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PERS Privacy and Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions
Your Use of This Website Is Governed by These Terms and Conditions
Please take a few minutes to review this Terms and Conditions statement. Throughout the entirety of the Terms and Conditions statement, the term "OPERS website" refers to http://www.oregon.gov/PERS/index.shtml  and www2.pers.state.or.us inclusively. Your use of the OPERS website constitutes your agreement to follow these rules and to be bound by them. If you do not agree with any of these Terms, do not use the OPERS website.
 
By accessing and using the OPERS website, you agree that your access to and use of the OPERS website is subject to these terms and conditions as well as all applicable laws, as governed and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the state of Oregon, United States of America.

Correction of Errors and Inaccuracies
The information on the OPERS website may contain typographical errors or inaccuracies and may not be complete or current. We therefore reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions and to change or update information at any time without prior notice. Please note that such errors, inaccuracies, or omissions do not constitute legally binding statements on OPERS's part.

Your Password Management Responsibilities
Use of your user ID and password is the agreed security procedure to access the secure area of the OPERS website. In order to prevent unauthorized access to your accounts and to prevent unauthorized use of the OPERS website, you agree, by using the OPERS website, to keep confidential and to not give or make available your user ID and password or other means to access your accounts to any person not authorized to access your accounts. The loss, theft, or unauthorized use of your user ID and password could cause you to lose some or all of the money and/or service credit in your accounts. Disclosure of your user ID and password to any person(s) or entity(ies) constitutes authorization by you to access your accounts, and you assume all risks and losses associated with such disclosure and authorization. If you permit any other person(s) or entity(ies) to use your user ID and password or other means to access your accounts through the OPERS website, you are responsible for any transactions and activities they authorize from your accounts. You agree to immediately notify us by calling 888-320-7377 or 503-598-7377 during normal customer service hours of any unauthorized disclosure or use of your user ID and password or of any other breach of security, or if you believe someone may attempt to access the OPERS website without your consent or transact business on your account without your permission.

Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances shall OPERS or any of their employees, directors, officers, agents, vendors, or suppliers be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages arising out of or in connection with the use of or inability to use the OPERS website. This is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all losses and damages of any kind (whether general, special, consequential, incidental, exemplary, or otherwise, including without limitation, loss of data, income, or profits), whether in contract, negligence, or other tortuous action, even if an authorized representative of OPERS has been advised of or should have known of the possibility of such damages.
 
If you are dissatisfied with the OPERS website or any content on the site or with the OPERS terms and conditions, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the OPERS website. You acknowledge by your use of the OPERS website that your use of the site is at your sole risk.

Disclaimers
The OPERS website is operated by OPERS on an "as is," "as available" basis without representations or warranties of any kind. To the full extent permitted by law, OPERS and their affiliates disclaim any and all representations and warranties with respect to this site and its contents, whether express, implied, or statutory, including but not limited to warranties of title, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose or use.
 
OPERS does not endorse nor make any warranties or representations about the options or other service or data you may access, download, or use as a result of the use of the information contained on this website, or about any website you may access through the OPERS website.
 
Links to other sites are provided for convenience only. You need to make your own decisions regarding your interactions or communications with any other website.
 
OPERS makes no representation that content provided on the OPERS website is applicable or appropriate for use in locations outside of the United States.
 
OPERS assumes no risk or responsibility for your use of any of the content provided on the OPERS website.

Copyright Notice
All of the content you see and hear on the OPERS website, including, for example, all of the page headers, images, illustrations, graphics, audio clips, video clips, and text, are subject to trademark, service mark, trade dress, copyright, and/or other intellectual property rights or licenses held by OPERS, one of its affiliates, or by third parties who have licensed their materials to OPERS. The entire content of the OPERS website is copyrighted as a collective work under U.S. copyright laws, and the state of Oregon by and through OPERS owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement, and enhancement of the content.
 
The content of the OPERS website and the site as a whole are intended solely for personal, noncommercial use by the users of our site. You may download, print, and store selected portions of the content provided you (1) only use these copies of the content for your own personal, non-commercial use, (2) do not copy or post the content on any network computer or broadcast the content in any media, and (3) do not modify or alter the content in any way, or delete or change any copyright or trademark notice.
 
No right, title, or interest in any downloaded materials is transferred to you as a result of any such downloading. OPERS reserves complete title and full intellectual property rights in any content you download from this website.
 
Except as noted above, you may not copy, download, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, transmit, transfer, or create derivative works from the content without first obtaining written permission from OPERS.

Submissions
OPERS welcome your comments regarding the OPERS website. Any comments, feedback, notes, messages, ideas, suggestions, or other communications (collectively, "comments") sent to OPERS shall be and remain the exclusive property of OPERS. Your submission of any such comments shall constitute an assignment to OPERS of all worldwide rights, titles, and interests in all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in the comments. OPERS will be entitled to use, reproduce, disclose, publish, and distribute any comments you submit for any purpose whatsoever without restriction and without compensating you in any way. For this reason, we ask that you not send us any comments you do not wish to assign to us, including any confidential information or any original creative materials such as stories, product ideas, computer code, or original artwork.

Terms and Conditions May Change
OPERS reserves the right to update or modify these Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice. Your use of the OPERS website following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the Terms and Conditions as changed. For this reason, we encourage you to review these Terms and Conditions whenever you use this website.

