As one of the nation’s leaders in the debt collection and receivables management industry, Financial Recovery Services, Inc. is committed to conducting its business affairs and relationships according to the rules and guidelines that are compliant with industry self-regulatory principles set forth by the American Collectors Association (ACA), the Debt Buyers Associations (DBA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and various state banking regulatory agencies. We realize the importance of consumer privacy and accept our responsibility to keep consumer and customer nonpublic personal information private and safe.
FRS’ website is located at www.fin-rec.com (its "website") is not intended for individuals less than the age of eighteen and FRS does not knowingly collect data relating to individuals less than the age of eighteen.
Nothing in this Privacy Notice is intended to contradict your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. FRS will not disclose any information to third parties that is otherwise prohibited by the FDCPA.
2. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act:
On November 12, 1999, the president signed Public Law 106-102, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. (“G-L-B” Act”).
Under the GLB Act, all financial institutions must provide notification to each of their customers outlining their specific privacy policies related to the sharing of nonpublic personal information. If the institution does or intends to share such information with a nonaffiliated third party, they must first provide the customer with the option to request an opt-out. If the customer elects to opt-out, the nonpublic information may not be shared with any nonaffiliated third parties except under certain circumstances.
3. Customer Defined:
A “customer” is a consumer who has a “customer relationship” with the institution. A “customer relationship” means a continuing relationship with the debt buyer or the “financial institution.”
4. Nonpublic Personal Information Defined:
Nonpublic personal information is defined as any personally identifiable financial information provided by the consumer to obtain a financial product; or resulting from transactions with that product; or information the “financial institution” obtains about the consumer in connection with that product (e.g., credit bureau information). For example: Social Security number; driver’s license numbers (in some states); place of employment or work telephone number; non-listed home phone; where the consumer banks; details about the particular account. Other examples of nonpublic personal information include: account balances; payment histories; transaction history; or any information that discloses that this individual has a financial relationship with the institution. This type of information is governed and restricted by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
5. Public Personal Information Defined:
Public personal information (or information which the “financial institution” reasonably believes is publicly available) can be disseminated without restriction under the Act and regulations; this type of information includes:
Motor vehicle ownership, drivers’ license information (in some states) and real estate ownership data, which have been, derived from public records; addresses and phone numbers from paper or electronic. Information obtained from any website which can be accessed by anyone without restriction (paying a fee for this information is not a restriction). Information about a debtor that is publicly available in court records (e.g., banks successfully garnished for a debtor; employers successfully garnished for a debtor; existence of a debtor’s Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 filings) are examples of “public personal information” not subject to this regulatory regime.
These “public” data can be exchanged with third parties without privacy notices because the data is not “nonpublic personal information.” HOWEVER, as a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), there are other restrictions on disclosure of any data about a debtor and his/her debt that are NOT supplanted or superseded by the privacy regulations.
6. Privacy Notifications:
Privacy notifications will be sent to every account that Financial Recovery Services, Inc. has purchased and whereby a “customer relationship” has been created. All active accounts that maintain a “customer relationship” according to the Act’s definition will receive annual privacy and opt out notifications.
7. Authorized Access to Customer Information:
Access to “customer” information is restricted to legitimate Financial Recovery Services, Inc. business and is limited to only those employees’ that have a legitimate purpose. All unauthorized access to customer information is strictly prohibited.
The Act does not prohibit the sharing or transfer of “public personal information” nor does it prohibit any lawful utilization of such information for legitimate business purposes. However, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is applicable to third party disclosures and inquiries.
9. Conformance with Applicable Industry Standards and “Certifications”:
Financial Recovery Services will adapt and comply with the security and operating Standards applicable to the asset recovery industry and required by FRS clients. Such Standards include, but are not limited to, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), the ISO27001, the SSAE16 (SOC 1 or SOC 2), and the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act.
