Legal Notices

The Federal Reserve Banks provide this Web Site as a convenience to our customers, depository institutions and the public. By using this Web Site or the information, data or materials provided on this Web Site, you acknowledge and agree to the following terms and conditions. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, do not use this Web Site. The Federal Reserve Banks reserve the right to change the terms and conditions at any time without notice. You understand and agree that your continued use of this Web Site after the date on which these terms and conditions have changed constitutes your acceptance of the new terms and conditions.

Disclaimers and Limitations

The Federal Reserve Banks may periodically update the information made available on this Web Site, but make no commitment to do so. Any conclusions that users draw from the information presented here are theirs and are not to be attributed to the Federal Reserve Banks. The views expressed on this Web Site may not necessarily reflect the views of any Federal Reserve Bank or of the Federal Reserve System.

This Web Site may provide relevant links to web sites outside of the Federal Reserve Banks (hereafter “External Web Sites”) as an additional resource for our users. External Web Sites may also link to this Web Site (External Web Sites that are linked to this Web Site or that are linked to by this Web Site shall be referred to as “Linked Web Sites”). Linked Web Sites are not under the control of the Federal Reserve Banks. Linked Web Sites may contain material that is protected under copyright or other laws with restrictions on use. The Federal Reserve Banks make no warranty, express or implied, nor assume any liability or responsibility for any information that is available on any Linked Web Site. Neither inclusion of links to External Web Sites nor External Web Sites’ inclusion of links to this Web Site imply the Federal Reserve Banks’ sponsorship, endorsement, recommendation or approval of the External Web Sites, the entities or organizations managing the External Web Sites, any views expressed on the External Web Sites or any products or services offered.

This Web Site may also publish information made available from third parties. The Federal Reserve Banks make no warranty, express or implied, nor assume any liability or responsibility for any third party information. The Federal Reserve Banks do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness of third party information or endorse the views or opinions given by any third party content provider, even if such content may include input from one or more Federal Reserve Banks.   The provision of third party information is for general informational purposes only, does not constitute a recommendation and is not intended to provide legal or business advice.

The Federal Reserve Banks do not warrant that any information contained on this Web Site does not defame any individual or entity or infringe upon any individual’s or entity’s rights of privacy or publicity.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS PROVIDE NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, COMPLETENESS, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, QUALITY AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF ANY INFORMATION ON THIS WEB SITE. ALL INFORMATION, DATA AND MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY OTHER KIND OF DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF INFORMATION, OR ATTORNEY’S FEES) THAT ARE IN ANY WAY DUE TO, RESULTING FROM, OR ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THIS WEB SITE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, INCLUDING LIABILITY FOR ANY VIRUSES WHICH MIGHT INFECT A USER’S COMPUTER SYSTEM.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, you release and waive all claims against the Federal Reserve Banks and their officers, directors, employees and agents from any and all liability for claims, damages, costs and expenses (including litigation costs and attorney’s fees) of every kind and nature, arising from or in any way related to your use of this Web Site. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Federal Reserve Banks and their officers, directors, employees and agents from and against all claims, damages, costs and expenses (including litigation costs and attorney’s fees) of every kind and nature, arising from or in any way related to your use of this Web Site.

Applicable Law

This Web Site is controlled and operated by the Federal Reserve Banks from their offices in the United States of America. By entering this Web Site you acknowledge and agree that this Web Site will only be construed and evaluated according to the laws of the United States, and in the absence of controlling federal law, with the laws of the State of Illinois. When using this Web Site you agree to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws. If you use this Web Site from locations outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with any and all applicable laws of that or any other applicable location.

Appropriate Use

This Web Site contains copyrighted material, trademarked material and other proprietary information, including but not limited to text, software, graphics, logos and button icons that are the property of the Federal Reserve Banks or third parties. Users may not reproduce, modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, of any copyrighted, trademarked or proprietary information owned by Federal Reserve Banks, except as expressly authorized by the Federal Reserve Banks. The Federal Reserve Banks cannot grant permission to use copyrighted material, trademarked material or other proprietary information owned by third parties.

