Last Updated: 06/13/2023
Welcome to ORCA (One Regional Card for All), which offers people the opportunity to use a single card to ride buses, ferries and trains throughout the Puget Sound region.
ORCA Website, ORCA App and any ORCA Customer Services that require Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are not intended for use by minors under age 13. ORCA will not accept or request information from individuals known to be under age 13 unless provided by a parent or guardian.
This Privacy Statement does not apply to any PII (e.g. your name and credit card number) you provide to a Retailer. If you provide PII to a Retailer, the Retailer, not ORCA or its Agencies, is responsible for the collection, storage, transmittal, safekeeping, and use of that information.
This Privacy Statement does not apply to information, including PII, you provide to your employer, school, or other Business Account to which the Agencies sell ORCA Cards and ORCA Products. If you provide PII to your employer, school, or other Business Account in connection with obtaining an ORCA Card or ORCA Product, the Business Account, not the Agencies, is responsible for the collection, storage, transmittal, safekeeping or use of that information.
As used in this Privacy Statement, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated.
Agency(ies) means one or more of the following public transportation providers and the contractors and subcontractors which these Agencies, individually or collectively, have retained for purposes related to the ORCA Program.
- Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (“Sound Transit”);
- City of Everett (“Everett Transit”);
- King County Metro Transit Department (“King County Metro”);
- Kitsap County Public Transportation Benefit Area (“Kitsap Transit”);
- Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (“Pierce Transit”);
- Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area (“Community Transit”); and
- Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division (“WSF”).
For clarification, the term “Agency(ies)” does not include Business Accounts or Retailers.
Autoload is the process for automatically loading ORCA Products to a Customer Account-linked ORCA Card and making a corresponding charge against the funding source to pay for the loaded product. Autoload may be authorized by an individual or a Business Account customer.
Business Account is an entity other than an individual customer, including but not limited to an employer, educational institution, social service agency, or third-party administrator that purchases ORCA Cards and/or products for distribution to its employees, students, clients, or other program participants according to the terms of an agreement with one of the Agencies.
Cardholder is a record of personally identifying information pertaining to the user of a particular ORCA Card which serves to provide balance protection should the card become lost or stolen and informs the cardholder’s reduced fare passenger type (e.g., Youth, Senior, etc.).
Lead Agency is one of the Agencies which, on behalf of itself and one or more of the other Agencies, supports Business Account management of ORCA Cards and ORCA Products.
LIFT is a type of ORCA Card issued to individuals who are eligible for reduced fare based on income while using Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit services. A LIFT ORCA card may only be used by the eligible individual and is not transferable to others.
Load Only Access to an ORCA card is when a customer account may only load value or products onto the ORCA card and cannot view transaction history associated with the load only card(s). They can load value and passes (including Autoload) and only view passes they have loaded. A card can be linked to multiple customer accounts as Load Only using the card serial number.
ORCA stands for ‘One Regional Card for All’ and means the regional fare collection system used by the participating Agencies. ORCA is a trademarked term.
ORCA App is the myORCA mobile application used by individual customers for ORCA account and card management. Business Account administrators cannot use the application to manage their cards.
ORCA Card is the card, physical or virtual, that can be presented for fare payment on train, bus and ferry services provided by, and in accordance with the terms established by, the Agencies. ORCA Card can mean cards issued to individuals and businesses, unless the context indicates it means one or the other.
ORCA Customer Services are the facilities and services of one or more of the Agencies that exchange information with customers regarding the ORCA Program and sell ORCA Cards and ORCA Products, including customer service counters, calls centers, the ORCA mail center, and business account support.
ORCA Product(s) or Product(s) are any transit fare payment option offered for sale within the ORCA Program including, but not limited to, monthly or period passes, and E-purse stored value.
ORCA Program is the equipment, systems, facilities, ORCA Cards, ORCA Products, ORCA App, ORCA Website, data, information, and any products and services related to the regional fare system implemented by the Agencies using ORCA Cards as the common media for fare payment on their public transportation services.
ORCA Website is the following public website: www.myORCA.com and info.myORCA.com.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as defined under RCW 42.56.590 and includes the following information when collected by the Agencies under the ORCA Program: a natural person’s name; and, if combined with said name, the address, phone number, email address, date of birth, Regional Reduced Fare Permit related information (as defined below), photo, and check/debit card/credit card information.
ORCA Retailer or Retailer is a retail business or other entity authorized to sell new ORCA Cards and add E-purse stored value to new and existing ORCA Cards.
Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) is a type of ORCA Card issued to an individual who is eligible for a reduced fare by one of the Agencies based on the individual’s disability or age (65+ years). RRFP ORCA cards can also be used on non-ORCA participating transit agencies in the Puget Sound region as proof of eligibility to pay a reduced fare in cash, but only the Agencies will accept payment with ORCA products loaded to the RRFP. Individuals are required to provide proof of eligibility to receive an RRFP ORCA card, which may include a valid Medicare card, photo ID, and/or an application signed by a doctor. An RRFP ORCA card has the user’s name and sometimes their picture printed on the front. RRFP ORCA cards are not transferable. Temporary RRFP cards will convert to Adult ORCA cards upon expiration.
Youth Card is a type of ORCA Card issued to an individual who is eligible for reduced fare based on the individual’s age (6-18 years). Youth ORCA Cards may be issued to schools or other organizations. Youth ORCA cards are not transferable. Youth ORCA cards will convert to Adult ORCA cards when the individual turns 19 years old.
- Customer Services Requiring Information
No information is required if you pay cash fares for your public transportation rides. Information may be needed, however, if you choose to use services such as an ORCA Card, ORCA App or ORCA Website. If you contact ORCA Customer Services by mail, telephone, email, or in-person, that contact may be logged and the information you provide may be collected by the ORCA Program. The type of information required will vary with the services sought. If you decline to submit information for some services, the Agencies may be unable to provide you those services.
Certain information, such as location information, device details, and cookie data, is transmitted to ORCA automatically when you utilize the ORCA Card, ORCA App or ORCA Website. Aggregate and non-personal information helps ORCA deliver relevant and responsive services. This notice does not restrict how we use such non-identifiable data.
When PII is provided to establish eligibility for reduced fare programs, certain PII is retained in the ORCA Program to enable the Agencies to administer and monitor use of these reduced fare programs, such as first name, last name, address, date of birth, paratransit ID, and date of eligibility expiration, depending upon the reduced fare program benefit utilized.
You are not required to register your ORCA Card with the Agencies unless the individual requests a Regional Reduced Fare Permit, a LIFT ORCA Card, or to purchase a pass for use on paratransit services such as King County’s Access service. If you choose to provide PII to the Agencies for purposes of registering an ORCA Card, such PII is held by the ORCA Program and associated with the card number.
- Information Related to the Purchase of ORCA Cards and ORCA Products
When an ORCA Card or an ORCA Product is purchased, the system collects varying amounts of information depending on the method of payment. The system will always collect information regarding the date and time of purchase, the card number of the ORCA card, information about where the purchase was made, the type of ORCA Product purchased, and the amount of and method of purchase. In addition, the system will collect PII if the payment is by check, credit card or debit card.
Information about the purchase of ORCA Cards and ORCA Products is associated with the card number. If PII is provided (e.g., to establish eligibility for a reduced fare program or to make a purchase using a check, credit card or debit card), the PII that is retained can be associated with the card number.
- Information Related to the Use of ORCA Cards and Products
When an ORCA Card is presented to an ORCA reader device for fare payment or to check the card’s status, the system collects information such as:
- Date and time the card was presented.
- Number from the reader device used.
- I.D. of the Agency whose reader device was used.
- Location of the reader device.
- Vehicle and route numbers if the card is read by a device on an Agency vehicle.
- Nature of the transaction (i.e., fare payment or validating fare payment).
- Amount/type of ORCA Product used.
- Any transfer applied.
- ORCA card number.
Information related to the use of an ORCA Card is associated with the card number. If you provide PII, that information will be linked to the card number, the information about the use of the ORCA Card can be associated with PII provided by you. Similarly, if you set up an ORCA account on myORCA.com then any cards added and managed by the account will have the same associations between provided PII and card numbers.
- ORCA App and the Information Collected
PII will be collected when you seek certain services or accesses such information in the mobile application. The PII required for ORCA-related services are described in other sections of this Privacy Statement.
When you submit questions or comments to the ORCA Program using the Contact Us form on www.myORCA.com, the Agencies may retain a record of these communications and use your email address and other information included in your correspondence in order to process your request, respond to you, and improve our services.
The ORCA App may have links to other websites, such as Agencies’ individual websites. When you follow a link to one of these external websites, you are no longer on the ORCA App and this Privacy Statement no longer applies. Instead, you are subject to the privacy notice and other terms of that external website.
