Online Privacy Notice

Privacy Statement

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis respects your privacy.

Use of Personal Information You Choose to Provide

We collect personal information for a variety of reasons, including operation of this site and providing things you request.  You may choose to provide us with personal information if, for example, you subscribe to our publications, send us questions via e-mail or an online form, answer a user survey, register for an event or participate in our online activities.

For some subscriptions and events on our website, we use third party vendors to gather and manage the personal information you provide. The Minneapolis Fed uses the collected information to communicate with you, and shares it with third party vendors in order to communicate information, for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to communicating information regarding Minneapolis Fed events, subscriptions, speeches, surveys, and more. We may also use any personal information you provide to improve our communication with you about Minneapolis Fed content and events.

Non-Personal Information Collected and Stored Automatically

In addition to information voluntarily provided by you, we collect some technical information about our users in aggregate. This information does not identify who you are. We perform analyses on our web server's log files to identify, among other things:

  • our site's most popular pages;
  • the browsers and operating systems most often used by our visitors;
  • the sites and search engines that have referred visitors to our site; and
  • the domains from which our users visit us.

This information is used only to help us understand and better meet our audience’s needs.


We do selectively use cookies. A cookie is a text file that a website can send to your browser and which may then be placed on your computer. Sometimes a third-party contractor will use cookies on one of the sites they create and manage for us—for example, the Job Search link on our Career Opportunities page. We use a session cookie, which is temporary, to remember if you switched from the mobile version of our website to the desktop version of the site, to help your browsing efficiency. We also use limited persistent cookies to save a user’s selections for a few portions of our website, for example, the MPD function page in the Banking section. You can set your browser to notify you before you receive a cookie, giving you the opportunity to decide whether to accept it or not. You can also set your browser to not accept cookies at all. If you do so, however, some areas of some sites (including ours) may not operate properly.

Disclosure of Information and Retention

Any information collected on this website, whether individual or aggregate, is for Federal Reserve use only. We do not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except to provide information you've requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

  • We retain the services of an outside contractor to provide portions of our Career Opportunities page. We require that this contractor take reasonable steps to keep information obtained through our website secure and confidential, and that it use personal information obtained through our website only on behalf of the Federal Reserve.
  • We may be required to disclose your personal information to government officials or otherwise as required by subpoenas, court orders, legal process, or other legal obligations and to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims. We will also share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, or as otherwise required by law.

A disclosure purpose that merits specific mention is the Bank’s use of email service providers.  Personal information is shared with Constant Contact and Mail Chimp to provide email subscription services.  You should consult these companies’ privacy notices for more information on how they use the information they collect, use, share, and store on the Bank’s behalf:

We retain information as needed to operate our website and for fulfilling the uses described above, including providing requested services to you. We also retain information as necessary to comply with legal obligations; resolve disputes; and enforce our agreements.

Information Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. We have implemented security measures consistent with our internal information security practices to help us keep your information secure. However, no method of transmission over the internet, whether submitted via online form or e-mail, or method of electronic storage is one hundred percent secure, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Your online communications are not encrypted. If your communication is very sensitive or includes personal information that you do not wish to send to us electronically, you should send it by postal mail to:

Public Affairs Department -Web
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
90 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1804

This website is monitored for security purposes by Federal Reserve System personnel. Monitoring activities include computer software programs and other surveillance methods to monitor network traffic. By accessing this website, you expressly consent to these monitoring activities, for security purposes.


Our site is not directed at children under 13 and we do not knowingly collect personal data from children under 13. Minor children should always obtain parental consent before releasing personal information to any web site.

Links to External Websites

This website links to federal government external websites and to non-federal external websites.  If you click a link to an external website, such as Ustream, Twitter, or YouTube or other external sites, you will leave the site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external website. By linking to external sites, the Minneapolis Fed does not imply endorsement of the site's sponsor.

Links to Federal Reserve System Websites
As part of the Federal Reserve System, the Minneapolis Fed also provides links to information on Federal Reserve Bank websites and other System websites.

Links to Social Media Third-Party Websites
The Minneapolis Fed uses certain third-party social media sites as additional means of reaching the public and directing people to resources on The Minneapolis Fed maintains an official page or presence on Twitter, YouTube, UStream and Facebook.

You can access the Minneapolis Fed’s official pages on Twitter, YouTube, UStream and Facebook without having an account or subscribing to services.

As noted above, the Minneapolis Fed’s privacy policy does not apply on these third party websites and therefore you should familiarize yourself with the privacy policies of the social media site you use. You may access the privacy policy of the social media sites used by the Minneapolis Fed at:

YouTube | YouTube privacy
UStream | UStream privacy
Twitter | Twitter privacy
Facebook | Facebook privacy
Medium | Medium privacy

User Access and Choice

Subject to retention requirements, you can confirm, change, delete or update personal information you have provided to us through using our Publications Address Change Form.

Policy Changes

We reserve the right to amend this statement at any time. We will not provide you with notice of any such amendments. You are responsible for reviewing this statement from time to time to monitor for any such amendments.

Questions or comments about the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis's privacy statement can be submitted with this form.