This document serves to explain to you, the user, how information submitted to us, the proprietor, is used, stored, and protected. This policy also explains exactly what information is collected from users of this website.
INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION COLLECTION
Whenever users make use of this website and when users register by entering their personal details and information, we, the proprietor, collect information about you. Information ranges from any personal details such as your name, identity number or any other identifying information which you may submit directly to us by filling out any of our online forms. Information that is collected also includes “indirect” information which monitors the usage of users of this website such as “cookies” and other online usage information.
PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT
The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 is aimed at protecting your information and sets out what can and cannot be done with that information. This Act as well as the regulator which was established in accordance with the Act are there to ensure that all responsible parties make responsible use of and provide protection to personal information.
WHO WE ARE
The Sea Change Trust is an organisation aimed at protecting the wellbeing and promoting the welfare of the oceans of the world.
WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED
Information is collected from all users of this website. By accessing this website, certain information is relayed to us. This standard information concerns your internet connection and website use. All users, whether registered or unregistered, have this information collected from them. The information that is collected includes the URL from which you came, your IP address, the type of browser that you use, your country and dialling code as well as the various pages that you visit while using our website. In addition to this, any advertisements you click or search terms you enter will be collected. Registered users, i.e. users who fill out our registration forms, will also have certain additional information collected from them which may include their name, identity number, email address, place of residence, contact details and other personal information. This information may be used by us to contact you in connection with your reason for registering with us i.e. your registration enables us to engage with you regarding your query and/or request. All information that is collected is stored by us. We do not disseminate this information without your consent. The information that is provided to us when you register is purely intended to be used for the purpose for which the information was provided, which would have been explained to you at the registration phase.
Cookies are pieces of information which are stored by your browser on whichever device you happen to be using. These cookies may contain personal information. These pieces of information are used to optimise your usage experience by speeding up certain processes as the information needed is already stored. Cookies are also used to identify certain aspects of your usage such as the device you use and how you use our website in order to improve your experience on our website. This is voluntary and you are able to disable this function using your own browser settings.
As a user of the website you have the following rights:
– to know what personal information we have relating to you;
– to ask which information we have sent to any other party;
– to ask us to update your information;
– to choose not to receive direct marketing from us;
– to object to the processing of your personal information.
– to request to access the information we have about you; and
– to request that we delete all your personal information. This may prevent us from providing you with the service you have requested from us.
If we are required to retain your information in terms of the law or if we need to protect our own rights, we may refuse to delete your information.
PROTECTION OF INFORMATION
We have put in place reasonable security steps to protect the information you provide to us.
We monitor our systems for potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses to ensure that we keep your information safe.
Unfortunately, we cannot ever guarantee that unauthorised individuals will not access your information through unscrupulous means. While we do our utmost to ensure that this does not happen, we provide no guarantees in this regard.
By using our website and providing us with information, you acknowledge that you are aware of the risks associated with any sharing of your personal information and that it may be obtained by illegal means and that you will not hold us liable for any such illegal accessing of your information.
Should your personal information ever be compromised, we will inform you thereof.