Corporate Privacy Policy

Corporate Privacy Policy

Revised and posted May, 2015

McGraw Hill Financial’s Customer Privacy Policy is an extension of our commitment to combine the finest quality products and services with the highest level of integrity in dealing with our Customers. The Policy guides how we collect, store, and use information about Customers and Prospects, and is periodically assessed against new technologies, business practices and our Customers' changing needs.

McGraw Hill Financial may, from time to time, modify this Customer Privacy Policy to reflect legal, technological and other developments. In that event, the changes will appear at this location.

Please note that Privacy and Cookie Notices advising Customers and Prospects as to the specific uses that are being made of their Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) by specific businesses within McGraw Hill Financial may also be modified from time to time to reflect changes in business practices. Those changes will appear in the relevant Privacy and Cookie Notice.

McGraw Hill Financial also complies with applicable non-U.S. laws that impose additional responsibilities on McGraw Hill Financial beyond those stated in this Policy, particularly in connection with the treatment of Personally Identifiable Information about its Customers and Prospects.

Our Policy recognizes two kinds of personal data that receive protection. Personally Identifiable Information, which includes, for example, email addresses, billing information, employment status, and "Click Stream" data from the use of cookies or other tools that track user activity on a website or online service. A subset of that category, Sensitive Data, receives additional safeguards. Sensitive Data includes, by way of example, Social Security numbers, personal financial data (such as specific salary, net worth or individual portfolio information) and information about specific medical conditions.

McGraw Hill Financial is committed to using all reasonable efforts to abide by the following Policy statement:

  1. Collection. Personally Identifiable Information will only be collected to the extent that McGraw Hill Financial deems reasonably necessary to serve a legitimate business purpose. Please be aware that if you disclose Personally Identifiable Information on website message boards or chat areas, that information may be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited communications from third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of McGraw Hill Financial.
  2. Notification. Customers and Prospects will be notified (usually at the point where Personally Identifiable Information is collected) as to the uses the business may make of the Personally Identifiable Information collected from them.
  3. Choice: Opt-Out for External Distribution of Personally Identifiable Information. Customers and Prospects will be given the opportunity to refuse permission for External Distribution of their name, address or other Personally Identifiable Information through an Opt-Out mechanism. External Distribution does not include certain limited distributions such as sharing Personally Identifiable Information with an entity working on behalf of McGraw Hill Financial to serve our customers; transfer of Personally Identifiable Information in conjunction with the sale or similar transfer of a business; or the disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information in connection with legal proceedings, investigations of crimes or other wrongdoing. However, sharing Personally Identifiable Information with an entity working on behalf of McGraw Hill Financial or transferring Personally Identifiable Information in conjunction with the sale or similar transfer of a business is considered an Onward Transfer and will be handled as described below.
  4. Security. Appropriate safeguards will be implemented in an effort to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of Personally Identifiable Information about our Customers and Prospects.
  5. Access: Review and Correction. Procedures have been developed through which Customers and Prospects can, upon request, review and correct the Personally Identifiable Information that has been collected from them by McGraw Hill Financial.  These procedures may not, however, compromise the security, integrity and privacy of either McGraw Hill Financial’s own proprietary databases or databases licensed from third-party companies.;
  6. Sensitive Data. The collection and use of Sensitive Data carries with it special obligations and responsibilities in order to maintain the data's security, integrity and privacy. Sensitive Data will not be rented or otherwise made available for External Distribution outside McGraw Hill Financial (although it may be made available through Onward Transfer as described below). Customers and Prospects will be given the opportunity to refuse permission for their Sensitive Data to be distributed outside of the business that collected the Sensitive Data through use of an Opt-Out mechanism for Internal Distribution within McGraw Hill Financial.
  7. Onward Transfer. Whenever McGraw Hill Financial permits a third party outside of McGraw Hill Financial to access Personally Identifiable Information through either External Distribution or Onward Transfer, commercially appropriate procedures will be followed to help ensure that the Information is used only for authorized purposes and by authorized persons in a manner consistent with the choices Customers and Prospects have made under this Policy, and that the security, integrity and privacy of the information is maintained. Please note that our websites may contain links to other websites that have their own privacy policies and practices. While McGraw Hill Financial will employ commercially appropriate procedures to help ensure that your information is only used for authorized purposes as described above, McGraw Hill Financial cannot make any guarantees with respect to the actions or policies of such third parties.

Questions and comments? McGraw Hill Financial’s Customer Privacy Policy has been developed out of respect for the privacy preferences and choices of our Customers and Prospects. We have established procedures to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to address your concerns. Each business within McGraw Hill Financial has designated a Privacy Official to implement our Customer Privacy Policy for its respective Customers and Prospects. The Privacy Official’s contact information is on each of our business’s websites that collect data from you.

The Corporation has a standing Privacy & Information Security Committee (the “Committee”), which oversees implementation of and compliance with our Policy and will adapt the Policy to reflect changes in technology and Customer expectations.

The Co-Chairs of the Committee are also charged with handling unresolved Customer concerns. You can reach the Co-Chairs by writing to McGraw Hill Financial’s Corporate Privacy Manager at privacy@mhfi.com or Privacy, McGraw Hill Financial, 1200 G Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005. MHFI  conducts periodic reviews of our business units’ compliance with the Policy, including an annual compliance review, the results of which are shared with senior management. Please read our Corporate Privacy and Cookie Notice, which applies specifically to any PII that may be collected through our Corporate website.