Columbia Bank Privacy Policy

Information About Website and Online Banking Policy

Columbia Bank is committed to providing the highest level of security and privacy regarding the collection and use of our online banking customers' personal information, as well as that of all visitors to our web site. Personal information may be collected through the submission of account applications, online banking transactions, or through the use of online financial tools such as interactive calculators. The way we handle Web site privacy is described in more detail below. To view the Columbia Bank Privacy Disclosure Notice that was mailed to all non-business customers click here. To view the Columbia Bank Privacy Policy click here. If you have additional questions regarding the privacy of your personal information, contact us.

Respect of Right to Privacy

Columbia Bank respects your right to privacy and takes every precaution to provide you with the same level of privacy within our virtual branch that you receive through more traditional bank delivery channels.

Collection and Use of Personal Information

The collection of personal information online is designed to protect access to your personal accounts and to assist the bank in providing you with the products and services you want and need. All personal information collected and stored by the bank is used for specific business purposes-to protect and administer your personal accounts and transactions, to comply with state and federal banking regulations, and to help the bank better understand your financial needs in order to design or improve our products and services.

Employing stringent security measures in the collection of your personal information, all Columbia Bank online account applications are submitted to the bank's secure administration site through an encrypted direct line to the bank. Once received by the bank, only approved personnel may open and process the application. Furthermore, auditing mechanisms have been put into place to further protect your information by identifying which employee(s) has accessed and in any way modified-for example, updated or added to-your personal information.

When visiting our Web site to read or download information, we do not collect information about you, but we do collect and store information about your Internet connection and the date and time of your visit. Specifically, we record:

  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or, if you are connecting from Princeton University's domain).
  • The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site, if any (for example,, if you are following a link from the FDIC Web site, or, if you are using the Yahoo search engine).
  • The type of web browsing software you are using to view our site.
  • The date and time you accessed our site.
  • The pages from where you entered and exited our site.

As you browse Columbia Bank’s website, advertising cookies will be placed on your computer so that we can understand what you are interested in. Our display advertising vendor, AdRoll, then enables us to present you with retargeting advertising on other sites based on your previous interaction with us. The techniques our vendors employ do not collect personal information such as your name, email address, postal address or telephone number. You can visit this page to opt out of AdRoll and their targeted advertising.

Maintenance of Accurate Information

It is in the best interest of both you and the bank to maintain accurate records concerning your personal information. For this reason, Columbia Bank allows you to update your personal information online, at anytime, through the submission of encrypted e-mail requests sent to the bank's secure administration site. Notifications are immediately sent to approved bank personnel alerting them to the receipt of your request. This procedure allows Columbia Bank to update your personal information within a timely manner.


Limited Employee Access to Personal Information

Columbia Bank limits employee access to your personal information to only those bank administrators with a business reason for knowing such information. Columbia Bank also educates 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 online, providing audit trails to further safeguard the privacy of your personal information.

Third-Party Disclosure Restrictions

Columbia Bank follows strict privacy procedures in regard to protecting your personal information. In addition, the bank requires all third parties with a business 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 reputable reporting agencies, subpoena, or the investigation of fraudulent activity, etc.); or for joint marketing purposes of which the customer has been previously informed.

Disclosure of Privacy Policies

Columbia Bank is committed to ensuring the privacy of its customers' personal information. For more information regarding the Web Site and Columbia Bank Online Banking Privacy Policy, contact us.