VARCIS GROUP LTD PRIVACY STATEMENT (HONG KONG)
VARCIS GROUP LTD and/or its subsidiaries (“VARCIS Group ” VG”, “we”, “us”, “our”) recognize our responsibilities in relation to the collection, use, disclosure and other processing and storage of personal data.
Among the most important assets of VG is the trust and confidence placed to properly handle information. Customers, potential customers and partners, expect us to maintain their information accurately, protected against manipulation and errors, secure from theft and free from unwarranted disclosure. We protect data security of our customers and potential customers by complying with the all relevant data protection laws and regulations and ensure compliance by our staff with strict standards of security and confidentiality.
This website is for general information purpose only. While we use reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website, VG does not warrant its absolute accuracy or accept any liability for any loss or damage resulting from any inaccuracy or omission. Without prior permission from VG, no information contained on this website may be copied, except for personal use, or redistributed.
VG recognizes its responsibilities in relation to the collection, holding, processing or use of personal data. The provision of your personal data is voluntary. You may choose not to provide us with the requested data, but failure to do so may inhibit our ability to provide information and services to you or to respond to your enquiries. VG will not collect any information that identifies you personally through this website unless and until you use and browse the website, buy our products or services, register as a member, interact with us, sign-up to receive news about our products and services, or otherwise communicate with us (including where requesting technical support).
This website, and our social media platforms are not intended for persons in jurisdictions that restrict the distribution of information by us or use of such website or social media platforms. If this is applicable to you, we would advise you to make yourself familiar with and observe the relevant restrictions, and VG does not accept liability in this respect.
How we collect data.
We will collect and store your personal data either:
- directly when you provide such information to us (for example, when you us enquiries or communications);
- indirectly through your use of our websites, apps or social media platforms; or
- where you have provided it to us through any other means.
We may obtain lawfully collected personal or non-personal data about you from affiliated entities, business partners and other independent third parties’ sources. We may also collect some information about your computer or other devices used when you visit this website, apps or social media platforms.
The personal data we collect (which includes sensitive personal data as defined under relevant applicable laws and regulations), includes the following:
- identity information – name, address, personal contact details (including email address and telephone numbers); and
- technical information – such as IP address, browser type and version, time zone settings, browser plugin types, operating systems and platform, device information (including where mobile device the IMEI number, wireless networks and general network information).
If you make use of any social media features or platforms, either on our website, an application we provide, or otherwise through a social media provider, we may access and collect information about you via that social media provider in accordance with their policies. When using a social media feature, we may access and collect information you have chosen to make available and to include in your social media profile or account, including but not limited to your name, gender, birthday, email address, address, location etc. Our access to this information may be limited or blocked based on your privacy settings with the relevant social media provider.
We will usually identify any information which is mandatory (i.e. information required for creating an account, and to enable you to access the features of the website and receive any services) when we collect the information from you. You may choose not to provide us with the requested data, but failure to do so may inhibit our ability to do business with you or to respond to your enquiries.
Why we collect your personal data and how it may be used?
Personal data is collected for the following purposes:
- to provide you with access to the content on the website, apps or social media platforms;
- to process and administer your account, project, program, to implement and effect the requests or transactions contemplated by the forms and or documents available on our website or any other documents you may submit to us from time to time;
- to design new or enhance existing products, information and services provided by us;
- to communicate with you including to send you administrative and technical communications about any account you may have with us, to provide technical support or notify about future changes to this privacy statement;
- for statistical or actuarial research undertaken by VG, the financial services industry or our respective regulators;
- for advances data analytics, data matching, internal business and administrative purposes;
- to monitor your use of the website, apps and social media platforms and conduct analysis of the use of the website to operate, evaluate and improve the website and our services, understand your preferences and troubleshoot any problems;
- to assist in law enforcement purposes, investigations by police or other government or regulatory authorities and to meet requirements imposed by applicable laws and regulations or other obligations committed to government or regulatory authorities;
- to personalize the appearance of our websites, provide recommendations of relevant products, information and services and provide targeted advertising on our website or through other channels;
- other purposes as notified at the time of collection; and
- other purposes directly relating to any of the above.
Unless permitted by applicable laws and regulations, we will obtain consent from you if we wish to use your personal data for purposes other than those stated in this privacy statement.
VG may retain your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it is collected or as otherwise required to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. VG applies reasonable security measures to prevent unauthorized or accidental access, processing, erasure, loss or use including limiting physical access to data within VG’s systems and encryption of sensitive data when transferring such data. Reasonable steps will be taken to delete or destroy the information when it is no longer necessary for any of the purpose above.
For our policy on use of your personal data for promotional or marketing purposes, please see the section entitled “Use of Personal Data for Direct Marketing Purposes”.
