Connections.com.au respects your privacy and is committed to its protection. We are bound by the international privacy laws and Australian Privacy Principals of the Privacy Act 1988(Cth).
- Why and when Connections.com.au collects your information
- How Connections.com.au uses your information
- Disclosure of your information to third parties
- Accuracy / Access
Why and when Connections.com.au collects your information
Connections.com.au collects the information you give us either online or by email, post, facsimile, face to face, over the phone or through our reseller channel, including wholesalers and partners. In most cases, the personal information Connections.com.au will collect from you is the personal information required in order to provide services to you, and also for ongoing management and support of those services. This information includes your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, ABN and facsimile number. We also collect your payment details such as your credit card number or bank account details.
How Connections.com.au uses your information
We collect and use your personal information to deliver our services to you. This will include provision to you of sales and technical support, billing and credit control, renewal notices, maintenance notices, system changes and other functions relevant to your services with us.
As a domain name registrar, we are required by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to make available the personal information we collect from you when you apply to register any generic top level domain names (eg., com, net, org, biz, info and name) to the public on a publicly accessible database known as the WHOIS database. This obligation also applies to some of the country code top level domains including the .au domains.
The public policy behind this requirement is that the personal details of domain name licence holders should be freely available to all other users of the Internet. This public policy is adopted by the domain name industry as a whole. The requirement means, however, that Connections.com.au will not be able to control how members of the public may use the information made available on these publicly accessible databases.
In addition, ICANN has another mandatory requirement that all its accredited registrars make the WHOIS database of personal information for com, net and org available for bulk downloads by third parties who have entered into a bulk access agreement with Connections.com.au.
We may use your information to contact you for marketing purposes including but not limited to new products, services, promotions, give-aways, via email and telephone. If you do not wish to receive any marketing communications from Connections.com.au, you may opt-out and stop the delivery of future promotional material from Connections.com.au by following the special instructions in the email you receive. These instructions will tell you how to remove your name from our promotional list.
We may monitor telephone conversations with you in order to facilitate staff training and to maintain our high levels of customer service. We will always inform you prior to any telephone conversation which is monitored in this way to obtain your prior approval.
Where you purchase a digital certificate through us, we are required by the provider of those certificates to collect personal information from you to pass back to that provider (other than your payment details, which we hold internally).
Disclosure of your information to third parties
We may supply your personal information to third parties to perform services on our behalf, such as:
- the distribution of marketing information to you (except where you have chosen to opt out of receiving this information from us);
- the supply of webhosting, website design, SEO and other services (providers in Australia, US and UK);
- Call centre sales and support services that we may use from time to time.
Our relationships with such third party service providers are governed by our contracts with them. Those service contracts contain privacy and confidentiality provisions which are consistent with the Australian Privacy Law obligations.
Accuracy / Access
You may access and update the personal information we provide to the registries in respect of your domain name licence at any time.
If you believe that Connections.com.au may hold other personal information about you which is inaccurate, or you wish to change or update any of the personal information you have provided, please contact us by using this web form or email our Privacy Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
The transfer of information across any media may involve a certain degree of risk, and the Internet is no different. However, helping you to keep your information secure is very important to Connections.com.au.
In order to protect the security of personal information transmitted to Connections.com.au online, our Web servers support the use of the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Protocol where appropriate. Using this protocol, information transferred between our systems is encrypted.
You can also use simple precautions to help protect your security, such as protecting against the unauthorized use of your username or password or other authentication id.