Privacy Policy

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PPM America, Inc., PPM Loan Management Company 2, LLC and PPM Funds (collectively, “PPM”, “we”, “us” or “our”, as applicable) are committed to keeping nonpublic information about clients and potential clients secure and confidential. We do not disclose your information to anyone except as required by law, described in this policy, or as you otherwise permit. Most importantly, we do not sell your information to anyone.

Personal Information Collected Within the Past 12 Months

Below is a list of the categories of personal information we have collected within the past 12 months. We did not necessarily collect all the specific pieces of personal information listed for any given person or category. Please note that these personal information categories are as they are set forth under California law.

Category 
Collected
Identifiers such as a real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, social security number, driver’s license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers.
Yes

Any categories of personal information described in Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e):

“Personal information” means any information that identifies, relates to, describes, or is capable of being associated with, a particular individual, including, but not limited to, his or her name, signature, social security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information. “Personal information” does not include publicly available information that is lawfully made available to the general public from federal, state, or local government records.

Yes
Characteristics of protected classifications under California or federal law: sexual orientation; race; national origin; medical conditions; disability (physical or mental); genetic information; military or veteran status; status as a victim of domestic violence assault, or stalking; gender identity and gender expression; color; religion; sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions); age (40 or older); marital status; political affiliates or activities. Yes
Commercial information, including records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies. Yes
Biometric Information Yes
Internet or other electronic network activity information, including, but not limited to, browsing history, search history, and information regarding a consumer’s interaction with an Internet Web site, application, or advertisement. Yes
Geolocation Data No
Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information. No
Professional or employment-related information No
Education information, defined as information that is not publicly available personally identifiable information as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99). No
Inferences drawn from any of the information identified in this chart to create a profile about a consumer reflecting the consumer’s preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes. No

Categories of Sources from Which Personal Information is Collected

We receive personal information through two primary means: information you provide us directly and information we collect automatically.

Information you provide to PPM. In the course of serving you as someone associated with a corporate or institutional client, PPM obtains personal information about you principally through requests by email or telephone. Obtaining this information is important to our ability to fulfill your requests and deliver the highest level of service. PPM also works with the third parties listed below to collect personal information that you provide on their website to access online and mobile advertisements for PPM products and services that we think may be of interest to you. We do not control and are not responsible for the actions or privacy practices of such other websites (whether accessed through an advertisement, service or content link) and urge you to review such practices prior to submitting any information to such websites.

Third Parties
LinkedIn

Digital Analytics Information. While we do not collect personal information from anyone who is merely visiting or browsing our website, to enhance our visitors' usability of the PPM website, we use digital analytics tools (e.g. Google Analytics) to understand and optimize performance. This may include, but is not limited to, the collection of IP addresses and information about what pages visited, and average time on pages. To learn more about how Google uses the information, visit Google’s Privacy & Terms at http://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites.

When interacting with our PPM email marketing materials, our systems automatically log information about your interaction with that email as well as information about your computer or mobile device. For example, our system logs when you open an email from us, what links in our emails you select, your IP address, your computer or mobile device operating system name and version, browser and email client type, how long you spent on a page, and information about your use of and actions on the email newsletter. If you currently receive PPM email marketing materials but wish to stop receiving these communications, please follow the opt-out instructions contained within the email message from PPM.

Business Purposes for Which We Collect Personal Information

Use of your personal information depends on your relationship to PPM. We did not necessarily collect all the specific pieces of personal information listed above for any one specific business purpose, but rather, we used personal information, generally, in the below circumstances. Except as indicated below, PPM retains personal information pursuant to its document retention policy which is in accordance with our governing laws and regulations.

