Privacy and disclaimer
Endeavour Energy is responsible for the safe and reliable supply of electricity to homes and businesses across Sydney’s Greater West, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and the Illawarra.
Our network is made up of more than 185 major electricity substations, 416,000 power poles and 32,000 smaller distribution substations that are bound together by 47,000 kilometres of underground and overhead power lines.
At Endeavour Energy we are committed to protecting the privacy of our customers, our business contacts and our employees. When we collect and handle personal information, we do so in accordance with Australian privacy laws. These laws protect the privacy of personal information we hold on customers, our employees (other than information that forms part of an employee record) and other individuals with whom we deal.
Endeavour Energy is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). The APPs are set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act) and govern how organisations handle personal information.
What personal information do we collect and hold?
We collect and hold a range of personal information that is reasonably necessary for the purpose of supplying customers with our services and products. The kinds of personal information we collect for this purpose may include your name, contact information (including your address and telephone numbers) and your particular requirements for our services and products.
We may also collect and record images of you via CCTV cameras if you visit our premises or if you are in the close vicinity of Endeavour Energy’s equipment and assets.
We also collect information about the nature of your premises, for example whether you are a residential or business customer. In the case of businesses acquiring our products or services, we usually also collect the name, title and contact details of a contact person in the business.
In addition, we collect and store your National Meter Identifier (NMI) and your NMI address (the meter location which may be the same as your personal address). A NMI is an identification number that helps us to identify your particular meter. We do all that we reasonably can so that the information we hold is accurate, up-to-date, complete and relevant.
Generally, it is necessary for us to collect your personal details so that we can provide you with our services or products. However, if it is practicable and lawful for us to do so, we will give you the option of dealing with us anonymously or through the use of a pseudonym.
We collect (and may use and disclose) metering data about the premises connected to our electricity network. Metering data is collected via the meter at your home or business premises, to record your electricity use. Metering data information is handled in accordance with the National Electricity Rules and the Market Operations Rules where they apply, as well as in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Projects and customer surveys
As part of our commitment to develop new products and services to meet the needs of our customers, we may undertake projects and pilot studies relating to energy efficiency, demand management and/or smart electricity grid activities.
From time to time we may also undertake customer surveys – for example to collect statistics about our customers to use for research and product development purposes.
As part of our projects and other initiatives (for example the Bawley Point and Kioloa Community Microgrid projects) we may collect, use and disclose personal information about you and information relevant to your participation in the project – for example, we may collect information about your electricity usage patterns, details regarding specifications of the system installed at your premises and information regarding the amount of energy generated from the system.
As part of our PowerSavers suite of programs we may collect information relevant to participation and assessing rewards under the applicable program – for example, we may collect information about your electricity usage patterns or about the size of your solar panels and invertor.
Generally, we will not collect sensitive information about you, such as details of your race, political beliefs, religion or health. We may, however, collect, hold, use and disclose sensitive information (including some health information) in certain circumstances. For instance, we may need to collect your health information if you use particular health-related appliances in your household. We will only collect and use health information where you have provided your consent.
We may also collect information about other members of a household in which a customer resides, such as whether they consent to the use of particular services in the home. Sometimes, we also need to collect personal information about individuals who are not customers. This need will usually arise where we collect the name and business contact details of a person who is the contact in the company or a government agency with which we deal. Our policy is to use personal information collected from non-customers only as permitted under the Privacy Act.
Occasionally, we also collect, use and disclose personal credit information about our customers.
Employee information / Potential employee information
We also collect information about our employees. There is an exemption under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) for “employee records” held in relation to current or former employees. Therefore, personal information about employees that is an “employee record” is not dealt with in this policy. However, we may hold other types of personal information about employees, which we may use for purposes related to corporate reporting.
For contractors or potential staff members, the type of information we collect might be more detailed. This could include residency status, CV, emergency contacts, qualifications and work history. We will only ever keep this information if it will help us work with you as a contractor, or a potential staff member. Generally, we will collect this information directly from you. We may also collect personal information from third parties (for example, recruitment agencies or referees you have provided to us). Prior to offering you a role we may collect additional information such as your tax file number, superannuation information and other information that may be required for us to carry out any checks necessary to determine your suitability for the relevant role.
