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Privacy Statement

Section A. Introduction

This document explains what we do with data collected as a result of your visit to this Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) website, and describes several state and federal laws that apply to personally identifiable information that you might provide in the course of navigating this site.

Section B. Data collection and use

When you browse this website, it is possible that certain information about your visit will be gathered and stored. The following information about your visit is automatically collected and stored:

  • The internet domain and network address you use to access this site
  • The type of web browser and operating system you are using
  • The date and time of your visit
  • The pages you visit on this website
  • Other web traffic statistics such as Google Analytics

Automatically collected information is saved and used by DRS to improve the content of web services and to help us understand how people are using these services.

If, during your visit to this website you participate in a survey, send us an email or perform some other transaction online, the following additional information might be collected:

  • Your email address and contents of the email
  • Information volunteered in response to a survey
  • Information volunteered through an online form for any other purpose

The Washington State Archives requires us to limit the retention of information only for as long as it is needed, and then destroy it.

Section C. Personal information

Personally identifiable information (PII) is information that identifies a specific individual; for example, your name, address and phone number.

We will not collect PII about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending us email, or by completing an online form or survey. Choosing to opt out of these activities will not restrict or impair your ability to read, download or otherwise access any information provided on the site.

State law requires that state agencies provide procedures for correcting inaccurate information.

If you have questions about how we use your personally identifiable information, contact the Department of Retirement Systems.

Section D. State laws on information privacy

All our information is governed by laws such as Washington’s Public Records Act. Some information you voluntarily send us might be subject to public inspection and copying if not otherwise protected by federal or state law.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Statement and the Public Records Act or other laws governing the agency’s disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

Section E. Security

This agency safeguards the confidentiality and integrity of data it collects and manages, and provides protection of information in our possession.

Section F. Disclaimer

The DRS website contains links to other websites operated by other government agencies and non-government entities. When you follow a link to another site, this Privacy Statement will not apply. DRS reserves the right to revise and update this Privacy Statement at any time without notice by posting the revision on this site.

Beneficiary Designation

Members, you can update your beneficiary information from your online retirement account. Select “My Account” in the navigation menu and then “View/Edit” beside “Beneficiary.”

(If you prefer to fill out and mail in a printed form, select this link.)