Personal data policy statement - India

1. Introduction

The objective of this Personal Data Protection Policy Statement (“Policy”) is to provide you with information with respect to how CLSA India Private Limited (“CLSA”) which provides or will provide services and/or products to you (as well as its representatives, Affiliates and/or agents) (collectively referred to herein as “CLSA”, “us”, “we” or “our”) collects and processes personal information and sensitive personal information.. “Affiliates of CLSA” shall mean any legal entities at any time directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with CLSA, including but not limited to CITIC Securities International Company Limited and CITIC Securities Co. Ltd. References in this Policy to “we”, “us” and “our” mean CLSA and, where the context requires, will also include any company in the CLSA Group, or persons connected with the CLSA Group. For this purpose, “CLSA Group” shall mean CLSA together with all Affiliates of CLSA. We ask that you read this Policy carefully as it contains important information regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Data (as defined below).

In addition, this Policy is intended to provide you with sufficient information to enable you to notify, and obtain consent from, any natural person (a “Relevant Person”) whose Personal Data may have been provided or may be provided by you or your agent to us from time to time.

This Policy supplements but does not supersede or replace any other consent you may have previously provided to us in respect of your Personal Data, and your consents herein are additional to any rights to which we may have at law to collect, use or disclose your Personal Data.

2. Personal Data

In this Policy, “Personal Data” refers to any data about you or a Relevant Person, whether true or not, such that you or such natural person (as the case may be) can be identified (a) from that data; or (b) from that data and other information to which we have or are likely to have access, including data in our records as may be updated from time to time.

Examples of such Personal Data you may provide us include your name, license details, company name, title, passport or other identification number, telephone number(s), mailing address, email address, account number, assets, income and financial situation and any other information relating to any Relevant Person which you have provided or will provide to us in any forms you may have submitted to us, or via any other form of interaction with you. We may also collect Personal Data about you or a Relevant Person from applications, forms or questionnaires you may complete or agreements you enter into with us or in the course of your establishing or maintaining a customer relationship with us, including data about your credit history or financial situation, and your transactions with us or others who provide services to us.

We may also collect Personal Data about you or a Relevant Person as a result of us recording certain telephone calls which our employees may have with you, and storing these recordings, in order to satisfy our legal and regulatory obligations or for CLSA business purposes. Apart from Personal Data, we may collect other types of information which is not linked to a natural person and which is anonymous. For example, the number of website visitors and the number of website users using a particular service. In this way, we hope to improve our customer services.

3. Purposes for the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Data

Generally, CLSA collects, uses and discloses Personal Data for the following purposes:

  1. processing applications for account opening, account maintenance and operations relating to your account(s), including without limitation, processing your applications or requests for services and/or products, processing your transactions, operating and closing your account(s);
  2. providing services and/or products to you (including the services and products of external providers) from time to time and dealing with all matters relating to the services and products;
  3. managing your relationship with us and/or administration of your account with us including (where you act as agent for another party) those of your underlying principals;
  4. carrying out your instructions or responding to your enquiries or feedback;
  5. conducting identity and/or credit checks, and carrying out customer due diligence and other checks and screenings and ongoing monitoring that may be required under any applicable law, regulation or directive or internal policies and procedures of CLSA or its Affiliates (including but not limited to those designed to combat bribery and corrupt practices, money laundering, terrorist financing and financial crime);
  6. preventing, detecting and investigating fraud, misconduct or any unlawful activities, whether or not requested by any relevant governmental or regulatory authority, and analysing and managing commercial risks;
  7. complying with all applicable laws, regulations, rules, directives, orders, instructions and requests from any governmental, tax, law enforcement or other authorities (whether local or foreign);
  8. managing our infrastructure and business operations and complying with our policies and procedures that may be required by applicable laws and regulations including those relating to risk control, compliance, security, audit, finance and accounting, human resources, systems and business continuity;
  9. addressing or investigating any complaints, claims or disputes;
  10. developing new services and/or products and updating you on our products and services from time to time;
  11. unless you have indicated your preference to opt out, providing you with marketing, advertising and promotional information, materials and/or documents relating to banking, investment, credit and/or financial products and/or services that we may be selling, marketing, offering or promoting, whether such products or services exist now or are created in the future;
  12. carrying out research, planning and statistical analysis;
  13. organizing promotional events; and
  14. enforcing our legal and/or contractual rights against you including, but not limited to, recovering any and all amounts owed to us,

(collectively, the “Purposes”)

4. Consent

By interacting with us, submitting information to us, or signing up for any products or services offered by us, you agree and consent to:

  1. us collecting, using, disclosing and sharing such Personal Data for the Purposes stated in this Policy, with other members of the CLSA Group , to our authorised service providers and relevant third parties in the manner set forth in this Policy and as per the applicable data protection law ; and
  2. each Relevant Person having consented to our collection, use, disclosure, sharing, and/or processing of his/her Personal Data for the Purposes stated in this Policy, and such Relevant Person has been informed of and has accepted this Policy.

