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At FaktorTel we like to dedicate ourselves to the highest quality of customer service, and this means protecting privacy as best we can. To that end, we would like to be upfront about the kinds of information that we collect from our customers and how we plan on using that information. (Of course, it also helps that by publishing all this information we’re complying with the Privacy Act but if you do actually have any particular questions, concerns or passing interests in privacy, get in touch with us by phone or email and we’ll happily see what we can do for you – also it would save you having to read about 5 pages of Privacy Statement.)

So who exactly is FaktorTel and what do you guys do?

When we talk about FaktorTel we are actually talking about a business unit within a group of companies, dedicated to providing high quality telecommunications and IT solutions, which are wholly owned subsidiaries of Over the Wire Holdings Limited (ASX:OTW). This privacy policy applies to each company in the group.

And where do we get in touch with you?

Email is the quickest and easiest way for most people to communicate, and so if you want to get in touch and provide any feedback that you may have, you can reach us to feedback@faktortel.com.au
Our postal address is GPO Box 1807, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000
Our fax number is 07 3847 9696
Our Head Office is located at Level 21, 71 Eagle St, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000

What kinds of information are we talking about here? Is it personal?

For the most part, FaktorTel sells to businesses and we collect information about businesses but because businesses are collections of individuals it would be almost impossible for us to provide a high quality service without collecting some personal information about individuals.

In general terms we collect identification information, contact details, bank or credit details for payments as well as general information about the business our customers are engaged in, how they use our service, and how the service may be used in the future. For customers who require unattended access to facilities equipped with biometric locks, we will need to collect biometric information and all customers attending any of our premises should be aware that their image may be captured by video surveillance.

I’m going to need you to be a lot more specific
Okay, pretty common examples of the kinds of information we may collect include:

And how are you planning on getting that information?

We collect information in a number of ways, most often, by straight up asking our customers or their employees directly (for example over the phone or by filling in our order forms). In addition to this, we may consult our own records for information or collect information from other companies in the group.

In some cases we use automatic analytics tools, such as those on our Websites to collect some types of information. For more information about these, see “Website Analytics” below.

At times we may also collect information from publicly available sources or via a third party such as a Credit Rating Agency or some other third party that helps us provide services.

FaktorTel also operates a partner network of resellers and referrers. These companies (often other smaller systems integrators or ISPs) will refer customers to us if they feel a more complex solution may fit their needs. Resellers will purchase services on behalf of their customers, however will share all the relevant information about their customers needed to deliver the service.

And where do you store that information?

Information that you give to us is more often than not linked to records we store in either our helpdesk or CRM systems.
Typically these records are stored in applications hosted by us in our own data centres however in some cases the applications we use are hosted by third parties. Information stored in those applications is not disclosed to the third party provider and is encrypted in such a way that only we are able to access it.

So what are you doing with this information?

The information we collect is primarily information that we need to provide you with the services that we offer and ensure you’re getting a service that meets your needs. In some cases we will use your data for marketing purposes (for example by promoting services to you that we consider may meet your needs.) Your data may be used more generally to help us develop and improve the services we offer, or the business processes we use to deliver those services.

Again, I’m going to need more specifics.
Very well, generally the kinds of things we are doing with this information include:

What about sharing the information with other people?

We may need to share the information we collect with organisations outside FaktorTel in order to comply with the law, to deliver services to our customers or to properly administer our business.

The sorts of situations we’re talking about here are if we engage external accountants or other professional advisors or if we employ a contractor to deliver on site infrastructure. Where external organisations are either carrying out our business on our behalf or are assisting us in carrying it out we will naturally need to disclose some information to make that happen.

What we will not do, is sell the information we collect to someone else, or aggregate our data with theirs for their own purposes. That would be mean.

So when you say ‘administer your business’ what do you mean, exactly?
What, exactly, we mean might vary. But generally the kinds of functions that we might engage external organisations to either carry out or to assist us with are:

In addition to those external organisations who assist in delivering services there are other parties that we may disclose your information to. These include:

We may also disclose information to those who are authorised representatives on your account your legal advisors (eg; if you request us to.)

Could I see the information you’re keeping about me?

If you want to get in touch, we’d be happy to show you the records we keep. For security reasons though, we may need to have these kinds of requests in writing. We might also have to charge a fee for searching, compiling and providing access to the information in an appropriate form.

Some of your information about me is wrong!

Well it shouldn’t be. We don’t like being wrong, in fact we try to make sure all the information we have is complete, correct and up-to-date. Help us out by letting us know if we’re getting it wrong and we’ll change it. If possible, keep us updated when things such as your name, ABN or Address change so we can update our records appropriately.

I believe FaktorTel has failed to comply with Australian Privacy Principle and wish to make a complaint!

Please get in touch with us via email at feedback@faktortel.com.au so we can address your concerns.

Can I sign up for services anonymously or under a Pseudonym?

Due to the nature of the service we provide which is typically tied to a physical address and telecommunications legislation which requires registration of telephone numbers with the Integrated Public Number Database Manager we would consider it to be either impractical, impossible or possibly even illegal to allow end users to register for a service either anonymously or under a pseudonym.

What’s the Integrated Public Number Database and why are you sharing my information with them?

The Integrated Public Number Database or IPND is a national database of every public telephone number in Australia. Regardless of whether a number is listed or unlisted, we are required by law to keep the IPND up to date with details about every telephone service we sell including the subscribers name and address. The IPND is used to help manage Emergency Calls (ie Triple Zero calls) and to provide information to emergency services and law enforcement.

For similar reasons every call you place carries Calling Line Identification Data or ‘CLI Data’ which is passed from us to other telecommunications carriers to help place the call. This information contains your phone number and may also be available to any party that you call – depending on whether their telecommunications provider supports Calling Number Display.

Even if you have Calling Number Display Blocking enabled – CLI data is still carried on the call and certain kinds of recipients will always be able to see this data (Such as Emergency Services.)

You mentioned something about ‘website analytics’- what’s that about?

Like most major websites, we monitor site traffic and analyse how visitors make use of the site in order to improve our website designs. The primary services we use to do this uses “cookies”, a standard for small text files which are temporarily stored on your computer.

These cookies gather information about the computer or device you use to access the site, as well as your internet use patterns more generally (including your IP address) and transmit that data to our website analytics provider(s). The analytics provider does not associate this information with your IP address, and we use the data in an aggregated deidentified form for our purposes.

Other information which we may capture when you visit our website includes your IP address and the duration, date and time of your visit.

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