We collect only the minimum amount of personally identifiable information (PII) we need, whether it is to assist with your issue or to work on consumer issues broadly.
Personally identifiable information is defined as "information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, either alone or when combined with other information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual."
Before we collect PII we tell you what we are collecting, why we are collecting it, and how we are going to use it. We work to ensure that the PII we have about you is accurate, relevant, timely, and complete.
Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs)
Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) identify and mitigate privacy risks. We conduct our PIAs using a standard template based on a series of questions about how we ensure consistency with each principle.
System of Records Notices (SORNs)
System of Records Notices (SORNs) describe personal information that we receive, why we receive it, how we use it, and why and how we may share it.
We take protecting your personal digital privacy extremely seriously. We have outlined consumerfinance.gov policies and procedures on the collection, use, and disclosure of your information.
As a matter of discretion, the CFPB will treat any PII that it maintains in its mixed systems of records as being subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act, regardless of whether or not the information relates to U.S. persons covered by the Privacy Act.
Amend information on record
If you know or suspect that the CFPB has information about you that is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely, or incomplete, the Privacy Act allows you to request that the information be corrected or amended.
File a privacy complaint
We take your privacy seriously, and have created a process by which you can formally file a complaint with our Chief Privacy Officer.
Disclosures of records and information
Read the final rule that established procedures for the public to obtain information from the CFPB, and learn how to submit your request and consent forms.