Our business operates in the commercial credit market to provide credit products and services to our clients. We collect information from a variety of sources, including our existing and prospective clients, prospective employees, contractors, suppliers, intermediaries, introducers and service providers.
3E Advantage respects the privacy of the personal information provided to us and is committed to ensuring its continued security. Should you have a query, comment or complaint regarding a matter of privacy, we invite you to contact us at the details below to discuss it with us so we may assist in its resolution.
Personal information required in relation to a particular product, service or other matter, is usually collected by us directly from the person/s involved. We may also collect and/or confirm this information from a third party such as a Credit Reporting Body (“CRB”). The personal information we collect includes such things as:
You may choose not to give us personal information. However, without this information, we may not be able to provide you with an appropriate level of service, including for example, being able to process your application in relation to our products and services, or to continue to provide such products and services.
To satisfy our legal obligations, we may need to retain your information after a particular transaction or a relationship has ended. However, we will not retain your identifiable personal information longer than is reasonably necessary and permitted under New Zealand law.
We collect personal information for purposes reasonably necessary to conduct our normal business activities and in compliance with the Privacy Act. Such purposes include:
We may disclose your personal information, for the purposes above, to third parties. More information on this may be found in the privacy statement for the relevant product, and in our credit reporting policy as published on our website www.3eadvantage.com.
Where third parties have been selected by us for the purposes of providing products or services to us, we require all such third parties to comply with strict confidentiality requirements and the Privacy Act.
We take steps to ensure that the personal information that we hold about you is protected from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access or modification.
We store information in both physical and electronic form. Our employees and contractors are trained in the appropriate use and protection of personal information. We have also implemented certain internal procedures and information technology security policies and systems to protect the information and limit access only to those requiring it for their legitimate activities.
In the course of our use of personal information for the purposes listed above and where permitted by the Privacy Act we may disclose personal information to third parties including service providers and financiers for whom we act as agent, that are located in one or more overseas countries or hold information in overseas countries. Whilst it is not practicable to list every country in which such recipients are likely to be located, it is likely that the countries to which personal information may be disclosed include: Australia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Singapore and other countries of which we may notify you from time to time (including at the time of collecting your information).
You may request access to any personal information we hold about you by contacting us at the details set out below. You may also request that we disclose the identity of any person to whom we have disclosed your personal information. We will process each request you make in accordance with the Privacy Act. We will not charge you a fee for complying with any such request. However, we may charge you for reasonable out of pocket expenses (e.g. photocopying costs) and other expenses we incur in providing you any information you have requested. Where permitted or required by law, we may refuse to provide you access to certain information in some cases. If we refuse to give you access to any information, we will provide you with the reason for our refusal.
If you request us to do so, we will take reasonable steps to amend any personal information about you held by us which we agree is inaccurate, incomplete or outdated. If we disagree with you about the accuracy, completeness or currency of a record of your personal information held by us, we will take reasonable steps to note with that record a statement to the effect that you claim this to be the case, if you request us to do so.
You may opt out of receiving product marketing and promotional material at any time by contacting us at the details below. If you do advise us that you wish to opt out, we will only continue to provide you with information relating to the existing products, services and facilities provided by us to you.
We use our best efforts to protect the security of information received via our website, including the maintenance of up-to-date security systems and encryption technology. However, users should be aware of the inherent risks in the transmission of any information on the internet.
We collect, in an aggregated form, information relating to our website activity such as the number of users visiting our website, the time of such visits, the pages viewed, the origin and systems users have utilised to access our website and, when entering our websites from another website, the address of that website. Such information is obtained through our use of packets of information transferred to your computer by our website, known as ‘cookies’. While cookies do not identify you personally, they do identify your browser type and internet service provider.
Please note that while most internet browser programs are preset to accept cookies, they can be individually set by the user to either accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify when a cookie is sent.
If you have concerns or wish to complain about any failure by us to comply with the Privacy Act in relation to your personal information, you can contact us directly using the details below. We will treat your complaint confidentially, investigate it promptly and notify you of the results of our investigation.
If you are not satisfied with our handling of your complaint or our proposed resolution, you may in some cases refer your complaint to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (“OPC”) (for more information see website www.privacy.org.nz).
If your complaint relates to our failure to provide access to or to correct any credit-related information that we hold about you, you may lodge a complaint directly with OPC.
The Privacy Officer
3E Advantage (NZ) Limited
Level 2, Rsm House, 62 Highbrook Drive,
East Tamaki, Auckland, 2013, NZ
0800 343 123