If you do not wish for us to continue to use your Personal Data or the Personal Data provided by you to us for any of the Purposes at any time in the future, you must notify us in writing to withdraw your consent (see Section 12). Depending on the circumstances, your withdrawal of consent may result in our inability to provide you with the services and/or products that we have been offering to you, and consequently, may result in the termination of your relationship and/or accounts with us.

Where the personal data protection laws of the relevant jurisdictions permit us to collect, use or disclose the Personal Data without your or the Relevant Person’s consent, such permission granted by law will continue to apply.

5. Disclosure, Sharing and Transfer of Personal Data Overseas

Subject to the provisions of any applicable law, Personal Data may be disclosed or transferred to, shared with or kept by the following entities, wherever located, for any of the Purposes or for processing for any of the Purposes:

  1. other members of the CLSA Group;
  2. any third party service providers, including archival management service providers, those providing administrative, telecommunications, computer, financial intermediary, payment or securities clearing or other services to us in connection with the operation of our business;
  3. our professional advisers (including lawyers) and agents or third parties necessary for us performing/providing services to you (including our executing brokers, clearing houses and settlement agents);
  4. our auditors;
  5. any person to whom disclosure is permitted or required by law or any court order;
  6. any local or foreign government agencies, regulatory authorities and statutory bodies having jurisdiction over us; and
  7. any of their respective successors and assigns.

To the extent that we may need to transfer Personal Data outside the relevant jurisdiction, we shall do so in accordance with the personal data protection law of that jurisdiction to ensure that we provide a standard of protection to the Personal Data so transferred that is comparable to the protection under that jurisdiction.

6. Access And Correction

If you would like to obtain access and make corrections to your Personal Data, you may contact us in writing at the address set out in Section 12 below referencing ‘Personal Data Protection Policy Statement’. We may charge a reasonable administrative fee for this service. In exceptional circumstances, we reserve the right to deny you access to your Personal Data and may provide an explanation as required by applicable laws.

7. Retention

Personal Data will be held for as long as it is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it was collected, or as required or permitted by applicable laws. We shall cease to retain Personal Data, or remove the means by which the Personal Data can be associated with particular individuals, as soon as it is reasonable to conclude that the purpose for which that Personal Data was collected is no longer being served by retention of the Personal Data and retention is no longer necessary for legal or business purposes.

8. Data Security

We have taken and will continue to take reasonable efforts to protect Personal Data in our possession or control by making reasonable security arrangements to prevent unauthorised access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification, disposal or similar risks.

While we strive to protect your Personal Data, we cannot ensure the security of any Personal Data which you may have transmitted to us, via an unsecure browser, and we urge you to take every precaution to protect your Personal Data and use a secure browser.

9. Updates To The Personal Data Protection Policy Statement

We may from time to time update this Policy to ensure that it is consistent with our future developments, industry trends and/or any changes in legal or regulatory requirements. Such changes will be posted on our website.

Such changes to our Policy shall apply from the time that we post the same on this website . Your continued use of our service will be taken as acceptance of and consent to the updated Policy.

10. Cookies

A cookie is an alphanumeric identifier which we transfer to your hard drive through your web browser when you visit our website. It enables our own system to recognise you when you visit our website again and improve our service to you.

The information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. For further information about cookies visit or Cookies may also be used to compile aggregate information about areas of our website that are visitedmost frequently. This traffic information can be used to enhance the content of our website and make your use of it easier.

If you wish to reject our cookie, you can configure your browser to do so. However, in a few cases some of our website features may not function if you remove cookies from your browser.

11. Third Party Websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. We have not reviewed any of the websites linked by our website, and we will not be responsible for the content of any other websites or pages linked to or linking to our website and usage of any of such linked websites or pages. Such links are provided solely for your convenience and information. Following links to any other websites or pages shall be at your own risk.

12. Contacting Us

If you have any queries, comments or questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your Personal Data or this Policy, please contact us in writing at the address below referencing ‘Personal Data Protection Policy Statement’:

Data Protection Officer
CLSA India Private Limited
8/F, Dalamal House
Nariman Point
Mumbai 400021