Data Privacy and Protection

Our customers trust us to safeguard the privacy of their personal and financial information — a responsibility that tops our list of priorities. To ensure that we earn and keep their trust, we continue to add new tools to our already-robust fraud detection and prevention program.

We classify all personally identifiable information (PII) as either general PII, sensitive PII or Business Contact Information. In 2018, we broadened our definition of PII to include personal data about an individual's characteristics, behaviors and demographics. This broader definition allows for expanded protection of our customers' data.We also launched an advanced platform that analyzes transactions for suspicious activity and provides real-time alerts. Finally, we invested in new tools that further validate a customer's identity, strengthening our efforts to protect against identity theft and fraudulent account openings.

We recognize that protecting our customers' information is a partnership. We actively reach out to and educate our customers on spotting and preventing fraudulent activity. We do this through security alerts, through messages on bank statements and on social media platforms, through blog posts, and in branches. Accounts feature security options to help customers protect their information.

Every year, all PNC employees and contractors are required to complete annual security and privacy training that covers a wide range of topics — from safeguarding customer data to detecting and preventing money laundering. As of December 2018, 99.9% of all employees had completed the training. Our employees also receive training that is tailored to the area of the bank in which they work. For example, in 2018, employees who work directly with customers were trained on an enhanced customer due-diligence program, designed to address changes made to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Customer Due Diligence Rule.

Quarterly phishing exercises also help raise employee awareness of the dangers of this activity and help them hone their ability to identify a potential attempt. These tests enhance our ability to identify, assess, communicate, respond to and recover from a cyber incident.

Our security program is regularly examined by federal regulators for compliance with financial regulations and industry best practices. PNC's program aligns with widely recognized standards and is audited, along with our systems, annually. On the international side, we have put processes in place to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for our European Union customers and the Personal Informational Protection and Electronic Documents Act that governs the protection of data for our Canadian customers.

Visit the PNC Security and Privacy Center to learn more.

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Recognized for our Efforts

Corporate Awards & Recognition


  • Most Powerful Women in Banking, American Banker (2021)
  • Best Overall Bank for Students,, (2021-2022)
  • Best Private Banks, Global Finance World (2022)
  • No. 3 Paycheck Protection Program Lender in U.S. (2021)
  • U.S. Best Bank, Euromoney Awards for Excellence (2020)

Corporate Responsibility

Our Communities & Responsible Business Practices

  • Outstanding Community Reinvestment Act rating in every evaluation since the law was enacted in 1977
  • 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Barron’s (2022)
  • America’s Most Responsible Companies, Newsweek (2021)

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion


  • 100% Score on Disability Equality Index® (DEI®) Best Places to Work™ (2021)
  • Top 50 Employers, Equal Opportunity Magazine (2021)
  • Top 50 Employers, CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine (2021)


  • Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality, Human Rights Campaign, for 10 consecutive years (2022)
  • Top LGBTQ+ Friendly, Black EOE Journal (2021)
  • Best-of-the-Best Corporation for Inclusion, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and National Business Inclusion Consortium, (2021)


  • Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies, Top Veteran-Friendly Supplier Diversity Programs, U.S. Veterans Magazine (2021)


  • Gender-Equality Index, Bloomberg (2022)
  • Top Companies for Executive Women, Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Best Companies for Working Mothers, Seramount (2021)
  • 50 Out Front: Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers, Diversity MBA Magazine (2021)
  • Top 70 Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives (2021)
  • Best Finance Companies for Women, Fairygodboss (2021)