Privacy Policy



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FACTS WHAT DOES HANCOCK HOLDING COMPANY DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
 
Why? Financial companies choose how they share your personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information. Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.
 
What?

The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information can include:

  • Social Security number and income
  • Credit history and credit scores
  • Account balances and payment history
 
How? All financial companies need to share customers’ personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons financial companies can share their customers’ personal information, the reasons Hancock Holding Company (HHC) chooses to share and whether you can limit this sharing.
 
Reasons we can share your personal information Does HHC share? Can you limit this sharing?
For our everyday business purposes — such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus YES NO
For our marketing purposes — to offer our products and services to you YES NO
For joint marketing with other financial companies YES NO
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes — information about your transactions and experiences YES NO
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes — information about your creditworthiness YES YES
For our affiliates to market to you YES YES
For nonaffiliates to market to you NO WE DON'T SHARE
 
To limit our sharing: Call toll-free 888-416-4502. Our menu will prompt you through our choices.
Please note: If you are a new customer, we can begin sharing your information 30 days from the date we sent this notice. When you are no longer our customer, we continue to share your information as described in this notice. However, you can contact us at any time to limit our sharing.
 
Questions? Call toll-free 888-416-4502 and press "0" to speak with a representative.
 
 
 
Who we are:
Who is providing this notice? Hancock Holding Company is made up of a number of financial service providers such as banks, investment companies and insurance companies.
 
What we do:
How does Hancock Holding Company protect my personal information?

To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings.

We restrict access to confidential information to those employees who need to know such information to administer your account(s).

How does Hancock Holding Company collect my personal information?

We collect your personal information, for example, when you:

  • Open an account or apply for a loan
  • Pay your bills or use your debit card
  • Show your drivers license

We also collect your personal information from others, such as credit bureaus, affiliates or other companies.

Why can’t I limit all sharing?

Federal law gives you the right to limit only:

  • Sharing for affiliates’ everyday business purposes—information about your creditworthiness
  • Affiliates from using your information to market to you
  • Sharing for nonaffiliates to market to you

State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing.

What happens when I limit sharing for an account I hold jointly with someone else? Your choices will apply to everyone on your account—unless you tell us otherwise.
 
Definitions:
Affiliates

Companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

  • Our affiliates include financial companies such as our Whitney Bank, Hancock Investment Services, Inc., Harrison Finance Company, and others such as Hancock Insurance Agency.
Nonaffiliates

Companies not related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

  • Nonaffiliates we share with include companies such as direct marketing companies and check-printing companies.
Joint marketing

A formal agreement between nonaffiliated financial companies that together market financial products or services to you.

  • Our joint marketing partners include companies such as credit card companies and insurance companies.
 
Hancock Holding Company family of companies: Whitney Bank (doing business in Texas and Louisiana and doing business
as “Hancock Bank” in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida), Hancock Investment Services, Inc.(including Whitney Investment Services, Whitney Investment Services, Inc., Whitney Investment Services of Texas, Inc.), Hancock Insurance Agency
(including Whitney Insurance Agency, Inc., Whitney Insurance Agency of Texas, Inc., Hancock Insurance Agency of Alabama, Inc., and Hancock Insurance Agency of Florida, Inc.), Harrison Finance Company (including Harrison Loan Company).

WEB SITE POLICY NOTICE

At Hancock Bank, we take the issue of privacy very seriously. We understand that protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your personal and account information is of the utmost importance. You can be sure that our commitment to protect your financial information will continue under the principles and online guidelines described below.

This Online Privacy Notice (the "Notice") describes how information is collected by and through websites, mobile applications, and online interfaces that are owned, operated, or controlled by Hancock Bank (collectively, the "Sites"), including this Site, and how that information may be used and shared. The terms and disclosures in this Notice do not apply to non-consumer use of any Site and do not apply to any information describing, identifying, or relating to parties who or which are not natural persons who use a Site for consumer purposes ("Non-Consumer Users"). We may collect by or through our Sites, and use, disclose, and share, information describing, identifying, or relating to Non-Consumer Users for any purpose, subject to the requirements and restrictions of applicable law.

