Privacy Policy


VISITOR AGREEMENT AND TERMS OF SERVICE

Welcome to the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia's (TRS) website (the/this "Site"). Please read this visitor agreement and terms of service; by visiting and using this Site, you accept the following terms:

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

The Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) makes no representations, guarantees, or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided on this Site. Nothing on the site is either a legal reference or a complete statement of the laws or administrative rules of the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia. In any conflict between this information and Georgia laws or administrative rules, the laws and administrative rules shall prevail.

The information provided on this Site does not necessarily represent the official position or views of the TRS Board of Trustees, TRS, or the State of Georgia. TRS does not provide personal legal advice, through this Site or otherwise, to the public or TRS members or annuitants or their respective representatives or beneficiaries. TRS accepts no responsibility for any errors appearing on this Site.

TRS specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from providing the Site or the information it contains, including any websites maintained by third parties and linked to the TRS Site. TRS does not endorse any products, vendors, consultants, or documentation referenced in or linked to or from this Site or any other website. Any mention of vendors, products, or services is for informational purposes only.

DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

Even with daily monitoring of the Site, TRS can not guarantee that our Site will be error-free. You agree to use our Site at your sole risk. You understand that you are solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from any material and/or data downloaded from or otherwise provided through our Site.

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

As a general rule, TRS does not disclose any personally identifiable information collected at this Site except where you have given us permission, or where the information is public information under the Georgia Open Records Act O.C.G.A. § 50-18-70 et seq., or other applicable laws. Visitors should be aware that information collected by The State of Georgia and TRS on their websites may be subject to examination and inspection, if such information is a public record or not otherwise protected from disclosure.

When you visit this Site, the following information may be collected:

  • The name of your domain;
  • An IP address;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access the Site;
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to this Site;
  • The pages you visit within the Site; and
  • The links made to other websites from this Site.

This information is collected for statistical analysis using third-party or proprietary software programs to create summary statistics. The statistics are used for the purpose of determining what information is of most and least interest to all visitors and identifying system performance or problem areas in order to better plan future Site enhancements. This information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes.

If, during your visit the Site you voluntarily provide personally identifiable information, such information could be collected. Examples of personally identifiable information may include:

  • Your name, address, or phone number;
  • An e-mail address if you are communicating to us through e-mail;
  • Information you voluntarily submit to TRS for the purposes of completing or submitting an application or form online;
  • Other information volunteered, such as vendor profile/contact information, survey information or content of e-mail.

In general, please note the information collected, whether or not personally identifiable, is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video and other graphic formats you send us. Information is retained and used in accordance with existing laws, rules, regulations, and other policies.

ACCESSING YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION

As a service, TRS provides customers with online access to their own account information. User IDs and passwords are required, and data encryption and third-party verification is used to protect your account information. In order to access your account information through this Site, you will need to provide your user ID and password. In order to establish your user ID and password, you must provide your Social Security number and birth date. Accessing your account information online is voluntary. If you choose not to utilize our online member account information service, you will still be able to use all other features of the Site.

If you find your account contains inaccuracies or needs to be updated, please contact TRS and provide updated information.

COOKIES

This Site may occasionally use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser providing a method of distinguishing among visitors to the Site. Cookies created on your computer by using this Site do not contain personally identifiable information and do not compromise your privacy or security. Via parameters on your browser, you can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer at any time.

SECURITY

Several tools, policies and protocols are used to safeguard the submission of information through this Site. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day operations of this Site in our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

For services requiring personal information or online financial transactions, the Site uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption protocol to safeguard your sensitive personal information. Information is encrypted from your computer to this Site

In order to further secure your privacy, do not divulge any passwords or sensitive information (e.g. account number) to anyone in a phone call or e-mail. When you are finished with those applications that are password protected, it is always recommended that you close or otherwise exit the browser page.

TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS, and COPYRIGHTS

All trademarks, service marks or copyrights appearing on this Site and other linked websites are trademarks, service marks, or copyrights of their respective owners.