10. Information We Collect:
We may have collected the following categories of personal information from consumers within the last 12 months. Inclusion of a category indicates that we may collect some information in that category. It does not mean that we collect all information listed in that category in all situations.
|Categories of Personal Information||Examples of Specific Types of Personal Information Collected||Collected||Purpose|
|Identifiers||A real name, alias, postal address, email address, telephone numbers, Internet Protocol address, account number, Social Security number, date of birth, or other similar identifiers.||Yes||
|Personal Information Categories||A name, signature, Social Security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information. Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories.||Yes||
|Protected classification characteristics||Age (40 years or older), veteran or military status||Yes||
|Internet or other electronic network activity information||Information regarding a consumer’s interaction with an Internet Web site, application, or advertisement.||Yes||
|Geolocation data||Physical location.||Yes||
|Professional or employment-related information||Current or past job history.||Yes||
|Non-public education information (per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99)).||Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records.||Yes||
|California Residents - Sensitive Personal Information||Government-issued identifying numbers, such as a driver’s license, passport or social security number, financial account details that allow access to an account, such as a credit card number and access code||Yes||
|Non-California Residents - Sensitive Personal Information||Genetic data, precise geolocation, race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, union membership, contents of mail email or text messages, biometric data related to your unique identification.||Non-California Residents Sensitive Personal Information||
11. How We Use Your Information
Financial Recovery Services will only use your information if we have your permission or we have another legal reason for using it. These reasons may include:
For example, FRS may use your personal information for authentication purposes, to update your contact information and to process payments on your account. Financial Recovery Services will retain your personal data in line with its retention policy and will delete the information once it is no longer needed, after which it will be deleted or anonymized.
Personal information is collected solely for the purpose of debt recovery in a lawful manner and remains part of our records until we determine the information is no longer needed, or we are required by law to delete such information. We will collect the minimum amount of data necessary to collect a debt.
Sensitive personal information is collected only as necessary to perform our services, process payments, maintain or service your account, to ensure security and integrity regarding the use of such personal information, and to verify or maintain the safety and quality of the Services. Sensitive personal information is not collected with the purpose of inferring characteristics about you. We do not collect “sensitive” personal information as that term is defined in certain states.
We will not collect additional categories of personal information or use the personal information we collected for materially different, unrelated, or incompatible purposes without providing you notice. We do not sell and will not sell your personal information. We also do not “share” your personal information as that term is defined in the California Privacy Rights Act.
12. We do not sell and will not sell your personal information
13. How We Collect Your Information
Financial Recovery Services collects your personally identifiable information when you update your personal information on the website and when you make a payment, either by credit card or by check.
We collect most of this personal information directly from our clients for whom we provide services to, as well as from you by telephone, written correspondence through the mail, email or fax, by viewing public social media/network pages, or other information available online. However, we may also collect information:
FRS may share personally identifiable information it collects with its employees who need to know that information to service your account. Except as provided below, FRS does not share or disclose any personally identifiable information to any company or marketing group external to FRS. FRS may share your personal information with third parties to the extent it is reasonably necessary to manage or service your account, verify employment, determine location, process payment, fulfill a transaction, provide customer service, or as otherwise authorized by law. Aggregated information may be derived from your personal data, but does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity.
Further, FRS may disclose personally identifiable information (i) to another entity with which FRS enters or reasonably may enter into a corporate transaction, such as, for example, a merger, consolidation, acquisition, or asset purchase, (ii) to a third party pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process or in response to a request by or on behalf of any local, state, federal, or other government agency, department, or body, whether or not pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, or in connection with litigation brought against, or on behalf of, FRS, where appropriate, (iii) to a third party if determined by FRS in its sole judgment that such disclosure is appropriate to protect the life, health, or property of FRS or any other person or entity, all in compliance with applicable law, (iv) to third parties as authorized or designated by you, or (v) to conduct any other legitimate business activity not otherwise prohibited by law. The foregoing is not intended to obviate or displace any legal obligations or duties applicable to FRS.
Except as necessary for FRS to provide the services, information, or products requested by a website user, or except for the disclosures identified in the preceding paragraphs, the user may opt out of having his or her personally identifiable information, which has been voluntarily provided to FRS through or from its website, prospectively retained by FRS, used by FRS for secondary purposes, or disclosed by FRS to third parties.
E-mail posted or sent to FRS may not be secure against interception by unauthorized individuals. To protect against interception by unauthorized individuals, or because we cannot verify your identity, we may be unable to respond to e-mail requests concerning accounts placed for collection unless you have requested or authorized us to do so.
Sharing your information with Consumer Reporting Agencies
Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) collect and maintain information on consumer and business credit profiles on behalf of organizations in the United States. We may share information about you with CRAs and may carry out periodic searches with them to verify your identity or manage your account.