For purposes of this Notice, the terms "Hancock Bank," "we," "us," and "our" refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of Hancock Bank linking to this Notice. The terms "you," "your," and "yours" refer to any natural person who accesses or uses a Site for personal, family, or household purposes. By using or accessing any Site, you confirm your agreement to the terms of this Notice as may be in effect at that time.

Hancock Bank provides other online interfaces not covered by this Notice. If you visit or access your accounts from one of these sites, please review the online privacy practices of that site to understand how your online information may be collected, used and shared.

The terms and conditions of this Notice control, and by using this Site, you agree to the terms and conditions of this Notice.

Categories of Information We Collect through Our Sites – Personally Identifiable Information and Anonymous Information

We may collect and use both Personally Identifiable Information and Anonymous Information by and through our Sites. For purposes of this Notice, "Personally Identifiable Information" means any information or combination of information that we collect or use by or through a Site that identifies you personally, and "Anonymous Information" means information that we collect or use by or through a Site that does not identify you personally or contain personal identifiers about you. Personally Identifiable Information may include, for example, your name, your home address, your email address, your telephone number, your social security number, your account number, or transaction information. Anonymous Information may include, for example, information about your device or internet browser, information obtained from cookies that have been placed on your device or internet browser at our Site or at other websites you have visited, demographic information, aggregated information, blind information about how you use our products and services and about the transactions you perform using our products and services, and other information obtained through your access to or use of a Site that does not identify you personally. We may supplement the information we collect from you with information we receive about you from other sources.

How We Use Personal Information

We may use Personal Information:

  • to respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests;
  • to inform you about important information regarding the Site, products or services for which you apply or may be interested in applying for, or in which you are already enrolled, changes to terms, conditions, and policies and/or other administrative information;
  • to deliver marketing communications that we believe may be of interest to you, including, ads or offers tailored to you;
  • to personalize your experience on the Site;
  • to allow you to apply for products or services (e.g., to prequalify for a mortgage, apply for a credit card, or to open a retirement account, investment account or other financial product) and evaluate your eligibility for such products or services;
  • to verify your identity and/or location (or the identity or location of your representative or agent) in order to allow access to your accounts, conduct online transactions and to maintain measures aimed at preventing fraud and protecting the security of account and Personal Information;
  • to allow you to participate in surveys and other forms of market research, sweepstakes, contests and similar promotions and to administer these activities. Some of these activities have additional rules, which may contain additional information about how Personal Information is used and shared;
  • to allow you to use some Site financial planning tools. Information that you enter into one of these planning tools may be stored for future access and use. You have the option not to save the information;
  • collected through our social media pages and other online interactions with you to assist in verifying your identity and account status. We may combine this online information with information collected from offline sources or information we already have;
  • for business purposes, including data analysis, audits, developing and improving products and services, enhancing the Site, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of promotional campaigns;
  • for risk control, for fraud detection and prevention, to comply with laws and regulations, and to comply with other legal process and law enforcement requirements;
  • to allow you to utilize features within our Sites by granting us access to information from your device such as contact lists, or geo-location when you request certain services.

How Personal Information is Shared

Please see the Hancock Holding Company: Privacy Policy above for information on how Personal Information may be shared and how you may be able to limit certain types of sharing.