 
Privacy Statement
Maintaining Privacy
Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) staff realize that keeping financial and demographic information secure is one of our most important responsibilities. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect member and employer information. OPERS employees are authorized to access member information for business purposes only. Our employees are bound by information security polices and a code of ethics that require confidential treatment of member information and are subject to disciplinary action if they fail to follow these requirements.

Sharing Information
OPERS does not sell or share member information collected from our website with third parties who may want to offer you their own products and services. We may share member information we collect from you online with organizations that work for us in delivering our services to our members. All organizations that act on our behalf are contractually obligated to keep the information we provide to them confidential and to use the member information we share only to provide the services we ask them to perform for you and us. We may also share information we collect about you online to outside organizations when required by law. For example, member information may be disclosed in connection with a subpoena or similar legal process in the investigation of suspected fraudulent activity.

Public Disclosure
Some of the information collected at this site becomes a public record. This includes personal information OPERS may request from you in order to provide requested services. However, certain information may be protected from general release by one or more Oregon laws. These laws include Oregon´s Public Records Law (Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 192.410-192.505). If information is protected under one of these laws, it will not be released unless a requestor qualifies to receive the information. Information that is specifically exempt from public disclosure includes:
  • employee and retiree address,
  • telephone number, 
  • other nonfinancial membership records, and
  • employee financial records maintained by the Public Employees Retirement System pursuant to ORS chapters 238 and 238A.

Secure Transmission
For secured data transmission, this site uses the industry standard encryption methodology Secure Socket Layer (SSL). The URL in your browser will change to "HTTPS" instead of "HTTP" when this security feature is invoked. Your browser may also display a lock or key symbol on its task bar to indicate secure transmission mode has been invoked. If these indicators are not present, any information is susceptible to interception by other parties. Most Internet e-mail communication will not be secure. If you are communicating sensitive information, you might want to consider sending it in by postal mail.

Information Collected When You Browse
If you do nothing during your visit to this website but browse or download information, we automatically collect and store the standard data collected by all Web server software. That information is as follows:
  1. The Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name used (but not the e-mail address). The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet IP to respond to your browser request.  Example: 122.125.36.42.
  2. The domain name (DNS) assigned on the Internet to your IP address (if there is one). Example: somename.com.
  3. The type of browser and operating system you used. Example: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible, MSIE 4.01, Windows NT, IE4WDUS-1998101501).
  4. The date and time you visited this site.
  5. The Web pages or services you accessed at this site.
  6. The website you visited prior to coming to this website. (Note: This is included so summary analysis can be done on how visitors get to our site, i.e., from a search engine, from a link on another site, etc.).

We do not track individual user navigation choices. We do, however, summarize the information listed above to determine:
  • what organizations are our most frequent users (item 2 above) to better target our content for the audience;
  • what browsers are being used on our site to determine what techniques we can use to develop pages that will work with different browsers (item 3 above);
  • how often our pages are being used (item 5 above); and 
  • by the traffic from organization names such things as the search engines that are good at directing people to the site (item 6 above).
 
For site security purposes and to ensure this service remains available to all users, this site may monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. If security monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, system personnel may provide the results of such monitoring to appropriate officials. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the state law and federal statutes, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.

Cookies
A cookie is a small text file created by a Web server and stored on your computer hard drive. OPERS uses cookies to collect non-personal information and data for site and session management purposes.
 
These cookies are written in such a way that they are only used by our website management tools or our Web applications, and these only read the cookies they place on your computer. They neither retrieve information from other cookie files nor access any other information on your computer.
 
With cookies it is possible to save unique information that the Web server can then use either while you browse or when you return to the website. Typical data saved in cookies are things such as your site preferences, the date when you last looked at a specific page, or a random number used to identify your session at a particular website.
 
Also, cookies help us measure things like how many visitors come to our website, how many of these visitors are new, and how many visitors are returning for a repeat visit. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers allowing you to deny or accept the cookie feature (refer to your browser's help function for details). While most browsers have the option allowing you to control the use of cookies, doing so might result in some features on the site not working correctly.

E-mail
If you send us an e-mail message with a question or comment that contains personal information, we will only use the information to respond to your request. However, please note that e-mails received from this site are considered public record. Certain information contained in the e-mail may be protected from general release under Oregon's Public Records Law (ORS 192.410-192.505) or Oregon's Record Privacy Law (ORS 802.175-802.191 ). This information may only be released if a requestor qualifies under the law to receive the information.

Guarding Your Information
OPERS recommends you take the following precautions to guard against the disclosure and unauthorized use of your account and personal information:
  • Never provide personal information (including full Social Security number) over the phone unless you have initiated the call and know with whom you are speaking.
  • Memorize PINs (personal identification numbers), and refrain from writing PINs or Social Security numbers where they can easily be found.
  • Immediately change pre-assigned PINs to a personally memorized PIN.
  • Do not use easily identifiable numbers such as birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, or Social Security numbers when choosing your PIN.
  • Store account statements in a safe place.
  • Never include your Social Security number in an unsecured e-mail message.

Links to Other Sites - A Disclaimer
This site may contain links to other websites as a convenience to our members. These may include links to websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. When you use one of these links, you are no longer on this site, and this privacy policy will not apply. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site.
 
When you follow a link to one of these sites, neither the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System, the state of Oregon, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the state of Oregon warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by these external sites nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from these systems and can not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of the information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity who relies on any information obtained from these systems does so at his or her own risk.