  • To perform services on behalf of PPM and our clients that are reasonably necessary and proportionate for those services. For example, personal information may be needed to maintain or service accounts as would be expected by an average consumer, process or fulfill orders and transactions, process payments and transactions, verify personal information, providing financing, or similar services on behalf of PPM or its service providers.
  • Performing due diligence. For example, we may need to conduct research or evaluate individuals in connection with an investment or sale on behalf of our clients or with respect to a corporate restructuring, merger or acquisition or similar proceeding.
  • Pursuant to law or regulation. For example, we might use the information you provide us to verify your identity or identify individuals within your organization to help fulfill certain legal or regulatory requirements.
  • Interacting with our service providers. For example, PPM may receive personal information during the course of our business relationship for onboarding, background checks, or, depending on your relationship to PPM, as required to attest to PPM’s compliance policies and code of conduct.
  • As part of a corporate transaction. For example, a transaction with a successor or affiliate or in connection with any acquisition, merger or sale of assets.
  • To detect security incidents. For example, to protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, and to prosecute those responsible for that activity.
  • Verify, maintain or enhance quality of a product, service or device. For example, we provide our employees with the ability to opt-in to providing their unique biometric data as a method of authenticating their identity to unlock devices owned by PPM (i.e., fingerprint ID on iPads), pursuant to our Biometric Information Policy. However PPM does not use or have access to Biometric Identifiers stored on those devices, nor does PPM sell, lease, trade, share, disclose or disseminate, or profit from any Biometric Identifiers.
  • Respond to your requests or questions, or for other purposes that do not infer characteristics. For example, we might use the information you provided us to respond to your questions or feedback.

For those who interact with our PPM email marketing materials or our website, we collect and use your information to as indicated below.

  • Provide relevant news and information, including for short-term, transient use. For example, we might use your information to customize your experience with us and help us better understand your interests and needs so that we can improve your experience with our online content or provide contextual advertising for other services.
  • Improve our website, products or services. For example, we might use anonymized information to enhance your experience with us or improve content on our websites.

 

Sharing or Selling Personal Information

PPM does not sell or share consumer personal information with “third parties”, as defined by California law.

Disclosing Personal Information

In order to run our business and provide our services and products, there are occasions where we may disclose your personal information with affiliates and non-affiliated third parties that perform support services for PPM. These parties are subject to agreements that require them to maintain the confidentiality of your information and to use it only in the course of providing such services. We will also share information if you so direct or with your consent, if we are compelled by law or regulation, as part of a corporate transaction with a successor or affiliate or in connected with any acquisition, merger or sale of assets, or in other circumstances as permitted by law (for example, to protect your account from fraud). PPM has not disclosed personal information for a business purpose to “third parties”, as defined by California law, within the last 12 months.

California-Specific Privacy Rights

California-specific privacy rights. California consumers have certain privacy rights granted under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) This section sets out those rights and provides individuals a form to submit privacy data requests. Below is a list of privacy rights regarding your personal information under California law:

  • Right to know what personal information a business has collected, including the categories of personal information, the categories of sources from which personal information is collected, the business or commercial purpose for collecting, selling, or sharing personal information, the categories of third parties to whom a business discloses personal information, and the specific pieces of personal information the business has collected.
  • Right to request PPM delete your personal information that the business has collected, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Right to correct inaccurate personal information that the business maintains.
  • Right to opt-out of the sale or sharing of personal information, if sold or shared by a business.
  • Right to limit the use or disclosure of sensitive personal information by the business if the business uses or discloses sensitive personal information for reasons other than those set forth in section 7027(m) of the CCPA.
  • Right not to receive discriminatory treatment by the business for the exercise of privacy rights conferred by the CCPA, including an employee’s, applicant’s, or independent contractor’s right not to be retaliated against for the exercise of their CCPA rights.

We do not discriminate against you, for example, by offering a different level of service for exercising any of these rights. While the CCPA also provides California residents with the right to opt-out of sales or sharing of personal information to third parties, it is important to know we do not sell or share your personal information and within the last 12 months PPM has not sold or shared consumer personal information with “third parties”, as defined by California law. We have no actual knowledge that we sell or share the personal information of consumers under 16 years of age. Additionally, we do not use or disclose sensitive personal information for purposes other than as specified in section 7027(m) of the CCPA, and we do not collect or process sensitive personal information to infer characteristics.

