This privacy statement is made on behalf of GroupTogether Pty Ltd ABN 43 159 697 668. All references to “GroupTogether”, “we”, “us” or “our” in this policy are references to GroupTogether Pty Ltd.
GroupTogether is committed to protecting your privacy and to compliance with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). If you have any questions relating to this privacy statement or your privacy rights please contact us.
This Privacy Statement sets out the policy of GroupTogether for management of personal information. We are committed to ensuring the privacy of your information and recognise that you, as a customer, are concerned about your privacy and about the confidentiality and security of information that GroupTogether may hold about you.
Personal information is information or an opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion. GroupTogether may also collect any personal information necessary for the purposes of complying with the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006, where applicable.
The information we collect from you will depend on what services we provide to you and may include the following:
OPEN AND TRANSPARENT MANAGEMENT OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
GroupTogether seeks to ensure that personal information we hold about an individual is managed in an open and transparent manner. We have implemented procedures to ensure compliance with the Australian Privacy Principles and any applicable codes, and to deal with any complaints relating to our compliance therewith.
COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
This policy details how GroupTogether adheres to the Australian Privacy Principles regarding the collection of solicited personal information. GroupTogether only collects personal information directly from individuals, which is reasonably necessary for the provision of our services, and only by lawful and fair means. Information is generally sought through our account application forms, in which the purpose is articulated. Accordingly, we will always ensure you are apprised of our purpose in collecting information, and your right to gain access to such information. If you do not provide the information requested, we may be unable to provide you with our services.
Please note that generally we will only use the personal information (e.g. postal address, e-mail address, telephone numbers, facsimile number, date of birth, bank account details, details related to the provision of verification and identification documentation) we collect for the main purposes disclosed at the time of collection such as to provide financial services.
Where possible we will collect the information directly from you via our online registration. When you visit our web site our web server collects the following types of information for statistical purposes:
No attempt is made to identify individual users from this information.
The GroupTogether web site may contain links to the web sites of third parties. If you access those third party web sites they may collect information about you. GroupTogether does not collect information about you from the third parties. You will need to contact them to ascertain their privacy standards.
A cookie is a small text file placed on your computer hard drive by a web page server. Cookies may be accessed later by our web server. Cookies store information about your use of our web site. Cookies also allow us to provide you with more personalised service when using our web site.
Most web browsers are set to accept cookies but you may configure your browser not to accept cookies. If you set your browser to reject cookies you may not be able to make full use of the GroupTogether web site.
We may share Web site usage information about visitors to the Web site with reputable advertising companies for targeting our Internet banner advertisements on this site and other sites. For this purpose, pixel tags (also called clear gifs or web beacons) may be used to note the pages you have visited. The information collected by the advertising company through the use of these pixel tags is not personally identifiable.
If you provide us with your e-mail address during a visit to our web site it will only be used for the purpose for which you provided it to us. It will not be added to a mailing list without your consent unless the mailing list is related to the purpose for which you provided your e-mail address to us. We may use your e-mail address, for example, to provide you with information about a particular service or respond to a message you have sent to us.
If you use one of our services and provide your e-mail address to us so that we may communicate with you through e-mail, we may also use your e-mail address to advise you of upgrades and changes to those services.
UNSOLICITED PERSONAL INFORMATION
Where we receive personal information about an individual which is unsolicited by us and not required for the provision of our services, we will destroy the information (provided it is lawful and reasonable for us to do so).
NOTIFICATION OF THE COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
When we obtain personal information about you, we ensure that you have our contact details and that you are aware of the collection of information and our purposes for doing so. As per above, we are unable to provide certain services if the requested information is not provided. We do not disclose your information to third parties, unless they are related entities or services providers, in which case they are required to conform to our procedures.
USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
GroupTogether collects and holds personal information about an individual for the purpose of providing services. We collect this information with your consent as per our online registration process or other documentation, for the primary purpose disclosed to you at the time of collection.
We may disclose your personal information where it is required or authorised by law.
We may use your personal information to:
We may disclose your personal information to:
To help us improve our services to you, we may engage another business to help us to carry out certain internal functions such as account processing, fulfillment, client service, client satisfaction surveys or other data collection activities relevant to our business. We may also provide a party with client information from our database to help us to analyse and identify client needs and notify clients of product and service offerings. Use of the information shared is strictly limited to the performance of the task we request and for no other purpose.