How We Collect, Use, and Share Anonymous Information

We may collect Anonymous Information:

  • Through or from your device or browser or cookies that have been placed on your browser. Certain information is collected by most browsers, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system version and Internet browser type and version. We use this information to ensure that the Site functions properly and to maintain security.
  • Using pixel tags and similar technologies. Pixel tags (also known as web beacons and clear GIFs) may be used in connection with some Site pages and HTML-formatted email messages in order to, among other functions, track the actions of users and email recipients, measure the success of our marketing campaigns and compile statistics about Site use and response rates.
  • Using your IP address. Your IP address is a number that is automatically assigned by your Internet Service Provider to the computer or device that you are using. An IP address is identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever a user visits the Site, along with the time of the visit and the pages that were visited. We use IP addresses for purposes such as calculating Site usage levels, helping diagnose server problems, and administering the Site.
  • From you. Information, such as your preferred means of communication, is collected when you voluntarily provide it. Unless combined with Personally Identifiable Information, this information does not identify you personally.
  • Using geolocation and other location information transmitted by your device, if you have enabled location services on the device.
  • By aggregating information. When we aggregate Personally Identifiable Information about numerous users of our Site, the information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Site (for example, we may aggregate Personally Identifiable Information to calculate the percentage of our users who have a particular telephone area code).

We may use, disclose, and share Anonymous Information as described in this Notice and/or for any other purpose, subject to the requirements and restrictions of applicable law. If we combine Anonymous Information with Personally Identifiable Information (such as combining your name with your geographical location), we will treat that Anonymous Information as Personally Identifiable Information as long as it is combined with Personally Identifiable Information.

Cookies

We use "cookies" to provide you with a better online experience. A cookie is a small text file that can be placed on your system when you visit a website. Cookies allow us to collect both Personally Identifiable Information and Anonymous Information, such as browser type, time spent on a website, pages visited, language preferences, and information about your relationships with us. Cookies allow us to facilitate image changes, collect anonymous aggregate website traffic, provide certain discount, promotional and reward programs to you, and personalize our services to your needs. Our Site does not require users to accept cookies, and you can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the opportunity to decide whether or not to accept it. If you choose not to accept cookies, you may experience some reduction in graphics and other personalized services. You also may need to accept cookies in order to maintain certain online advertising opt-out elections (see "How We Use Your Information for Advertising" and "Opting Out of Behavioral Advertising" sections below).

How We Use Your Information for Advertising

We may use Personally Identifiable Information or Anonymous Information in connection with our online advertising activity. Online advertisements may be in the form of banner ads, splash ads, or other formats. These advertisements may appear at our Site, and we may contract with third party advertising companies to promote our products and services and serve related advertisements on websites and mobile applications that are owned or operated by parties not affiliated with us.

In order to better understand which of our products and services may be of interest to you and to tell you about those products and services, we may from time to time collect information about your online activities over time and across third party websites and online services. We also may engage third party service providers to collect information about your online activities over time and across third party websites and online services when you use our Site. Serving advertisements based on a person’s online activities over time and across third party websites and online services is generally known as "online behavioral advertising," (hereinafter "OBA"). Here are some tips and other important information regarding online behavioral advertising:

  • If you are given an opportunity to opt out from OBA and you make an opt-out election, then in order to maintain the opt-out election at our Site and at other websites that might serve behavioral advertisements on our behalf, your browser must be enabled accept cookies. If you delete cookies, buy a new device, access our Site or other websites from a different device, login under a different screen name, or change web browsers, you will need to opt out again.
  • You also may be able to avoid OBA by disabling scripting in your browser. Please check the security settings in your browser to determine the status of scripting settings.
  • Some browsers may provide a "do not track" or similar setting. Our Site does not respond to such settings. If you enable such a setting, it will not prevent the collection of information about your online activities over time and across third party websites when you visit our Site.
  • You should be aware that even if you exercise a choice not to receive targeted advertisements in connection with OBA, your election does not necessarily stop the collection of information about your online activities over time and across third party websites and online services for purposes other than OBA.
  • You may still receive generic advertising (i.e., advertising that is not based on your online activities over time and across third party websites and online services) even if you opt out of OBA, and opting out of OBA may not result in the termination of advertising and promotions provided in connection with rewards programs we may offer.

We may share Anonymous Information with third party advertising companies with which we have contracted in order to support other targeted advertising, promotional programs that we offer.

