Cushing Asset Management, LP (“Cushing”) recognizes the importance of protecting your personal and financial information when you visit our website located at www.cushingasset.com (“Website”). The following information is designed to help you understand the information collection practices at this Website.
AGGREGATE INFORMATION: We may collect and record certain usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to our Website. This information may include the websites that you access immediately before and after your visit to our Website, the Internet browser you are using and your Internet Protocol (IP) address. If we use such data at all it will be on an aggregate basis, and we will not disclose to third parties any information that could be used to identify you personally.
“Cookies” are small files placed on your hard drive. Each website that you visit can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser preferences allow it. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on our Website. In addition, a number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit websites anonymously.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS: Cushing does not automatically collect personally identifiable information from visitors to our Website. We will not provide any personally identifiable information to any other persons, except (a) if we are required to make disclosures to the government or private parties in connection with a lawsuit, subpoena, investigation, similar proceedings or regulatory examination, (b) to comply with applicable laws or regulations, (c) to enforce these Terms, or (d) to share information with our affiliates or service providers in connection with providing services to you. We can (and you authorize us to) disclose any such information in those circumstances.
E-MAIL AND MARKETING: Cushing does not sell its customers’ e-mail addresses, nor will we provide your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. Cushing will not send you e-mail messages without first receiving your permission. It is our policy to include instructions for unsubscribing from these permission-based programs. We recommend that you do not send us any individual personal information via nonsecure methods of correspondence, including via public electronic communication channels, such as Internet e-mail, which are generally not secure.
SECURITY: No data transmission over the internet can be 100% secure, so Cushing cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you submit to us on this Website.
The California Consumer Privacy Act: The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) imposes certain obligations on Cushing (together, “we” or “us”) and grants certain rights to California residents (“California Resident,” “you” or “your”) with regard to “personal information.” If you are a California Resident, please review the following information about your potential rights with regard to your personal information under the CCPA. The rights described herein are subject to exemptions and other limitations under applicable law.
Terms used herein have the meaning ascribed to them in the CCPA. Cushing is a “business.” “Personal information” under the CCPA means information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a California resident or a household. It does not include deidentified information, aggregate consumer information or publicly available information, as those terms are defined in the CCPA.
Purposes for Collecting and Using Personal Information
We may collect or use personal information of clients in our products and services for the following business or commercial purposes: (i) performing services on behalf of a fund or separately managed account, including maintaining or servicing accounts, providing investor relations services, processing subscriptions and withdrawals, verifying information, processing payments or providing similar services; (ii) performing our contractual obligations to a California Resident as a subscriber to a fund or investor in a separately managed account, including providing updates on a fund’s or account’s performance, providing tax reporting and other operational matters; (iii) detecting security incidents and protecting against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, including preventing fraud and conducting “Know Your Client,” anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, and conflict checks; and (iv) enabling or effecting commercial transactions, including using bank account details to remit funds and process distributions.
Personal Information We Collect
In the preceding 12 months, we may have collected the following categories of personal information from or about a California Resident: (i) identifiers and similar information, such as name, address, date of birth, email address, social security number, driver’s license number, passport number, online identifiers or other similar identifiers; (ii) additional information subject to Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e), including your education, credit card number, state identification card number, signature, or bank account or other financial information; (iii) characteristics of protected classifications under federal or certain state laws, including gender, national origin, or marital status; (iv) commercial information, including records of products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing histories or tendencies, including funds invested, investments considered, or sources of wealth; (v) internet or other electronic network activity information, including interactions with our website or use of certain online tools; (vi) professional or employment-related information, including occupation, compensation, employer, and title; and (vii) inferences drawn from any of the information identified above to create a profile reflecting your preferences or similar information, including your potential interest in investing in new funds.
In the preceding 12 months, we may have disclosed for a business purpose all of the above categories of personal information to all of the categories of third parties discussed below in “Sharing Personal Information with Third Parties.”
