1. About this Policy
Bartercard Services Pty Ltd (ABN 14 168 815 638) (‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) understands the importance of, and is committed to, protecting your personal information. We comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). We are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) which regulate how we may collect, use, disclose and store personal information, and how you may access and correct personal information held about you.
• clearly communicate to you how we deal with personal information
• enhance the transparency of Bartercard Australia operations
• give you a better and more complete understanding of the sort of personal information that Bartercard Australia holds, and the way we handle that information
Who to contact
Once a complaint has been lodged, the Privacy Officer will respond to you as soon as possible.
You may also lodge a complaint with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by telephone: 1300 363 992 or email: email@example.com
Bartercard Australia Privacy Officer: Tel +61 7 5561 9000
2. Information we collect about you
We collect information about you that we reasonably need for our business functions and activities and which is required by law. Our business functions and activities include:
• providing you with Bartercard Australia products and services – these are described generally on our website, our corporate brochures, advertising, and our letter and emails and communications to customers and members
• activities in support of those functions including administration, management, marketing, online and mobile marketing, IT, legal, security, customer support (including the Bartercard Australia Customer Support Centre), finance (including credit control) and human resources
• activities we plan for the future including new ways of communicating, new products and services, new business models and new businesses
Generally, we collect the following personal information about you:
• your name
• your contact details including residential or business address, telephone number and email address
• date of birth
• financial information such as bank account and credit card details, employment details and information about your credit worthiness and credit history
We may combine your contact details above with other information about you, for example:
• we collect details related to your Bartercard transactions including products and services, retailer (or service provider), Bartercard franchisee (if applicable), payment details and other details;
• if your business or employer supplies us or Bartercard members with products or services, or if your business or employer distributes, sells or services our products, we collect information about your trading with us (for example the products you buy or sell or the services you provide), your trading history and account history
• if you apply for a position with us, we collect information to help us decide your application, including your date of birth, tax-file number, work history and similar details
• if you request information from us (for example about a product or service or a franchise) or register a complaint, we collect information about your request or complaint
• if you enter a promotion or competition, visit us at an event or enquire about Bartercard, we may collect your contact details so that we can follow up on your enquiry or interest by sending you marketing material.
We record this information (personal information) in our database whilst we deal with you. We will remove this information from our database when we have no further need to keep a record of it, except if we are required to keep it by law (for example, for tax or for superannuation purposes).
3. How we collect information about you
How do we collect personal information?
We collect personal information directly from you. We may record your contact details when you call our Customer Support Centre, when you fill out an application form, when you purchase a product or service using Bartercard, when you participate in a trade transaction, when you provide your contact details via web, mobile or email or when you ask us for information or request something from us.
Sometimes we collect personal information about you from another person or business, or from a publicly available source. For example:
• a retailer or franchisee may give us your details in relation to a product or service;
• if you are an employee of one of our business partners (e.g. a franchisee, supplier, repairer or contractor), we may be given your name and contact details by your employer
• if you enter a networking event, promotion or competition organised by us, we may be given your name and contact details by the promoter of the event
• our service providers may provide us with your personal information from websites, social media sites, mobile, and other technology based sources
• credit reporting bodies may provide us with information if we request a credit history
We use lawful and fair means to collect your information. We will collect personal information about you from another person or from a publicly available source only if it is unreasonable or impracticable to collect it directly from you, and we will take reasonable steps to inform you that we have collected your personal information. Those reasonable steps may include informing you through this statement.
If we receive personal information about you that we have not requested, and if we determine that we could not have lawfully collected that information under privacy law if we had requested it, we will destroy or de-identify the information, if it is lawful and reasonable to do so.
4. Do I have to provide you with my personal information?
You can deal with us anonymously (without giving us your name and contact details) or by using a pseudonym (a name that does not include your real name, for example an email address or a user name that you use in an online forum (nickname)).
If you choose to deal with us anonymously or using a nickname, we can give you general information about our products and services, and you may be able to participate in any online forum we provide, but there are some things we cannot do, for example:
If you do not give us your personal information we cannot give you information about transactions you may have made using Bartercard, the status and balance of your account, other Bartercard members or deal with a complaint you may have, provide you with a service or deliver a product to you at an address. You cannot attend one of our networking events, or enter into one of our promotions anonymously or using a nickname
You can deal with us using a nickname together with your real name and contact details. If you choose to deal with us in this way, we may collect your personal information together with your nickname. When you identify yourself to us using your nickname only, we can deal with you only as described above. We may ask you to provide proof of your identity if you use a nickname.
5. Why we collect personal information about you (purpose of collection)
We collect and record personal information about you so that we can carry out our functions and activities described above. The primary purposes for which we collect your personal information include:
• so that we can provide our services to you and to our franchisees and suppliers
• so that we can administer our dealings with you, to provide you with information and to respond to any requests that you may have (for example, so that we can administer your account, provide you with marketing and sales opportunities or introduce you to other members)
• so that we can function as a business, for example, we may collect your personal information for research, marketing or so that we can offer new products, reconcile transactions, or if you are a supplier so that we can record your dealings with us
• so that we can facilitate trade transactions
• so that we can comply with agreements we have entered into with our suppliers, franchisees and licensors
We also collect your personal information for certain secondary purposes that are related to the primary purposes outlined above. Secondary purposes may include so that we can run our business efficiently, for example, our advisors can provide us with customer research, or so that we can use technology to automate our business and to understand how our business is performing, to allow us to operate efficiently and to lower costs by outsourcing services (such as collecting or paying money). Other secondary purposes may include so that we can sell or transfer our business or merge with another business and the sale and transfer of franchises.