Opting Out of Online Behavioral Advertising ("OBA")

Certain Hancock Bank ads on third-party websites feature an Advertising Options Icon, that when clicked, (i) describes the collection and uses of data gathered at the relevant third-party website and (ii) provides a way for you to opt out of data collection and use by the third parties listed for the purposes of OBA. If you choose to opt out, you may opt out by visiting www.aboutads.info/choices or by clicking on the AdChoices icon in an advertisement and following the instructions. You may also opt out of receiving behavioral ads from many sites through the Network Advertising Initiative's (NAI) Opt-Out Tool or other tools provided by the publishing platform. Bear in mind that because cookies are stored by your browser, if you use different browsers on your computer, or multiple computers and devices that have browsers and you do not wish to have cookies collect information for OBA purposes, you will need to opt out of OBA from each browser on each of the computers and devices that you use. Please note that even if you opt out of OBA, you may still receive advertisements from us; they just won’t be customized based on your web-browsing activities on third-party websites.

Protecting Your Bank Online

When you bank online with Hancock Bank, we, along with our third-party service providers who bring these services to you, have access to your information. Information is retained on our system or the system of the appropriate third-party service provider, depending upon what is required to serve your needs. We will protect your information by using those security standards which, at a minimum, meet those required of us by applicable federal and state law. We also require an I.D. and password to access your accounts. If you do not provide this information, we cannot establish an Online Banking service for you. You can also help maintain the security of your banking information by not sharing your I.D. or password with anyone, by changing your password regularly, and by remembering to sign off.

Social Media

We may from time to time use social media websites and applications (e.g., Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube® and LinkedIn®) to interact with you and to communicate information about us and about our products and services. We may collect information from our interactions with you at such social media websites and applications, and we may use the information for the purposes and uses described in this Notice. If we disclose any terms of use at specific social media pages that we manage, you also will be subject to those terms when you interact with those pages. The owners and operators of social media websites and applications may impose their own terms of use and privacy policies with respect to the use of their websites and applications. This Notice does not govern the use, handling, and treatment of content you may post at social media websites and applications by the owners and operators of those websites and applications. You should review the terms of use and privacy policies of any social media website or application that you use to make sure you understand your rights and obligations with regard to content that you post.

Medical Information

When you use our Site to apply for or to obtain or use our products and services, we will not ask you to provide any Personally Identifiable Information that is personal health or medical information except as allowed or required by applicable law and as necessary to consider your application for or to provide such products and services. To the extent you provide any Personally Identifiable Information that is medical or personal health information, we will not use or disclose such information except as allowed or required by applicable law, and we will protect such information as required by applicable law.

Security

To protect Personally Identifiable Information, we apply administrative, technical, and physical security measures. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings. In the event we share information with third party service providers or joint marketers, we restrict the ability of such parties to use or disclose the information we furnish. We also require such parties to apply appropriate security measures to protect information. Unfortunately, no data transmission or storage system can be guaranteed to be absolutely secure, and we disclaim any representation or warranty that our information security systems or those of our service providers and joint marketers are absolutely invulnerable to breach or compromise.

Links to Other Websites

The information and disclosures contained in this Notice apply only to our Sites. If you link to a third party website from our Site, the third party website will not be governed by this Notice. We recommend that you review the internet or online privacy notice for any third party website you visit, including any social media website or application.

Keeping Information Accurate

Keeping your account information accurate and up-to-date is very important. If you ever find that our records are incomplete, inaccurate or not current, please call the telephone number on your account statement or email customer service. We will correct the information as quickly as possible.

Children’s Online Privacy Policy

Hancock Bank does not collect information on our web sites from persons we actually know are under 13 years old, and no part of our web site is targeted toward any person under 13 years old. Parents can limit web site access by their children by installing programs that enable parental control of Internet access.

Children under the age of 13 are protected from the online collection of personal information by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). To learn more about COPPA visit the Federal Trade Commission's web site (www.ftc.gov).

Visitors

Visitors having specific questions regarding any information may e-mail Hancock Bank.