As Home Credit collects, receives, possess, stores, deals or handle information of provider of information in the course of offering or providing various products and services, either in person or via online digital channels to the Users, this Policy is framed and implemented for handling of or dealing in personal information including sensitive personal data or information of such Users and ensuring that the Users are able to review and consent to the Policy before providing their personal information to Home Credit.
The Policy provides for:
(i) type of personal or sensitive personal data or information collected by Home Credit;
(ii) practices of Home Credit on handling personal information;
(iii) purpose of collection and usage/ disclosure of such information;
This Policy applies to all Users who applies for, or intends to apply for, various products and services offered by Home Credit either through physical channels (i.e. point of sales) or through Sites. The Policy also covers the Users who access the Site of Home Credit for seeking more information about the company, its products/ services and operations.
1.3 Abbreviation & Definitions
a. Customer Data: refers to the personal, demographic, family related, business, credit and financial information/ data of the User as mentioned in Para 2 herein below
b. Home Credit: refers to Home Credit India Finance Private Limited, the Company incorporated under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956, as amended from time to time and registered with Reserve Bank of India to carry on the business of loans and finance in India. Also, referred as ‘the Company’, ‘HCIN’, ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’ in this Policy.
c. HCIN & Service Provider(s): refers to Home Credit & its group companies, insurance companies, telecom service providers, lending partners (including financial institutions like banks/ NBFCs), e- wallet or other pre-paid instrument (PPI) provider, credit information companies, or e-sign application providers that is either providing, or intends to provide, the User interalia loans, credit score, telecom, banking, warranty, insurance, PPI or other services and/ or possessing Customer Data. Such service providers shall also include verification agencies, representatives at point of sales or other service providers/ vendors engaged by Home Credit.
e. Site: refers to the website (www.homecredit.co.in), or web/ mobile application of Home Credit solely or jointly operated by Home Credit with any of its business partners for providing various products and services to User. The Site includes both the web/ mobile applications installed/used either on User devices or Home Credit representative devices. f. User: refers to (i) the customers or applicants who have availed, or intends to avail, various products and services from Home Credit (ii) the employees or applicants for the employment/ work assignment in Home Credit (iii) and includes the person who use, access or visit the Site of Home Credit. Also, referred as ‘you’, ‘your’ or ‘customer’ in this Policy. g. “Personally Identifiable Information (PII)” is information that can be used to uniquely identify an individual such as name, password, age, gender, residential address, email address, telephone/ mobile number, income, employment details, financial information, credit info, photographs, and other personal information. h. “Device Data” means the data obtained from the mobile/ laptop/ desktop device of the User while accessing the Sites of the Company and includes Site usage data (e.g., traffic volume, crash logs, diagnostics, page views etc).
1.4 Regulatory Context
The Policy takes into account regulatory documents published by regulatory bodies (‘Applicable Laws’), in particular:
Home Credit respects the privacy of our Users and strive to embed privacy in all of our processes in compliance with the Applicable Laws. Home Credit recognize the importance of protecting your personal information as well as the importance of transparency in the way that we collect, use, store, transfer/disclose, and dispose information derived from your use of our products, services, online portals, and mobile applications.
Such information of the User may include personal details (like name, address, date of birth, father’s name, mother’s name, your photograph etc.), contact details (like residential address, email address, telephone/ mobile number etc.), business detail (like employment type, business type, industry, employer detail etc), health information (like disease, physical disability, medical treatments, surgeries, etc), credit and financial information (like bank name, account number, bank transactions, loans, credit history etc) and device information (like location, messages, contacts, call logs, emails, log information, search queries, IP address, IMEI number, crashes, date and time, browser web storage, application data caches, cookies and similar technologies) of, or belonging to, such Users (collectively and individually referred as, “Customer Data”).
Home Credit collects PII, apart from other Customer Data, when you apply for any of our products & services, or for employment, or when you register an account on our Site. Users may be asked to provide us with PII through our Sites or through physical forms or when you enter any financial transaction with the Company.
