Disclaimer And Privacy Statement

DISCLAIMER

The San Francisco City and County Employees’ Retirement System (“SFERS”) provides this website as a service to its members, their beneficiaries and the general public.  It is intended for general informational purposes only.

SFERS makes every effort to keep the information on this website accurate and up to date. However, SFERS does not guarantee that the information on this website is current and users are advised that the information provided may not be accurate.  Further, SFERS does not certify the accuracy or authenticity of information that originates with third parties or is on third party websites linked from this website.  SFERS makes no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to the information on this website.

SFERS is established by and administered under the San Francisco Charter and Administrative Code, and further is subject to the Internal Revenue Code and various other laws, rules and regulations (collectively, the “governing authorities”), all of which are complex and subject to change.  In the event of any conflict between the governing authorities and the information on this website, the governing authorities have precedence.

The information provided on this website is not intended as legal advice, and should not be construed as providing legal advice or a legal opinion. For legal advice, members may consult an attorney knowledgeable in retirement law matters.  For information about their benefits, members are strongly encouraged to consult a SFERS Retirement Benefits Specialist.

SFERS reserves the right to make changes to this website at any time without notice.  By using this website, the user agrees that neither SFERS nor the Retirement Board is responsible or liable in any way for the accuracy or validity of the information provided, nor are they liable for any acts or omissions made in reliance on any information on this website or the consequence of such acts or omissions.  The user further agrees to release and hold harmless SFERS and the Retirement Board, and their officers, employees, agents and representatives, from any and all claims, demands, causes of actions, liabilities and damages of any kind or nature whatsoever now and in the future arising out of or in connection with the use of this website or the information provided herein.

PRIVACY STATEMENT

SFERS understands that its members’ and beneficiaries’ right to privacy is a serious matter.  This Privacy Statement reflects SFERS’ standards of disclosure and informed consent. To demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, we are disclosing our information practices.

SECURITY:

When a member enters sensitive information such as name, email address, Social Security number, or password into the website, the information is encrypted and protected.

COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION:

Email addresses, usernames and passwords SFERS collects from its members on the SFERS website enables the member to access mySFERS, the member-only portal. However, at no time is information collected without a member’s consent. SFERS is the sole owner of any personal information collected and does not sell, share, rent, or otherwise distribute any of this information.

EMAIL:

Email is not a secure platform. Information passed through email can be intercepted by third parties. For this reason, you should not communicate personal information (e.g., account information) via email.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES:

As a courtesy to our members and other users of this website, SFERS offers links to websites created and maintained by other parties. SFERS is not responsible for the material contained on any linked site or for the privacy or other practices of those sites. SFERS encourages our members to read the privacy statements and disclaimers of linked sites, as those policies may differ from ours.

FILES:

SFERS may store Internet Provider (“IP”) addresses and user browser types for statistical and systems administration purposes only. These records are analyzed to determine user interest in the various areas of our site and to improve the value of the materials available on the website. The IP addresses we store are not linked to anything that can identify a user personally: a user’s session will be tracked, but the user will be anonymous.

COOKIES:

A cookie is a string of characters sent to a user’s computer by the web browser when you visit a website. Cookies can be used for various reasons including authentication purposes and storing site preferences. SFERS may use cookies to collect information about website usage statistics, but without personally identifying individual users.

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