Sources of Personal Information
We may collect personal information about you directly from you and/or your intermediaries through sources such as: (i) account applications, subscription agreements, and other forms or related documentation; (ii) written, electronic, or verbal correspondence with us or our service providers; (iii) investor transactions; (iv) an investor’s brokerage or financial advisory firm, financial advisor, or consultant; or (v) from information captured on applicable websites. In addition, we may collect personal information from different sources, such as: (i) our affiliates, our service providers, or our affiliates’ service providers; (ii) public websites or other publicly accessible directories and sources, including bankruptcy registers, tax authorities, governmental agencies and departments, and regulatory authorities; or (iii) credit reporting agencies, sanctions screening databases, or from sources designed to detect and prevent fraud.
Sharing Personal Information with Third Parties
We do not sell your personal information. We may disclose personal information to third parties in circumstances where we believe in good faith that disclosure is required or permitted under law, to cooperate with regulators or law enforcement authorities, or to protect our rights or property. We also may disclose personal information about you or your accounts to a third party at your request or direction or with your consent.
For these reasons, we may disclose any of the categories of personal information discussed above in “Personal Information We Collect” to any of the following categories of third parties: (i) investors and investors’ intermediaries in connection with investments and transactions; (ii) third parties who deliver our communications, including postal services; (iii) third parties who assist with our information technology and security programs; (iv) third parties who assist with fraud prevention, detection and mitigation; (v) third parties as needed to complete a transaction, including financial institutions; (vi) third parties in connection with legal or regulatory matters, including government or regulatory agencies, courts, opposing counsel and parties to litigation; (vii) third parties in connection with the sale or transfer of all or any relevant portion of our business or assets; (viii) our lawyers, accountants, auditors, and consultants; and (ix) other third parties as permitted or required by law.
We also may disclose your personal information to our service providers, other entities that have agreed to limitations on the use of your personal information, or entities that fit within other exemptions or exceptions in or as otherwise permitted by the CCPA.
California Residents’ Rights under the CCPA
If your personal information is subject to the CCPA, you may have certain rights concerning that information, subject to applicable exemptions and limitations, including the right to: (i) be informed, at or before the point of collection, of the categories of personal information to be collected and the purposes for which the categories of personal information shall be used; (ii) not be discriminated against because you exercise any of your rights under the CCPA; (iii) request that we delete any personal information about you that we collected, subject to certain exceptions (“Request to Delete”); (iv) opt-out of the “sale” (as that term is defined in the CCPA) of your personal information if a business sells your personal information (we do not); and (v) request that we, as a business that collects personal information about you and that discloses your personal information for a business purpose, disclose to you (“Request to Know”): (a) the categories of personal information we have collected about you; (b) the categories of sources from which we have collected the personal information; (c) the business or commercial purpose for collecting the personal information; (d) the categories of third parties to which we disclosed personal information about you for a business purpose; (e) the specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you; and (f) the categories of personal information we have disclosed about you for a business purpose.
The CCPA does not restrict our ability to do certain things like comply with other laws or comply with regulatory investigations. In addition, the CCPA does not apply to certain information, like personal information collected, processed, sold or disclosed pursuant to the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and its implementing regulations. We also reserve the right to retain, and not to delete, certain personal information after receipt of a Request to Delete from you where permitted by the CCPA or another law or regulation.
How to Submit a Request under the CCPA
You may submit a Request to Know, as described above, through the following telephone number (214) 692-6334, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may submit a Request to Delete, as described above, by email to email@example.com or by mail to the following address:
Cushing Asset Management, LP
300 Crescent Court, Suite 1700
Dallas, TX 75201
We are required to provide certain information or to delete personal information only in response to verifiable requests made by you or your authorized agent. Any information gathered as part of the verification process will be used for verification purposes only.
In order to verify Requests to Know and Requests to Delete, we will contact you via your telephone number to verify your identity by asking you questions specific to the account in question.
If an authorized agent seeks to submit a request on behalf of a California Resident, the authorized agent may do so by the aforementioned methods, however, they must provide: (i) signed authorization from the California Resident authorizing them to act on the California Resident’s behalf, unless they can provide proof that the California Resident has granted them power of attorney pursuant to California Probate Code sections 4000 to 4465; and (ii) proof of their registration with the California Secretary of State to conduct business in California. We also require that the California Resident directly verify their own identity with us and directly confirm with us that they provided the authorized agent permission to submit the request.
Contact for More Information
Cushing Asset Management, LP
300 Crescent Court, Suite 1700
Dallas, TX 75201