Home Credit may process your Device Data. Please refer the details provided in Annexure 1. Prior accessing such Device Data, Site may request that you activate requisite permissions. The general description of the mobile application’s behaviour can be referenced through the permissions module of your mobile phone. The processing of personal information and metadata by the mobile application is consistent with the purposes we explained in this Policy. Home Credit’s Sites may employ cookies and other similar and applicable technologies. We may use third party analytic tools (like SDK, API) that employ cookies to collect certain information concerning use of our Sites.
Having accurate information about you permits HCIN & Service Providers to provide you with a smooth, efficient and customized experience. The personal information of User may be provided to, and used by, HCIN & Service Providers in the course of:
The Customer Data provided to Home Credit are stored in a secure database under our control. We have taken reasonable and appropriate steps to protect the information you share with us, including, but not limited to, physical security controls, equipment, software, and technical security controls such as encryption to prevent unauthorized access, use or disclosure of personally identifiable information.
Further, Home Credit shall not retain the information longer than the reasonable period necessary for us to deliver our services or required for the purposes for which the information may lawfully be used or is otherwise required under any other law for the time being in force.
Home Credit may also release Customer Data to comply with court orders or Applicable Laws that require us to disclose such information without seeking your prior or express consent. In the event of a reorganization, sale or merger, we may transfer Customer Data (including personally identifiable information) to the relevant third party as required by law.
Home Credit will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the confidentiality of such data is maintained by imposing strict confidentiality standards on all the private and non-statutory third parties to whom it discloses such information.
Home Credit is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of the Users and has taken all necessary and reasonable measures that commensurate with the information assets being protected to ensure confidentiality of the Customer Data and its transmission and it shall not be held liable for disclosure of the confidential information when in accordance with this policy or in terms of the agreements, if any, with the Users.
Additionally, Home Credit may contact persons to ask for additional information about our customer who named such persons as his/her reference person, to verify the information provided in the customer’s application, and/or other information such as the customer’s new address and/or new contact number, in the event that we have an important information for the customer (for example, if the customer defaults on his/her payment obligation to us) and we are unable to reach the customer using the contact information that he/she provided to us.
The User understands and agrees that no joint venture, partnership, employment or agency relationship exists between the User and the Home Credit on account of use of the Site. The content (material, information, data, news items, software, text, images, graphics, video and audio etc.) contained on the Site is provided for general information only and should not be used as a basis for making business/ commercial decisions (including investment decisions). User is advised to exercise due caution and/or seek independent advice before entering into any arrangement or financial obligation based on the content contained on this Site. Products and services are available only at the discretion of Home Credit, subject to the individual contractual terms and conditions of products and services on which they are offered, and such products and services may be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. The full range of products or services may not be available in all locations.
Use of the products or services described at the Site may not be permitted in some geographical locations and if in doubt, User should check either with the local regulator or authority or with Home Credit before requesting further information on such products/ services.
To obtain loans or to avail other services from Home Credit from time to time, the User has to create an account (“User Account”) with us by registering himself/ herself. You are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your user id and password for the User Account and shall be responsible for all activities that occur in connection with your User Account. In case of any unauthorized use of your User Account the same shall be intimated to us. You shall not create multiple User Accounts and shall not use your User Account for any purpose that is unlawful, illegal or forbidden by law. As a consideration for availing loan/ service through the Site, you may be required to pay certain fee, charges, interest or cost as may be applicable as mentioned in our Site or as per the terms for respective products and services as prescribed by us. You understand that application of loan/ service through online means is dependent on technical factors which inter alia includes your connectively to internet, your ability to make payment through online means which in-turn is depended on payment services from your bank or similar service providers, capability of the computer or phone which you use for the purpose, your careful approach in reading the terms, understanding the same and following the process. You have sole responsibility for adequate protection and back up of data and/or equipment and for undertaking reasonable and appropriate precautions to scan for computer viruses or other destructive properties. We make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy, functionality or performance of any third party software that may be used in connection with the Site.
For the purpose of creating the User Account through the Site:
In addition, we use small bits of data called “cookies” stored on user’s electronic device (mobile/ computer) to stimulate a continuous connection. “Cookies” let us store information about your preferences and passwords and allow you to move to different pages of our Site without having to re-enter your password information. Any information collected is stored in secure databases protected via a variety of access controls and is treated as confidential information by us. Therefore, you should be careful with usage of the username and password by maintaining confidentiality and ensure that you do not knowingly or accidentally share, provide and facilitate unauthorized use of it.
