This Policy describes Convergia USA’s collection, use and/or disclosure of personal information.
It governs the behavior of employees and agents acting on Convergia USA’s behalf when dealing with personal information. It provides procedures for an individual’s access to and correction of personal information.
Personal information includes information about an identifiable individual, presented in any form, such as: age, name, ID number(s), income, ethnic origin, opinions, evaluations, social status, disciplinary actions, credit records, loan records, medical records.
Personal information does not include the name, title, address and telephone number of an employee of an organization.
CLAUSE 1 – ACCOUNTABILITY
Convergia USA is responsible for personal information under its control and will designate an individual or individuals who are accountable for the organization’s compliance with the following Clauses.
Convergia USA is responsible for personal information in its possession or custody, including information that has been transferred to a third party for processing. Convergia USA will use contractual or other means to provide a comparable level of protection while the information is being processed by a third party.
Convergia USA will implement policies and practices to give effect to the Clauses, including:
(a) implementing procedures to protect personal information;
(b) establishing procedures to receive and respond to complaints and inquiries;
(c) training staff and communicating to staff information about Convergia USA’s policies and practices; and
(d) developing information to explain Convergia USA’s policies and procedures.
CLAUSE 2 – IDENTIFYING PURPOSES
Convergia USA will identify the purposes for which personal information is collected at or before the time the information is collected.
2.1 Convergia USA collects personal information only for the following purposes (“identified purposes”):
(a) to provide service(s) and/or products to its customers;
(b) to maintain commercial relations and to communicate with its customers (which will include, but not be limited to: billing, collection, advertising, promotion, account verification);
(c) to identify customer needs and/or preferences;
(d) to meet legal and regulatory requirements;
(e) to administer and manage its business operations
2.2 Convergia USA will provide notice of the identified purposes either orally, electronically or writing prior to or at the time of collection of the personal information.
2.3 Persons collecting personal information will be able to explain to individuals the purposes for which the information is being collected.
2.4 When personal information that has been collected is to be used for a purpose not previously identified, the new purpose will be identified prior to use. Unless the new purpose is required by law, Convergia USA will obtain the consent of the individual before information is used for that new purpose.
CLAUSE 3 – CONSENT
The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for the collection, use or disclosure of personal information, except where inappropriate.
3.1 In certain circumstances, personal information can be collected, used, or disclosed without the knowledge and consent of the individual. For example, legal, medical or security reasons may make it impossible or impractical to seek consent. When information is being collected for the detection and prevention of fraud or for law enforcement, seeking the consent of the individual might defeat the purpose of collecting the information. Seeking consent may be impossible or inappropriate when there is an emergency threatening the individual’s life, health or security, or where the individual is a minor, seriously ill, or mentally incapacitated. In other instances, information may be publicly available. Moreover, Convergia USA may provide personal information to its lawyer or agent to collect a debt, comply with a subpoena, warrant or other court order, government institution requesting the information upon lawful authority, or as may be otherwise required by law.
3.2 Convergia USA will generally seek consent for the use or disclosure of the information at the time of collection. In certain circumstances, consent with respect to use or disclosure may be sought after the information has been collected but before use (for example, when Convergia USA wants to use information for a purpose not previously identified).
3.3 Convergia USA will make a reasonable effort to ensure that the individual is advised of the purposes for which the information will be used. To make the consent meaningful, the purposes will be stated in such a manner that the individual can reasonably understand how the information will be used or disclosed.
3.4 Convergia USA will not, as a condition of the supply of a product or service, require an individual to consent to the collection, use, or disclosure of information beyond that required to fulfil the explicitly specified and legitimate purposes.
3.5 The form of consent sought by Convergia USA may vary, depending upon the circumstances and the type of information disclosed. In determining the form of consent to use, Convergia USA will take into account the sensitivity of the information and the reasonable expectations of the individual. An authorized representative (such as a legal guardian or a person having power of attorney) can also give consent.
Convergia USA will seek express consent when the information is likely to be considered sensitive.
Implied consent will generally be appropriate when the information is less sensitive. The use of services or products by a customer or the acceptance of employment by an employee will be considered implied consent to collect, use and disclose personal information for all identified purposes.
3.6 An individual may withdraw consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice. Convergia USA will inform the individual of the implications of such withdrawal. In order to withdraw consent, an individual must provide notice to Convergia USA in writing.
CLAUSE 4 – COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The collection of personal information will be limited to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by Convergia USA. Information will be collected by fair and lawful means.
4.1 Convergia USA collects personal information from its customers and employees for the purposes described under Section 2.
4.2 Convergia USA may also collect personal information from such third parties as credit bureaus, employers or personal references or other third parties that represent that they have the right to disclose the information.
CLAUSE 5 – LIMITING USE, DISCLOSURE, AND RETENTION
Personal information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal information will be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
5.1 Convergia USA may collect, use or disclose personal information without the individual’s knowledge or consent in certain circumstances as described in Clause 3.1.
5.2 Convergia USA may disclose a customer’s personal information to:
(a) another telecommunication company for the provision of telecommunications services to that customer;
(b) a company involved in providing communications directory services;
(c) a person involved in the development, promotion, marketing or enhancement of Convergia USA services;
(d) a credit collections agency;
(e) emergency services in an emergency situation;
(f) a person, who, in the reasonable estimation of Convergia USA, is an agent of the customer;
(g) any other third party, upon receiving the consent of the customer or as required by law.
