Privacy Policy

Home Investment Consortium Trust (ABN 223 193 11098)  (referred to as “Home Consortium”, “we”, “us”, our”) is committed to protecting the privacy of an individual’s personal information.

By using this web site (referred to as “Site”), you agree to the Internet Privacy Policy set out below.  The Internet Privacy Policy relates to the collection and use of personal information you may supply to us through your access to and conduct on the Site, and governs the manner in which your personal information, obtained through the Site, will be dealt with.

We reserve the right, at our absolute discretion, to amend this Internet Privacy Policy at any time without notice. This Internet Privacy Policy is in addition to any other terms and conditions applicable to the Site. We do not make any representations whatsoever about third party web sites that may be linked to the Site.

Personal Information Collected

When you become a registered user of this Site, we may ask for information including:

  • your name;
  • email address;
  • telephone number;
  • address; or
  • credit card details

Use of Information

Information we collect may be used to provide you with further services or to answer or forward any requests or enquiries that you submit to us.

We collect this information in order to facilitate your access to the Site and its functions. If you do not provide us with this information, we may not be able to provide you with access to all or part of the Site or functionality offered through the Site. In addition to the purposes set out above, this information may be used by Home Consortium in connection with the management and security of Home Consortium centres and the operation of the Site generally, and may be provided to insurers, law enforcement and government bodies, staff and subcontractors, and third parties who provide us with services from time to time and retailers for these purposes, and where we have reason to believe that doing so is required by the law or necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against anyone damaging, injuring, or interfering (intentionally or unintentionally) with our rights or property, users, or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities.

We also use this information to send to you special deals and discounts, surveys and other marketing materials based on your location or known web usage.

Other information we Collect

We may also collect the following information during your visit to the Site and to the websites of retailers in our centres (referred to in this policy as “Participating Retailers”):

  • the date and time you accessed each page on our Site;
  • the URL of any webpage from which you accessed our Site (the referrer);
  • your IP address;
  • the fully qualified domain name from which you accessed our Site;
  • cookies which track your visits to the Site;
  • the web browser that you are using and the pages you accessed; and
  • detail of the purchases you make on the websites of Participating Retailers.

We use this information so that we can tell which pages are the most popular and where shoppers spend most of their time. We use this information to improve the Site.  We may collect information you provide to us for one purpose, with other information for use for one or more of the above purposes. If this information is linked with personal information we hold about you as set out above, this information becomes personal information and will be treated in the same manner as the personal information to which it has been linked.

Personal information that visitors submit to the Site are used only for the purpose for which it is submitted or for such other secondary purposes that are related to the primary purpose, unless we disclose other uses in this Internet Privacy Policy or at the time of collection. Copies of correspondence sent from the Site, that may contain personal information, are stored as archives for record-keeping and back-up purposes only.

Security and storage

Information held about you is held in a database, where we use all reasonable efforts to ensure security on our systems.   Your personal data may be transmitted over the Internet (which unfortunately cannot be assured to be totally secure) once it has been stored in the database and may also be transferred across borders to foreign countries, where doing so is part of our business practices relating to the storage of data and where permitted by law.

Our employees and the contractors who provide services related to our information systems are obliged to respect the confidentiality of any personal information held by us. However, we will not be held responsible for events arising from unauthorised access to your personal information.

Advertising and Links to other sites

We provide links to web sites outside of our web sites, as well as to specific third party web sites. These linked sites are not under our control, and we do not in any way whatsoever accept responsibility for the conduct of companies linked to the Site.  Before disclosing your personal information on any other website, we advise you to examine the terms and conditions of using that web site and its privacy statement.

Further, we may allow advertising on this Site from time to time. Once you have clicked on an advertisement and have left the Site, our privacy policy no longer applies. You must read the privacy policy of the advertiser or subsequently visited site to see how your personal information will be handled on those sites. In addition, many business advertisements may be managed and placed on our Site by third-party companies. These “network advertisers” collect non-personal information when you click on or scan one of their banner advertisements. The information is collected using technology, so you may not realise it is being collected. The network advertisers collect this information so that they may show you ads that are more relevant or interesting to you.

Cookies

Home Consortium uses cookies to identify you between multiple visits, to better understand how our Site is being used and to provide you information which may be of interest to you based on your previous visits and to provide targeted advertising to you (including through adservers and other third party advertisers) when you visit this Site and certain other websites where advertising is found from time to time. We may provide the information we gather from cookies to third parties for these purposes and for other purposes connected with Home Consortium.

If cookie information is linked with personal information we hold about you as set out above, this cookie information becomes personal information and will be treated in the same manner as the personal information to which it has been linked.  If you do not want adservers or other third party advertisers to use cookies to provide you with targeted advertising, we suggest you use an opt out mechanism which can be found on:

You do not have to accept cookies and you can set up your browser to notify you when you receive cookies. This will give you the opportunity to decide whether or not to accept the cookies. If you choose to disable cookies, you may not be able to access certain features of the website.

Problems or questions

Please contact us by email if you believe someone has gained access to your personal information by mistake, if we have breached our privacy obligations or your privacy rights in any way, or if you would like to discuss any issues about our privacy policy.

For more information about privacy issues in Australia and protecting your privacy, visit the Australian Federal Privacy Commissioner’s web site:  http://www.privacy.gov.au/.

You can contact Home Consortium’s Privacy Officer by:

Email: privacy@home-co.com.au