Additionally, while providing the information on his/ her references to Home Credit, the User shall ensure that he/ she has taken the permission from such references for providing their contact detail to Home Credit for calling them in respect of verification of User detail and/or other information (i.e. User’s new address and/or new contact number).
You have the following rights regarding your personal data:
Right to Deny/ Revoke Consent for Using PII for Specific Purpose –The User also have the right to seek information on the purpose of seeking PII at each stage of interface with the User. It may be noted that certain data is necessarily required to be shared/ disclosed to HCIN & Service Providers either for providing the loans, insurance, products or services requested by the User (eg. financial information, credit history etc) or for accessing the Sites of the Company (eg. IMEI/ IP address, mobile number verification etc) or for complying with provisions of Applicable Law (eg. identity & address). You have the right to deny the consent, or revoke the consent if given earlier, for sharing/ using your PII for the purpose of promotional offers on the loans, products or services requested by the User.
Right to Delete/ Forget the Device Data – HCIN & Service Providers may access the Device Data while the User is accessing the Sites or applying for the loans, products or services from HCIN & Service Providers. Such data shall be accessed with the prior consent of the User and the User shall have the right to ask for deletion of such data from the Site/ mobile application of HCIN. It may be noted that, upon deletion of Device Data from the Site/ mobile application, the user may be required to register again on the Site.
Right to Amend or Supplement. You have a right to request that we amend your personal data that you believe is incorrect or incomplete. You must make a request to amend in writing and include the reasons you believe the information is inaccurate or incomplete. We may deny your request if we do not have the information, if we did not create the information, if you would not be permitted to inspect or copy the information at issue, or if the information is accurate and complete as is. All information related to any request to amend will be maintained and disclosed in conjunction with any subsequent disclosure of the disputed information.
For the avoidance of doubt, it is further clarified to the Users that –
By using our Site, you agree that you shall not:
The Site may contain advice/ opinions and statements of various professionals/ experts/ analysts, etc. Home Credit does not represent/ endorse the accuracy, reliability of any of the opinions/ statements/ information by such person. Reliance on these statements shall be at the risk of the User of this Site. Home Credit does not guarantee the accuracy, correctness, completeness, timeliness or availability of this Site's contents and/or services and does not accept any responsibility (e.g. towards the Users of the Site) in this respect. It is the responsibility of the User of this Site to independently verify and evaluate the accuracy, completeness, reliability and usefulness of any opinions, services or other information provided on this Site.
Unless otherwise specified, no information sent to any User through this Site or available on this Site shall constitute any representation or warranty by Home Credit, or its subsidiaries or affiliates regarding the credit worthiness, financial performance or prospects, solvency, or viability of any company or other legal entity or the business carried on by such entity.
The User is fully liable for any risk for his use of this Site and Home Credit does not assume any responsibility or liability for such risk. Home Credit, its subsidiary companies, its affiliates, and their directors and employees (Entities) accept no liability and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly (including special, incidental or consequential, punitive, or exemplary loss, damage or expenses) from use of this Site by any User or any linked site or inability to use by any party, howsoever arising, and including any loss, damage or expense arising from, but not limited to, any defect, error, omission, interruption, imperfection, fault, mistake or inaccuracy with this Site, its contents or associated services, or due to any unavailability of the web site or any part thereof or any contents or associated services even if the Entities are advised of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses.
Due to the nature of the internet transactions, use of or access to the Site may be subject to interruption, transmission blackout, delayed transmission and incorrect data transmission. Home Credit is not liable for malfunctions in communications facilities not under its control that may affect the accuracy or timeliness of messages and transactions you send.
By accepting this Policy or using the Site or by expressing intent or by making application for availing any loan or services, you confirm that you have understood the intricacies, the related risks and the process, you also confirm the aspects mentioned aforesaid are beyond control of Home Credit. Hence, any of your acts will be at your choice and discretion and therefor you disclaim us from claim or damages suffered by you or for loss of profit.
