Privacy and Protection of Information
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Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about our privacy policies and procedures. We welcome your feedback.
You can contact us by:
- submitting an online Compliments, Suggestions or Complaints form via http://www.medfin.com.au/contact-us/resolving-problems, or
- calling Client Services on 1300 728 718
- contacting your Relationship Manager on 1300 361 122
How we collect information from you
We’ll collect your personal information from you directly whenever we can, for example when you fill out a form with us, when you’ve given us a call, used our websites (including via cookies) or mobile applications or dropped into one of our branches. (See our Cookies Policy www.nab.com.au/cookies for more information). Sometimes we collect your personal information from third parties. You may not be aware that we have done so. If we collect information that can be used to identify you, we will take reasonable steps to notify you of that collection.
How we collect your information from other sources
Sometimes we collect information about you from other sources. We may collect information about you that is publicly available (for example from public registers or social media), or made available by third parties. We do this where:
- we distribute or arrange products on behalf of others, including our business partners;
- we can’t get hold of you and need to update your contact details;
- we need information from third parties about an application you make through us;
- we need information for fraud prevention purposes;
- we are checking the security you are offering;
- we can learn insight about your financial needs, such as through property information;
- you have consented to third parties sharing it with us, such as organisations we have loyalty programs with or we sponsor;
- at your request, we exchange information with your legal or financial advisers or other representatives.
We may use or disclose information about you in order to combine the information that we hold with information collected from or held by external sources.
When the law authorises or requires us to collect information
We may collect information about you because we are required or authorised by law to collect it. There are laws that affect financial institutions, including company and tax law, which require us to collect personal information. For example, we require personal information to verify your identity under Commonwealth Anti-Money Laundering law.
How we use your information
We use your information to provide you with the product or service you asked for, and for other purposes including:
- giving you information about a product or service including financial help, guidance and advice;
- considering whether you are eligible for a product or service, including identifying or verifying you or your authority to act on behalf of a customer;
- processing your application and providing you with a product or service;
- administering the product or service we provide you, which includes answering your requests and complaints, varying products and services, conducting market research, and managing our relevant
- product portfolios;
- telling you about other products or services that may be of interest to you, or running competitions and other promotions (this can be via email, telephone, SMS, iM, mail, or any other electronic means
- including via social networking forums), unless you tell us not to;
- Identifying opportunities to improve our service to you and improving our service to you
- determining whether a beneficiary will be paid a benefit;
- assisting in arrangements with other organisations (such as loyalty program partners) in relation to a product or service we make available to you;
- allowing us to run our business and perform administrative and operational tasks (such as training staff, risk management; developing and marketing products and services, undertaking planning, research
- and statistical analysis; and systems development and testing)
- preventing or investigating any fraud or crime, or any suspected fraud or crime;
- as required by law, regulation or codes binding us; and
- for any purpose for which you have given your consent.
You can let us know at any time if you no longer wish to receive direct marketing offers from the Group. We will process your request as soon as practicable. Where you have subscribed to something specific (like to hear from one of our sponsored organisations) then these subscriptions will be managed separately. If you no longer wish to receive these emails click the unsubscribe link included in the footer of our emails.
How we use your credit information
In addition to the ways for using personal information mentioned above, we may also use your credit information to:
- enable a mortgage insurer or title insurer to assess the risk of providing insurance to us or to address our contractual arrangements with the insurer;
- assess whether to accept a guarantor or the risk of a guarantor being unable to meet their obligations;
- consider hardship requests; and
- assess whether to securitise loans and to arrange the securitising of loans.
What happens if you don’t provide your information to us?
If you don’t provide your information to us, we may not be able to:
- provide you with the product or service you want;
- manage or administer your product or service;
- personalise your experience with us;
- verify your identity or protect against fraud; or
- let you know about other products or services from our Group that might better meet your financial, e-commerce and lifestyle needs.
Sharing Your Information
We may share your information with other organisations for any purposes for which we use your information.
Sharing with the Group
We may share your personal information with other Group members. This could depend on the product or service you have applied for and the Group member you are dealing with. Where appropriate we integrate the information we hold across the Group to provide us with a complete understanding of you and your needs, including giving you access to the Group or related products you hold via Internet Banking.
Sharing at your request
We may need to share your personal information with your representative or any person acting on your behalf (for example, financial advisers, lawyers, settlement agents, accountants, executors, administrators, trustees, guardians, brokers or auditors) and your referee such as your employer (to confirm details about you).
Sharing with Credit Reporting bodies
When we’re checking your credit worthiness and at other times, we might share information about you with credit reporting bodies. When we give your information to a credit reporting body, it may be included in reports that the credit reporting body gives other organisations (such as other lenders) to help them assess your credit worthiness.
Some of the information that we give to credit reporting bodies may reflect adversely on your credit worthiness, for example, if you fail to make payments or if you commit a serious credit infringement (like obtaining credit by fraud). That sort of information may affect your ability to get credit from other lenders.
With your consent, personal information may also be shared with credit reporting bodies or other approved third parties who are authorised to assess the validity of identification information. These checks help us verify whether your identity is real and are not a credit check.
