This document was last updated 30 July 2015 and seeks to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles 2014 and the Mobile Privacy Guidelines September 2013 published by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. CHOICE may change this statement from time to time by updating this page. It is your responsibility to check this page to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy must be read in conjunction with the CHOICE Terms and conditions.
CHOICE is committed to ensuring that your privacy is secure.
This Privacy Statement sets out how CHOICE uses and protects any information that you give us when you use any CHOICE Site. When we refer to CHOICE Site we mean any CHOICE website, mobile site, social media site, email from CHOICE, any downloadable applications (apps) and any other CHOICE platform and/or technology whether known now or created in the future.
From time to time, when you use one or more of the Sites, we may ask you to provide certain personal information to us so that we can recognise you, provide the services that you have requested of us and to communicate to you. The information may be stored by us but, will only ever be used in accordance with the terms of this privacy statement. We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service.
What we collect
The information we may collect and store is limited to:
- Billing information such as your name, contact information including an email, postal address, phone number,
- Any other information we deem reasonably necessary for the provision of goods and services to you.
We may collect this information via customer surveys, user reviews and opinions and through your engagement with the Sites for whether logged on or not.
What we do with the information we gather
We use the information:
- To offer you a more personalised service and experience
- For internal record keeping, such as billing
- To improve our products and services
- To customise the Sites according to your interests
- To periodically telephone you and/or send you promotional emails, texts, faxes or mail about new products, special offers, magazines, books or other information which we think you may find interesting. We will use the email address which you have provided.
You may unsubscribe or opt-out from our emails at any time by following the link provided at the bottom of such emails.
Sharing of information
We share non-identifiable data with third parties such as Google, Facebook, Optimisely and others.
Our main technology partners are Crazy Egg, DoubleClick (inc. DoubleClick Floodlight & DoubleClick Spotlight), Google Adwords Conversion, Google Analytics, Adobe Media Optimizer, Facebook Social Plugins, Google +1, ShareThis, Optimizely, BazaarVoice, Flashtalking, Rocketfuel and Sociomantics.
We have put in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to secure any information collected online from misuse, interference or loss, and in order to prevent unauthorised access, modification or disclosure to that information. We monitor new technologies and use our best endeavours to anticipate and block hackers.
Our main servers are located in Australia and our suppliers have servers based in Australia and overseas including the USA, Canada and Singapore. As a necessary part of doing business online, your information may be accessible to the owners of the aforementioned servers but, not in a manner that would identify you. Your information is stored on third party servers for the purposes of storage only. Nevertheless, we have used our best endeavours to ensure that any recipients of your information will not be in breach of this policy.
To the extent that information may be held in a cloud or you access an app, we have, in conjunction with our designers and third party suppliers, adopted a privacy by design approach where we have introduced privacy measures into the design of the technology we use and we are constantly improving on those designs.
A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies, if you prefer. However, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the Sites. You can read more about cookies and how to delete them.
How we use website analytics
One or more of the Sites use Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google, 3rd party platforms and/or cloud based services. We use data provided by Google Analytics to help us understand the usage habits of users and members. To ensure your privacy, we will only provide Google Analytics our internal IDs or web visitor IDs. Those IDs will not provide any identifiable personal information. The information we provide Google Analytics is only identifiable within our systems. Outside our systems, the information can't be attached to any particular customer.
Other websites, platforms and technology
One or more of the Sites may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links please note that we do not have any control over that other website and we do not endorse or condone its content. We cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting other sites that are not governed by this Privacy Statement. Please exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Controlling and accessing your personal information
You may restrict the collection or use of your personal information at any time.
If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Details Correction”.
We will not sell or lease your personal information to third parties except for CHOICE’s direct marketing purposes, where we have your permission, or where we are required by law to do so.
We may send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting unless you tell us that you do not wish for this to happen.
We take all reasonable steps to ensure your information is as accurate and up to date as possible. However, if you believe that any information we are holding about you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible at email@example.com with the subject heading “Details Correction”. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect. There is no charge for this correction.
You may request details of the personal information which we hold about you under the Australian Privacy Principles unless prescribed by laws or regulations. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Request for Personal Information”.
If you wish to make a complaint
If you believe any of our services breach the Australian Privacy Principles, or a relevant code, please email us at email@example.com with the subject heading “Privacy Complaint”.
We will respond to your complaint as soon as possible, at least within 30 calendar days. If you feel that we have not adequately addressed your complaint, or you receive no response after 30 calendar days, you may make a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). Please see their guide for more details.