When we talk about Personal Information, we mean information or an opinion about an identifiable individual (not a company), whether or not that information or opinion is true or in a material form (Personal Information).
3. Collection of Personal Information
3.1. How we collect Personal Information
We collect Personal Information in the ordinary course of our business, which is the provision of domain registration, and website and email hosting services. Personal Information is collected when you:
(a) contact or correspond with us via email, live chat or via our website;
(b) register an account on our web platform;
(c) subscribe to our newsletters or complete surveys and online forms;
(d) purchase or enquire about our goods and services;
(e) seek support in relation to our goods and services; or
(f) make customer service related enquiries.
Information will only be collected directly from you unless you authorise another person to provide the information.
3.2. What Personal Information is collected?
The types of Personal Information we collect includes your name, address, telephone number, email, IP address, device identification, and any additional information you provide to us.
Where you contact us on behalf of your employer, the information you provide often contains information about your employment, position and employers contact details. In those circumstances certain employment information is collected.
Where you contact us on behalf of a company you own, the information you provide indicates your association with the company and any domain, website or email you associate with your account.
4. How inputhost uses Personal Information
4.1. Why we collect Personal Information
We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our goods and services to you. We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose, in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure.
Examples of when we may use your Personal Information include:
(a)informing you about our goods and services;
(b)providing you with the goods and services you have requested;
(c)administration needs in relation to providing you with goods and services, including the administration of your account;
(d)dealing with requests, enquiries or complaints and other customer care related activities;
(e)arranging for the delivery of goods you purchase; and
(f)carrying out any activity in connection with a legal, governmental or regulatory requirement imposed on us or in connection with legal proceedings, crime or fraud prevention, detection or prosecution.
4.2. Direct marketing
Where you provide us with consent to do so (e.g. if you have subscribed to our email or have indicated that you are interested in receiving offers or information from us), we send you marketing communications by email about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you.
We (or an appointed third party) may also conduct surveys or market research and may seek other information from you on a periodic basis. These surveys will provide us with information that allows improvement in the type, quality and the manner in which our goods and services are offered to you.
You can opt-out of such communications if you would prefer not to receive them in the future by using the “unsubscribe” facility provided in the communication itself.
5. Cookies and browser analytics
5.1. What are cookies
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites you visit. They are processed and stored by your web browser. In and of themselves, cookies are harmless and serve crucial functions for websites. When you visit a website or engage with a business through social media, certain information is collected. This is generally anonymous information and it does not reveal your identity. They are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently and improve the user experience, as well as to provide information about the use of a website.
By storing and using information about your use of our website, including preferences and habits, we are able to make your visit to our website more productive. For example, some cookies remember your language or preferences so that you do not have to repeatedly make these choices.
5.3. We use the following types of cookies:
(a)Required cookies.These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into your hosting account, pass information from one web page to another and to use online forms.
(b)Analytical cookies.These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are able to find what they are looking for easily. We also use third party cookies, such as those provided via the Google Analytics service. The information passed back to Google for use with Google Analytics is anonymous.
(c)Marketing cookies.These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences. These cookies also record your visit to our website, the pages you have visitedand the links you have followed. We may use this information to make our website and communications sent to you more relevant to your interests.
5.4. How can I remove cookies
6. Data retention and security
6.1. Security mechanisms we employ
Generally, we store your Personal Information using secure servers protected from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure. However, like most businesses we hold some information on our staff’s computers (such as emails from you) and where necessary as hard copy files (such as printed invoices).
Our systems are located in Australia and are managed by us and our service providers. Personal Information that we store or transmit is protected by security and access controls, including username and password authentication, two-factor authentication,
and data encryption (such as SSL) where appropriate.
In our dealings with third party service providers, we take care to work with subcontractors and service providers who we believe maintain an acceptable standard of data security compliance.
6.2. How long we keep your Personal Information
We retain your Personal Information for as long as is necessary to provide the goods and services to you, as required for our internal business operations, and to comply with our legal obligations.