Sharing with third parties
We may disclose your personal information to third parties outside of the Group, including:
- those involved in providing, managing or administering your product or service;
- authorised representatives of the NAB Group who sell products or services on our behalf;
- credit reporting bodies or other approved third parties who are authorised to assess the validity of identification information;
- insurance, investment, superannuation and managed funds organisations, and their advisers and service provider;
- medical professionals, medical facilities or health authorities who verify any health information you may provide;
- real estate agents, valuers and insurers (including lenders’ mortgage insurers and title insurers) , re-insurers, claim assessors and investigators;
- brokers or referrers who refer your application or business to us;
- other financial institutions, such as banks, as well as guarantors and prospective guarantors of your facility;
- organisations involved in debt collecting, including purchasers of debt;
- fraud reporting agencies (including organisations that assist with fraud investigations and organisations established to identify, investigate and/or prevent any fraud, suspected fraud, crime, suspected crime, or misconduct of a serious nature);
- organisations involved in surveying or registering a security property or which otherwise have an interest in such property;
- organisations we sponsor and loyalty program partners, including organisations the NAB Group has an arrangement with to jointly offer products or has an alliance with to share information for marketing purposes;
- companies we arrange or distribute products for, such as insurance products;
- rating agencies to the extent necessary to allow the rating agency to rate particular investments;
- any party involved in securitising your facility, including the Reserve Bank of Australia (sometimes this information is de-identified), re-insurers and underwriters, loan servicers, trust managers, trustees and security trustees;
- service providers that maintain, review and develop our business systems, procedures and technology infrastructure, including testing or upgrading our computer systems;
- payments systems organisations including merchants, payment organisations and organisations that produce cards, cheque books or statements for us;
- our joint venture partners that conduct business with us;
- organisations involved in a corporate re-organisation or transfer of NAB Group assets or business;
- organisations that assist with our product planning, analytics, research and development;
- mailing houses and telemarketing agencies and media organisations who assist us to communicate with you, including media or social networking sites;
- other organisations involved in our normal business practices, including our agents and contractors, as well as our accountants, auditors or lawyers and other external advisers (e.g. consultants and any independent customer advocates);
- government or regulatory bodies (including the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Tax Office) as required or authorised by law (in some instances these bodies may share it with relevant foreign authorities); and
- where you’ve given your consent or at your request, including to your representatives, or advisors.
Sharing outside of Australia
We run our business in Australia and overseas. We may need to share some of your information (including credit information) with organisations outside Australia. Sometimes, we may need to ask you before this happens. You can view a list of the countries in which those overseas organisations are located at www.nab.com.au/privacy/overseas-countries-list/
We may store your information in cloud or other types of networked or electronic storage. As electronic or networked storage can be accessed from various countries via an internet connection, it’s not always practicable to know in which country your information may be held. If your information is stored in this way, disclosures may occur in countries other than those listed.
Overseas organisations may be required to disclose information we share with them under a foreign law. In those instances, we will not be responsible for that disclosure.
We will not share any of your credit information with a credit reporting body, unless it has a business operation in Australia. We are not likely to share credit eligibility information (that is, credit information we obtain about you from a credit reporting body or that we derive from that information) with organisations unless they have business operations in Australia. However in the event Medfin seeks assistance from a related company such as NAB to manage defaulting loans. We are likely to share other credit information about you with organisations outside Australia. A list of countries in which those overseas organisations are located is set out above.
Accessing your Information
Correcting your Information
We care about your privacy. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about our privacy policies and procedures. We welcome your feedback.
You can contact us by:
- submitting an online Compliments, Suggestions or Complaints form via http://www.medfin.com.au/contact-us/resolving-problems
- calling Client Services on 1300 728 718
- contacting your Relationship Manager on 1300 361 122
Contact details for Credit Reporting Bodies
When we’re checking your credit worthiness and at other times, we might share information about you with credit reporting bodies. The contact details of those credit reporting bodies are set out below. Each credit reporting body has a credit reporting policy about how they handle your information. You can obtain copies of this policy at their website.
Veda Advantage Business Information Services Ltd
Contact credit reporting bodies if you think you have been the victim of a fraud
If you believe that you have been or are likely to be the victim of fraud (including identity fraud), you can request a credit reporting body not to use or disclose the information they hold about you. If you do this, the credit reporting body mustn’t use or disclose the information during an initial 21 day period without your consent (unless the use or disclosure is required by law). This is known as a ban period.
If, after the initial 21 day ban period, the credit reporting body believes on reasonable grounds that you continue to be or are likely to be the victim of fraud, the credit reporting body must extend the ban period as they think reasonable in the circumstances. The credit reporting body must give you a written notice of the extension.
Contact credit reporting bodies if you don’t want your information used by them for direct marketing/pre-screening purposes
Credit reporting bodies can use the personal information about you that they collect for a pre-screening assessment at the request of a credit provider unless you ask them not to. A pre-screening assessment is an assessment of individuals to see if they satisfy particular eligibility requirements of a credit provider to receive direct marketing. You have the right to contact a credit reporting body to say that you don’t want your information used in pre-screening assessments. If you do this, the credit reporting body must not use your information for that purpose.
Last updated 28/09/16