What is personal information?
Personal information is information or an opinion, in any form and whether true or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained from the information or opinion. Examples include an individual’s name, address, contact number and email address.
Special provisions apply to the collection and handling of tax file numbers (“TFN’s”). Atticus Business Accountants are lawful tax file number recipients and are bound by the Tax File Number Guidelines 2011 (TFN Guidelines) issued under the Privacy Act.
Collection of personal information by Atticus Business Accountants
The type of personal information we collect about you depends on how you use the website. We collect your personal information only when you choose to provide it to us, for example, if you access, complete and/or submit any of the following:
- client login area
- contact form
- book a meeting/chat form
- new client questionnaire
- sign up to our newsletter
We may also keep records of any emails or other correspondence that you send via the website.
If you do not provide us with the personal information requested of you, we may be unable to respond to your request or provide you with the relevant service (except in cases where the provision of that information is optional).
Atticus Business Accountants is a credit provider and is committed to protecting the privacy of your credit information.
Atticus Business Accountants will not provide your credit information to credit reporting bodies without your express consent.
The security of your credit information is of the highest priority to Atticus Business Accountants, and we have policies and procedures in place to reflect this.
Collection of information other than personal and credit information
Some of the information that is collected about your visit to the website is not personal or credit information, because it does not reveal your identity. For example:
Site visit information
When you visit the website, general information is collected about your visit, including your server address, the date and time of your visit, the pages accessed, the information downloaded and the type of browser you used.
A cookie is a small string of information that a website transfers to your browser for identification purposes. The cookies used by Atticus Business Accountants do not identify individual users.
Atticus Business Accountants uses only non-persistent cookies, that is, they are held on your browser’s memory only for the duration of your session.
Most internet browsers are set to accept cookies. If you prefer not to receive them, you can adjust your internet browser to reject cookies, or to notify you when they are being used. There are also software products available that can manage cookies for you. Rejecting cookies can, however, limit the functionality of the website (such as preventing users from logging on).
Use and disclosure of personal and/or credit information by Atticus Business Accountants
Atticus Business Accountants will use the personal and/or credit information you provide through the website for the purpose(s) for which it was provided (for example, to respond to your query or to process and contact you in relation to an application form). We may also use your personal and/or credit information for any other purpose(s) explained at the time of collection or that are required or authorised by or under applicable law (including, without limitation, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)).
Otherwise, we will not disclose your personal and/or credit information to third parties unless:
- you have consented to that disclosure (for example, at the time you provided us with your personal and/or credit information); or
- the disclosure is otherwise required or authorised by or under applicable laws (including, without limitation, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth))
Links to third party websites
Client login area
The client login area is password protected to ensure that only you and our staff have access to this information. We request that you do not share your user name and/or password with anyone. We always recommend that upon completion of transactions you sign out of your account and close all browser windows to prevent other users of your computer accessing your account.
While Atticus Business Accountants strives to protect its user’s personal and credit information and privacy, it cannot guarantee the security of any information that you disclose online and you disclose that information at your own risk. If you are at all concerned about sending your information over the internet, you can contact Atticus Business Accountants by post, facsimile or over the telephone by accessing Atticus Business Accountants contact information.
You can also help to protect the privacy of your personal and credit information by keeping passwords secret and by ensuring that you log out of the site when you have finished using it. In addition, if you become aware of any security breach, please let us know as soon as possible.
Queries, access and correction
Attention: Director, Atticus Business Accountants, PO Box 6633, Clifford Gardens Q 4350
Fax: 07 4602 0146
Subject to some exceptions permitted by law, Atticus Business Accountants will generally provide you with access to the personal and/or credit information that we hold about you (although a fee may be imposed).