If we hold Personal Information about you, and we do not need that information for any purpose, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify that information, in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), unless we are prevented from doing so by law.
Under Australian law, financial records, such as those relating to financial transactions, must be retained for 7 years after the transactions associated with those records are completed.
7. Disclosure of your Personal Information
7.1. Who we share your Personal Information with?
Your Personal Information may be disclosed to:
(a) our employees, a related company and our professional advisers (lawyers, accountants, financial advisers etc.);
(b) regulators and government authorities in connection with our compliance procedures and obligations, including law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prevention of criminal activities;
(c) a third party, in order to enforce or defend our rights, or to address financial or reputational risks;
(d) a rights holder in relation to an allegation of intellectual property infringement;
(e) third party contractors, suppliers and service providers with whom we have a business association, including:
(i) payment gateway providers, including banks and financial service providers;
(ii) administration service providers;
(iii) marketing service providers; and
(iv) information technology service providers including cloud application providers.
We will not disclose your Personal Information other than in accordance with this Policy without your consent.
7.2. Offshore transfers
We may disclose your Personal Information to third party contractors, service providers and suppliers with whom we have a business association.
While we do not otherwise actively disclose your Personal Information to overseas entities, our engagement of service providers, such as those who operate cloud services, may have international data centres and disaster recovery sites. Consequently, these providers may have access to your information offshore. We rely solely on reputable organisations for such cloud services.
8. Anonymity and use of Pseudonyms
If you contact us with a general enquiry, we may interact with you anonymously or through the use of pseudonyms. However, you are required to provide true and accurate details when requesting the supply of goods or provision of services. You agree you will provide accurate information if we require it.
9. Access to Personal Information and corrections
We endeavour to only hold Personal Information that is accurate, complete and up-to-date. You have the right to make a request to access Personal Information which we hold about you and to request corrections of any errors in that data. To make an access or correction request, contact us using the contact details provided at the end of this Policy.
If you have an account with us, you can access some of the Personal Information that we collect about you. By logging into your account, you can update or correct certain information.
In order to protect your Personal Information, when you contact us, we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information or making the correction.
10. Additional rights for EU residents and citizens
For the purposes of the GDPR, we are a ‘data processor of Personal Information. If you’re a citizen or resident of the European Economic Area, the following rights apply to you.
You are entitled to ask us to port your Personal Information (i.e. to transfer in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, to you), to erase it, or restrict its processing. You also have rights to object to some processing that is based on our legitimate interests, such as profiling that we perform for the purposes of direct marketing, and, where we have asked for your consent to process your data, to withdraw this consent.
These rights are limited in some situations – for example, we can demonstrate that we have a legal requirement to process your Personal Information. In some instances, this means that we may retain some data even if you withdraw your consent.
Where we require your Personal Information to comply with legal or contractual obligations, then provision of such data is mandatory and if you do not provide it then we will not be able to manage our contractual relationship with you, or to meet obligations placed on us. In those cases, you must provide us with your Personal Information, otherwise the provision of requested Personal Information is optional.
If you have unresolved concerns, you also have the right to complain to data protection authorities.
The relevant data protection authority will be the data protection authority in the country:
(a) of your habitual residence;
(b) of your place of work; or
(c) in which you consider the alleged infringement has occurred.
11. Privacy Concerns
Your privacy is important to us. If you have a complaint or concern about our handling of your Personal Information, we ask that you first contact us via a support ticket. We will investigate your complaint and reply to you in writing if you provide us with contact details and request us to do so.
If, after we have conducted our investigations you are still not satisfied then we ask you to consult with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner:
Telephone:1300 363 992 (from overseas +61 2 9284 9749)
Post:GPO Box 5218
Sydney NSW 2001
12. Contacting inputhost
If you have any questions about our privacy practices, wish to make a complaint or have questions regarding the way in which we have been managing your Personal Information, please contact us via a support ticket.
13. Variations to this Policy
We will need to change this policy from time to time in order to make sure it stays up to date with the latest legal requirements and any changes to our privacy management practices.
A copy of the latest version of this policy will always be available on this page.