Control Connections is committed to respecting your right to privacy and protecting your personal information. We are bound by the Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) and any relevant Health Privacy Principles under state legislation, as well as other applicable laws and codes affecting your personal information. Our staff is trained to respect your privacy in accordance with our standards, policies and procedures.
Collecting your personal information
If you are acquiring or have acquired a product or service from Control Connections, the Company will collect and hold your personal information for the purposes of:
- providing you with the relevant product or service (including assessing your application and identifying you)
- managing and administering the product or service
Control Connections may also collect your personal information for the purpose of letting you know about products or services or promotions or other opportunities in which you may be interested. The information collected may include your name, postal or email address, date of birth, financial details, tax file number or other information the Company considers necessary. We will, if it is reasonable or practicable to do so, collect your personal information from you. This may happen when you fill out a product or service application or an administrative form (eg a change of address form), or when you give us personal information over the telephone or counter, or through Control Connections website. In certain cases we collect your personal information from third parties.
Using and disclosing your personal information
In line with modern business practices common to many companies and to meet your specific needs we may disclose your personal information to the organisations described below. Where your personal information is disclosed we will seek to ensure that the information is held, used or disclosed consistently with Control Connections Privacy Principles, any relevant Health Privacy Principles under state legislation and other applicable privacy laws and codes. The relevant organisations are those
- involved in providing, managing or administering your product or service such as third party suppliers, loyalty and affinity program partners, printers, posting services, call centres and our advisers
- company members who wish to tell you about their products or services that might better serve your needs or promotions or other opportunities, and their related service providers, except where you tell us not to
- involved in maintaining, reviewing and developing our business systems, procedures and infrastructure including testing or upgrading our computer systems
- as required or authorised by law, for example, to government or regulatory bodies for purposes related to public health or safety, the prevention or detection of unlawful activities or to protect public revenue
- where you have given your consent.
Marketing our products and services
It is our practice to seek your consent to use or disclose your personal information to let you know about, and develop, products and services that might better serve your needs or promotions or other opportunities in which you may be interested. This may be done after an initial marketing contact. We assume we have your consent to use service providers to assist us with this (such as a posting service or an advertising agency), unless you tell us otherwise.
Personal information accuracy
We aim to make sure that the personal information we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. We will take reasonable steps to make sure this is the case. This way we can provide you with better service. If you believe your personal information is not accurate, complete or up to date, please contact us.
Protecting your personal information
We store information in different ways, including in paper and electronic form. The security of your personal information is important to us and we take reasonable steps to protect it from misuse and loss and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Some of the ways we do this are:
- confidentiality requirements for our employees
- document storage security policies
- security measures for systems access
- only allowing access to personal information where the individual seeking access has satisfied our identification requirements
- access control for our buildings
We take care to ensure that the personal information you give us on our website is protected. For example, our websites have electronic security systems in place, including the use of firewalls
Links to Other Sites
You may be able to access external websites by clicking on links we have provided. Those other websites are not subject to our privacy standards, policies and procedures. You will need to contact or review those websites directly to ascertain their privacy standards, policies and procedures.
Gaining access to your personal information
You can gain access to your personal information. This is subject to some exceptions allowed by law. Factors affecting a right to access include:
- access would pose a serious threat to the life or health of any individual
- access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others
- a frivolous or vexatious request
- the information relates to a commercially sensitive decision making process
- access would be unlawful
- access would prejudice enforcement activities relating to criminal activities and other breaches of law, public revenue, a security function or negotiations with you
- legal dispute resolution proceedings
- denying access is required or authorised by or under law.
We will give you reasons if we deny access. Contact us in writing requesting access. In some cases we may be able to deal with your request over the telephone or over a counter.
Using government identifiers
Although in certain circumstances we are required to collect government identifiers such as your tax file number, we do not use or disclose this information other than when required or authorised by law or unless you have voluntarily consented to disclose this information to any third party.
Dealing with us anonymously
You can deal with us anonymously where it is lawful and practicable to do so.
Your sensitive information
Without your consent we will not collect information about you that reveals your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or affiliations, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, details of health, disability, sexual orientation, or criminal record. This is subject to some exceptions including the collection is required by law when the information is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal claim
Resolving your privacy issues
You can contact us directly by clicking on the Contact Us above. For more information about privacy in general, you can visit the Federal Privacy Commissioner’s website www.privacy.gov.au