Any unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, to defeat or circumvent security measures or to utilize this Web Site for reasons other than its intended purposes are prohibited.

The Federal Reserve Banks do not permit the use of their name in advertising, as an endorsement for any product or service, or for any other commercial purpose.

Registration

Some features on this website require registration. By registering and in consideration of your use of this website, you shall provide true, accurate, current, and complete information about yourself. You shall maintain and promptly update registration information to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete.

Some features on this website that require registration also require use of a password. You shall maintain the confidentiality and security of your password and registration identification. You are solely and fully responsible for all use of your account and for any actions that take place using your account. If you have any reason to believe or become aware of any loss, theft, or unauthorized use of your password, you must notify the Federal Reserve Bank Services webmaster immediately.

In registering or using this website, you shall not (1) create an account for anyone other than yourself, (2) attempt to cloak or conceal your identity; and (3) share your password, let anyone else access your account, or take other actions that might compromise the security of your account.

The Federal Reserve Banks may terminate your account and remove or discard all or any part of your registration data or user content at any time for any reason without prior notice.

Trademark and Service Mark Notices

The following are marks owned by one or more of the Federal Reserve Banks:

  • The Financial Services logo is a registered trademark or service mark of the Federal Reserve Banks.
  • “FedFocus” is a service mark of the Federal Reserve Banks.

The following are marks of companies not affiliated with the Federal Reserve Banks:

  • “Adobe,” “Acrobat” and “Reader” are a registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Other product names and company names referenced may be either trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.

Reference to Third Parties and Third Parties’ Products and Services

The Federal Reserve Banks do not sponsor, endorse or recommend any third party or any third party products and/or services used on or by this Web Site or referenced on or by this Web Site.

Consent to Monitoring

The Federal Reserve Banks monitor this Web Site. By using this Web Site you expressly agree to such monitoring and you are advised that any evidence of criminal activity may be provided to law enforcement officials.

Accessibility

The Federal Reserve Banks are working to make every page on its public web server accessible to the widest possible audience, including people with visual disabilities using screen-reading software.

Many of the documents on our web server are in HTML and are usually accessible to screen-reading software. We also have a large number of documents in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) and PostScript (.ps), types that reproduce the exact look of a printed page. PDF documents are displayed through Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader, but may require additional steps to become accessible to screen readers. PostScript files can be saved electronically and sent directly to a printer.

Download Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader (Off-site Link)

Other Means of Obtaining Documents

If you are seeking a document that is not accessible to you from this web site, and want to obtain a paper copy of it, you may submit a request by e-mail to our webmaster.

We invite comments on our accessibility policies. You may send a letter to Webmaster – Customer Relations and Support Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois 60604 or via e-mail webmaster.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Federal Reserve Banks undertakes to obey all relevant copyright laws, and do not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on this website. The Federal Reserve Banks will review all claims of copyright infringement received and remove content deemed to have been posted or distributed in violation of any such laws.

The Federal Reserve Banks will promptly terminate without notice any registered user’s access to the limited access website if that user is determined by the Federal Reserve Banks to be a “repeat infringer.” A repeat infringer is a registered user who has been notified by the Federal Reserve Banks of infringing activity violations more than twice and/or who has had their content or any other user-submitted content removed from the Federal Reserve Banks website more than twice. The Federal Reserve Banks may also at their sole discretion limit access to any limited access site and/or terminate the registrations and/or memberships in any limited access site of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

(a) If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any user content or other content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing the Federal Reserve Banks with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):

  1. A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on its behalf;
  2. A description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed; or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  3. A description of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Federal Reserve Banks to locate the material;
  4. Your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and email;
  5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

(b) If you believe that your user content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the content in your user content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information:

  1. Your physical or electronic signature;
  2. Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
  3. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
  4. Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in Chicago, Illinois, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

If a counter-notice is received by the Federal Reserve Banks, the Federal Reserve Banks may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that they may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at the Federal Reserve Banks sole discretion.

(c) Claims and counter-notices can be sent via e-mail to webmaster or physical mail to Webmaster – Customer Relations and Support Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the above requirements of this Section, your DMCA notice or counter-notice may not be valid.