Version: 20 April 2021
Canstar Blue Pty Limited A.C.N. 142 285 434 (“Canstar Blue”) recognises the importance of protecting your privacy and abides by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the (amended) Privacy Act 1988.
When we refer to our ‘website’, we are referring to the Canstar Blue website on any device and social media sites; emails we send; Canstar apps; competitions and scholarships we run; and any new technology we implement on any of these platforms.
What information do we collect?
Because we strive to provide our website users with personalised services showing the information most relevant to them, from time to time we request and store some private information about you. We will only use that information in accordance with this policy.
The types of information we keep on record will depend on the type of product or service requested by you.
Generally, we keep a record of the following types of information about you:
- personal information that you give us when you use the website or interact on our social media pages, such as your name, address and postcode, age, and gender;
- personal information that you give to us when you enter our competitions or apply for our scholarships;
- if you use a forum, feedback/rating tool, calculator, online survey or other tool (“Website Tool”) on our website, the information that you enter into the Website Tool;
- your IP address for your interaction with various parts of our website. Your IP address is the identifier for your computer when you are using the internet;
- other information voluntarily provided by you;
- any other information we need to enable us to deliver services to you;
- personal information that you give to us when you visit the Canstar Blue office, such as photographs we take of you with your permission, and physical or digital signatures.
We do not seek to collect sensitive information (for example health information or information about your racial or ethnic origin or any criminal record), unless it is necessary for our business purposes. If we do have to collect sensitive information, we will do so in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles.
During our dealings with you, we may gather information about you relating to all products and services that we or our business partners provide to you. This information is used to help us decide how we can improve our service delivery to you.
We collect and hold information about you when you:
- complete an online form or use a Website Tool;
- provide us with your email address and/or telephone number;
- access and use our services through our website; or
- sign in as a visitor to the Canstar Blue office.
We also collect some statistical information about visitors to our website (for example, the number of visitors, pages viewed, types of transactions conducted, time online and documents downloaded). Some of this statistical information is collected by using cookies, but none of the statistical information we collect allows us to identify a visitor. We use this information to evaluate our website performance and continually improve our services. We may disclose this information in an aggregated form to third parties including advertisers or potential advertisers and website analytics services such as Google Analytics. Other than statistical information, we do not collect any information about you through our website unless you voluntarily provide the information to us.
As you browse Canstar Blue’s website, advertising cookies will be placed on your computer so that we can understand what you are interested in. Our display advertising partners from time to time enable us to present you with retargeting advertising on other sites based on your previous interaction with Canstar Blue. The techniques our partners employ do not collect personal information such as your name, email address, postal address, or telephone number. You can visit this page to opt out of targeted advertising if the advertiser is a member of NAI.
You need not give us any of the personal information about you or any other person which may be requested in our communications with you. However, without that information, we may not be able to fulfill your request or provide you with an appropriate level of service.
How do we use your personal information?
We use your personal information to:
- respond to your requests and directions;
- provide products and services to you;
- administer competitions and scholarships, and provide competition and scholarship prizes;
- deal with complaints or issues you may have in relation to our services;
- review your dealings with us, including the products and services you use, your potential needs, and new products that might be of interest to you or other customers;
- ensure our internal business operations are running smoothly which may include fulfilling legal requirements and conducting confidential systems maintenance and testing;
- help preserve the personal safety and security of our premises, customers, website users, staff and the public; and
- provide you with relevant and timely advertising.
We also use information we collect to help us decide how we can improve our service delivery to you, or to provide you with information that we think may be of interest to you. If you have provided us with your email address and subscribed to any of our Newsletters, we may send you information from time to time that we think is relevant to you and your interests. The Canstar Blue Newsletters include:
- the periodic “Consumer News” emails sent by Canstar Blue; and
- any other newsletters that Canstar Blue sends from time to time.
Information collected by cookies or tracking tags on our website may be disclosed in a non- identified or aggregated format to third parties including website analytics services such as Google Analytics), data management platform operators, advertisers, referral partners and media agencies. Cookies are used to improve and personalise your experience of particular products and services, measure your use of those products and services, show you relevant advertising and to determine your device type and settings to provide you with tailored services. We do not share your personal information with our partners unless it is required for the provision of a particular website service, and we have disclosed this to you and you have consented.
Canstar utilise Google Analytics Signals to analyse how visitors use our website and for compiling statistical reports. Information collected by the Google Analytics cookie is transmitted to, and stored by, Google in accordance with its privacy practices. To opt out of Google Analytics, please visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
How do we store personal information?
