1. Respecting your privacy
My Byte is committed to compliance with privacy laws which apply to its businesses and which set out standards for the management of personal information. This policy outlines our personal information management practices. Specifically:
- The kinds of personal information we collect and hold;
- How we collect and hold it;
- The purposes for which we collect, hold, use and disclose it;
- Your right to access and seek correction of it;
- How you may complain about privacy matters; and
- Our sharing of your personal information overseas.
There are some matters to which this policy does not apply. These are referred to below (see clause 9 below).
2. What kinds of personal information do we collect and hold?
The personal information we collect and hold is what is reasonably necessary for our business functions and activities. When we collect and hold personal information, it is of the following kinds:
- Your personal details such as your name, addresses, telephone numbers, age and gender;
- Your customer reference number;
- Any rewards and redemption details applicable to your registration; and
- Whether you have a connection with others whose personal information we may collect or hold, for example family members who may be linked to your customer registration;
- What, how and when you buy from us or have expressed an interest in buying from us;
- Your stated or likely preferences, for example whether you may be interested in particular products or promotions.
Some of our products and services require us to collect personal information from you, for distributors and courier services. We also collect health information from you for the purpose of determining any public liability issues involving you. This information is only used to provide you with those services or to manage such issues. Depending on the nature of your dealings with us, we may collect and hold other types of personal information. For example, information collected and held via our secure financial systems about the debit or credit card you might use for your purchases from us.
You generally have the option of not identifying yourself or of using a pseudonym when dealing with us. But not where this is impractical (for example when you shop online with us) or where the law or a court order provides otherwise.
3. How do we collect and hold personal information?
Collection of personal information: When we collect personal information about you, we do so by making a record of it. We do this when:
- You register with us, for example to create an account, or to send you information;
- You communicate with us online;
- You take part in our promotions, competitions, testimonials, surveys and focus groups;
- You deal with us in other ways involving a need for personal information to be provided such as when you make a lay-by, contact one of our call centres or bring a claim against us.
We may also collect personal information about you by accessing data from other sources and then analysing that data together with the information we already hold about you in order to learn more about your likely preferences and interests. When you visit our websites, social media pages or mobile applications or click on our advertisements on the online media of other companies, we may collect information about you using technology which is not apparent to you, for example “cookies”. For information about our use of this technology, click on this link to view our Cookie Statement. See below to view Cookie Statement.
Most of the personal information we collect and hold about you is from your direct dealings with us. We may sometimes collect your personal information other than from you directly. For example from other suppliers who, in common with us, have a relationship with you. Holding of personal information: Personal information we hold is generally stored in computer systems. These may be operated by us or by our service providers. In all cases, we have rigorous information security requirements aimed at eliminating risks of unauthorised access to, and loss, misuse or wrongful alteration of, personal information.
4. Why do we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information?
When we collect, hold and use your personal information, we do so primarily to sell and promote our goods and services to you and to improve on the range of our offerings. For example:
- To learn of your likely preferences so that we may promote our goods and services to you in a way which may be of most interest to you; and
- To assist in investigating your complaints and enquiries. We disclose personal information we collect for purposes which are incidental to the sale and promotion of our goods and services to you. For example, we may disclose your personal information within our group, to service providers who assist us in our day-to-day business operations and as part of buying or selling businesses.
We may collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for other purposes which are within reasonable expectations or where permitted by law. When marketing to you, your personal information is only ever used or disclosed for My Byte’s own purposes. You may opt out of our direct marketing to you. Our direct marketing materials will tell you how to do this.
We may de-identify your personal information. We may do this for use and disclosure of the anonymous data to determine preferences and shopping patterns.
5. How can you enquire about, access and correct your personal information?
Access: We will provide you with access to any of your personal information we hold (except in limited circumstances recognised by law). If you wish to access your personal information or have an enquiry about privacy, please contact our Privacy Officer at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 03 9415 9988.
Before we provide you with access to your personal information we may require some proof of identity. We may charge a reasonable fee for giving access to your personal information if your request requires substantial effort on our part.
Correction: If you need to correct your personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer at one of the above contact points.
6. How can you complain about our management of personal information?
If you wish to complain about a breach of the privacy rules that bind us, you may contact our Privacy Officer at one of the above contact points. We may ask you to put your complaint in writing and to provide details about it. We may discuss your complaint with our personnel and our service providers and others as appropriate.
