Updated: February 3, 2014
We at Pacific Mercantile Bank recognize and respect your privacy. We are committed to protecting the security and confidentiality of your information. We use a combination of state-of-the-art technology and best business practices to help ensure that your online sessions are secure.
Visiting Our Website
You can browse our website anonymously and learn about our services and products without providing any information about yourself. We will only obtain information that personally identifies you when you specifically choose to provide it.
When you do provide information to us, we will only use the information we need to deliver the high level of customer service you have come to expect, which includes informing you about products, services, and other opportunities that may be of benefit to you. If you do provide personal information, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone or fax numbers, as well as demographic and other consumer identification, we will not sell or share it with external organizations unless we have informed you, been authorized by you, or are required by law to do so.
Information We Collect
Our web servers collect non-identifying information for statistical purposes. We compile broad statistical trends that help us improve navigation and content of our website by assessing what information is of most or least interest, and identifying system performance or problem areas. No personal information is collected or used for this analysis.
We record and track the following:
The Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access our website;
The date and time you access our website;
The name, version and capabilities of the web browser, including add-ons, you are using to view our website;
The pages you visited on our website;
The location information transmit by your device to us that identifies your physical location;
The website that referred you to us, if any; and
The length of time you visited our website.
We maintain electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information. The security measures on our website include 128-bit to 256-bit encryption, industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, Norton Secured (powered by VeriSign) Extended Validation digital certificates, multi-factor and multi-layer authentication, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and firewalls. We continually assess and update our systems to improve our technology for protecting information.
We may use “Cookies”, “Flash cookies”, “pixel tags”, and other similar technologies, to facilitate navigation through our website, enhance your online experience, authenticate your computer or mobile device, and establish and maintain a secure session. For certain applications, such as Online Banking and Cash Management, cookies are required to help protect the privacy of your transactions. We do not store confidential or sensitive information in cookies.
Regular non-encrypted electronic mail (e-mail) is not secure. E-mail could be read by others outside of Pacific Mercantile Bank. Therefore, we recommend that you do not send us confidential or sensitive information such as account numbers, social security numbers, passwords or PIN numbers, or any other non-public privacy information in an unencrypted e-mail message. In addition, we do not accept instructions for the operation of your accounts by e-mail.
To facilitate the exchange of secure, (encrypted) electronic messages over the Internet, we provide the following four secure messaging services that you may use to communicate with us:
From on our website, you can send us a secure message by clicking on the “Secure E-Mail” link on our home page and composing a message.
From within our Online Banking service, you can send us a secure message by clicking the “Contact us” link on the “Customer Service” page.
From within our Cash Management service, you can send us a secure message by clicking the “Contact us” link on the “Administration” page.
From within the Cisco Registered E-Mail Envelope Service, you can click reply to response with a secure message.
We participate in the ZixCorp’s Email Encryption Service. If you are also a member of ZixCorp’s ZixDirectory, you may use that service to send us a secure message.
You may also contact us by mail, fax, or telephone rather than by e-mail.
We may keep details of any exchange of e-mails between us, as we do for traditional correspondence. In instances where our e-mail addresses are provided to you, it is for information inquiries of a non-sensitive and non-confidential nature only.
Links to non-Pacific Mercantile Bank Websites
We provide visitors with a variety of planning tools, such as mortgage and savings calculators. The information provided by these calculators is for illustrative purposes only. The calculated results are not guaranteed to be accurate and are in no way endorsed, offered or guaranteed by us. Interest rates are hypothetical and are not meant to represent any specific investment. Rates of return may vary over time. We encourage you to seek personalized advice from qualified professionals regarding all finance issues. We may collect the information you provide when using our financial calculators.
Limited Employee Access to Personal Information
We limit employee access to your personal information to only those bank employees with a business reason for knowing such information. We also educate employees about the importance of confidentiality and customer privacy. In addition, individual user names and passwords are used by approved bank personnel to access your personal information, providing audit trails to further safeguard the privacy of your personal information.
Third-Party Disclosure Restrictions
We follow strict privacy procedures in regards to protecting your personal information. In addition, we require all third parties with a need to access this information to adhere to similar and equally stringent privacy policies. Personal information may be supplied to a third party in order to process a customer transaction; if the customer requests it; the disclosure is required or allowed by law (i.e. exchange of information with credit reporting agencies, subpoena, or the investigation of fraudulent activity, etc.); or for joint marketing purposes of which the customer has been previously informed.
Online Banking Security
Access to our Online Banking and Cash Management systems are protected by User IDs, passwords, and security tokens, if using Cash Management. You play a crucial role in preventing others from logging on to your account. Make sure you keep the password and PIN numbers a secret. Never reveal your password or PIN number to another person. Memorize your password and, if you need to keep a written record of it, store it in a secure location and do not carry it in your wallet, purse or bag. Make sure no one watches you enter your password, and remember to exit the browser when you leave your computer or mobile device. Never use passwords that are easy to guess. Examples of “bad” passwords are: birth dates, first names, pet names, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, etc.
Our Online Banking and Cash Management systems system use a “3 strikes and you're out” lock-out mechanism to deter users from repeated login attempts. After three unsuccessful login attempts, the system locks the user out, requiring a phone call to us to reset your re-entry into the system.
No Pacific Mercantile Bank employee, or any company affiliated with Pacific Mercantile Bank will contact you via e-mail, phone or mail requesting your Internet Banking User ID, password, or PIN numbers. If you are contacted by anyone requesting this information, please contact us immediately.
“Do Not Track” Signals
Children's Online Privacy
Protecting children on the Internet is very important to us. For that reason, we do not intentionally collect information on our website from or market to, those we actually know are under the age of 13, and no part of our website is intended to attract anyone under the age of 13.
For more information about the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), visit the FTC website: www.ftc.gov
Changes to Our Policy