Who do we disclose your personal information to?
We do not use or disclose your personal information for a purpose other than:
• a purpose you would reasonably expect
• a purpose required or permitted by law
• a purpose otherwise disclosed to you to which you have consented
Depending on the circumstances, we may disclose your personal information to other people including one or more of the following:
• service providers, including management, repairers, contractors, IT, security, legal, accounting, research, credit, credit reporting bodies, marketing, insurers, financial institutions and others
• our franchisees, affiliate companies and related companies, Bartercard international licensees and companies that we may merge with or who may acquire ownership of us
• government, regulatory and law enforcement authorities, where we are required to or permitted to by law
• your employer, if you are an employee of a supplier or franchisee
• to prevent or investigate any fraud or crime (or a suspected fraud or crime)
We may give personal information about you to a credit reporting agency to obtain a credit report about you, to allow the credit reporting agency to create or maintain a credit information file containing information about you and/or to report credit infringements by you.
You can find out more about the credit reporting agencies we work with at www.equifax.com.au and www.illion.com.au. Their websites provide their contact details and their policies about the management of your personal information.
We take reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations with respect to the protection of your personal information.
We may disclose your personal information to an overseas service provider, for example a cloud data centre or a customer information call centre. Our overseas service providers may be located in:
• Europe: United Kingdom
• North America: United States
• Asia: Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong
• Other: New Zealand
If it is not practicable or reasonable for us to gain your consent to disclose your personal information to an overseas service provider, we will take reasonable steps to notify you of the specific countries where we disclose your personal information. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas services provider is bound by privacy and confidentiality obligations.
7. Access to your personal information
You may request access to the personal information that we hold about you by using the contact details provided above.
We will deal with your request for such access within a reasonable time. If we refuse access, we will provide you with a written notice which sets out the reasons for the refusal and the relevant provisions of the Privacy Act that we rely on to refuse access.
We may recover reasonable costs in relation to a request for access to personal information.
Accuracy and correction
We take reasonable steps to make sure that the personal information we collect is accurate, up-to-date and complete. We take reasonable steps to make sure that the personal information we use or disclose is accurate, up-to-date, complete and relevant. Where we believe that the personal information we hold is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading, we will take reasonable steps to correct that information.
You may request that we correct your personal information that we hold by contacting us by using the contact details provided above. We will take reasonable steps to correct the information to ensure that it is accurate, up-to-date, complete, relevant and not misleading.
We will deal with your request to correct your personal information within a reasonable time. If we do not agree with the corrections you have requested, we are not obliged to alter you personal information accordingly. However, where we refuse to correct any personal information as requested by you, we will give you a written notice which sets out the reasons for our refusal.
We hold your personal information in paper-based and electronic files. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information which is kept in our files is protected from:
• misuse, interference and loss
• unauthorised access, modification or disclosure
This means that, in respect of our paper-based files, we maintain various security systems on our premises, and in respect of electronic files, we (or our service providers) maintain secure electronic network systems.
When we no longer require your personal information (including when we are no longer required by law to keep records relating to you), we ensure that it is destroyed or de-identified.
This section explains how we handle personal information collected from our websites (including social media site and mobile site if relevant). If you have any questions or concerns about transmitting your personal information via the internet, you may contact us using the contact details provided above, as there are other ways for you to provide us with your personal information.
Visiting our website
If you access an unsecured part of our websites, that is, a public page that does not require you to log on, we (or our service providers) will collect information about your visit, such as:
• the time and date of the visit
• any information or documentation that you download
• your browser type
• your IP address
You may change the settings on your browser to reject cookies, however doing so will prevent you from access to the secured pages of our website.
When we receive emails, we will retain the content of the email and our response to you where we consider it necessary to do so.
Your email address will only be used or disclosed for the purpose for which is was provided. It will not be added to any mailing lists or used for any other purpose without your consent.
We make reasonable efforts to ensure that the most up-to-date security measures are used on our website to protect your personal information. Any data containing personal information which we transmit via the internet is encrypted. However, we cannot guarantee that any information transmitted via the internet by us, or yourself, is entirely secure. You use our website at your own risk.
Links on our website
We may use your personal information, including your contact details, to provide you with information about products and services, including those of third parties, which we consider may be of interest to you. We may do this, even if you are on the Do Not Call Register.
We may also provide your details to other organisations for specific marketing purposes.
You may opt out at any time if you no longer wish to receive marketing information. In order to do so, you will need to request that we no longer send marketing materials to you or disclose your information to other organisations for marketing purposes. You can make this request by using the contact details provided above, or by “unsubscribing” from email or other marketing messages.
Updated: October 2023