Web usage information
When you visit our website, we may collect additional information about your use of the website, which may or may not identify you. For instance, we may collect information about which pages you visit on the website to help us determine which parts of the site you value, so that we can build and develop our website to best meet customer needs. We may also collect information about your internet browser and operating system, the address of the referring site, your internet protocol address and clickstream information. This information helps us to understand how you came to find our website and may also be used for targeted communication of our public safety campaigns.
How do we collect and hold your personal information?
Direct collection of personal information
We generally collect your personal information directly from you. For example, we may collect personal information about you when you deal with us over the telephone, send us correspondence (whether by letter, fax or email), when you have contact with us in person or when you use, or complete a form on, our website. If we do not obtain the information requested, we may not be able to provide you with the products or services requested or fulfil another applicable purpose of collection.
Indirect collection of personal information
There may be occasions when we need to obtain personal information about you from a third party. For example, we collect personal information from your energy retailer regarding your energy supply arrangement. If you work for one of our service providers or business customers or other organisations with which we do business, we may need to obtain your contact details from them. In some circumstances also, we may need to obtain information relating to you from a credit reporting agency, or from a publicly maintained record. If we collect personal information about you in these ways, we will take reasonable steps to make you aware of the relevant matters set out in this policy. Finally, where a third party provides us with information we have not asked for, we will destroy or de-identify the information unless we would have been entitled to collect it under the APPs.
Collection via mobile apps
If you use our mobile Outage app (for Apple or Android), we may collect details about your current location for the purposes of advising you about outages in that area. We do not store any personal information collected by the mobile Outage app. We report internally about the number of customers that download and use the Outage app, but this does not contain any identifying information.
We may collect information about injuries sustained by employees through workers compensation claims or through our “MySafe” portal.
Website collection – cookies and pixel tags
We may use third party cookies, pixel tags or other similar technologies to collect or receive web usage information from our website and elsewhere on the internet.
Cookies are small pieces of information which may be stored on your computer by our website server, to remember your browser (not you personally). To find out more about cookies, including how to manage them, see https://www.choice.com.au/electronicsand-technology/internet/internet-privacy-and-safety/articles/how-browser-cookies-work.
Pixel tags are a form of online identifier that can be used to track the online movements of website users through social media accounts. Endeavour Energy does not obtain personally identifiable information from the pixel tag. However, the social media account provider may store your information and connect it with your social media account. For example, if you have a Facebook account, the Facebook pixel may associate web usage information collected through a pixel tag with your Facebook account.
Storage of personal information
We take reasonable steps so that personal information held by us is secure from such risks as loss and interference, or unauthorised access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure. Our technology systems are password protected and we use security monitoring, access control systems and encryption systems (security measures for the internet). We also maintain physical security over our paper files, data stores and premises, including locks and security systems. Access to personal information is restricted to our authorised personnel, who need to access those records as part of their job.
We may engage third party data storage providers to store and secure our data, including personal information of our customers on the basis that the information is properly secured and protected.
Retention and destruction of personal information
We take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify personal information that we no longer need.
For what purposes do we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information?
We collect, hold, use and disclose personal information for the purpose of providing you with services and products, or with other information you have requested, and for purposes related or ancillary to this. To carry out those purposes, we may need to use and disclose personal information to establish and maintain any necessary accounts or records, credit checks, invoicing and billing systems, debt recovery and market research, and to develop new and better services. We will use your personal information only for the purpose for which it was collected, unless we have your consent, or the different use is permitted under the APPs.
We also collect, hold, use and disclose information about injuries sustained by our employees as part of our workers compensation scheme and we may use this information for the purposes of corporate reporting and related functions. By providing information to us, employees are taken to have consented to this information being used for corporate reporting purposes.
We may also collect, hold, use and disclose personal information for the purpose of telling you from time to time about our services, products or promotions. If at any time you no longer wish to be told about our new services, products or promotions, please contact us on 133 718 or via our online enquiry form.
Web usage information
Web usage information is collected to assist us to build and develop our website to best meet customer needs and for targeted communication of our public safety campaigns on social media platforms. We will not disclose any web usage information that is personally identifiable.
Life support customers
We collect, hold, use and disclose sensitive information, including health information in particular, from those of our customers using life support equipment (referred to as “life support customers”). We do so to provide additional services and support to those life support customers pursuant to our obligations under the National Energy Retail Rules.
Will we give your personal information to anyone else?
We do not sell personal information to third parties. However, in the circumstances described below, we may disclose your personal information to other people or entities. We may make additional disclosures where you provide consent or where such disclosures are otherwise permitted under the Privacy Act.
(a) Outsourcing and advice
We may disclose personal information that we collect to third parties to which we contract out specialised functions, such as mailing houses, printing companies, data storage companies, information technology providers and legal and accounting services. This includes disclosing sensitive information about life support customers to such third parties who perform functions that assist us to meet our obligations in respect of those customers.
If we do disclose personal information to third party contractors or advisers under outsourcing or contracting arrangements, we do all we reasonably can to maintain tight control over their use of such information, and we prohibit disclosure of the information by them so that those contractors:
- comply with the APPs when they handle your personal information; and
- are authorised only to use personal information in order to provide the services or to perform the functions required by us.
(b) Research and surveys
We may disclose personal information to third parties (such as government agencies and research partners) for reporting purposes in connection with the projects and trials we conduct from time to time. Our general policy is to de-identify the information we disclose to third parties for research purposes. However, where personally-identifying information is provided to third parties, we will take reasonable steps to make the relevant individuals aware that information about them is being disclosed and obtain their consent to do so where necessary.
(c) Disclosures required by law
For legal reasons, and in special circumstances, we may need to make disclosures of your personal information. This may occur where we are directed to do so under arrangements in place to make sure that you continue to receive electricity supply in the event of retailer failure. We may also be required to disclose your personal information to law enforcement agencies, government agencies, courts or external advisors. For example, we may be asked to disclose certain personal information about an individual to assist the police with an investigation into criminal activities. Our policy is to make such disclosures only in accordance with the Privacy Act. We may also be required to disclose certain information under the energy industry laws and rules.
Do we disclose personal information to entities located overseas?
We may disclose personal information to service providers or research organisations located outside of Australia. For instance, we may engage third party data storage providers located overseas to store and secure our data, including our customer information. We may also disclose your personal information (such as your credit card details) outside Australia if you use a payment method (including a credit card issued overseas), which requires us to communicate information about you internationally (for example, to your bank if it is outside Australia). If practicable, we will notify you of the overseas country to which disclosure of your personal information may occur.
How can you access and correct the personal information we hold about you?
Under the Privacy Act, you have a right to seek access to personal information which we hold about you. You also have the right to ask us to correct information about you, which is inaccurate, incomplete, out of date, irrelevant or misleading.
If you wish to access the personal information that we hold about you, please contact our Call Centre on 133 718 or via our online enquiry form so we can explain how we will handle your access request. Once we have verified your identity, we would generally provide you with a summary of the information held about you. We would assume (unless you told us otherwise) that your request related to our current records about you. Those current records would include personal information about you which was included in our databases and in paper files, and which might be used by us on a day to day basis.
To provide you with access to this personal information, we would ordinarily provide you with a print-out of the relevant personal information from our databases, or with photocopies of records which were held only on paper files. Ordinarily, we would not charge you for the cost of providing this type of access to these records.
For legal and administrative reasons, we may also store records containing personal information in our archives. You may seek access to our non-current records, but if you do so, we may charge you for the cost of providing the access.
If you believe that personal information about you is inaccurate, incomplete, out of date, irrelevant or misleading, please provide us with your request for correction. Our policy is to consider any requests for correction in a timely way. If we refused to provide you with access to the information, we would provide you with reasons for the refusal and inform you of any exceptions relied upon under the Privacy Act (unless it is not reasonable in the circumstances for us to do so).
How can you complain about a breach of your privacy and how will we handle your complaint?
If you wish to complain about our handling of your personal information, in the first instance please email our Privacy Officer Privacy@endeavourenergy.com.au or phone us on 02 9853 6770. We will make every effort to investigate and respond to your complaint in a timely way (generally within 30 days of our receipt of the complaint).
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of our investigation, you may take your privacy-related complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
For information on making a complaint to the OAIC, please visit the OAIC’s website Privacy Complaints or phone 1300 363 992.
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