We understand that the privacy of your personal details, and the security
of your transactions with us, is of paramount importance to you. Hostcentral
has therefore adopted data protection policies with respect to your privacy
by when dealing with personal information we collect from individuals in the
course of our business. We have based our policy upon the Internet Industry
of Australia's (IIA) draft Privacy Code of Practice, which adopts internationally
recognised Privacy protection standards (such as the 'Safe Harbour' principles
required by most European countries). The IIA Code also covers the requirements
of the new Australian Privacy legislation.
1.2 We may make alterations or additions to this policy from time to time.
Should we do so, we will update the policy on our web site. We require that
of trade. This policy also applies to users of our web site who are not customers
1.3 Please note that we cannot and do not assume any responsibility for the
privacy or security practices of any other web sites which you may be able
to access through our site, or for our customers' level of compliance with
2. What Information Do We Collect?
Hostcentral collects different information
about you at different times. There are four broad categories of information
that we collect from you:
2.1 Information we require to supply our services.
When you first sign up or contract with Hostcentral for our services, or when
you make an inquiry about our services, we request information such as your
name, address, telephone number, domain name, email details of your primary
and secondary contacts, credit card details (if you are paying online).
2.2 Non personally identifying information.
In addition to the information you specifically provide above, Hostcentral
operates statistics gathering software on its web site to collect information
about the number of visitors coming to the site. No identifying information
is collected by this software. The software records the IP address of the
visitor only. We use this information to improve our own technical structure
and performance, and to determine which areas of our web site are most popular.
2.3 Personal information stored on a web site hosted by Hostcentral.
Hostcentral will have personal information stored on our servers due to the
fact that we host web sites of other organisations. Any information that is
submitted to or collected by these organisations will be physically located
on a Hostcentral server. This information, whether voluntarily provided or
not, will not be used or released by Hostcentral in any manner, and it will
be kept strictly confidential, unless we are required to release the information
3. How Do We Use Personal Information We
3.1 We collect and
use your personal information to operate our web site and deliver our services
to you. We will use your personal information to provide you with: technical
support billing and credit control sales support product upgrades and information.
3.3 We may use your personal information to:
(a) Contact you in relation to upgrading your use of our services and individual
service audits. We may give extracts of our customer lists containing personal
information to third party contractors to do this on our behalf. We will ensure
that those contractors are bound to protect your personal information to the
same standard that we are.
(b) identify the source of new customers to Hostcentral;
(c) monitor and address complaints, other feedback, and to resolve disputes;
(d) in the case of credit cards, to bill you for services;
(e) in the case of ABNs, to verify your identity;
(f) maintain a technical and account history of your dealings with us;
(g) monitor your compliance with our Acceptable Use Policy
and Terms and Conditions;
(h) comply with our reporting and other obligations to third party licensors
(such as reporting to software suppliers the number and identity of software
licenses we have issued as part of our products).
3.4 We will treat all information we collect from you as strictly confidential.
Hostcentral does not rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. We
will not reveal, disclose, sell, distribute, rent, licence, share or pass
onto any third party (other than those who are contracted or supply services
to Hostcentral) any personal information that you may have provided to us,
other than in the circumstances set out in the next paragraph.
3.5 We will disclose your personal information, without notice or your consent,
(a) we are required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such
action is necessary to conform with the laws, applicable code of conduct or
legal process served on us in relation to our business or web site;
(b) to protect and defend the rights or property of Hostcentral;
(c) if we consider it necessary to do so in order to enforce or apply the
terms of any of our agreements with you;
(d) if we sell our business or part of it; and
(e) in extreme circumstances, to protect the personal safety of users of Hostcentral's
services, its web site, our staff or the public.
Hostcentral has implemented security features in our database to protect your
personal information from unauthorised access. We maintain our servers in
a controlled, secured environment. Only staff who need to have access to your
personal information in order to perform their job function are authorised
to access the database. Constant changes to the internet and technology mean
that we cannot guarantee that data transmission will be 100% secure, or safe
from attack by unauthorised intruders.
4.2 All personal information provided to us is done via encrypted webpages.
If you would like to modify the information we have about you or your business,
you will be required to input your username and password and modify this data
via our secure control panel. For this reason, it is safe to transmit your
credit card number over the internet, although no data transmission can be
absolutely guaranteed as secure. Please note that this encryption is only
available if you choose to use the encrypted order form (SSL Security). If
you use the normal order form encryption will not take place and we cannot
assure the security of your details.
5. Other Disclosure By You
5.1 You might provide personal information through
your participation in chat sessions, message boards, email exchanges or newsgroups
accessed via Hostcentral.net.au, or another service provided by Hostcentral.
This information is public and immediately available to anyone who has access
to such a site; it is not private. Hostcentral urges you to enter only information
that you are comfortable to share with the public at large in this public
5.2 You should never reveal your password to third parties. If you lose control
of your password, you may lose control over your personal information and
may be liable for actions taken on your behalf by third parties using your
password and/or personal information. Therefore, if your password has been
compromised for any reason, you should immediately change it.
5.3 If you collect personal information which you keep on servers provided
by Hostcentral as part of our service to you (including email), you alone
are responsible for compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) in respect
of that information. We take no responsibility for your dealings with personal
information you collect.
6. How To Access & Correct Your Personal
6.1 From time to time
you may need to update your personal information. We keep this information
in a secure environment which you can access through your webhosting control
panel. In order to amend any of your personal information, you will be required
to give your username and password.
6.2 If you contact us via telephone, you will need to answer a few security
questions before any personal information is revealed or amended.
7. Children's Privacy
Hostcentral does not
knowingly collect, use or market any information to children without seeking
parental or a guardian's consent. We also urge you to familiarise yourself
with your legal responsibilities with regard to children and the internet,
which can be found in our Acceptable Use Policy and Terms and Conditions.
you have a complaint about any aspect of our Privacy procedures, please contact
our support department at [email protected].
We will deal promptly with your complaint. If we cannot resolve the complaint
to your satisfaction within a reasonable time, you or we may refer the complaint
to the Privacy Commissioner.