- ORCA Website and the Information Collected
ORCA servers automatically record and store information that a computer or browser sends whenever a person visits the ORCA Website, even if only to browse or download information. These server logs may include the following information:
- Internet Protocol (IP) Address and domain name associated with your computer’s connection to the Internet. The IP Address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your internet service provider (ISP) or directly to your computer.
- Type of browser, browser language and operating system used.
- Date and time you visited the ORCA Website.
- Website you visited prior to coming to the ORCA Website.
- Pages viewed by users, the amount of time users spent on a certain page, search terms and other non-personally identifiable information that may be collected as the ORCA Website is navigated.
- One or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.
We also may collect statistical information about your use of the ORCA Website, such as “clickstream data” and “user hits” which are visits and sessions that may be logged to determine which pages are visited most frequently.
When you visit the ORCA Website, your computer will receive one or more “cookies.” Cookies are small text files placed on a user’s computer and accessed by the ORCA Website to recognize repeat users, to facilitate the user’s ongoing access to and use of the website, and to compile data to improve the site and related business purposes. Most browsers are set up to accept cookies, but you can configure your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some ORCA Website features and services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.
PII will be collected on the ORCA Website only if you seek certain services and only if you or the Business Account associated with your ORCA Card provide such information. The PII required for ORCA-related services are described in other sections of this Privacy Statement. Should you seek a service that requires PII (e.g., balance protection) but you do not wish to provide PII via the ORCA Website, you may choose to provide the required PII by visiting an Agency Customer Service office or calling the ORCA call center.
When you submit questions or comments to the ORCA Program using the Contact Us form, the Agencies may retain these communications, and use your email address and other information included in your correspondence to process your request, respond to you and improve services.
The ORCA Website may have links to other websites, such as the Agencies’ individual websites. When you connect to one of these external websites, you are no longer on the ORCA Website and this Privacy Statement no longer applies. Instead, you are subject to the privacy notice and other terms of that external website.
- Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) Notice
ORCA complies with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and the Federal Trade Commission’s rule interpreting COPPA (16 CFR § 512). The ORCA Website, ORCA App and any ORCA Customer Services that require PII are not intended for minors. ORCA will not accept or request PII from individuals known to be under 13 years of age unless expressed consent is provided by a parent or guardian.
- ORCA may retain the information necessary to qualify the applicant for a reduced fare benefit (e.g., youth card.)
- Information retained for youth cards is limited to date of birth unless a parent or guardian authorizes additional information be retained to assure protection for misuse and loss of a Youth Card.
If we learn that an individual under 13 years of age has provided us with personal information, without consent of a parent or guardian, ORCA and the Agencies will delete this information from our database(s).
- Use and Sharing of Information
Except as otherwise restricted by law or in this Privacy Statement, the Agencies plan to use and share all information collected through or generated by the ORCA Program for the purposes of fare media sales, fare collection, support of Business Account transportation programs, monitoring the functionality and performance of the ORCA Program, soliciting and receiving feedback, developing the ORCA Program, making reports on ORCA Card use and other ORCA-related activities or products, and for any other ORCA Program or Agency purposes.
The Agencies will not sell PII to other entities for marketing purposes. The Agencies will only share PII with Agency employees, officials and contractors on a “need to know” basis for purposes of fulfilling their duties and responsibilities. The Agencies may share PII with other persons or entities if it is reasonably necessary to:
- Satisfy an applicable law or regulation.
- Respond (voluntarily or involuntarily) to a subpoena, court order or other legal process and requests by a governmental agency; and to protect the Agencies from any kind of potential harm (as an Agency perceives that potential in its discretion).
- Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
- Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of the Agencies, the users of their services, or the public, as required or permitted by law.
- Persons or entities that receive information from the Agencies may be able to combine such information with other information they independently possess. The Agencies are not responsible for combining or any later use that may be made of information provided to others in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
- Retention of Information
Information collected through or generated by the ORCA Program may be retained in the ORCA central system and at individual Agencies, on both active databases and in archive systems, and in electronic as well as hard copy form. The Agencies will store all information related to the ORCA Program for as long as they believe it useful or required by applicable law.
When you send an email or letter with questions or comments to the ORCA Program or an Agency, or if you provide your contact information when ordering ORCA Cards, ORCA Products or services, the Agencies may retain these communications, and use your email address and other information included in your correspondence in order to process your communications, respond to you and improve our services.
