This notice provides an overview of how and why the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (the Bank) collects and uses information, both personal and non-personal, collected through its website and economic surveys. These collections are in addition to those outlined in the Bank's Data Privacy Policy.

Monitoring

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.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Cookies may be used to store items such as identifiers and user preferences.

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 frbatlanta.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 an easy-to-use website and 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.

This website also uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information about our users and how they use the site. This information includes, but is not limited to:

  • how you visit the site (from a desktop computer, mobile device, or tablet)
  • which web browser you're using and its version (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc.)
  • which pages you visit and how long you stay on them (within a single browser session)

We also collect 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

We use this information strictly to improve the experience and usability of the site and to help us identify and diagnose any errors or issues that may occur. Such analyses do not involve personal information.  We do not correlate the information collected by Google Analytics with any registered profiles in our database, nor do we collect any personally identifiable information using Google Analytics (such as demographic or personal interest data typically used for advertisements).

Collection of personal information

You may voluntarily provide personal information to The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for purposes such as to:

  • Participate in surveys
  • Apply for employment
  • Register for events
  • Subscribe to newsletters or email notifications

Information collected will vary depending on the purpose of collection but all information is provided voluntarily. By providing this information to the Bank, you consent to the information being used and shared as is required to fulfill the purpose of the services you requested of the services notified to you at the time of collection.

Collection of information for surveys

The Bank conducts several economic surveys, such as the Survey of Business Uncertainty, the Business Inflation Expectations Survey, and the Consumer Payments Study. Most surveys collect information from businesses rather than individuals, but survey responses may include some personally identifiable information.

Survey of Business Uncertainty

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta ("the Bank")/Chicago Booth/Stanford Survey of Business Uncertainty is a panel survey that measures the one-year-ahead expectations and uncertainties that business firms across the United States have about their own employment, capital investment, and sales. A firm's participation in this survey is voluntary, and the Bank's use of personal data is carried out with the participant's consent.

The survey collects information at an enterprise level, but includes some individual business contact information such as names and email addresses. From time to time, we will share business contact information with our survey partners at Chicago Booth or Stanford to facilitate information collection and interviews. No other information is shared without first being de-identified.

The safeguarding of this information is important to the Bank. We take precautions to secure survey information provided to us and to work only with partners who take similar precautions to safeguard this data.

Business Inflation Expectations Survey

The Business Inflation Expectations Survey measures the year-ahead inflationary sentiments of businesses located in the Sixth District of the Federal Reserve System. This is an online survey of approximately 300 panelists representing businesses of various sizes within the Sixth District. The survey collects information at an enterprise level, but includes some individual business contact information such as contact names and email addresses. A firm's participation in this survey is voluntary, and the Bank's use of personal data is carried out with the participant's consent. Information collected for this survey is not shared with third parties unless it has been de-identified.

The safeguarding of this information is important to the Bank. We take precautions to secure survey information provided to us and to work only with partners who take similar precautions to safeguard this data.

Consumer Payments Survey

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta does not collect personally identifiable information for the Consumer Payments Survey. This survey uses de-identified data obtained from the University of Southern California Understanding America Study. For more information about the Understanding America Study, please go to their web page.

Although the information the Bank obtains is de-identified, the Bank continues to take precautions to secure survey information provided to us and to work only with partners who take similar precautions to safeguard this data.

Federal Reserve Payments Survey

The Federal Reserve Payments StudyOff-site link is an ongoing effort to quantify aggregate payment volumes, payments fraud, and related information in the United States to offer a periodic benchmark of developments in the U.S. payments system to policymakers, the industry, and the public.

The information collected for this study includes:

  • Aggregated, de-identified information relating to noncash payments, cash withdrawals and deposits, third-party payments fraud, and related information provided by a nationally representative sample of commercial banks, savings institutions, and credit unions
  • Aggregated, de-identified information relating to the number and value of electronic payments, payments fraud, and related information provided by a census of major card networks, payment processors, and card issuers
  • Information relating to check payments including distribution and purpose of payments from a random sample of checks processed by the Federal Reserve Financial Services pursuant to Federal Reserve Banks Operating Circular 1, Section 7.3

We get assistance from the GCI Analytics office of McKinsey & Company and Blueflame Consulting and Research LLC for survey administration as well as data collection and analysis for the study. In working with our partners, we may have to share some firm-level and personally identifiable information. The safeguarding of this information is important to the Bank. We take precautions to secure survey information, both in transit and at rest, and to work only with partners who take similar precautions to safeguard this data. Any personally identifiable information collected for this study is de-identified as soon as possible after collection, and no personally identifiable information is retained longer than necessary.