Instructions for submitting a California consumer request. Should you wish to exercise any of the above rights, please use this link to submit a request, or if you received this notice in a printed format or are otherwise unable to complete the form, please email PPMPrivacyOperations@ppmamerica.com. Upon submission of your request we will take commercially reasonable steps to verify your identity and, if applicable, your authorized agent’s identity before granting access or making any changes to your personal information. You will be required to verify your identity by providing general information such as your first name, last name, and email address. In some instances we may reach out to you directly to provide other information, such as your mailing address. Only you, or an agent authorized to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information.

We will make good faith efforts to provide you with access to your data when you request it, but there may be circumstances in which we need not provide access as allowed by law, including but not limited to instances where the information contains legal privilege, where your identity could not be verified, or where the information may compromise yours or others’ privacy or other legitimate rights. If we determine that access should be restricted in any particular instance, we will provide you with an explanation of why that determination has been made and a contact point for any further inquiries. 

Additionally, under California Civil law, Californians are entitled to request information relating to whether a business has disclosed personal data to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. Californians who wish to request further information about our compliance with this statute should contact us at privacy@ppmamerica.com or at PPM America, 225 West Wacker Dr., Suite 1200, Chicago, Illinois 60606. This section on California-Specific Privacy Rights was last updated on December 30, 2022.

Use of Cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored within the web browser on your computer by the websites you visit. Cookies are widely used to improve browsing experience and help websites function more efficiently. The cookies we use enable certain functionality of the website and facilitate website usage analysis. This will enable us to continually improve the website and our systems. The cookies do not hold any personal information about you. We do not associate any data gathered from cookies with any of your personal information. From our website, PPM may place cookies on your computer. There are two types of cookies that we use:

  • Session cookies - these cookies are temporarily created when you visit our website. When you leave the website all session cookies are deleted.
  • Persistent cookies - these cookies remain on your computer for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time you visit our website which created that particular cookie.

Many Internet browsers allow you to adjust your cookie preferences or delete existing cookies. If you set your browser to reject cookies, you should be aware that certain website features may not be available to you or may not function correctly. Certain Internet browsers may provide you the choice to set "Do Not Track" preferences, to limit the collection of information about your online activities over time and across third party websites or online services. PPM’s systems do not respond to Internet browser "do not track" signals or similar mechanisms.

Links to Third-Party Sites

The PPM website may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of any such other website (whether accessed through an advertisement, service or content link) and urge you to review such practices prior to submitting any information to such websites.

Safeguarding Information

We recognize that information security is a crucial topic. To protect information, we've utilized an information security program to protect the integrity of our systems and applications. We implemented precautions throughout our organization, as well as our affiliates, including, where appropriate, the following: password protection, multi-factor authentication, encryption, TLS, firewalls, and internal restrictions on who may access data to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.

We restrict access to personal information to authorized employees and in some cases to third parties as permitted by law. In addition to the requirements in this policy, we maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to guard sensitive information. We adhere to these standards even after a business relationship ends.

Changes to Policy

This policy provides a general statement of the ways in which PPM protects your personal information. You may, however, in connection with specific products or services offered by PPM, be provided with privacy policies or statements that supplement this policy. PPM reserves the right to change its privacy policy or any supporting or related policies or procedures at any time. If there are any changes to the terms of this privacy policy, documents containing the revised policy will be updated, including our website at the PPM Privacy Policy, or at http://ppmamerica.com/privacy-policy, and will be effective immediately. Contact us at privacy@ppmamerica.com should you have any questions about this privacy policy, our privacy commitments or our website.

Employees should review the Jackson Financial, Inc. Associate Privacy Notice available at https://www.jackson.com for information on the categories of personal information that may be collected from and for employees and why PPM or its affiliates collect such information.

This policy was last updated on December 30, 2022.