Let me first say that Gallup Inc. is our sponsor corporation and we absolutely love and appreciate them for all the support and encouragement they provide to us. Yes, our office does reside in their building and yes we have access to all of the resources that a normal Gallup employee does. It is truly a relationship that we will never even begin to take for granted, they are very good to us.
It is important, however, to clearly define what type of influence Gallup has over the credit union and our member information. Gallup Federal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union that is regulated by the NCUA (our version of the FDIC) and is held to the same privacy laws that all financial institutions abide by. Our member records are held with the highest privacy standards and our books are separate and independent from all sources. In a word, the access that Gallup Inc. has to private member information is none.
People have also, on occasion, expressed concern to us regarding whether or not the credit union is influenced by Gallup Inc. when making loan decisions. Let me tell you, our loans are meticulously inspected by our own internal audit committee and by independent auditors as well as our federal governing body, the NCUA. We are required to document all reasons for both approval and denial. If there were ever any indication of discrimination based on any factor, including relationship with an outside entity, the penalties and fines for such a violation would be devastating.
The real bottom line is that although we do share a similar name and location these two entities, Gallup Inc. and Gallup FCU, are independent of each other. Because of heavy regulation there cannot be and there is no information sharing regarding private member data. Gallup Inc. does not have access to your loan files, deposit account balances, transaction history or even the fact that you are a member. All of this information is extremely private.
One of our most important assets is our reputation as a financial institution. In fact, if we were to ever tarnish that reputation by sharing inappropriate member information, our business could be compromised beyond repair. We realize that the appearance of independence may be blurry at times because most of you see us every day but we want you to know that your information is protected.
If you ever have a concern or question regarding your privacy please do not hesitate to come talk with us about it. The last thing we would ever want is for you to hesitate to use our services because of a fear that your information might be used inappropriately.