Etax Local Security and Privacy Statement

This Security and Privacy Statement applies to this website which is operated by Etax Local Accountants Pty Ltd (ABN 56 143 147 693) (“Etax Local”) under the domain name “www.etaxlocal.com.au” (“Etax Local website”). The Etax Local website is operated on behalf of Etax Local and its related bodies corporate (together called the “Etax Local Group”). The information described in this Security and Privacy Statement may be shared between members of the Etax Local Group.

This Security and Privacy Statement may also apply to services offered by Etax Local on websites hosted by third parties. If so, express reference to this Security and Privacy Statement will be made on those websites.

Etax Local understands and appreciates that you, as an Etax Local website visitor, are concerned about your privacy as well as the confidentiality and security of information we may gain about you online. Etax Local is committed to protecting your privacy. This Etax Local Security and Privacy Statement explains how your personal information will be treated as you access and interact with the Etax Local website.

As the Etax Local website develops and as technology evolves, Etax Local will continue to strive to provide you with better and more customised services and with a more effective website. Etax Local encourages you to review the Security and Privacy Statement periodically because the Security and Privacy Statement may change from time to time.

In addition to the provisions of this Security and Privacy Statement, there may also be specific and additional privacy provisions which apply to certain sections of the Etax Local website. Because those specific and additional provisions also relate to your privacy protection, you should review them wherever they are accessible on the Etax Local website. In the event of any inconsistency between the provisions of this Security and Privacy Statement and those other specific and additional provisions, the specific and additional provisions will prevail.

Security of Personal Information

Etax Local takes reasonable steps to preserve the security of cookie and personal information in accordance with this Security and Privacy Statement. If your browser is suitably configured, it will advise you whether the information you are sending us will be secure (encrypted) or not secure (unencrypted).

Etax Local currently uses 128 bit SSL encryption. We hold an Extended Validation SSL certificate provided by Verisign – this is the industry standard for Banks and other financial institutions.

Etax Local regularly reviews developments in security and encryption technologies. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. Accordingly, although Etax Local strives to protect such information, Etax Local cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we take reasonable steps to preserve the security of the information in our own systems.

Information Collected

The information that we will collect about you will depend on how you use the facilities offered by the Etax Local website.

If you visit an unsecure area of the Etax Local website (that is, an area where you are not required to log on) to read, browse or download information, our system may record the date and time of your visit to our site, the pages viewed and any information downloaded. However, this data is recorded anonymously and our systems will not record any personally identifiable information.

The Etax Local website offers a number of interactive facilities including the Etax Local Checklists. If you decide to use one of these services, our system may record the information you enter during your use of the Etax Local website.

The Etax Local website also contains links to the websites of third party providers of goods and services (“Third Party websites”). If you have accessed Third Party websites through the Etax Local website and if those third parties collect information about you, Etax Local may also collect or have access to that information as part of our arrangements with those third parties.

Third Party websites should have their own privacy statements and those third parties are responsible for their own privacy practices.

Cookies

We use “cookies” as a fundamental part of our interaction with your Internet browser. The purpose is to provide you with better and more customised service and with a more effective website.

A “cookie” is a small text file placed on your computer by our web server. A cookie can later be retrieved by our web servers. Cookies are frequently used on almost all websites and you can choose if and how a cookie will be accepted by configuring your preferences and options in your web browser.

Etax Local uses cookies for two different purposes. Unsecure areas of the website may allocate a cookie for purpose of:

  1. Identifying your Internet browser as participating in the Etax Local Partners program; and
  2. Storing information related to personalisation of the Etax Local website.

Etax Local also uses cookies for secure services (that is, an area where you are required to log on) on the Etax Local website. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, including for security and personalisation reasons. If your browser is configured to reject all cookies you will be unable to use secure services on the Etax Local website that require cookies in order to participate. You may still be able to use some of the information-only pages even if you do not accept cookies.

How we Handle Email

We will preserve the content of any email that you send us, if we believe that we have a legal requirement to do so. Your email message content may be monitored by our Etax Local employees for security issues including where email abuse is suspected; our response to you may be monitored for quality assurance issues.

Use and Disclosure of Information

We will only use or disclose personal information or information generated by cookies in accordance with this Security and Privacy Statement and specific and additional provisions relating to privacy which apply to certain areas of the Etax Local website.

Acceptance and Changes to Security and Privacy Statement

You acknowledge and accept that your use of the Etax Local website indicates your acceptance of this Security and Privacy Statement.

This is the current Security and Privacy Statement. It replaces any other Security and Privacy Statement for the Etax Local website published on the Etax Local website to date. Etax Local may at any time vary the Security and Privacy Statement by publishing the varied Security and Privacy Statement on the Etax Local website. You accept that by doing this, Etax Local has provided you with sufficient notice of the variation.

Terms and Conditions for this website

You acknowledge and accept that your use of the Etax Local Accountants website indicates your acceptance of the Website User Terms & Conditions.