- Public Records
The Washington Public Records Act (Chapter 42.56 RCW) (“Act”) applies to all records related to the ORCA Program including but not limited to: any data and reports related to the issuance, loading and use of ORCA Cards; PII that you provide; and the emails, comments, and other communications between you and any of the ORCA Agencies. Generally, public records are available for inspection and copying by the public, but the Act exempts some records from mandatory disclosure. For example, the Act contains the following exemptions from mandatory disclosure:
RCW 42.56.330(4) The personally identifying information of current or former participants or applicants in a paratransit or other transit service operated for the benefit of persons with disabilities or elderly persons.
RCW 42.56.330(5) The personally identifying information of persons who acquire and use transit passes or other fare payment media including, but not limited to, stored value smart cards and magnetic strip cards, except that an agency may disclose personally identifying information to a person, employer, educational institution, or other entity that is responsible, in whole or in part, for payment of the cost of acquiring or using a transit pass or other fare payment media for the purpose of preventing fraud. As used in this subsection, “personally identifying information” includes acquisition or use information pertaining to a specific, individual transit pass or fare payment media.
(a) Information regarding the acquisition or use of transit passes or fare payment media may be disclosed in aggregate form if the data does not contain any personally identifying information.
(b) Personally identifying information may be released to a parent or guardian who provided PII for a youth Cardholder under age 13, or to law enforcement agencies if the request is accompanied by a court order.
The Agencies reserve their discretion, if any, to release or withhold records in accordance with the Act. The Agencies reserve the right to impose fees in accordance with the Act for responding to requests for inspection and copying of records.
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Statement and the Public Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.
- Information Security - Notice to Users
This Privacy Statement should not be construed in any way as providing business, legal or other advice, or warranting as fail-proof, the security of information provided by or submitted to the ORCA Website the ORCA App or otherwise submitted to the ORCA Program or Agencies through customer participation in the ORCA Program. Due to the nature of internet communications and evolving technologies, the Agencies cannot provide, and disclaim, assurance that the information you provide to them will remain free from loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties, who, despite the Agencies’ efforts, may obtain unauthorized access.
If, despite the ORCA Program’s information security measures, unencrypted “personal information” held by the Agencies was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person, the Agencies shall notify the data subject(s) in accordance with RCW 42.56.590. For the definition of “personal information” ORCA refers to RCW 42.56.590(10).
Any participating ORCA Agency may provide notice to you, including (without limitation) legal notices, notices of amendments and notice (as/if required) of breach of an information system, by posting notice on myORCA.com, by emailing you, or by any other means that is lawful.
- Changes to Personally Identifiable Information
The Agencies depend on the users of ORCA Cards and ORCA Products to update their own PII whenever necessary. To update your personal details and modify or terminate your ORCA card registration or Autoload authorization, you may use the ORCA App, ORCA Website or contact an ORCA Customer Service office.
- NO WARRANTIES
THE AGENCIES HAVE ADOPTED PROCEDURES AND MEASURES THEY BELIEVE TO BE COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE TO PROTECT ANY INFORMATION COLLECTED FOR THE ORCA PROGRAM INCLUDING INFORMATION COLLECTED ON THE ORCA WEBSITE. HOWEVER, NO ONE IN THE AGENCIES GUARANTEES INFORMATION SECURITY OR WARRANTS THAT THE INFORMATION (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PII) COLLECTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE ORCA PROGRAM WILL REMAIN FREE FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OR DISCLOSURE, LOSS, MISUSE, ALTERATION OR THEFT AND THE AGENCIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY SUCH OBLIGATION.
- Governing Law and Venue
This Statement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to any conflict of law provisions. Any dispute arising under this Statement shall be resolved exclusively by the state or federal courts sitting in King County, Washington that have jurisdiction over the matter.
- Questions or Comments on this Privacy Statement
Please direct any questions or comments regarding this Privacy Statement to the Regional ORCA Operations Team as follows.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 888-988-6722 / TTY: 711, during regular business hours
Mail: ORCA Director
401 S Jackson St.
Seattle WA 98104
When we receive formal written questions or complaints at this address, it is our policy to contact the complainant regarding their concerns.
- Changes to this Privacy Statement
This Privacy Statement may change over time to reflect changes in our information practices or relevant laws. We expect most changes will be minor. Significant changes will be posted as an “alert” located at the top of the ORCA Website pages. The date of the most recent revision of this Statement will be located at the top of the page and prior versions will be kept in an archive for your review upon request.
We will post changes to this Statement at least ten (10) days before they take effect. Any information we collect under the current Privacy Statement will remain subject to the terms of this Statement. After any changes take effect, all new information we collect, if any, will be subject to the new Statement.
Alternate formats of the ORCA Privacy Statement are available upon request.
888-988-6722 / TTY: 711