GroupTogether requires any party that has access to personal information to conform to our privacy standards.
GroupTogether will only use personal information obtained for the provision of our services, for the secondary purpose of direct marketing where:
Often the law requires us to advise you of certain changes to products/ services or regulations. You will continue to receive this information from us even if you choose not to receive direct marketing information from us. We will not disclose your information to any outside parties for the purpose of allowing them to directly market to you.
CROSS BORDER DISCLOSURE/SENSITIVE INFORMATION/USE OF GOVERNMENT IDENTIFIERS/ANONYMITY & PSUEDONYMITY
GroupTogether does not, for the purposes of the Privacy Act, transfer personal information overseas nor does it collect sensitive information. Wherever lawful and practicable, individuals may deal anonymously with GroupTogether but given the nature of our services, that will not always be a viable option. GroupTogether does not use official identifiers (e.g. tax file numbers) to identify individuals. An individual’s name or Australian Business Number is not an identifier for the purposes of the Privacy Act and hence may be used to identify individuals.
QUALITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
GroupTogether takes all reasonable steps to ensure the personal information held about individuals is accurate, up-to-date and complete. We verify personal information at the point of collection. The accuracy of records is also maintained by regular mail-out of statements.
GroupTogether encourage you to help us by telling us immediately if you change your contact details (such as your phone number, street address or email address) or if any of your details need to be corrected or updated. A person wishing to update their personal information may contact our staff or the Privacy Officer on the contact details shown within this document.
ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION
Where a person requests access to their personal information, our policy is, subject to certain conditions (as outlined below) to permit access. GroupTogether will correct personal information where that information is found to be inaccurate, incomplete or out of date. We will not charge you a fee for your access request but may charge you the reasonable cost of processing your request.
If a person wishes to access their personal information or correct it, they should contact the Privacy Officer, and we will seek to provide such information within a reasonable period of time, and in the manner so requested (where reasonable to do so).
GroupTogether may not always be able to give you access to all the personal information we hold about you. If this is the case, we will provide a written explanation of the reasons for our refusal, together with details of our complaints process for if you wish to challenge the decision.
We may not be able to give you access to information in the following circumstances:
ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing at [email protected]
GroupTogether.com will not charge any fee for your access request, but may charge an administrative fee for providing a copy of your Personal Information.
In order to protect your Personal Information we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.
CORRECT OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Where GroupTogether believes information we hold about an individual is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading, OR an individual requests us to correct information held about them, GroupTogether will take all reasonable steps to correct such information in a reasonable time frame. No fees are payable for such requests. If you request us to similarly advise a relevant third party of such correction, we will facilitate that notification unless impracticable or unlawful for us to do so.
If GroupTogether intends to refuse to comply with your correction request, we will notify you in writing of our reasons for such refusal, and the complaints process you may GroupTogether if you wish to challenge that decision. You may also request that we associate the personal information we hold with a statement regarding your view of its inaccuracy.
NOTIFIABLE DATA BREACHES SCHEME
We will report ‘eligible data breaches’ to the affected individual(s) and the Australian Information Commissioner in relation to the (including suspected) unauthorised access or disclosure of personal information held, which is likely to result in serious harm to the relevant individual(s), and where we have been unable to prevent the likely risk of serious harm with remedial action.
We will formulate a data breach response plan, to limit any negative consequences of such a breach. An effective response involves a process to contain, assess, notify and review.
SECURITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We take reasonable steps and precautions to keep personal information secure from loss, misuse, and interference, and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure
If you use the Internet to communicate with us, you should be aware that there are inherent risks in transmitting information over the Internet. GroupTogether does not have control over information while in transit over the Internet and we cannot guarantee its security.
Where information is no longer required to be held or retained by GroupTogether for any purpose or legal obligation, we will take all reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify the information accordingly.
If you have a complaint relating to our compliance with privacy laws or our treatment of your personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer at the contact details above. We will investigate your complaint and endeavour to resolve the issue to your satisfaction. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by telephoning 1300 363 992 or visiting their website at www.oaic.gov.au