Our Commitment To Protect Your Privacy
Stewart seeks to provide the best possible service to its customers.
Our policy ensures your right to privacy. We recognise that any personal information we collect about you may only be used for the purposes indicated in this policy. It is important to us that you are confident that any personal information we collect from you or is received by us will be treated with appropriate respect ensuring protection of your personal information.
Our commitment in respect of personal information is to abide by the National Privacy Principles for the protection of personal information. These are set out in the Privacy Act 1998.
WHO IS STEWART?
Stewart is a branch of Stewart Title Limited United Kingdom. Stewart is an insurance company that provides title insurance and other services within the insurance industry.
WHY STEWART COLLECTS YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Stewart will only collect information from you that is necessary for us to undertake the services you or your lender have requested or to provide information you or your lender have requested or to inform you of our other services. We do not gather personal information if you simply visit our website.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DOES STEWART COLLECT?
The type of information we may request is your name, address, e-mail address and/ or other contact information, property details and insurance policy details. In some instances we may also request other personal information if it is necessary to provide you with our services. This may include your age, occupation, professional details and memberships.
HOW DO WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Stewart will only collect your personal information with your permission. We collect your personal information either:
- Directly from you; or
- From the following people acting on your behalf.
Lenders, lawyers, mortgage brokers, valuers, surveyors, accountants, finance brokers, real estate agents and conveyancers.
TO WHOM WILL STEWART DISCLOSE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Where possible, we will inform you, at or before the time of collecting your personal information, the types of organisations that we intend to disclose your personal information to.
From time to time Stewart may be required to provide your personal information to Stewart Title Guaranty Company Canadian Division, our head office, Stewart Title Limited United Kingdom, and our international head office, Stewart Title Guaranty, USA.
In the course of providing our services to you we may be required to provide your personal information to service providers in order for them to carry out investigations on our behalf. These include valuers, surveyors, builders and other professionals engaged in providing services in the property, conveyancing or lending industry.
Sometimes we are required or authorised by law to disclose your personal information. For example in response to a subpoena we may disclose your personal information to a Court or Tribunal.
HOW DOES STEWART USE ’COOKIES’?
Stewart uses ‘cookies’ solely for the purpose of security and authentication. Stewart does not use ‘cookies’ for the purpose of collecting information about you, your internet use or other sites visited.
HOW DOES STEWART PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Stewart will take reasonable steps to protect your personal information. We will store it in a secure and confidential environment.
When your personal information is no longer required for any purpose for which the information may be used or disclosed, it will be will be destroyed or permanently de-identified.
Personal information collected via the Stewart Title Electronic Policy System (STEPS) is hosted at secure locations by Stewart Title Guaranty Company Canadian Division. However, personal information collected via means other than STEPS, such as the internet and e-mail, are not secure environments. If you send us personal information by these means you do so at your own risk.
In any event, Stewart will also take reasonable steps to protect any personal information from misuse, loss and unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.
HOW CAN I ACCESS MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Stewart will provide you with access to your personal information upon request. You may request your personal information at any time.
Please make your request to
Stewart Title Limited
GPO Box 527
Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 02 9081 6200
Fax: 02 9081 6299
UPDATING YOUR PERONAL INFORMATION
It is important to us that the personal information we hold about you is accurate. We may from time to time request that you provide us with your current personal information. This is to ensure we can properly provide our services.
If you wish to make any changes to your personal information, please contact us using the contact details above.
WHAT IF I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE USE OF MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
If you believe that your personal information has not been used in accordance with this policy then please contact us immediately using the contact details above.
Stewart will investigate your concerns.