Who may be provided with your personal data?
Personal data will be kept confidential but may, where permitted by law or where such disclosure is necessary to satisfy the purpose or a directly related purpose for which the personal data was collected, provide such personal data to the following parties:
- any person authorized to act as an agent of VG [or another VG company] in relation to the distribution of products and services offered by VG [or that VG company];
- any agent, contractor or third-party service provider (within or outside VG) who provides administration, data processing, telecommunications, computer, payment, debt collection or securities clearing, technology outsourcing, call Centre services, mailing and printing services in connection with the operation of VG’s business and VG’s provision of services to you;
- any member company of VG Limited in relation to the provision or marketing of VG services;
- any agent, contractor or third-party service provider (within or outside VG) including companies that help deliver our services;
- other companies that help gather your information or communicate with you, such as research companies and ratings agencies, to enhance the services, we provide to you; and
- government or regulatory bodies in any jurisdiction or any person to whom an VG company must disclose data: (a) under a legal and/or regulatory obligation in that or any other jurisdiction applicable to that VG company; or (b) pursuant to an agreement between the VG company and the relevant government, regulatory body or other person.
In relation to any personal data collected by us whilst providing any services in respect of our mandatory provident fund master trust schemes, such personal data would only be transferred to the above parties for providing any mandatory fund related services.
For our policy on sharing of your personal data for promotional and marketing purposes, please see the section entitled “Use of Personal Data for Direct Marketing Purposes”.
From time to time, we may purchase a business or sell one or more of our businesses (or portions thereof) and your personal data may be transferred or disclosed as a part of the purchase or sale or a proposed purchase or sale. If we purchase a business, the personal data received with that business would be treated in accordance with this privacy statement if it is practicable and permissible to do so.
Your personal data may be provided to any of the above persons who may be in other jurisdictions or territories to that in which you are located. Your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in other jurisdictions where any VG entity is located, or jurisdictions where a third-party contractor is located or from which the third-party contractor provides us services. Where required under relevant law, we may seek your consent to the transfer of such information outside your jurisdiction to our facilities or to those third parties with whom we share it as described above. Your personal data will only be transferred to other locations, where we are satisfied that adequate levels of protection exist to protect the integrity and security of your personal data, which as a minimum are comparable to the jurisdiction or territory in which you provided such personal data.
Access Rights to Personal Data
Under applicable laws and regulations, you may have the right to:
- verify whether VG holds any personal data about you and to access any such data;
- require VG to correct any personal data relating to you which is inaccurate;
- withdraw your consent for use or provision of personal data for direct marketing;
- make a complaint about VG’s data handling; and
- enquire about VG’s policies and practices in relation to personal data.
Requests for access, correction, complaints, or other queries relating to your personal data should be addressed to:
The Data Protection Officer
VARCIS GROUP LTD
Under applicable laws and regulations, VG has the right to charge costs which are directly related to and necessary for the processing of any personal data request.
You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority in certain jurisdictions if you consider that the processing of your personal data infringes applicable law.
Use of Personal Data for Direct Marketing purposes
In addition to the purposes set out above, where permitted by law, VG may use your name and contact details for promotional or marketing purposes including sending you promotional materials and conducting direct marketing in relation to investment; banking; financial services; educational; recruitment; training; charitable/non-profitable causes (“Classes of Marketing Subjects”). However, in relation to any personal data collected by VG whilst providing any services in respect of our mandatory VG affairs such personal data would only be used for promoting or marketing any products or services.
For the purposes of direct marketing, we may, where permitted by law, provide your personal information to providers whether within or outside of VG (except for any personal data collected by VG whilst providing any our VG services).
Before using or providing your personal data for the purposes and to the transferees set out in this section, we may be required by law to obtain your written consent, and in such cases, only after having obtained such written consent, may we use and provide your personal data for any promotional or marketing purpose.
If you have provided consent and wish to withdraw it or if you prefer not to receive marketing communications from us in any form, please inform us by writing to the address in the section on “Access Rights to Personal Data” or sending us an email to email@example.com. Any such request should clearly state details of the personal data in respect of which the request is being made.
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Amendments to this Privacy Statement
VG reserves the right, at any time and without notice, to add to, change, update or modify this privacy statement, simply by notifying you of such change, update or modification. If we decide to change our personal data policy, those changes will be notified on our website so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use the information and under what circumstances the information is disclosed. Any such change, update or modification will be effective immediately upon posting. Where required by applicable law, we may also notify you in the event of material changes to this privacy statement and, where required, seek your consent to those changes.
Should you have any questions on any part of this privacy statement or would like additional information regarding VG’s data privacy practices please do not hesitate to contact us by the contact details above.
VARCIS GROUP LTD, a Hong Kong corporation duly organized under the law.
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