ClearBridge Investments Limited (ABN 84 119 339 052, AFSL 307727) and its related companies (“ClearBridge”) are committed to safeguarding your personal information and recognise any concerns you may have about your privacy and the security of your personal information.
This Privacy Notice details how we protect your privacy and how we comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). This notice also describes:
In the course of providing our services ClearBridge may collect personal information from clients or potential clients to assist with verification.
In the course of providing services, we may collect:
How we collect personal information will largely be dependent upon whose information we are collecting. If it is reasonable and practical to do so, we collect personal information directly from you.
Where possible ClearBridge has attempted to standardise the collection of personal information by using specifically designed forms (e.g. Fund Application Forms). However, given the nature of our operations we often also receive personal information by email, letters, notes, over the telephone, in face-to-face meetings and through financial transactions.
We may collect information of individuals who are the relevant contact of a corporate client or other organisation or an adviser within a dealer group. In this instance, information may be collected from that entity.
We may also collect personal information from other people (e.g. a third-party administrator) or independent sources, however, we will only do so where it is not reasonable and practical to collect the information from you directly.
Sometimes we may be provided with your personal information without having sought it through our normal means of collection. We refer to this as “unsolicited information”. Where we collect unsolicited information we will only hold, use and/or disclose that information if we could otherwise do so had we collected it by normal means. If that unsolicited information could not have been collected by normal means then we will destroy, permanently delete or de-identify the information as appropriate.
We only use personal information that is reasonably necessary for one or more of our functions or activities (the primary purpose) or for a related secondary purpose that would be reasonably expected by you, or to which you have consented.
Our uses of personal information include but are not limited to:
We may also need to collect personal information in order to comply with our legal obligations, such as the AML/CTF laws, under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth).
It may be necessary for ClearBridge to disclose your personal information to certain third parties in order to assist us with one or more of our functions or activities. This may include organisations providing fund administration or custodial services under an arrangement with us.
We only collect sensitive information reasonably necessary for one or more of these functions or activities if we have the consent of the individuals to whom the sensitive information relates, or if the collection is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to life, health or safety or another permitted general situation.
We may send you direct marketing communications and information about our services that we expect may be of interest to you. These communications may be sent in various forms, including mail, SMS and email. You consent to us sending you those direct marketing communications by any of those methods. At any time you may opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us by contacting us using the contact details below or by using the opt-out facilities provided in the marketing communications.
Please note that, if we are currently providing you with services or products, we will still need to send you essential information about your account, the relevant services or products and other information required by law.
We store personal information in a variety of formats including on databases, in hard copy files and on personal devices, including laptop computers.
The security of your personal information is of paramount importance to us and we take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information we hold about you from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
These steps include:
Personal information we hold that is no longer needed, or required to be retained by any other laws, is destroyed in a secure manner.
Our website may contain links to other websites. We do not share your personal information with those websites and we are not responsible for their privacy practices. Please check their privacy policies.
We only use personal information for the purposes for which it was given to us, or for purposes which are directly related to one or more of our functions or activities. We may disclose your personal information to government agencies, and other recipients from time to time, only if one or more of the following apply:
We may disclose personal information about an individual to overseas organisations that help us provide our services, in certain circumstances, such as when storing information with a “cloud service provider” which stores data outside of Australia. We will, however, take all reasonable steps not to disclose an individual’s personal information to overseas recipients unless:
We take all reasonable steps to ensure the personal information we hold, use and disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. These steps include ensuring that the personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date at the time of collection and when using or disclosing the personal information.
On an ongoing basis we maintain and update personal information when we are advised by individuals or when we become aware through other means that their personal information has changed.
Please contact us if any of the details you have provided change. You should also contact us if you believe that the information we have about you is not accurate, complete or up-to-date.
You may request access to the personal information we hold about you or request that we change the personal information, by contacting us.
If we do not agree to provide you with access or to amend your personal information as requested you will be notified accordingly. Where appropriate we will provide you with the reason/s for our decision. If the rejection relates to a request to change your personal information you may make a statement about the requested change and we will attach this to your record.
We may disclose details about the general use of our website to third parties – for example, to demonstrate patterns of use and other business partners. Information we pass on for this purpose will not include any personal data by which you may be identified.
If you believe that your privacy has been breached, please contact our Privacy Officer using the contact information below and provide details of the incident so that we can investigate it.
We request that complaints about breaches of privacy be made in writing, so we can be sure about the details of the complaint. We will attempt to confirm as appropriate and necessary with you your understanding of the conduct relevant to the complaint and what you expect as an outcome. We will inform you whether we will conduct an investigation, the name, title, and contact details of the investigating officer and the estimated completion date for the investigation process.
After we have completed our enquiries, we will contact you, usually in writing, to advise the outcome and invite a response to our conclusions about the complaint. If we receive a response from you, we will assess it and advise if we have changed our view.
If a complaint remains unresolved, you may access an external dispute resolution service (if applicable) or apply to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to have the complaint heard and determined.
When we write to you about our decision, we will explain how you may access an external dispute resolution scheme or make a complaint to the OAIC.
You can contact us about this Privacy Notice or about your personal information by:
If practical, you can contact us anonymously (i.e. without identifying yourself) or by using a pseudonym. However, if you choose not to identify yourself, we may not be able to give you the information or provide the assistance you might otherwise receive if it is not practical to do so.
The General Data Protection Regulation provides you with the right to access your data, as well as to correct or rectify your data, or delete your data, subject to applicable law. You also have the right to have your data processed only in accordance with applicable law, as well as to have copies of your data moved to another controller. You may also object to us processing your data otherwise than in accordance with the law, and to withdraw any consent to our processing your data at any time. Please email [email protected] to exercise any of those rights.
We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time.