Details of your account(s) with us may be sent to CRAs and recorded by them. This information may be supplied by CRAs and may be used and searched by us and other organizations, such as debt collection agencies, in order to:
FRS may furnish account information to Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union.
You have a right to obtain an annual copy of your credit file from CRAs by visiting
15. Hyperlinks (Third-party links)
The Website contains hyperlinks that allow you to leave the Website and go to the website of a third-party. FRS has no control over the services and/or websites of third parties that are linked to. The use of these services and/or websites of third parties may be subject to a different privacy statement and/or conditions. This privacy statement of FRS only relates to (personal) data obtained within the framework of the FRS performing services on the account or the Website. FRS does not accept any responsibility or liability for (the operation, content, and/or privacy practices of) services and/or websites of third parties. We suggest you review the privacy policies of any linked websites you visit.
Financial Recovery Services may collect certain computer and browser information through automated technologies such as cookies and web beacons when you visit our website. Cookies are small pieces of (text) information that are sent to your browser when you visit the website to identify the browser or to store information or settings in the browser. They are then stored on the hard disk or in the memory of your equipment. The browser can send this information back on your next visit to the website. The cookies placed via the website cannot damage your equipment or the files stored on it. Web beacons (also known as internet tags, pixel tags, or clear GIFs) link web pages to web servers and their cookies may be used to transmit information collected back to a web server.
17. Your Choices
FRS offers you certain choices in connection with the personal data it collects from you, including:
Your FRS Account: You may review, update and correct your contact information, including your telephone number and email address, after logging in to the website, or by calling our office.
Your Choice to Decline Cookies: You may adjust your browser settings to decline cookies if you do not want to accept FRS' cookies. However, declining cookies may affect proper operation of FRS' website.
Your Payments: You can elect not to utilize the payment portal of FRS' website and not to make payments via credit card or check.
If you have any questions regarding any of these choices, please contact FRS.
Our Contact Address is:
Financial Recovery Services, Inc.
1345 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Toll-free Telephone Number: 866-438-2860
18. How Long We Keep Your Information
FRS will retain your personal data until we determine the information is no longer needed to fulfill the business or legal purposes described in this Privacy Notice, or as otherwise required for legal compliance purposes. Aggregated information may be maintained indefinitely as it does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity.
19. How We Protect Information
FRS has implemented physical, electronic, and procedural security safeguards to protect against the unauthorized release of or access to personal information. We employ internal and external system safeguards designed to protect confidentiality and security of personal information.
The confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to or from FRS via the website or via e-mail cannot be, and is not, guaranteed. You acknowledge that the technical processing and transmission of the website’s content may be transferred unencrypted and involve: (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to confirm and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.
We will collect the IP Address of all visitors to the FRS website for internal security and other proprietary purposes. We do not release this data outside of our corporate team nor utilize the data other than for internal purposes.
If any questions arise about security, please contact FRS using the information provided above.
20. Your Options
If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact FRS by doing one of the following:
If you choose to contact directly by [email/phone/in writing], you will need to provide us with:
We are not obligated to make a data access or data portability disclosure if we cannot verify that the person making the request is the person about whom we collected information, or is someone authorized to act on such person’s behalf. To prevent anyone other than you, or your authorized agent, from exercising the options to know or to delete with respect to your personal information, we follow procedures to verify your, or your agent’s, identity. These procedures seek to confirm that the person making a request is the person about whom we have collected personal information or that person’s authorized agent. The verification procedures involve matching data points that you provide with your request against information about you we already have in our records and that we have determined to be reliable for purposes of verifying your identity. We will use information you provide in your completed request form to verify your identity, and we may request additional information if necessary to complete the verification process.
21. Data Controller
FRS is the data controller and responsible for your personal data.
Questions, comments, and complaints about FRS’s data practices can be submitted to:
Financial Recovery Services, Inc.
1345 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Toll-free Telephone Number: 866-438-2860
22. Links To Other Websites
Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
23. Privacy Notice Changes
FRS may change this Privacy Notice at any time. Notice of any new or revised Privacy Notice, as well as the location of the new or revised statement, will be posted on the website after the change. It is the obligation of users visiting the website before the change to learn of changes to the Privacy Notice since their last visit.
If there are material changes to the privacy statement or in how we will use your personal data, we will notify you by prominently posting a notice of such changes before they take effect or by directly sending you a notification.
Effective Date: 05/31/2023