TechInSA is strongly committed to protecting your privacy whilst interacting with our content, products and services. This Privacy Policy informs you as a user of the types of information TechInSA may gather about you when you visit our site, how that information is used, and your ability to control and/or correct such information.

This policy applies only to TechInSA and not to other companies’ or organisations’ websites to which TechInSA is linked.

Collection and use of information

The types of information we request from you will depend upon the services you are accessing.

TechInSA collects two types of information. The first type is anonymous information such as that which you may provide if invited to respond to a survey. In such instances you may receive requests for demographic information such as your age, gender and postcode. This information is collected for research purposes, is used in the aggregate (where possible), and remains anonymous. TechInSA automatically gathers anonymous information to monitor the use of parts of the TechInSA website in order to make improvements and to keep the site as user-friendly as possible. TechInSA may publish or provide this aggregate data to other people.

The second type of information collected is personal information which is collected only when a user chooses to provide it and is used only for the purpose for which it was provided, unless you consent to further use. With this information, TechInSA can offer a variety of personalised and enhanced services that are not available to anonymous users.

Certain personal information that may be required if you sign up to access a service/product includes your name, age, internet address or screen name, billing address, type of computer, credit card number, which are necessary to provide that service or product to you. This information may also be used to inform you of additional products and services that may interest you. You can choose not to receive such information when you are undertaking product or service registration on our website.

How much of your personal information you choose to disclose to TechInSA is completely up to you. The only way we can access such information is if you provide it to us.

Cookies

TechInSA uses cookies for interactive features such as forums, voting etc. These cookies collect only enough information to enable website functions. If you don’t want to accept cookies, you can set your browser and/or firewall to block them. You will still be able to access most TechInSA content but some interactive features will be unavailable.

Disclosure

It may be necessary for TechInSA to disclose your personal information to third parties where required by law to do so, or in order to provide the service you have requested; for example, where you purchase passes to a networking event, TechInSA will need to disclose your personal information to third parties in order to bill and acknowledge your entry. However, the disclosure will only be made where it is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which you disclosed your personal information, unless you have given authorisation for alternate use.

No sale of personal information

Under no circumstances will TechInSA sell or receive payment for licensing or disclosing your personal information.

Interacting with TechInSA

TechInSA wishes to remind users that posting personal information in publicly accessible venues, such as chat rooms or message boards, may allow other users access to your personal information. TechInSA’s interactive features include event calendar, industry information pages, subscriptions to our mailing lists, comments on blogs and email.

We therefore suggest that you use your discretion and exercise caution when providing your personal information.Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any personal information.

Access and correction: personal data

If TechInSA holds your personal information, we will where possible provide you with access to the information. TechInSA will take reasonable steps to correct the information so that it is accurate, complete and up to date.

Security

TechInSA operates secure data networks that are designed to protect your privacy and security, but makes no warranties as to the overall effectiveness of such security.

Complaints about privacy

If you have any complaints relating to online privacy issues on our websites, please notify TechInSA. While TechInSA accepts no liability for any material or links posted to the service, we will investigate all complaints.