Spenda may receive payment by credit card or debit card made by a client or debtor. In that case we may collect and hold particulars concerning the credit card or debit card which will be used to effect payment in accordance with an authorisation from the client or debtor.
General Personal Information
The personal information, other than credit information and credit reporting information, we collect and hold varies depending on the person we are dealing with and the reason why we are dealing with them.
We collect this general personal information from individuals who are clients, guarantors, debtors, associates, prospective employees, contractors, suppliers, brokers, introducers, merchants, agents, professional advisers, mercantile agents, mailing houses, call centre operators, archivers and service providers. This information will generally include the individual’s name and contact details. We will only collect sensitive information about an individual with the individual’s consent or when permissible under Australian law.
The information collected may include your name, postal or email address, date of birth, information about your use of our products and services, or other information Spenda considers necessary.
We will, if it is reasonable or practicable to do so, collect your personal information from you. This may happen when you give us personal information over the telephone, or through our website.
In certain cases we may collect your personal information from third parties. For example, we may need to collect personal information from a credit reporting body, your representative (such as a legal adviser), your financial adviser, any publicly available sources of information, or from any other organisations as required.
We collect, hold, use and disclose credit information and credit eligibility information on individuals for purposes permitted by law which are reasonably necessary for our business activities. Examples of these purposes are:
- if the individual is a guarantor, to determine whether we should accept a guarantee from the individual
- if the individual is a debtor, to assess and verify the debt which the client sells to us or in which the client gives us a security interest, to collect the debt and to enforce the debt and any security which may be given to secure payment of the debt;
- if the individual is an associate of the client, to determine if we should provide a facility which includes the provision of commercial credit to the client and to assist in the provision of that facility;
- if the individual is an associate of the debtor, we may record the name, IP address, telephone number and e-mail address of a person at the debtor company who electronically or verbally verifies a debt.
- to assist in the management and enforcement of the facilities we provide, for data analysis and internal management;
- to provide information to credit reporting bodies to the extent this is permitted by the Privacy Act 1988;
- to undertake funding raising activities, assign debts and other rights, enter into insurance arrangements (for example insurance policies for debts) and provide information to and obtain information from insurers (including under policies which are taken out by us, which are assigned to us or under which we are the loss payee);
- to meet our legal and regulatory requirements; and
- to assist other credit providers by giving personal information to them in accordance with an authorisation which the individual has provided to them or us.
We may disclose credit information (such as identification information) about an individual to a credit reporting body. The credit reporting body may include that information in the reports it provides to other credit providers.
The credit reporting bodies we use are CreditorWatch and Equifax. You can access a copy of their respective privacy policies at:
Using and Disclosing your Personal Information
In line with modern business practices common to many financial institutions, and pursuant to your specific needs (such as where you have a financial adviser) we may disclose your personal information to the organisations described below. Where your personal information is disclosed we will seek to ensure that the information is held, used or disclosed consistent with the Australian Privacy Principles, any other applicable privacy laws and codes.
The relevant organisations are those:
- involved in providing, managing or administering your product or service such as third-party suppliers, other Spenda organisations, loyalty and reward program partners, printers, posting services, and call centres.
- involved in maintaining, reviewing and developing our business systems, procedures and infrastructure including testing or upgrading our computer systems
- involved in a corporate re-organisation
- involved in a transfer of all or part of the assets or business of Spenda
- involved in the payments system including financial institutions, merchants and payment organisations
- involved in product planning and development
- which are your representatives including your legal advisers
- as required or authorised by law, such as under the Anti-Money or Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth) where you have given your consent.
- Finance products or services – other organisations to which personal information is usually disclosed are card producers, card schemes, credit and fraud reporting agencies, debt collection agencies, your guarantors, organisations involved in valuing, surveying, or registering a security property or which otherwise have an interest in such property, purchasers of debt portfolios, underwriters, re-insurers and other organisations involved in our normal business practices (such as fund raising activities)
- Trustee or custodial services – other organisations to which personal information is usually disclosed are superannuation and managed funds organisations, their advisers and other organisations involved in our normal business practices
- Other organisations to which personal information is usually disclosed are fraud detection agencies and other organisations involved in our normal business practices.
Your personal information may also be disclosed to other organisations involved in our normal business practices (such as funding activities) and used in connection with such purposes as outlined above.
Marketing our products and services
We may use or disclose your personal information to let you know about, and develop, products and services from Spenda that may better serve your financial, business and lifestyle needs, or to notify you of promotions or other opportunities in which you may be of interest to you. You can contact us at any time if you no longer wish us to do so.
Keeping your personal information accurate and up-to-date
We aim to make sure that the personal information we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date and take reasonable steps to make sure this is the case. In this way we can ensure that we provide you with a better service.
If you believe your personal information is not accurate, not complete or not up to date, please contact us.
Protecting your personal information
Records of your personal information are kept in several forms including both paper and electronic form. The security of your personal information is important to us and we take all reasonable precautions to protect it from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure and from loss or misuse. These precautions include:
- confidentiality requirements for our employees
- document storage security policies
- security measures for systems access
- providing a discreet environment for confidential discussions
- only allowing access to personal information where the individual seeking access has satisfied our identification requirements
If Spenda receives any personal information where we did not solicit the information, Spenda will determine whether or not we could have collected the information if we had reasonably solicited the information. If not, we will take reasonable steps to destroy this information.
Your sensitive information
Without your consent we will not collect information about you that reveals your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or affiliations, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, details of health, disability, sexual orientation, or criminal record.
This is subject to some exceptions including when:
- the collection is required by law
- Spenda has reason to suspect that unlawful activity, or misconduct of a serious nature, that relates to Spenda’s functions or activities has been, is being, or may be engaged in.
- the information is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal claim.
Using Government Identifiers
Although in certain circumstances we are required to collect government identifiers such as your Medicare number or drivers licence details, we do not use or disclose this information other than when required or authorised by law, or unless you have voluntarily consented to disclose this information to any third party.
Any Complaints are required to be submitted in writing to Spenda, as required by S40(1A) of the Privacy Act. See ‘Contact Us’ below.
On receipt of a complaint by a company, business or individual, it must relate to an act or practice of Spenda and we must:
- within 7 days after the complaint is made, acknowledge receipt of the complaint
- investigate the matter and advise the company, business or individual within 30 days
- set out the decision and indicate if you are dissatisfied with Spenda’s response, you can refer the complaint to the Office of Australian Information Commissioner www.oaic.gov.au.
Your privacy on the Internet
We take care to ensure that the personal information you give us on our websites is protected, with electronic security systems in place, including the use of firewalls and data encryption. User identifiers, passwords or other access codes may also be used to control access to your personal information.
Links to Other Sites
You may be able to access external websites by clicking on links we have provided. Those other websites are not subject to our privacy standards, policies and procedures.You will need to contact or review those websites directly to ascertain their privacy standards, policies and procedures.
Gaining access to your personal information
You can gain access to your personal information subject to some exceptions allowed by law.
We will detail the reasons to you, if we deny access.
Contact us with a request to access or to correct your personal information.
Unsubmitted on-line applications
If you start but do not submit an on-line application or quote, Spenda may contact you using any of the contact details you supply, to offer help completing it. If you do not submit the on-line application, the information in it will be kept by Spenda for a period of time before being destroyed.