Our Privacy Officer will investigate the matter and attempt to resolve it in a timely way. Our Privacy Officer will inform you in writing about the outcome of the investigation. If our Privacy Officer does not resolve your complaint to your satisfaction and no other complaint resolution procedures are agreed or required by law, our Privacy Officer will inform you that your complaint may be referred to the Privacy Commissioner for further investigation and will provide you with the Commissioner’s contact details.
7. Our sharing of your personal information overseas
It is our policy to require all of our overseas sharing of personal information to be done in a way which requires observance of strict privacy and security standards, both during transit and at the overseas destination. We may allow your personal information to be shared with those who are in countries other than your own location. We do this:
- Where we have made a business decision to store our data with a trusted service provider who is in the business of providing data storage and processing services. Examples are those who store and process our email and mobile application data. These services commonly involve diverse geographic locations which change from time to time for reasons which include data protection and processing efficiency. Where these services are used by us, it is not practical for us to notify you of which country your personal information may be located in; and
- Where you are involved with public liability issues concerning a product we may disclose your personal information to any overseas supplier of such a product in the course of managing those issues.
9. Other privacy terms and limits of this policy
This is a policy. There may be additional privacy notices and terms relevant to you depending on the nature of your dealings with us and on our particular businesses. There are additional privacy terms in our loyalty program and club membership contracts and for use of our online sites, for example. We have separate charters concerning our employees – this policy does not apply to the personal information of our employees in their capacity as such.
10. More information
More information about privacy law and privacy principles is available from the Privacy Commissioner. The Privacy Commissioner may be contacted at www.oaic.gov.au (email- email@example.com) (Australia)
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file downloaded on to your device when you interact with online content (such as websites, social media sites, and mobile apps). The content may be our own, or may be the content of others in which we have an interest, such as our banner advertisements.
Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s computer, and are commonly used to tailor advertising by identifying users that share a particular interest or attribute so that they can be served more relevant advertising.
Cookies may be arranged (“set”) by us or by others under an arrangement with us, such as companies whose business it is to analyse information. We may also access information from cookies set by others (“3rd party cookies”).
Why should you know about cookies?
You should know about cookies because they involve the collection of information about you (which may or may not be personal information) in a way which may not be obvious to you.
The information that we collect through cookies may not identify, or relate, to a particular individual. Generally, the information collected through cookies relates to a device used to access online content, such as an IP address or location data about
the device. Cookies may also collect information about the behaviours of the user of the device, such as the websites visited by the user and their activity on the website.
Why do we allow cookies to be used?
We allow cookies to be used for three reasons.
First, we allow session cookies to be used when you visit our online content, including our websites. Session cookies enable your device to move from page to page without having to log in repeatedly. The placement of this type of cookie generally improves your browsing experience.
Secondly, we allow persistent (permanent) cookies to be used to better inform how the content your device visits may be presented to you. Persistent cookies can store your preferences for a particular site, so they will be remembered when the site is visited again.
Thirdly, we allow persistent and other kinds of permanent cookies (such as “flash” cookies) to be set and we and others access information from 3rd party cookies in order to assist in compiling and analysing the types of online content you visit and your interaction with that content.
The collection of this information assists us to assess what promotions to make to you, when and how. This information enables us, and third parties, to send you tailored advertising about products and services that may interest you. You may receive tailored advertising on the websites you visit in the form of banner advertising, or on the social media platforms you use.
The collection of this information also assists in measuring the effectiveness of promotions run by us or by third parties.
What are your choices about cookies?
You can control the extent to which your device allows cookies to be set on it. You can do this by changing the settings on the software your device uses to access the internet (your browser software). For example, depending on which browser your device uses, you may be able to disable third party cookies. If you configure your settings to disable session and certain persistent cookies, you may find that the websites you visit have only limited functionality.
You can also control the extent to which you receive tailored advertising facilitated by cookies by changing your settings on the websites on which you receive tailored
advertising. For example, you can disable tailored advertising on social media sites like Facebook by changing the settings on your account.
Please note that it may be necessary for you to opt out separately from each device you use to access online content.
The website www.youronlinechoices.com.au also allows you to opt out of some tailored advertising and provides further information about how tailored advertising works.
Opting out of cookies may not necessarily remove all advertising from pages you visit. Rather, it may mean that the ads you see will not reflect your interests.
There is a lot of information available about how cookies work and how to change your browser’s cookie preferences. This includes information at the following links: Stay smart online – all about cookies and your privacy; Your online choices and Privacy Commissioner Fact Sheet on online behavioural advertising.