Last updated: November 2018.
The information in this privacy statement applies only to this website.
We at Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. (“Consolidated”) respect your right to privacy. We understand that maintaining the confidentiality of your financial situation is important to you. We want you to understand what information we gather about you, how we use it, and the safeguards we have in place to protect it. We also want you to understand that in connection with a request for our assistance, you may ask us to intervene with your creditors on your behalf, and that the sharing of certain non-public information with them is a necessary part of the credit counseling process.
The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for this web site. Information Automatically Logged:
IP Address – We Use Your IP Address For Other Purposes
IP addresses are automatically logged and the domain name which you are using at the time of entry is also logged to a file. This information is stored purely as a means of viewing web site hits and traffic. This information is not given to any third parties for any reason, and is eradicated from our database on a regular basis. IP addresses are not used for any purpose other than those stated here.
Cookies are used as a means of identifying repeat visitors. Changing your web browser’s setup to “reject” cookies does not prevent a user from visiting any portion of this website.
Our Principles for Privacy Protection
Our site’s registration and Online forms require users to give us contact information (like their name, email, or postal address). Due to the nature of this web site, financial information is also requested on a voluntary basis from the visitor. Consolidated does not share your financial information with any non-affiliated third parties other than those who help us in providing assistance to you, and they are required to maintain it in strict confidence. We do not rent or sell your personal financial information to any outside marketer. We maintain security practices and procedures designed to ensure the security, integrity, and confidentiality of your personal financial information. We educate our employees about safeguarding client information and preventing unauthorized access, disclosure or use, while limiting employee access to client information to those who need it to assist you.
Off-Line/Email Data Collection ConsolidatedCredit.org only collects a limited amount of financial information from consumers on their online forms. However, during the credit counseling session which is done through face-to-face conversations, telephone calls, and e-mail communications, additional information may be requested.
What information do we collect?
We collect non-public personal information about you from the following sources:
- Information we receive from you on applications or other forms, whether submitted through the Internet or manually, as well as through face-to-face conversations, telephone calls, and e-mail communications. This information may include your name, address, telephone and social security number, as well as your creditors’ names and addresses, the amounts you owe your creditors and their account numbers, credit card account information, and your living expenses.
- You may provide us with certain banking information, via the Internet, on the phone or in person, in order to process ACH payments.
- Information about your transactions with us.
- Information we receive from your creditors.
What information do we disclose?
We may disclose the following kinds of non-public personal information about you in the course of providing credit counseling services on your behalf:
- Information we receive from you on applications or other forms and from other communications with you, such as your name, address, financial account numbers, Social Security number, assets and income.
- Information about your transactions with us, such as your account balance, monthly payment obligations, payment history, and method of payment.
To whom do we disclose information?
We do not disclose any non-public personal information about our clients, or former clients to anyone, except as noted below in response to a court order, when required by law or when we believe in good faith disclosure is required by law or to enforce our terms and conditions or other agreements and polices. We may disclose non-public personal information about you to your financial service provider creditors such as banks, saving and loans, credit unions, mortgage bankers, finance companies, and credit card issuers. For the purpose of fulfilling our mission and providing you with certain services and to process your requests and payments, we may disclose your personal information to one or more service providers or other third parties who are assisting us in performing such services. Without limiting the foregoing, these third parties may provide us with data management, payment processing, and similar services. Additionally, in the event that you fail to complete a program you enroll in, information may be referred to a servicing agent to contact you to provide additional financial services that you may want to consider.
How do we protect information?
Only those employees or servicing agents obligated to maintain the confidentiality of information who might need to know non-public personal information in order to provide assistance to you have access to such information.
This site contains links to other sites. Consolidated is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. The contents of such websites are unknown and in no event, should you assume that Consolidated condones, approves of, or recommends the content of any website that is linked from the Consolidated pages or any other pages of this website. Complaints about the content of any linked site from the Consolidated pages should be directed to the owner of that site and not Consolidated.
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Information, if any, submitted for use by visitors is kept strictly confidential. Only the information visitors provide and authorized by the visitor is used for the purpose it was submitted.
Short Message Service
You acknowledge and agree that the SMS Service is provided via wireless systems which use radios (and other means) to transmit communications over complex networks. You must have a two way text-enables phone with compatible carrier and plan. Compatible major carriers include Alltel Wireless, AT&T, Boost Mobile, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Virgin Mobile USA. We do not guarantee that your use of the SMS Service will be private or secure, and we are not liable to you for any lack of privacy or security you may experience. You are fully responsible for taking precautions and providing security measures best suited for your situation and intended use of the SMS Service. We may also access the content of your account and wireless account with your carrier for the purpose of identifying and resolving technical problems and service-related complaints.
By joining our subscription program you authorize Consolidated Credit to send you autodialed marketing text messages at the mobile number provided. Consent isn’t required to purchase goods or services.
