The Minnesota College Savings Plan is required to inform you of your rights as they pertain to the private and confidential information collected from you and that is about you. Private data about you (the account owner) and any minor beneficiary, such as birth date, Social Security Number, and banking information, is required to open a 529 plan account. The private data you provide is used by the Minnesota College Savings Plan to verify your identity, and the identity of the beneficiary of the 529 plan account.
You are not legally required to provide your private data or private data of the beneficiary(ies), but without it, you and the beneficiary(ies) cannot open or benefit from a 529 plan account. If you provide private data about you and the beneficiary(ies), such data may be shared with employees of any service provider of the 529 plan program and employees of the State of Minnesota or any of its departments or agencies whose work reasonably requires access to your data. Private data may also be shared with any other entities or individuals authorized by state or federal law to receive your data, including via court order. Personal data may be shared upon court order or provided to the state or legislative auditor.
Information we may collect
We, on behalf of the Plan, may collect personal information about you, the successor account owner, and beneficiary from various sources to provide information requested by you about the Plan, as well as to transact business with you, including to service and maintain your account in the Plan. We may obtain this personal information (which may include Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and date of birth belonging to the account owners, successor account owner and beneficiary) in any of the following ways:
- you provide it on the Plan enrollment form ("Application");
- you provide it on other Plan forms;
- you provide on the Plan's website, or it is collected through "cookies" and similar text files;
- you provide it during consultations;
- you provide it on sweepstakes or promotional materials;
- we obtain it to complete your requested transactions;
- third parties the account owner authorizes to provide information to the Plan; or
- third parties the account owner designates to have access to the Plan.
How your information is shared and used
We do not disclose your personal information to any third parties so that they can market their products and services to you.
As permitted by law or contract, we may disclose your information to those service providers, affiliated and non-affiliated, hired by us on behalf of the Plan and which need the information to respond to your inquiries and/or to service, maintain your account, and improve the Plan's ability to serve you and enhance your Plan benefits.
The affiliated and non-affiliated service providers who receive your personal information may use it to:
- process your Plan transactions;
- provide you with Plan materials;
- mail you Plan account statements;
- mail, email, or digitally provide you Plan communications; and
- maintain the Plan website.
These service providers provide services at TFI's direction and include marketing agencies, fulfillment companies, printing, and mailing facilities. Under their agreements with TFI, these service providers are required to keep your personal information confidential and to use it only for providing the contractually required services.
For your convenience, the Plan has arranged with TFI to display your account information at TIAA.org, the website of TFI’s affiliate, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (including its financial affiliates, collectively, “TIAA”), in the event that you hold a retirement plan account or a retail financial account with TIAA. Your Plan account information shall only be shared for this limited purpose. However, if you prefer not to share your information with TIAA in this manner, you may opt-out in the Plan website.
In addition, we may be required by law to disclose your personal information to government agencies and other regulatory bodies (for example, for tax reporting purposes or to report suspicious transactions).
Security of your information
TFI protects the personal information you provide against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, destruction, loss, or misuse. Your personal information is protected by physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in accordance with federal and state standards. These safeguards include appropriate procedures for access and use of electronic data, provisions for the secure transmission of sensitive personal information on the Plan's website, and telephone system authentication procedures.
Notice about online privacy
The personal information that you provide through the Plan’s website is handled in the same way as the personal information that you provide by any other means, as described above. This section of the notice gives you additional information about the way in which personal information that is obtained online is handled.
Online enrollment, account access and online transactions
When you visit the Plan’s website, you can go to pages that are open to the general public or log onto protected pages to enroll in the Plan, access information about your account or conduct certain transactions on your account. Once you have opened an account in the Plan, access to the secure pages of the Plan’s website is permitted only after you have created a User ID and password by supplying your Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number, Account Number and zip code. The Username and Password must be supplied each time you want to access your account information online. This information serves to verify your identity.
When you enter personal data into the Plan’s website (including your Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number and your password) to enroll or access your account online, you will log in to secure pages where we use Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol for protecting information.
To use this section of the Plan website, you need a browser that supports TLS encryption and dynamic web page construction.
If you provide personal information to effect transactions on the Plan website, a record of the transactions that you have performed while on the site is retained by the Plan.
Other personal information provided by you on the plan website
If you decide not to enroll online and you want to request Plan enrollment materials to be mailed to you, speak with a consultant, attend a Plan webinar, or you want to subscribe to receive additional Plan information, you can click on various sections of the Plan’s website (i.e., the Contact Us, MN 529 at Work or request e-communications directly from the homepage) to provide your name, mailing address and email address, respectively. The personal information you provide on the Plan's website will be stored and used to market the Plan more effectively.
When you visit the Plan's website, we may collect information about your use of the site through "cookies." Cookies are small bits of information transferred to your computer's hard drive that allows us to know how often a user visits our site and the activities they are most interested in performing. By visiting the Plan's site, you are deemed to accept such cookies to enable you to take full advantage of specific services offered. We may also require you to accept cookies placed by a third party supporting this activity on behalf of the Plan.
The cookies collect certain technical and navigational information only, such as computer browser type, internet protocol address, pages visited, and average time spent on our websites. In addition, we capture the paths taken as you move from page to page (i.e., your "click stream" activity). This information allows us to enhance your experience while on our site.
Internet tracking disclosure
We do not have the protocol that offers you the choice to opt out of Internet tracking. You may reset your web browser to enable do not track functionality if your browser supports it.
Online Behavioral Advertising
Online Behavioral Advertising is a marketing approach where information is collected about consumers and their browsing behavior and used to share ads targeted at their interests.
You may opt out of Online Behavioral Advertising by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) and following the opt-out instructions.
Note: Opting out of Online Behavioral Advertising will not remove advertisements from the pages you visit. You will simply see general advertisements that aren’t targeted at your interests.
Obtaining additional information
You may call the Plan toll-free at 1-877-338-4646 or write to the Plan at Minnesota College Savings Plan, P.O. Box 219455, Kansas City, MO 64121-9455.
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DCD: July 2023