California Consumer Privacy Act Disclosure

Your privacy is important to us. This California Consumer Privacy Act Disclosure explains how Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, and its affiliates as relevant (collectively, “we” or “us”), collect, use, and disclose personal information relating to California residents that is subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”).

What is Personal Information?

Under the CCPA, “personal information” means information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked with a particular California resident or household. This would generally not include personal information that has been de-identified or is an aggregated form.

The CCPA does not apply to certain personal information, including information subject to the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLBA”), which applies to the privacy practices of financial institutions. As a result, this Disclosure does not apply with respect to personal information subject to the GLBA, such as personal information that we collect about California residents who request or obtain financial products or services from us for personal, family, or household purposes, or who invest directly in our advised funds. The CCPA may also not apply where a financial institution shares your personal information with us, as that information could be subject to and protected by the GLBA. For more information about how we collect, disclose, and secure information in connection with our financial activities subject to the GLBA, please refer to the privacy policy here.

We do not sell your personal information to anyone.

Our Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Information

We collect personal information relating to California residents in a variety of contexts. For example, we collect personal information relating to California residents who apply for employment with us, or are our employees, vendors, contractors, service providers or similar relationships. Due to the business relationships we maintain and/or the services we provide, we must obtain certain personal information. How we use and disclose personal information is generally determined by the scope of a relevant service or a relationship, and if we are unable to collect and use such personal information we may not be able to maintain a relationship or provide services.

In the past 12 months, we have collected, and disclosed to third parties for business purposes, the following categories of personal information relating to California residents. The list may not be applicable to you, however, the list represents the types of personal information we have received during ordinary business, including with respect to current, former or prospective employees, contractors and similar relationships (collectively, for purposes of this Disclosure, “employee relationships”):

  • Identifiers, such as name, contact information, account-related information, social security or taxpayer identification numbers, or similar identifiers;
  • Personal information, as defined in the California safeguards law, the Information Practices Act of 1977, such as financial information and, with respect to employee relationships, medical and health insurance information;
  • Commercial information, such as transaction information and products or services purchased;
  • Internet or other electronic network activity information, such as information regarding interactions with our websites;
  • Certain characteristics of protected classifications under California or federal law, such as sex, and, for employee relationships as relevant, any medical conditions, marital status, immigration status, and citizenship information;
  • Professional or employment-related information, and for employee relationships, other information as needed to support your employment, such as information for payroll purposes and to provide employee benefits;
  • Education information, such as school and date of graduation;
  • In limited circumstances, for employee relationships, biometric information, geolocation data, such as device location, and audio, electronic, visual, and similar information, such as call and video recordings; and
  • Inferences drawn from any of the personal information listed above.

The purposes for which we use the personal information that we collect depend on our relationship or interactions with a specific California resident. We use personal information to operate, manage, and maintain our business, to provide our products and services, for our employment and vendor management purposes, and to accomplish our business purposes and objectives. For example, in the normal course of managing our business, personal information we collect can be shared with our affiliates and companies that perform various services for us, such as transfer agents, custodians, proxy solicitation firms, or printers or mailers that may assist us in the distribution of investor materials. We also use various service providers to support our employee relationships. The organizations that receive personal information from us do so as we believe is necessary or advisable to carry out their assigned responsibilities and are authorized to use that information for the services required. We can use personal information to conduct risk and security control and monitoring; detect and prevent fraud; perform identity verification; perform accounting, audit, and other internal functions, such as internal investigations; comply with law, legal processes, and internal policies; maintain business records; and exercise and defend legal claims.

Requests Under the CCPA

If you are a California resident, you may request that we disclose to you the following information covering the 12 months preceding your request:

(1) the categories of personal information we collected about you and the categories of sources from which we collected such personal information;
(2) the business or commercial purpose for collecting personal information about you;
(3) the categories of personal information about you that we disclosed to third parties for a business purpose and the categories of third parties to whom we disclosed such personal information (if applicable);
(4) the specific pieces of personal information we collected about you.

If you are a California resident, you may also request that we delete personal information that we collected from you. In some instances, we may decline to honor your request where an exception applies, such as where the disclosure of personal information would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of another consumer, or where we need to maintain information to comply with our legal obligations. In addition, as permitted under the CCPA, we may not honor requests with respect to employee relationships or where we obtain personal information about a company’s personnel when providing a product or service to that company.

You have the right to be free from unlawful discrimination for exercising your rights under the CCPA.

How to Make Requests

If you are a California resident, you may make a request for the disclosures described above or make a request to delete personal information we collected from you, by contacting us at:

(1) 1-866-560-9063; or
(2) by providing information through our request form set up here.

Changes to This California Consumer Privacy Act Disclosure

We may change or update this Disclosure from time to time. When we do, we will post the revised Disclosure on this page with a new “Last Updated” date.

LAST UPDATED: January 1, 2020