1.2 ‘Personal information’ is defined under section 6 of the Act as:
… Information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable:
a – whether the information or opinion is true or not; and
b – whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not.
2. The kinds of personal information we collect and hold
2.1 In conducting our business, we carry out activities that involve handling personal information. Such activities include:
2.1.1 obtaining sufficient customer and prospective customer details for communication, quoting, carrying out works, providing relevant information and updates and improving design and installation processes;
2.1.2 marketing campaigns including periodic email bulletins;
2.1.3 receiving and addressing complaints;
2.1.4 managing staff and contractors; and
2.1.5 operating the Mod Cons website
2.2 Accordingly, from time to time, we may request your personal information. This may include (but is not limited to) your name, address, date of birth, contact details, income, assets and liabilities, account balances, tax and financial statements, employment details and citizenship or residency status.
3. How we collect and hold personal information
3.1 Generally, all of the personal information that we collect will be received directly from you.
3.2 We collect your personal information via online contact and enquiries, your oral or written instructions to us, applications and request forms, subscription to our database and from inspections and observations of your property.
3.3 Occasionally, we may be required to collect your personal information from external sources such as credit references and third party contractors engaged to perform services for you.
4. Why we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information
4.1 Ensuring that we service our customers’ needs is vital to our business. We strive to service our customers’ needs by providing prompt and professional services and products. To understand our customers’ and prospective customers’ needs, we collect and hold certain types of personal information.
4.2 We may use and disclose your personal information in effectively operating our business and rendering services to you. We may also use and disclose your personal information when:
4.2.1 assisting you with your questions, concerns and complaints;
4.2.2 arranging for services to be provided to you by third party contractors;
4.2.3 refining and enhancing our customer service and interactions; and
4.2.4 maintaining our internal record keeping for audit and training purposes.
4.3 In performing services for you, we may be required to share your personal information with third parties, which could include:
4.3.1 contractors and technicians;
4.3.3 inspectors and experts;
4.3.5 credit providers;
4.3.6 courts, tribunals and other dispute resolution bodies in the course of a dispute;
4.3.7 any other person to whom you have authorised us to disclose your personal information; and
4.3.8 disclosures authorised or required by law to government and/or regulatory bodies.
5. Protecting your personal information
5.1 Regardless of how we have collected your personal information, we take steps to ensure that it is held securely and not subject to misuse, unauthorised access, modification, improper disclosure and/or loss. This includes training our staff and contractors to respect the sensitivity and confidentiality of your personal information.
5.2 Once collected, we store your personal information on protected computer facilities and databases and hardcopy paper files.
6. How you can access your personal information
6.1 If you wish to access or find out about your personal information that we hold, please contact us by email or post (see Clause 9) and we will endeavour to respond as promptly as possible.
6.2 There is no fee payable to us for making a request to access your personal information. However, if you require a copy of your personal information in hardcopy, we may charge you for the reasonable disbursements incurred.
6.3 In some circumstances, we may be entitled to partially or fully refuse your request for access to your personal information. This may occur if your personal information has been co-mingled with commercial sensitive, privileged or otherwise confidential material.
7. How to make a complaint We take your privacy concerns very seriously. If you wish to make a complaint in relation to your handling of your personal information, we request that you contact us by email or post immediately (see Clause 9).
7.1 To enable us to quickly and meaningfully address your complaint, we request that you fully particularise your concerns with as much detail as possible. If there has been a specific incident of which you wish to complain, if possible please include the date, time, location and people involved in the incident.
7.2 We will endeavour to respond to any complaints as promptly as possible.
7.3 If, after providing us with an opportunity to address your complaint, you are still not satisfied with our response, you can contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner via www.oaic.gov.au or 1300 363 992.
8. Disclosure of your personal information outside of Australia
8.1 In order to improve our product design and installation processes, we engage the services of a design firm based in Vietnam. Sometimes your personal information may be shared with the design firm in order to tailor products and installation to meet your requirements.
8.2 We also have Mod Cons agents based in Canada. From time-to-time, our agents may have cause to access our computer database which may contain your personal information. Any access of personal information will be for our internal use to improve our products, services and customer satisfaction.
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