Congress recently passed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which deals in part with how financial institutions treat nonpublic personal financial information. Newman Dignan & Sheerar, Inc. (NDS) has always been committed to maintaining customer confidentiality. We appreciate this opportunity to clarify our privacy practices for you as a result of this new law.
Newman Dignan & Sheerar, Inc. (referred to as “ND&S”) maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to protect its clients’ nonpublic personal information (“information”). Through this policy and its underlying procedures, ND&S attempts to secure the confidentiality of customer records and information and protect against anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of customer records and information.
It is the policy of ND&S to restrict access to all current and former clients’ information (i.e., information and records pertaining to personal background, investment objectives, financial situation, tax information/returns, investment holdings, account numbers, account balances, etc.) to those employees and affiliated/nonaffiliated entities who need to know that information in order to provide products or services to the client. ND&S may disclose the client’s information if ND&S is: (1) previously authorized to disclose the information to individuals and/or entities not affiliated with ND&S, including, but not limited to the client’s other professional advisors and/or service providers (i.e., attorney, accountant, insurance agent, broker-dealer, investment adviser, account custodian, etc.); (2) required to do so by judicial or regulatory process; or (3) otherwise permitted to do so in accordance with the parameters of applicable federal and/or state privacy regulations. The disclosure of information contained in any document completed by the client for processing and/or transmittal by ND&S in order to facilitate the commencement/continuation/termination of a business relationship between the client and a nonaffiliated third party service provider (i.e., broker-dealer, investment adviser, account custodian, insurance company, etc.), including information contained in any document completed and/or executed by the client for ND&S (i.e., advisory agreement, client information form, etc.), shall be deemed as having been automatically authorized by the client with respect to the corresponding nonaffiliated third party service provider.
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Should you have any questions regarding the above, please contact William Newman, Chief Compliance Officer.