.Privacy and Security

 

Your Privacy Is Important to us

In the course of serving you as an individual client or as someone associated with a corporate or institutional client, wbt may obtain personal information about you.

Obtaining this information is important to our ability to deliver the highest level of service to you, but we also recognize that you expect us to treat this information appropriately.

This policy describes the types of personal information we may collect about you, the purposes for which we use the information, the circumstances in which we may share the information and the steps that we take to safeguard the information to protect your privacy.

As used throughout this policy, the term “wbt” refers to The World Business Trade  and its affiliates.

The Sources of Information

The personal information we collect about you comes primarily from the account applications or other forms and materials you submit to wbt during the course of your relationship with us.

We may also collect information about your transactions and experiences with wbt relating to the products and services wbt provides.

In addition, depending on the products or services you require, wbt may obtain additional information about you, such as your credit history, from consumer reporting agencies.

Finally, in the provision of financial services to you and subject to strict compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, information may be collected about you indirectly from monitoring or other means (e.g. recording of telephone calls and monitoring e-mails).

In these circumstances, the information is not accessed on a continuous or routine basis, but it may be used for compliance or security purposes.

The Information We Have about You

If you deal with wbt in your individual capacity (e.g. as a private client), or as a settlor/trustee/beneficiary of a trust, or as an owner or principal of a company or other investment vehicle established to invest on your behalf or on behalf of your family, etc., the typical information we collect about you would include:

  • Your name, address and other contact details;
  • Your age, occupation and marital status;
  • Extensive financial information, including source of wealth, investment experience and objectives, risk tolerance and, in certain jurisdictions, representations required under applicable law or regulation concerning your financial resources;
  • A head and shoulders photograph from, as applicable, your passport, national identity card or driver’s license, as required by laws and regulations addressing due diligence and related matters; and
  • A personal identifier such as, depending on your country of residence, your Social Security Number, National Insurance Number, Tax File Number, etc.

If you are an employee/officer/director/principal, etc. of one of our corporate or institutional clients, the typical information we collect about you personally would include:

  • Your name and contact details;
  • Your role/position/title and area of responsibility; and
  • Certain identifying information (e.g. passport photo, etc.) as required by laws and regulations addressing money laundering and related matters.

Of course, you are not required to supply any of the personal information that we may request. However, failure to do so may result in our being unable to open or maintain your account or to provide services to you.

While we make every effort to ensure that all information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up to date, you can help us considerably in this regard by promptly notifying us if there are any changes to your personal information.

Our Use of Your Personal Information

We may use your personal information to:

  • Administer, operate, facilitate and manage your relationship with wbt. This may include sharing such information internally as well as disclosing it to third parties, as described in the following two sections, respectively;
  • Contact you or, if applicable, your designated representative(s) by post, telephone, electronic mail, facsimile, etc., in connection with your relationship;
  • Provide you with information (such as investment research), recommendations, or advice concerning products and services offered by wbt; and
  • Facilitate our internal business operations, including assessing and managing risk and fulfilling our legal and regulatory requirements.

If your relationship with wbt ends, wbt will continue to treat your personal information, to the extent we retain it, as described in this policy.

Disclosures of Your Personal Information within wbt

In order to provide efficient and reliable services and to improve product and service options available to you, more than one entity within wbt may be given, or given access to, your personal information.

When sharing your personal information, we adhere to applicable legal and industry standards regarding the protection of personal information.

Disclosures of Your Personal Information to Third Parties

wbt does not disclose your personal information to third parties, except as described in this policy.

Third party disclosures may include sharing such information with non-affiliated companies that perform support services for your account or facilitate your transactions with wbt, including those that provide professional, legal or accounting advice to wbt.

Non-affiliated companies that assist wbt in providing services to you are required to maintain the confidentiality of such information to the extent they receive it and to use your personal information only in the course of providing such services and only for the purposes that wbt dictates.

We may also disclose your personal information to fulfill your instructions, to protect our rights and interests and those of our business partners or pursuant to your express consent.

Finally, under limited circumstances, your personal information may be disclosed to third parties as permitted by, or to comply with, applicable laws and regulations; for instance, when responding to a subpoena or similar legal process, to protect against fraud and to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement or regulatory authorities or with organizations such as exchanges and clearinghouses.

You should know that wbt will not sell your personal information.

Information Security: How We Protect Your Privacy

wbt is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information.

We limit access to your personal information to authorized wbt employees or agents and, as described above in Disclosures of Your Personal Information to Third Parties, our service providers are held to stringent standards of privacy.

We also maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect the information against loss, misuse, damage or modification and unauthorized access or disclosure.

Privacy and the Internet

The following additional information will be of interest to you as a visitor to this site:

• “Cookies” are small text files that may be placed on your Web browser when you visit our Web sites or when you view advertisements we have placed on other Web sites.

The information derived from cookies is used for administrative purposes, to help us gauge the effectiveness of advertising efforts, and to improve your experience with our Web sites.

Cookies also make it easier for you to navigate a wbt Web site by, among other things, “remembering” your identity so that you do not have to input your password multiple times as you move between pages or services.

Cookies also may be used to serve you wbt advertisements when you visit Web sites of third parties with whom we have marketing relationships.

You can set your Web browser to inform you when cookies are set, or to prevent cookies from being set.

However, if you decline to use cookies, you may experience reduced functionality and, for sites serving authentication-related cookies, declining cookies will prevent you from using the Web site altogether.

• “Clickstream” data (e.g., information regarding which of our Web pages you access, the frequency of such access, and your product and service preferences) may be collected by wbt itself, or by our service providers, using cookies, Web beacons, page tags, or similar tools that are set when you visit our Web site or when you view an advertisement we have placed on another Web site.

Clickstream data and similar information may be shared internally within wbt and used: for administrative purposes; to assess the usage, value and performance of our online products and services; to improve your experience with our Web sites; and as otherwise permitted by applicable law or regulation.

If you are a wbt client, this information helps us suggest products or service offerings that may be of interest to you. This information may be processed by us for the purposes described above, or on our behalf by third parties, solely in accordance with our instructions.

• When you visit this site, your browser may be momentarily directed to the Web site of an ad server or other third party service provider.

This re-direction process will not be apparent to you.

These third party Web sites automatically receive your IP address when this happens, and they may also collect information from your interaction with our Web sites including computer and connection information, standard Web log information, and ad information.

Such information does not identify you individually.

wbt may make available on this Web site third party applications such as content linking or sharing facilities. Information collected by providers of such applications is governed by their privacy policies.

Other Privacy Policies or Statements; Changes to Policy

This policy provides a general statement of the ways in which wbt protects your personal information.

You may, however, in connection with specific products or services offered by wbt, be provided with privacy policies or statements that supplement this policy.

This policy may be changed from time to time to reflect changes in our practices concerning the collection and use of personal information.

The revised policy will be effective immediately upon posting to our Web site.

You are entitled to access any personal data about you held by wbt by sending a written request to the applicable individual identified below.

You may be required to supply a valid means of identification as a security precaution to assist us in preventing the unauthorized disclosure of your personal information.

We will process your request within the time provided by applicable law. You are also entitled to have wbt modify or delete any information that you believe is incorrect or out of date.

wbt may occasionally contact you by post, telephone, electronic mail, facsimile, etc., with details of products and services that we believe may be of interest to you.

If you do not wish to be contacted in this way, if you wish to exercise your rights of correction and access, or if you require further information regarding our privacy policies and practices in the above-referenced regions, please contact wbt.