We provide a robust level of security when you use our online products and services. We have physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your information which is held by us.
Access to information stored electronically is restricted to staff whose job purpose requires access. We use secure methods to destroy or de-identify any personal information as soon as the law permits, provided the information is no longer needed by us for any purpose.
Can we disclose personal information?
We must get your consent before we disclose your personal information. You can give us your consent expressly or it may be implied by your conduct.
By using our services you are deemed to have consented to our use, disclosure and other matters in relation to your personal information, as set out in this policy.
We may publish the names of competition or scholarship winners as set out in the terms and conditions of the relevant competition or scholarship.
We may disclose your personal information:
- to our external service providers such as IT service providers (e.g. a provider of web hosting services). Some of these may be located overseas. Canstar Blue may store your personal information on servers in overseas web hosting facilities.
- to product and services providers for operational purposes, and also because from time to time they may choose to provide you with information about their products and services by ordinary post or email. You may opt-out of receipt of such marketing at any time by contacting directly those organisations which have obtained your information. If you do not have their details, you can request them from Canstar’s Privacy Officer (details below).
- to any organisation which you request us to, including a financial adviser, service provider, product specialist, broker, solicitor, or accountant,
- to our related companies and other organisations where reasonable to do so in relation to the operation of our business,
- give, sell, license or rent for use by third parties, within Australia or outside Australia;
- to protect and defend our rights or property,
- if we consider it necessary to do so in order to enforce or apply the terms of any of our agreements with you,
- to contractors providing licensed collections services, credit card payment processing and CRM services, who comply with our privacy and security policies,
- to review and collate statistical data in respect of the various products and services that you have viewed and commented on if we sell our business or part of it,
- in extreme circumstances, to protect the personal safety of our customers, website users, staff or the public,
- to law enforcement, regulatory and government bodies, government agencies and courts, if we are required to by law to do so.
We take reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
Cross Border disclosure of personal information
- From time to time Canstar may store (disclose) your personal information on servers in overseas web hosting facilities
- The Australian Privacy Principles require that we take reasonable steps, dependent on the circumstances of that personal information, to ensure that the overseas service provider to whom personal information is disclosed does not breach Australian privacy laws (the “Requirement”).
- When you provide us with your personal information you consent to the disclosure of your information to an overseas provider.
- Your consent to this disclosure means that the Requirement does not apply and Canstar Blue will not be held accountable under the Privacy Act for any breaches of the Privacy Act by the overseas provider.
- Where commercially feasible, Canstar Blue will contract with hosting providers who comply with the Australian Privacy Principles.
Amendment of this policy
If you do not wish to receive information about our products and services then please tell us. You can do this at any time by writing to us or telephoning us at the contact details listed below.
Access to your information
You can request access at any time to personal information we hold about you by using the contact details below. We will process your request within a reasonable time, usually 14 days for a straightforward request. More time may be needed, depending on the nature of the request. There is no fee for requesting access to your information; however, we may charge you the reasonable cost of processing your request. Sometimes we are not required to provide you with access – for example, if the law says we can deny access. If we refuse you access to your personal information, we will tell you the reason why.
Correction of information
We try to ensure that all information we hold about you which we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up to date. You must promptly notify us if there are any changes to your personal information. You may ask us at any time to correct personal information held by us about you, which you believe is incorrect or out of date. We will deal with your request within a reasonable time.
In this policy, reference to “we/us” means CANSTAR Blue Pty Limited A.C.N. 142 285 434 (“Canstar Blue”).
Canstar Blue will never send you emails requesting bank account details.
Please be aware that if you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Canstar Blue offering to sell you a product or service, these calls are fraudulent. These scams are also known as ‘cold calling’, with scammers sometimes pretending to be a sales team member.
Scammers also send ‘phishing’ emails asking consumers to ‘verify’ and ‘record’ personal financial details or to view a document by clicking on a link. These links often lead to fake websites. Do not reply to these types of emails and do not click on any links.
Please do not provide any information in response to unsolicited phone calls or phishing emails. If you’ve received a telephone call or an email of this type, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 3837 4160 immediately.
If in doubt, do not provide any details.
Contact Details and Complaints
By telephone: (07) 3837 4100 9am – 5pm on business days in Brisbane, Qld.
By email: email@example.com
We will try to answer any questions you may have, correct any error on our part or resolve any complaint that you may have about our information handling practices. If we do not resolve a complaint to your satisfaction, you also have the right to complain to the Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Tel: 1300 363 992 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org