All copyright and all intellectual property rights in all material presented on the Site (including but not limited to text, audio, video or graphical images), trademarks and logos appearing on this Site are the property of Home credit and/ or its affiliates and/ or third parties who have an arrangement with Home Credit to provide services to the User. The User is further required to observe Home Credit's copyrights of this Site and, furthermore, to observe the third parties' rights to material and text posted by Home Credit on the Site (including, but not limited to, trademarks, logos etc.) but owned by third parties and which is under the protection of appropriate laws on the protection of intellectual property rights.
You do not have the right to use any of our trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features. You do not have the right to remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights notices (including trademark and copyright notices), which may be affixed to or contained within the services. We neither represent nor warrant that your use of materials displayed at the Site will not infringe rights of third parties.
Without prejudice to our rights under this Policy, if you breach these terms & conditions and in any way, or if we suspect that you have breached these terms & conditions in any way, we may (i) send you one or more formal warnings; (ii) temporarily suspend your access to Site; (iii) permanently prohibit you from accessing Site; (iv) block the device using the IP address or International Mobile Equipment Identity Number from accessing Site; (v) contact any or all of your internet service providers and request that they block your access to Site; (vi) commence legal action against you, whether for breach of contract or recovery of amounts due or damages or otherwise; and/or (vii) suspend or delete your account on Site.
The User herein agree to indemnify and hold Home Credit harmless from and against any and all claims, action, liability, cost, loss, damage, endured by us by your access to the Site.
We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Notice at any time in the future. After an amendment is made, the revised Privacy Notice will apply to all personal data that we maintain, regardless of when it was created or received. We will keep a copy of the current Privacy Notice posted in our website and a copy will also be made readily available at each appointment, upon your request. Hence you are requested to go through this Policy statement on a regular basis.
The use of the Site and this Policy shall be governed by Indian law. The Policy and your activity under this Policy are an ‘electronic record’ in accordance with the (Indian) Information Technology Act, 2000.
Any dispute arising in connection with the use of Site shall be settled before courts of Delhi (India) and in accordance with Indian law. Should any provision of this Policy be held invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the invalid or unenforceable provision shall be severable from the remaining provisions and shall not affect the validity or enforceability thereof.
Grievance Redressal Officer, Customer Care Department*
Home Credit India Finance Private Limited, DLF Infinity Tower C, 3rd Floor, DLF Cyber City Phase II, Gurgaon-122002, India,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Landline: 0124 6628713.
*Please see Grievance Redressal Policy of Home Credit published on our Website.
HCIN application: the digital loan mobile application of Home Credit which a customer installs on his mobile device and apply for/ avail the loan and other services of Home Credit.
|1||We require Phone Storage permission in order to capture picture and proceeds with loan application “Allow Home Credit India to take pictures and record video?”||With this permission, the customer will be able to use camera of the device within the HCIN mobile application for taking selfie.|
|2||We require Phone Storage permission in order to capture picture and proceeds with loan application. “Allow Home Credit to access photos, media, and files on your device?”||With this permission, the customer will be able to upload images of identity/ address documents, bank statements etc required in the course of loan.|
|3||To verify your address & improved services, we request your permission to access location services. “Allow Home Credit to access this device's location”||With this permission, the Company uses the location of the customer in the course of underwriting the customer and investigating the fraudulent/ suspicious transactions.|
|4||To call Company customer care executive directly through the HCIN application “Allow Home Credit to make and manage phone calls”||With this permission, the customer is able to call Company customer care executive directly through the HCIN application.|
|5||Home Credit India would request your permission to access your transactional SMSes to verify and analyze your financial position. These SMSes will be stored on HCIN & Service Provider’s servers. “Allow Home Credit to send and view SMS messages?”||With this permission, the company analyse the transactional SMS of the customer for verifying/ estimating the income/ expenses of the customer which helps is judging the repayment capacity of the customer.|
|7||To verify your identity, we request your permission to access the device information and status||With this permission, we fetch Device ID of the customer’s device. Same is used as evidence in digital transaction and relate the same with the identity of the customer.|
|9||To better understand your credit profile, we request permission to access list of installed apps on device||With this permission, the Company is able to understand customer profile i.e. too many loan apps may imply a credit hungry behaviour.|