You may opt out of receiving messages to your mobile device at any time by notifying us. You may remove your information by replying with “STOP”, “END”, “QUIT”, “UNSUBSCRIBE”, or “CANCEL” to any SMS you receive or by going to https://members.consolidatedcredit.org.
We use third-party web beacons from Yahoo! to help analyze where visitors go and what they do while visiting our website. Yahoo! may also use anonymous information about your visits to this and other websites in order to improve its products and services and provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by Yahoo! click here or visit https://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/opt_out/targeting/details.html
Third Party Analytics Software
We are using the information collected by a web services analytics provider to help analyze where visitors go and what they do while visiting our website. We may also use anonymous information about your visitors to this and other websites that subscribe to this service, in order to improve our products and services.
This site gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided. You can go to https://members.consolidatedcredit.org to submit your request.
If you prefer that we do not send you email communications, you may opt out of those services, that is you may direct us not to use your email address as part of our marketing efforts. If you wish to opt out of email communications, you may do so by emailing email@example.com, by replying to an existing email with your request to be removed from the mailing list or click here.
Questions or Corrections?
Licensed by the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Healthcare Administration. Licensed by the New York State Banking Department, 5701 W. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33313
The Commissioner of Financial Regulations for the State of Maryland will accept questions and complaints from Maryland residents regarding Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc., license # 14-9 at 500 North Calvert Street, Suite 402, Baltimore, MD 21202-3651 or toll free at 1-888-784-0136.
Licensed by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (Lic. #0010559)
530 W. Allegan Street, 7th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
The Michigan Debt Management Act requires that the following provisions of the Act be prominently displayed in our office:
451.423 Initial fee; consent of creditor; presumption.
- When a licensee establishes a debt management plan for a debtor, the licensee may charge and receive an initial fee of $50.00.
- A licensee shall attempt to obtain consent to participate in a debt management plan from at least 51%, in number or dollar amount, of the debtor’s creditors within 90 days after establishing the debt management plan. If the required consent is not actually received by the licensee, the licensee shall provide notice to the debtor of the lack of required consent and the debtor may, at its option, close the account. If the debtor decides to close the account, any unexpended funds shall be returned to the debtor or disbursed as directed by the debtor.
451.424 Contract between licensee and debtor; requirements.
- A contract between a licensee and debtor shall include all of the following:
- Each creditor to which payments will be made and the amount owed each creditor. A licensee may rely on records of the debtor and other information available to it to determine the amount owed to a creditor.
- The total amount of the licensee’s charges.
- The beginning and termination dates of the contract.
- The principal amount and approximate interest charges of the debtor’s obligations to be paid under the debt management plan.
- The name and address of the licensee and of the debtor.
- Any other provisions or disclosures that the director determines are necessary for the protection of the debtor and the proper conduct of business by a licensee.
451.428 Fee under debt management plan; purchase of credit reports or educational materials and products; charge for cancellation or default; when contract effective; cancellation of contract; excessive charge.
- In addition to the fee described in section 13(1), a licensee may charge a reasonable fee for providing debt management services under a debt management plan. The fee under this subsection shall not exceed 15% of the amount of the debt to be liquidated during the express term of the plan.
- A licensee may offer a debtor the option to purchase credit reports or educational materials and products, and charge a fee to the debtor if the debtor elects to purchase any of those items from the licensee. Fees charged under this subsection are not subject to the 15% limitation on fees described in subsection (1).
- Except for a cancellation described in subsection (4), in the event of cancellation of or default in the performance of the contract by the debtor before its successful completion, a licensee may collect $25.00 in addition to any fees and charges of the licensee previously received by the licensee. This $25.00 fee is not subject to the 15% limitation on fees and charges under subsection (1).
- A contract is in effect when it is signed by the licensee and the debtor and the debtor has made a payment of any amount to the licensee. The debtor has the right to cancel the contract until 12 midnight of the third business day after the first day the contract is in effect by delivering written notice of cancellation to the licensee. A cancellation described in this section is not subject to, and a licensee shall not collect, the fee described in subsection (3).
- If a debtor fails to make a payment of any amount to a licensee within 60 days after the date a payment is due under a contract, the licensee may, in its discretion, cancel the debt management contract if it determines that the plan is no longer suitable for the debtor, the debtor fails to affirmatively communicate to the licensee the debtor’s desire to continue the plan, or the creditors of the debtor refuse to continue accepting payments under the plan.
- A licensee shall not contract for, receive, or charge a debtor an amount greater than authorized by this act. A person that violates this subsection, except as the result of an inadvertent clerical or computer error, shall return to the debtor the amount of the payments received from or on behalf of the debtor and not distributed to creditors, and, as a penalty, an amount equal to the amount overcharged.
Oregon Registration #DM-80031
Indiana – We do not lend money.
Licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission- License #DC-32
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