Small Business Credit Survey

The Small Business Credit SurveyOff-site link is a national survey that provides insight into the financing needs and experiences of businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Although the survey primarily collects business-level data, some personal information may be collected when relevant to the purpose of the study, such as personal financial information for business owners who rely on personal credit. A firm's participation in this survey is voluntary, and the Bank's use of personal data is carried out with the participant's consent.

From time to time, we share data with other Federal Reserve Banks subject to confidentiality requirements. Survey information will not be shared outside of the Federal Reserve System without first being de-identified.

The safeguarding of this information is important to the Bank. We take precautions to secure survey information provided to us and to work only with partners who take similar precautions to safeguard this data.

Collection of information for job applicants

We collect information from you in connection with processing your application including:

  • Name, address, telephone number, email address, and other contact information;
  • Username and password;
  • Work authorization status;
  • Curriculum vitae résumé, cover letter, previous work experience and education information;
  • Skills;
  • Professional and other work-related licenses, permits and certifications held;
  • Criminal and driving history
  • Information relating to references; and
  • Any other information you elect to provide to us (e.g., employment preferences, willingness to relocate, current salary, desired salary, awards or professional memberships).

In certain cases, we will ask questions about race/ethnic origin, gender, and disability of our applicants, for the monitoring of equal opportunity compliance. We may also inquire about criminal records, where permitted by applicable law. Except as specifically requested or legally required, we ask that you avoid submitting information which may qualify as sensitive information under applicable law. Sensitive information includes data about race, religion, ethnicity, nationality or national origin, age, gender identity, sex life or practices or sexual orientation, marital status, medical or health information (including disability status), genetic or biometric information, biometric templates, political or philosophical beliefs, political party or trade union membership, veteran status, background check information, judicial data such as criminal records or information on other judicial or administrative proceedings.

Any information you submit for your job application must be true, complete, and not misleading. Purposely submitting inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading information may lead to rejection of your application during the application process or, if identified after employed with the company, disciplinary action including immediate termination of employment. In addition, it is your responsibility to ensure that information you submit does not violate any third party's rights.

If you provide us with personal information of a reference or any other individual as part of your application, it is your responsibility to obtain consent from that individual prior to providing the reference.

The information about you will be added to our Careers system(s) or database(s), and can be retained and used to consider you for opportunities at the Bank other than the one(s) for which you apply. If you do not wish us to do this, please contact us at ATL.Recruiting.HR@atl.frb.org.

If we hire you, personal information we collect in connection with your application may be incorporated into our human resources system and used to manage the new-hire process; any such information can become part of your employee file and used for other employment-related purposes.

We will limit access to such personal information to personnel who need to know the information for the purpose of considering your application, including personnel in the recruiting, Human Resources, and Information Technology departments, and in the department responsible for the position for which you are applying.

The Bank also shares personal information with approved third-party service providers to facilitate services provided to us, including hosting and operating the job application site, recruiting assistance, and background check processing.

Collection of contact information for all purposes, including subscriptions and events

Please note that receiving email, or other types of communications from the Bank may be a requirement of your receipt of or participation in any service you requested.  By providing your email address, or other contact information, to us, you agree to waive any claim against the Bank for any messages you may receive or any resulting harm to you or your computer from receiving such messages. The Bank assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies in any messages you receive. You can opt out of receiving these emails by following the instructions at the bottom of all emails you receive from us or by contacting webmaster@atl.frb.org.

You also authorize the Bank to maintain your name and contact information in its files and send you email notifications until you notify the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, in accordance with the procedures detailed in the email notification that you wish to unsubscribe to the service. To update your contact information, visit our subscriptions page.

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 Bank 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: Digital Strategy
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.

Sharing of personal information

Generally, any information collected via this website, whether individual or aggregate, is for the Bank's use only. The Bank will not sell or rent its email lists for commercial purposes.

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 Bank. Such personal information is only provided to, and is only used by, those parties in conjunction with the services they provide to the Bank. This may include sharing your contact information with institutions that partner with us to host conferences such as the Financial Markets Conference.
  • We may occasionally share our lists with consultants we hire to help us improve our business practices or with other Federal Reserve Banks for cross-collaboration projects.
  • 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.

We use third-party tools to distribute email communications. These tools may collect analytics information at the email address level only, to identify whether an email communication was opened, for example, and what links have been clicked. We use this information only to gauge the effectiveness of certain email communications and marketing campaigns so that we can make improvements going forward.

Maintenance of personal information

The safeguarding of personal information is important to the Bank, and we will take appropriate administrative, physical, and technical measures to protect personal information. 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.  When the Bank retains a third-party service provider to store or process personal information, that provider will be assessed for their ability to meet industry standard security measures to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the personal information.

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 Bank is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those websites. By linking to external sites, the Bank does not imply endorsement of the site's sponsor.

Links to social media and other third-party websites

The Bank 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 LinkedIn.

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

As noted above, the Bank'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 April 23, 2020.

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.