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Privacy Awareness Week 15-21 May

Holiday Coast Credit Union (Holiday Coast) is a proud partner of Privacy Awareness Week running from 15-21 May, 2016. With the continued surge in mobile usage and online customer engagement, it’s not surprising that this year’s theme is ‘Privacy in your hands’.

Privacy Awareness Week is held as an annual initiative of the Asia-Pacific Privacy Authorities and promotes awareness of privacy issues and the importance for members of the public to protect their own personal information.

CEO Neville Parsons reflecting on Privacy Awareness Week stated: “We know and appreciate that customers value their privacy and we ensure our member’s privacy is intrinsic in our Holiday Coast values and behaviours every day.”

We recommend that our members be vigilant in maintaining a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities for the safe handling of their personal information. This can be achieved by making smart privacy choices, understanding your rights, and also the consequences of the choices you make to share personal information”.

Here are some valuable tips that Holiday Coast provides for members to help members protect their own personal information:

  • Know your privacy rights
  • Read privacy policies and notices
  • Always ask why, how and who — this will help you to know how your personal information is going to be used
  • Check your personal credit report
  • Protect yourself online
  • Be aware of your mobile security
  • Use security / virus protection software on your computers
  • Be careful what you view and share on social media
  • Be careful when connecting 3rd party apps to your Facebook for online profile games
  • Don't leave your personal information lying around — make sure your records are properly protected and when no longer required properly destroyed
  • Beware of scams – if it seems too good to be true it more than likely is!

More information on your privacy rights is available at www.oaic.gov.au/PAW.

 

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