5.3 Convergia USA may disclose an employee’s personal information in the following circumstances:
(a) in the administration of that employee’s benefits;
(b) in providing references to prospective employers, upon receiving the consent of the employee;
(c) as may be required by law.
5.4 Certain Convergia USA employees may be given access to customer and/or employee information in so far as their duties require access for business purposes. Convergia USA employees are governed by a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting disclosure or use of any confidential or personal information for any purposes other than the stated business purposes.
5.5 Convergia USA will retain personal information for only as long as required to fulfil the identified purposes or as required by law.
5.6 Personal information that is no longer required to fulfil the identified purposes will be destroyed, erased or made anonymous according to the guidelines and procedures established by Convergia USA.
CLAUSE 6 – ACCURACY
Personal information will be as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used.
6.1 The extent to which personal information will be accurate, complete, and up-to-date will depend upon the use of the information, taking nto account the interests of the individual. Information will be sufficiently accurate, complete, and up-to-date to minimize the possibility that inappropriate information may be used to make a decision about the individual.
6.2 Convergia USA will not routinely update personal information unless such a process is necessary to fulfil the purposes for which the information was collected.
6.3 Personal information that is used on an ongoing basis, including information that is disclosed to third parties, should generally be accurate and up-to-date, unless limits to the requirement for accuracy are clearly set out.
CLAUSE 7 – SAFEGUARDS
Personal information will be protected by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information.
7.1 Convergia USA will protect personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification. The nature of the safeguards will vary depending on the sensitivity of the information that has been collected, the amount, distribution and format of the information, and the method of storage.
7.2 Convergia USA protects all personal information regardless of the format in which it is held. The methods of protection include:
(a) physical measures, such as locked filing cabinets and restricted access to offices;
(b) organizational measures, such as security clearances and limiting access on a “need to know” basis;
(c) technological measures, such as the use of passwords and encryption
7.3 Convergia USA makes their employees aware of the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of personal information. Convergia USA employees are governed by a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting disclosure or use of any confidential or personal information for any purposes other than the stated business purposes.
7.4 Convergia USA will use care in the disposal or destruction of personal information to prevent unauthorized parties from gaining access to the information.
CLAUSE 8 – OPENNESS
Convergia USA will make readily available to individuals specific information about its policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.
8.1 Convergia USA will make its policies and practices with respect to the management of personal information easily comprehensible and accessible, by providing upon request:
(a) the means of gaining access to personal information held by Convergia USA; and
(b) a description of the type of information held by Convergia USA and/or its subsidiaries, including a general account of its use.
CLAUSE 9 – INDIVIDUAL ACCESS
Upon request, an individual will be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of his or her personal information and will be given access to that information. An individual will be able to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.
9.1 Upon request, Convergia USA will inform an individual whether or not the organization holds personal information about the individual, and will provide that individual with a reasonable opportunity to review the personal information in his or her file.
9.2 Convergia USA will allow the individual access to his or her personal information once the individual has provided Convergia USA with a written request application. Convergia USA will make the application available to customers through Customer Service Representatives and to employees through the Human Resources Department. The application will include sufficient information to permit Convergia USA to provide an account of the existence, use, and disclosure to any third parties of this personal information. Convergia USA will use the application only for this purpose.
9.3 Convergia USA will respond to an application for individual access to personal information within a reasonable time and at minimal or no cost to the individual. The requested information will be provided or made available in a form that is generally understandable.
9.4 Convergia USA will be as specific as possible in providing an account of third parties to which it has disclosed personal information about an individual. When it is not possible to provide a list of the organizations to which it has actually disclosed information about an individual, Convergia USA will provide a list of organizations to which it may have disclosed information about the individual.
9.5 In certain instances, Convergia USA will not be able to provide the individual access to his or her personal information. For example, Convergia USA will not provide access to information where the information requested is prohibitively costly to provide; where the information contains references to other individuals; where the information cannot be disclosed for legal, security or commercial proprietary reasons; where the information is subject to solicitor-client or litigation privilege; or where the information can best be available from another source (for example, through a medical practitioner). In each case, Convergia USA will provide reasons for denying any access to personal information.
9.6 When an individual successfully demonstrates the inaccuracy or incompleteness of personal information, Convergia USA will amend the information as required. Depending upon the nature of the information challenged, amendment involves the correction, deletion or addition of information. Where appropriate, the amended information will be transmitted to third parties having access to the information in question.
9.7 When a challenge is not resolved to the satisfaction of the individual, Convergia USA will record the substance of the unresolved challenge. When appropriate, the existence of the unresolved challenge will be transmitted to third parties having access to the information in question.
CLAUSE 10 – CHALLENGING COMPLIANCE
An individual will be able to address a challenge concerning compliance with the above Clauses to Convergia USA.
10.1 Convergia USA will maintain procedures to receive and respond to complaints or inquiries about its policies and practices relating to the handling of personal information. Convergia USA will make every effort to ensure that its procedures are easily accessible and simple to use.
10.2 Convergia USA will inform individuals who make inquiries or lodge complaints of the existence of relevant complaint procedures.
10.4 Convergia USA will investigate all complaints. If a complaint is found to be justified, Convergia USA will take appropriate measures, including, if necessary, amending its policies and practices.
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal information in the commercial sector.
Under the Act, Convergia USA is required to adhere to ten privacy Clauses set out in the National Standard of USA, Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information.