Canstar Pty Limited – Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Updated 29 February 2016

Canstar New Zealand Ltd Reg. No. 3225469 FSP200146 and its related companies (including Canstar Blue New Zealand Ltd) (‘we’ or ‘us’) recognise the importance of your privacy and abide by the Information Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1993. This privacy policy explains how we collect, use and store that information. It also provides some details about your rights, our general rights and obligations, and our policy in relation to the personal information we keep on record.

This privacy policy does not apply to parties that may be linked or associated with our website and to whom you disclose personal information. Those website owners are responsible for the privacy of the information they collect and should be contacted directly for details of their privacy policies.

When we refer to our ‘website’, we are referring to the CANSTAR NZ websites on any device, social media sites, CANSTAR’s AdviserInfo service, CANSTAR View, emails we send, CANSTAR apps, and any new technology we implement on any of these platforms.

Personal information is identifying information about you (being an individual) that you (“you”) have supplied to us.

1. Collection of Information

We may collect the following types of information about users of the website, including:

  1. Personal information that you provide when you interact with us, such as when you use one of our online tools or services, subscribe for a newsletter, join as a Canstar member, or provide feedback
  2. Pages of the website that you have visited
  3. Other information voluntarily provided by you
  4. General information produced by our computer systems as part of our website tracking and reporting processes, that does not relate to you personally
  5. Your IP address for your interaction with various parts of our website. Your IP address is the identifier for your computer when you are using the internet.

During our dealings with you, we may gather information about you relating to all products and services that we or our business partners provide to you. This information is used to help us decide how we can improve our service delivery to you, or to provide you with information that we think may be of interest to you.

You need not give us any personal information which may be requested in our communications with you. However, without that information, we may not be able to fulfil your request or provide you with an appropriate level of service.

Your web browser may automatically accept cookies and local storage on your computer.  You can usually modify your settings to decline cookies and/or local storage if you wish. Note that if you do that, this might stop you from being able to use all the services on our website.  It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, disable local storage or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. Each browser is different, so check the ‘Help’ menu of your browser to learn how to change your preferences. You need not give us any of the personal information that we may request. However, without that information, we may not be able to fulfil your request or provide you with the services you want.

2. Using and Disclosing Your Personal Information

We may use your personal information to:

  • respond to your requests and directions;
  • provide products and services to you;
  • deal with complaints or issues you may have in relation to our services;
  • review your dealings with us, including the products and services you use, your potential needs, and new products that might be of interest to you or other customers;
  • verify your identity where this is necessary to access any of our products and services;
  • maintain our internal records, such as billing;
  • implement future marketing, promotional and publicity, including carrying out direct marketing, market research and surveys;
  • show you the advertising and information that is most relevant to you and your interests;
  • ensure our internal business operations are running smoothly which may include fulfilling legal requirements and conducting confidential systems maintenance and testing; and
  • for any other use that you authorize.

We must get your consent before we disclose your personal information. You can give us your consent expressly or it may be implied by your conduct.  By continuing to use Canstar NZ’s website and services, you are taken to have consented to the matters in this privacy policy, including disclosure of your personal information as set out below.

Information collected by cookies or tracking tags on our website may be disclosed in a non- identified or aggregated format to third parties including website analytics services (e.g. Google Analytics), data management platform operators, advertisers, referral partners and media agencies.  We do not disclose your personal information to our partners unless you expressly authorize us to do so.

By using our services you are deemed to have consented to our use, disclosure and other matters in relation to your personal information, as set out in this policy.

We may share your personal information:

  • to any organisation which you request us to.  From time to time those organisations may choose to provide you with information about their products and services by ordinary post or email. You may opt-out of receipt of such marketing at any time by contacting those organisations directly. If you do not have their details you can request them from the Privacy Officer (details below).
  • to the cloud, as part of our normal business operations (eg. backing up our systems, operating a third party application on our website)
  • to our external service providers such as IT service providers (e.g. a provider of web hosting services). Some of these may be located overseas.  We may store your personal information on servers in overseas web hosting facilities.
  • to product and services providers (including third party service providers to our business) for operational purposes, and also because from time to time they may choose to provide you with information about their products and services by ordinary post or email. You may opt-out of receipt of such marketing at any time by contacting directly those organisations which have obtained your information. If you do not have their details, you can request them from our Privacy Officer (details below).
  • to our related companies and other organisations where reasonable to do so in relation to the operation of our business,
  • to protect and defend our rights or property,
  • if we consider it necessary to do so in order to enforce or apply the terms of any of our agreements with you,
  • if we sell our business or part of it,
  • in extreme circumstances, to protect the personal safety of our customers, website users, staff or the public,
  • to law enforcement, regulatory and government bodies, government agencies and courts, if we are required to by law to do so.

We take reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

We do not control the practices of content providers, partners and advertisers connected with our website and to whom you provide personal information whilst using our website or services. Our website contains links to other websites, which may not follow the same privacy policies as us. We recommend that you check any relevant privacy policies before providing your personal information to any third party.

3. Storing personal information

Our servers are mostly hosted in Australia.  From time to time Canstar may store (disclose) your personal information on servers in overseas web hosting facilities.

We take reasonable steps to ensure the security of your personal information is protected by New Zealand’s privacy laws.  However, when you provide us with your personal information you consent to the disclosure of your information to an overseas provider. We will not be held accountable under the Privacy Act for any breaches of the Privacy Act by the overseas provider.

Access to information stored electronically by us is restricted to staff whose job purpose requires access.  If it is necessary for information to be given to a person in connection with the provision of a service to us, everything reasonably within our power is done to prevent unauthorised use or unauthorised disclosure of the information. We use secure methods to destroy or de-identify any personal information as required by law, provided the information is no longer needed by us for any purpose.

4. Credit Card safety

We have put in place a credit card payment facility for some of our services.  This is provided by ‘SecurePay’, a third party payment gateway supplied by Australia Post.  We do not store your credit card details, or have access to them.

When you input your credit card details, SecurePay retains the information and issues Canstar with a unique token identifier. This token then allows Canstar to process your payment against your credit card.  If applicable, it also allows us to update the date your subscription is paid to.

5. Amendment of this policy

We may amend this policy from time to time. We will notify you of any change to our information handling policy that requires your consent before being implemented.

If you do not wish to receive information about our products and services then please tell us. You can do this at any time by writing to us or telephoning us at the contact details listed below.

6. Access to and correction of your information

You can request access at any time to personal information we hold about you by using the contact details below. We will process your request within a reasonable time, usually 14 days for a straightforward request. More time may be needed, depending on the nature of the request. There is no fee for requesting access to your information; however we may charge you the reasonable cost of processing your request. Sometimes we are not required to provide you with access – for example, if the law says we can deny access. If we refuse you access to your personal information, we will tell you the reason why.

We try to ensure that all information we hold about you which we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up to date. You must promptly notify us if there are any changes to your personal information. You may ask us at any time to correct personal information held by us about you, which you believe is incorrect or out of date. We will deal with your request within a reasonable time

7. Contact Details and Complaints

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about our privacy policy or practices please contact our Privacy Officer

By telephone:  +64 21 486330

By email:

Canstar New Zealand Limited
PO Box 2073
Shortland Street
Auckland 1140
New Zealand

We will try to answer any questions you may have, correct any error on our part or resolve any complaint that you may have about our information handling practices. If we do not resolve a complaint to your satisfaction, you also have the right to complain to the Privacy Commissioner, Tel: 0800 803909 or email: