Privacy Policy

BHP Billiton Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy is very important to BHP Billiton.  We are committed to maintaining the security of all personal information provided to BHP Billiton by visitors to; and users of our websites. This Privacy Policy details how we collect, use and manage this personal information.

Access to other websites via hyperlink

Other websites may be accessible via hyperlinks from the BHP Billiton website. Please note these other websites are not subject to the BHP Billiton Privacy Policy. Please review the privacy policy of each individual website you access via hyperlinks from this website, and assess whether the policy of each website is satisfactory to you before you use the other websites.

What information we collect and why we collect it

BHP Billiton collects certain standard information that is sent by your browser to our website. This includes your IP address (browser type, language, access times) and any referring website addresses. The information is collected and logged for statistical purposes. 

BHP Billiton also uses this information to provide users with a personalised experience when visiting our websites. Through the use of a ‘cookie’, BHP Billiton can record the pages visited and the information acquired. This information is used anonymously and in aggregate, and is collected and logged for statistical purposes. Through analysis of these records, BHP Billiton is able to provide an improved service when users revisit our websites. 

Cookies

A cookie is a small data file that a website may write to your hard drive when you visit. A cookie file can contain information (such as a user ID) that the website can use to track the pages you have visited and your preferences. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you personally supply.  A cookie cannot read data from your hard disk or read cookie files created by other websites.

BHP Billiton uses cookies to track user traffic patterns and to provide a better service for users when they visit the website.

  • When choosing the ‘Text only’ function, the cookie allows users to move from page to page in text format without resetting preferences on each page, or on each visit.
  • When choosing the ‘Text size’ function, the cookie allows users to select and set the text size preference without resetting the preference on each visit.

Users can set their browsers to provide notification when a cookie is received, and the opportunity to accept or reject the cookie. Users can also refuse all cookies by turning the function off in their browsers. However, to ensure the full functionality of the BHP Billiton website, the use of cookies is required

Providing personal information

At times, BHP Billiton may ask you to voluntarily supply personal information, such as your name, email address and preferred means of communication, for purposes such as subscribing to BHP Billiton news alerts or requesting further information from BHP Billiton.

Other than as stated above, no attempt is made to identify users or their browsing activities except:

  • in the event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect logs;
  • or where BHP Billiton believes it is required to collect and produce relevant electronic documentation to fulfil its obligations to third parties, including statutory organisations under local law.

Job vacancy website

When you subscribe to BHP Billiton's online job vacancy website, we will collect more specific personal information about you, such as your name, email address and telephone number, qualifications or career history. We may also ask you for other information, such as information on your interests and the types of jobs you are interested in. The personal information you provide to BHP Billiton via this job vacancy website will only be processed for the purpose of considering employment or internship positions at the BHP Billiton group.

Personal information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union membership, health or sex life, litigation or conviction will only be processed by BHP Billiton if such processing is necessary to comply with equal opportunity laws and regulations.  We recommend you only communicate such sensitive information if you believe it is required for BHP Billiton to comply with such laws and regulation.

Disclosure of the information we collect

BHP Billiton may disclose your personal information to the authorities; BHP Billiton's advisors; suppliers of IT services; third parties engaged by BHP Billiton to provide services to you for the purpose of, providing services requested by you; to protect any intellectual property rights in any materials displayed on or otherwise available from BHP Billiton's website; and to enforce BHP Billiton's website Terms and Conditions of Use.

Because BHP Billiton operates globally, we may share the personal information you submit to us with any entity within the BHP Billiton group.  These entities are required to maintain the confidentiality of this information and are restricted from using it for any purpose other than the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy.

Job vacancy website

BHP Billiton may also disclose the personal information you provide to us via the BHP Billiton job vacancy website to BHP Billiton HR practitioners, BHP Billiton Hiring Managers and to BHP Billiton's recruitment advisors for the purpose of considering you for career opportunities with BHP Billiton

Transfer of your personal information to other countries

Please note that any person to whom BHP Billiton may disclose your personal information under this Privacy Policy may be situated in a country other than your own and that such country may not provide an adequate level data protection.  By agreeing to this Privacy Policy, you consent to the transfer of your personal information to a country other than your own.

Security

BHP Billiton takes all reasonable security measures to protect personal information from loss, unauthorised access, destruction, misuse, modification or disclosure.

Access to BHP Billiton's e-Business

Access to BHP Billiton's e-Business website provides BHP Billiton's customers with the ability to conduct e-commerce transactions. Users of BHP Billiton's e-Business websites must register with the membership database by providing their e-mail address; their name, company name, office name; their business address, business phone; and a valid BHP Billiton internal contact name.

BHP Billiton will collect details in the membership database that are relevant to the use of the e-Business website. While BHP Billiton will use the registration details for demographic analysis and to personalise your web experience, BHP Billiton will not make membership details available to external parties.

Access to personal data and right to rectification

You can gain access to the personal information BHP Billiton holds about you by sending a request to ‘General Enquiries’ on the Contact Us form. As BHP Billiton wishes to ensure the personal information it holds about you is complete, accurate and up to date, you have the right to send a request for rectification via the same form.

If you have posted a resume on the BHP Billiton job vacancy website, you can at all times complete, update or otherwise rectify your resume by logging into your account via the existing applicant login section of our website.

You may remove any personal information you provided to us via BHP Billiton's job vacancy website at any time by sending a request to jobs@bhpbilliton.com.

If you do not provide us with the information sought in the required fields we may be limited in our ability to provide you with services.