Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance is committed to safeguarding your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information. This Notice explains how we manage, collect, use and protect the personal information entrusted to us. In particular, this Notice aims to provide you with a better understanding of the types of personal information we collect and the purposes for which that information is used, including circumstances where information may be disclosed to third parties and overseas recipients.
We collect, hold, use and disclose personal information so that we can provide you with products and services including:
Without your personal information, we may not be able to issue insurance coverage, administer your insurance, answer your questions or concerns, or process your claim.
We collect and hold a range of personal information from and about individuals who are insured, or have submitted a claim, under our insurance policies. Depending on the products or services we are providing to you, we may collect and hold the following information about you:
We will only collect information for the purposes outlined above.
We may also collect personal information from employees, prospective employees, service providers and third party contractors.
Where it is reasonable and practicable to do so, we collect personal information directly from you or from your insurance broker. This information may be collected using various means including in writing, in person, by telephone, by email or through other electronic messages.
We may also collect your personal information from:
We will only collect and use your personal information in accordance with applicable privacy laws. Some laws require your consent to collect certain personal information from you and we will first obtain your consent where required by law to do so.
We hold your personal information in various internal systems and databases including shared drives, email, document management systems and in hard copy. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the security of personal information from misuse and loss, as well as unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. After it is no longer needed or required for applicable legal or regulatory purposes, we dispose of or de-identify personal information.
We may make your personal information available to third parties as permitted by applicable law to administer our insurance policies or when required by law to do so. We may provide your personal information to:
We do not sell any personal information to marketing companies.
We are an international insurance company, with offices in 6 countries. In some circumstances and for the purposes set out above, we may disclose personal information to parties, including our own offices, located in other countries. The laws governing personal data protection vary and the country where your personal information is transferred may have different laws than those in the country in which you reside.
The countries where we may disclose personal information are:
We make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the arrangements we have in place with overseas parties impose appropriate privacy and confidentiality obligations on those parties to ensure that the personal information shared is kept secure and used only for the purposes noted above.
We take reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date.
If you wish to access the personal information we may hold about you or if you believe that the personal information we hold about you is not accurate, complete or up-to-date, you can request access to or correction of the information by contacting us (contact details below).
In order to process any request for access or correction of personal information, we may need to obtain a minimum level of information, including:
If you are seeking access to, or correction of, information on another person’s behalf, we will also require written authorisation from that individual.
We reserve the right to refuse access to personal information under grounds permitted by applicable privacy laws. There is no fee to access or correct your information but there may be a cost charged, if permitted by applicable law, for providing access to personal information, which reflects the cost of locating and providing the information to you.
If you have any questions or concerns about how we handle your personal information, please contact us (contact details below).
If you have contacted us with a complaint and you are not satisfied with our response, you may refer your complaint to your local privacy regulatory authority. If you reside in the United States, complaints can be made with the state insurance regulator. If your country has a privacy commissioner, information about submitting complaints should be available on their web site. The web sites for the privacy commissioners in the countries outside of the United States where we have offices are:
This Notice may change from time to time and where this occurs, the updated Notice will be posted on our web site.
The privacy contact for each of our offices can be reached by:
Level 23, 420 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Attn: Corporate and Compliance Counsel
+61 (0) 28002 2125
39 Robinson Road
Robinson Point, Singapore 068911
Attn: Corporate and Compliance Counsel
+65 6675 1474