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Your personal data, including your superannuation details, is worth protecting. There are simple ways you can protect your privacy.
12 to 18 May is Privacy Awareness Week, an annual event that highlights the importance of protecting personal information. Under the theme, ‘Don’t be in the dark on privacy,’ the Australian Office of the Information Commissioner is encouraging you to value your personal information through a better understanding of your privacy rights and responsibilities.
The OIC explains that personal information is information or an opinion that identifies you or could identify you.1 Examples of personal information include your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, medical records, bank account details and opinions about you.
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As part of the QSuper Group’s commitment to protect your personal information to the highest standard, we have practices in place that we strictly follow when we collect, use, disclose and store your personal information.
We comply with the Information Privacy Principles in the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld), and QInvest Limited and QInsure Limited are required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) for certain activities they perform.
For more information about our privacy practices, please see the QSuper Your Privacy factsheet.
Regularly review the Privacy settings on your digital device to view the websites and apps that use your data. We recommend you:
Keep your device secure and consider reputable (and free) mobile security apps to assist you keep track of who your data is being shared with. Apps include:
Review your social media account settings regularly to ensure you are not sharing any data (including photos) publicly. Always consider the impact of a post becoming public.
Opt-in to 2-factor authentication or 2-step verification when using web-based email accounts (such as Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail), online storage (such as Dropbox, Box, Drive) and social media.
Use a password manager, such as Password Safe or KeePass, to store and retrieve passwords.
Subscribe to alerts on your credit file with Equifax or Dun & Bradstreet, which cost around $30 a year, to let you know when a credit check has been performed on your name.
Never give out your full name, date of birth, or address unless legally required. Some organisations want it, such as Facebook or Spotify, but don’t need it.
Do not use public Wi-Fi as these networks lack security protection.
Invest in a PO Box for around $120 per year. It will provide more security than your letterbox.
Consider removing emails that contain your personal details from your email ‘sent’ and ‘deleted’ boxes. Particularly emails with completed forms and identity documents attached – if your email account is hacked, the hacker may find these.
Remember, if you have any questions, we are always here to help. Call us on 1300 360 750.
1 Australian Government, OAIC, January 2015, Ten tips to protect your privacy at www.oaic.gov.au/individuals/privacy-fact-sheets/general/privacy-fact-sheet-8-ten-tips-to-protect-your-privacy
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