Last updated: 21 November 2023
INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM YOU
Personal information that we collect may include: name, email address, telephone number, addresses, bank or credit card details, financial records, tax file numbers, date of birth, geographic location, IP address, survey responses, support queries, blog comments and social media handles, along with tax file numbers and related information (together ‘Personal Data’). We may collect this information in a variety of ways, including interviews, correspondence, telephone, fax, email, referrals, our website, cookies etc and from third parties.
Our services are not directed to persons under 18 and we do not knowingly collect Personal Data from anyone under 18. If we become aware that a child under 18 has provided us with Personal Data, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you are the parent or guardian of a child and you believe they have provided us with Personal Data without your consent, then please contact us.
You can review, correct, update or delete your Personal Data by contacting us.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
Personally Identifiable Information: We use the information we collect to deliver our services to you, including: taxation and financial services, communicating with you, providing technical support, sharing useful content, measuring customer satisfaction, diagnosing problems, complying with legal obligations and providing you with a personalised website experience.
Marketing communications are only sent to you if you have requested or subscribed to them. You can opt out of our marketing communications at any time by unsubscribing or emailing us and your request will be actioned immediately.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information: We also use the information we collect in aggregated and anonymized forms to improve our services, including: administering our website, producing reports and analytics, advertising, identifying user demands and assisting in meeting customer needs generally.
Any information you choose to make publicly available, such as blog comments and testimonials, will be available for others to see. If you subsequently remove this information, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages on other websites or if others have copied or saved the information.
STORAGE AND SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
We will use all reasonable means to protect the confidentiality of your Personal Data while in our possession or control. All information we receive from you is stored and protected locally or on secure servers from unauthorized use or access. Credit card information is encrypted before transmission and is not stored by us.
To enable us to deliver our services, we may transfer information that we collect about you, including Personal Data, across borders for storage and processing in countries other than Australia. By submitting your personal data to Hot Octopus, you expressly agree and consent to the disclosure, transfer, storage or processing of your personal information outside of Australia. In providing this consent, you understand and acknowledge that countries outside Australia do not always have the same privacy protection obligations as Australia in relation to personal information.
We retain your personal information for as long as needed to provide services to you and as otherwise necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.
In the event there is a breach of our security and your Personal Data is compromised, we will promptly notify you in compliance with the applicable law.
COOKIES AND PIXELS
To see how Google uses your information and how to control it, please view their policy here.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We do not and will not sell or deal in Personal Data or any customer information. Your Personal Data details may be disclosed to comply with a legal requirement, in the course of a legal proceeding or in response to a law enforcement agency request. Also, we may use your Personal Data to protect the rights, property or safety of Hot Octopus, our customers or third parties.
If there is a change of control in one of our businesses (whether by merger, sale, transfer of assets or otherwise) customer information, which may include your Personal Data, could be transferred to a purchaser under a confidentiality agreement. We would only disclose your Personal Data in good faith and where required by any of the above circumstances.
Your Personal Data details may also be disclosed where it is necessary to support the delivery of client services or other related activities, including to:
- Third party service providers (including IT providers)
- Australian Taxation Office
We may also use or disclose your information and in doing so are not required to seek your additional consent when it is disclosed or used for a purpose related to the primary purposes of collection detailed above and you would reasonably expect your personal information to be used or disclosed for such a purpose. Should it be necessary for Hot Octopus to disclose such personal data to third parties outside the firm, we will make every effort to ensure that the confidentiality of the information is protected.
In the event we propose to disclose such personal data other than for the reasons set out in this policy, we will first notify you or seek your consent prior to such disclosure.
The nature of our business activities may on occasion require that personal information be disclosed to overseas recipients in order to provide the services agreed upon. It is not always practicable to know where your data may be held. We may use overseas IT services (including software, platforms and infrastructure) such as data storage or other IT infrastructure. By submitting your personal data to Hot Octopus, you expressly agree and consent to the disclosure, transfer, storage or processing of your personal information outside of Australia. In providing this consent, you understand and acknowledge that countries outside Australia do not always have the same privacy protection obligations as Australia in relation to personal information.
LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
This website may contain links to other websites. These links are meant for your convenience only. Links to third party websites do not constitute sponsorship or endorsement or approval of these websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites.