It’s not uncommon for businesses to gather information about the business, and in some cases, steal credit card details, photos and other personal information, according to legal experts.
“It’s a huge threat to privacy and a serious threat to the privacy of people who use our services,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in a statement.
The ACCC said that it had “detailed extensive experience with tanning services” in the past, and it was monitoring their operations and their “business practices”.
The ACCC said that some of these services had already begun to be investigated, with investigations underway into several of the businesses.
However, the ACCC warned that “it is important for consumers to exercise caution when deciding whether to use a service, especially in the digital age”.
“There’s no evidence that these companies are stealing credit card information or using it for nefarious purposes,” the ACCCC said.
ACCC is also urging businesses to keep track of their credit card number, the time of day they are opened and to “use it only for the purpose of providing services to their customers”.
It also said businesses that provide services to customers should be transparent about the type of information they collect and how it is used.
This is particularly relevant to people who are seeking to obtain credit, as it could be used to identify people or groups of people to pursue criminal activity.
It is also important for businesses that are providing services in the public interest to ensure they do not use personal data for other purposes, including to engage in marketing, provide advertisements or collect personal information about people without their permission.
If you have any concerns about a company, you can report them online at consumercomplaints.gov.au or call 1300 135 133.
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