types of cookies, session and persistent. Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for longer periods of time.
BTR may use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through the site, or to allow you to customize your preferences for interacting with the site. BTR Web may also make use of persistent cookies to remember you between visits so, for example, you can save your customized preference settings for future visits. Each BTR site using persistent cookies identifies itself as doing so. If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can turn them off in your browser. However, this may affect the functioning of BTR’s web sites.
Providing Information to Third Parties
BTR may share information with private organizations as part of a service that provides BTR users with increased capabilities or functionality on the site.
If you choose to provide us with personal information, through such methods as completing a form or sending us an email, we will use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information or services you have requested. Remember that email isn’t necessarily secure. You should never send sensitive or personal information like your Social Security number in an email. Use postal mail or secure web sites instead.
Some of our web sites ask visitors who request specific information to fill out a registration form.
Web Site Security Notice
For site security purposes and to ensure that this web service remains available to all users, BTR’s computer systems employ software programs that monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information,. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials.
Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on BTR servers are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law.
Linking Policy and Disclaimer of Endorsement
BTR links to many web sites created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. BTR provides links to these sites as a service to our users. The presence of a link is not a BTR endorsement of the site.
When users follow a link to an outside web site, they are leaving BTR and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside web site(s). BTR is not responsible for the information collection practices of non-BTR sites.
Your Privacy is Our Priority
Why and How We Collect Personal Information
When you apply for or maintain an account with BTR Trading Group, we collect personal information about you for business purposes, such as evaluating your financial needs, processing your requests and transactions, informing you about products and services that may be of interest to you, and providing customer service. The personal information we collect about you includes:
• information you provide to us on applications and other forms, such as your name, address, date of birth, social security number, occupation, assets, and income;
• information about your transactions with us and with our affiliates;
• information we receive from consumer reporting agencies, such as your credit history and creditworthiness, and other entities not affiliated with BTR Trading Group; and
• information you provide to us to verify your identity, such as a passport, or received from other entities not affiliated with BTR Trading Group.
How We Protect Personal Information
We limit access to your personal information to those employees who need to know in order to conduct our business, service your account, and help you accomplish your financial objectives, such as providing you with a broad range of products and services. Our employees are required to maintain and protect the confidentiality of your personal information and must follow established procedures to do so. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information. We do not rent or sell your name or personal information to anyone.
Sharing Information with Our Affiliates and Clearing Firm
We may share personal information described above with our affiliates and futures clearing firm for business purposes, such as
servicing customer accounts and informing customers about new products and services, and as permitted by applicable law.
The information we share with affiliates may include the information described above, such as name, address and MF Global account information, but will not include other credit information, such as credit history appearing on a consumer credit report or net worth and income information appearing on applications for our products and services.
Disclosure to Non-Affiliated Third Parties
In order to support the financial products and services we provide to you, we may share the personal information described above with third-party service providers not affiliated with us, including companies under contract to perform services for us or on our behalf, such as vendors that prepare and mail information to you, provide data processing, computer software maintenance and development, transaction processing and marketing services and other services that are considered necessary in order for us continue operating our business as well as adhering to the rules and regulations that govern our business. These companies acting on our behalf are required to keep your personal information confidential.
Also, we may disclose personal information with non-affiliated companies and regulatory authorities as permitted or required by
Accessing and Revisiting Your Personal Information
We endeavor to keep our customer files complete and accurate. We will give you reasonable access to the information we have about you. Most of this information is contained in account statements that you receive from us and applications that you submit to obtain our products and services. We encourage you to review this information and notify us if you believe any information should be corrected or updated. If you have a question or concern about your personal information or this privacy notice, please contact your BTR Trading Group representative.