California Consumer Privacy Act Disclosure
Effective Date: January 1, 2020
Updated last: December 2, 2022
This California Consumer Privacy Act Disclosure explains how Synovus Bank and its corporate affiliates (collectively “Synovus,” “we” or “us”) collect, use, and disclose personal information relating to California residents covered by the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”). This notice is provided pursuant to the CCPA.
Under the CCPA, ‘Personal Information’ is information that identiﬁes, relates to, or could reasonably be linked directly or indirectly with a particular California resident. The CCPA, however, does not apply to certain personal information subject to privacy laws, such as Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
The speciﬁc Personal Information that we collect, use, and disclose relating to a California resident covered by the CCPA will vary based on our relationship or interaction with that individual. For example, this Disclosure does not apply with respect to information that we collect about California residents who apply for or obtain our ﬁnancial products and services for personal, family, or household purposes. For more information about how we collect, disclose, and secure information relating to these customers, please refer to our Synovus Privacy Notice, Synovus Digital Privacy Statement and our Safety and Security Page.
Collection and Disclosure of Personal Information
Synovus Consumer Privacy Notice Synovus Digital Privacy Statement provide consumers information concerning the privacy of personal information. The notice provides detailed information about our collection/disclosure practices and how we collect and use your personal information.
In the past 12 months, we may have collected and disclosed to third parties for our business purposes, the following categories of Personal Information relating to California residents covered by this disclosure:
- identiﬁers, such as name and government-issued identiﬁer (e.g., Social Security number, driver’s license number, and passport number);
- personal information, as deﬁned in the California safeguards law, such as contact information and ﬁnancial information;
- characteristics of protected classiﬁcations under California or federal law, such as sex and marital status;
- commercial information, such as transaction information and purchase history;
- biometric information, such as fingerprints;
- internet or network activity information, such as browsing history and interactions with our website;
- geolocation data, such as device location and Internet Protocol (IP) location;
- audio, electronic, visual and similar information, such as call and video recordings;
- professional or employment-related information, such as work history and prior employer;
- education information, such as student records and directory information; and
- inferences drawn from any of the Personal Information listed above to create a proﬁle about, for example, an individual’s preferences and characteristics.
Third parties that assist us with our business operations also collect and use information (including Personal Information) through the sites and may share the collected information with us. For example, our service providers collect and share information with us to analyze the performance of the Sites and to detect and prevent fraud. We also may share information with third party service providers upon your request.
The categories of third parties to whom we disclosed Personal Information for our business purposes described in this privacy disclosure are:
- Aﬃliates and Subsidiaries of Synovus
- Businesses, Vendors and Service Providers who we partner with to provide services such as website hosting, data analysis, payment processing, order fulﬁllment, preventing and detecting fraud, information technology and related infrastructure, customer service, email delivery, marketing and marketing research activities
- Partners and Third Parties who provide services such as payment, banking and communication infrastructure, storage, legal expertise, tax expertise, notaries, and auditors, who promote the bank and its ﬁnancial services and products to customers and other prospective customers
- Other Third Parties who enable customers to conduct transactions online and via mobile devices, support mortgage and fulﬁllment services, loan processes and aggregators (at the direction of the customer)
- Government Agencies as required by laws and regulations
How We Collect and Use Your Personal Information
Categories and sources from whom we collect Personal information:
- Directly from you or your guardian/representatives
- Website, Mobile App Activity, and Social Media
- Our Third Parties and Service Providers from which we collect personal information or market data as part of providing products and services, completing transactions, or supporting operations
- Outside merchants or business partners such as credit card or lending partnerships, or corporate clients
- Outputs from analytics
- Information from our affiliates or subsidiaries
- Public records or publicly available data
Use of Personal Information
In the past 12 months, we may have used Personal Information relating to California residents to operate, manage, and maintain our business, to provide our products and services, and to accomplish our business purposes and objectives, including the following:
- Performing services, including maintaining or servicing accounts, providing customer service, processing or fulﬁlling orders and transactions, verifying customer information, processing payments, providing ﬁnancing, providing advertising or marketing services, providing analytic services, or providing similar services
- Detecting security incidents, protecting against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, and prosecuting those responsible for that activity
- Short-term, transient use where the information is not disclosed to a third party and is not used to build a proﬁle or otherwise alter an individual consumer’s experience outside the current interaction, including, but not limited to, the contextual customization of ads shown as part of the same interaction
- Auditing related to a current interaction and concurrent transactions, including, but not limited to, counting ad impressions to unique visitors, verifying positioning and quality of ad impressions, and auditing compliance with this speciﬁcation and other standards
- Undertaking activities to verify or maintain the quality or safety of a service controlled by us, and to improve, upgrade, or enhance the service controlled by the business
- Debugging to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality
- Undertaking internal research for technological development and demonstration
- Complying with laws and regulations and to comply with other legal process and law enforcement requirements (including any internal policy based on or reﬂecting legal or regulatory guidance, codes or opinions)
Sale of Personal Information
In the past 12 months, we have not “sold” Personal Information subject to the CCPA. We do not and will not sell your personal information. For purposes of this Disclosure, “sold” means the disclosure of Personal Information to a third-party for monetary or other valuable consideration.
Consumer Access Request
Rights under the CCPA
If you are a California resident, you have the right to:
- Request we disclose to you free of charge the following information covering the 12 months preceding your request:
- the categories of Personal Information about you that we collected;
- the categories of sources from which the Personal Information was collected;
- the business or commercial purpose for collecting Personal Information about you;
- our business or commercial purpose for disclosing the categories of personal information about you;
- the categories of personal information that we disclosed about you for a business or commercial purpose
- the categories of third parties to whom we disclosed Personal Information about you and the categories of Personal Information that was disclosed (if applicable); and
- the speciﬁc pieces of Personal Information we collected about you.
- Request we delete Personal Information we collected from you; and
- Be free from unlawful discrimination for exercising your rights under the CCPA
To complete a request for access/delete we will acknowledge receipt of your access/delete request and advise you how long we expect it will take to respond if we are able to verify your identity. To look into your request, we will verify your identity, by collecting additional Personal information such as Driver’s License, State ID, or Military ID (front and back). Requests for speciﬁc pieces of Personal Information will require additional information to verify your identity.
If you submit a request on behalf of another person, we may require proof of authorization and veriﬁcation of identity, such as Driver’s License, State ID, or Military ID directly from the person for whom you are submitting a request.
In some instances, we may not be able to honor your request. For example, we will not honor your request if we cannot verify your identity or if we cannot verify that you have the authority to make a request on behalf of another individual. Additionally, we will not honor your request where an exception applies, such as where the disclosure of Personal Information would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of another consumer or where the Personal Information that we maintain about you is not subject to the CCPA’s access or deletion rights.
We will advise you in our response if we are not able to honor your request. We will not provide social security numbers, driver’s license numbers or government issued identiﬁcation numbers, ﬁnancial account numbers, health care or medical identiﬁcation numbers, account passwords or security questions and answers, or any speciﬁc pieces of information if the disclosure presents the possibility of unauthorized access that could result in identity theft or fraud or unreasonable risk to data or systems and network security.
We will work to process all veriﬁed requests within 45 days pursuant to the CCPA. If we need an extension for up to an additional 45 days in order to process your request, we will provide you with an explanation for the delay.
How to Exercise Your Rights
If you are a California resident, completing a request for yourself or on behalf of someone else you may submit a request by:
- Contacting us using our toll-free number: 1-888-SYNOVUS (1-888-796-6887)
- Submitting a request using our webform at: Synovus Privacy Request
Questions or Concerns
For further information about this disclosure or our practices, please call 1-888-SYNOVUS (1-888-796-6887).
Synovus may change or update this Disclosure from time to time. When we do, we will post the revised Disclosure on this page with a new revision date.