EFFECTIVE DATE: May 18, 2020
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
AfricaX may collect both personally identifiable information as well as non-personally identifiable information when you visit or use the Services.
a. Personally Identifiable Information. Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) means information that would allow a third party to identify or locate a particular person. PII includes, without limitation, your full name, email address, mailing address, mobile or other telephone number, birth date, and credit card number. AfricaX only collects PII if that information is voluntarily provided by you. This may happen in several ways:
i. User Accounts. In order to access and utilize certain products or services provided by the Services, you may be required to create a user account and to provide certain PII, such as your full name, an email address, a user name and/or a password, contact information, etc. You are under no obligation to provide this information to AfricaX. However, if you decide not to share this information, you may be unable to create an account on the Services and/or you may be unable to fully utilize all or some the Services.
ii. Financial Transactions. AfricaX may use third parties to provide credit card and other payment processing services for the Services. When you make any payment on or through the Services, you will be required to provide AfricaX and/or its authorized third party agents with financial information and related payment information. AfricaX and its third party agents may retain the details of transactions or payments you make on or through the Services. You authorize AfricaX and such third party payment processing services to store your payment history and payment account information (e.g. credit card account information) even after your account and/or your credit card has expired, to avoid interruptions in your service (e.g. subscriptions) and to facilitate easy payment for new service.
iii. Public Forums. AfricaX may provide areas on the Services where you can post information about yourself and others and communicate with others or upload content such as photographs and videos. Whenever you disclose personal information on publicly-viewable web pages, that information will be publicly available and may also appear on other websites and in publicly available search results. If you post your personal contact information, you may receive unsolicited messages. AfricaX encourages you to exercise discretion and caution with respect to the public posting of your personal information.
b. Non-Personally Identifiable Information. Non-Personally Identifiable Information (“Non-PII”) means information that does not allow a third party to identify or locate a particular person. You can visit the Services to read information about the Services and the products and services offered without revealing any PII. However, during your visit to the Services, AfricaX may collect anonymous Non-PII such as the activity of your browser when you are viewing the Services; your site path during your visit to the Services; demographic data; the amount of time you spend on the Services and general information regarding your internet service provider and host. The Non-PII may be collected by AfricaX in several ways:
i. Logging Of Your Activities On The Services. When you access the Services from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, AfricaX may collect and log information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address (the number assigned to computers on the Internet). AfricaX may also collect and log anonymous “traffic data” information that does not personally identify you, but that may be helpful to AfricaX for marketing purposes or for improving the services that AfricaX offers to its users, such as the pages you visit, the length of your visit, your referring/exit pages, your clickstream activity and the actions you take while using or visiting the Services. No personal information about you is revealed in this process.
ii. Cookies. AfricaX may use “cookies” to enhance your use of the Services and to monitor your activity during your visit(s) to the Services. Cookies are text files placed in your computer’s browser to identify your Internet browser and to store your preferences. You can remove or block cookies by programming your Internet browser, but in some cases that may impact your ability to access certain aspects of the Services.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
iii. Beacons. AfricaX may also use “web beacons”, clear.gifs, or similar technologies, to track the activity and flow of your visit(s) to the Services. “Web beacons” and clear.gifs are small pieces of code placed on a web page to monitor the behavior of and to collect data about the visitors to that page.
iv. Third Parties. AfricaX may institute information sharing programs with third parties. For instance, AfricaX may request that advertisers provide AfricaX with information regarding the ad response rate for the users of the Services that were served specific ads. This helps AfricaX improve the relevance of the advertisements that you are served. AfricaX may also receive information about your interaction with various ads on other sites on an anonymous basis in order to measure the effectiveness of those ads and determine their relevance to you.
v. Mobile & Location Information. If you use mobile-enabled services provided by AfricaX, such as any AfricaX mobile application made available by AfricaX, AfricaX may receive information about your use of the Services from your mobile device while you use AfricaX’s applications or Services. This may also include information about your precise location if you have enabled location-based services on your mobile device. Certain applications or services may also require additional information collection, such as information to be collected and sent to AfricaX and/or third parties from your mobile device when you are not logged into AfricaX for alerts services, and the terms of any such collection will be fully disclosed to you when you subscribe to or sign up for such services or applications and you will be given the opportunity to opt-in to or to decline receiving such services or applications.
c. Do Not Track Signals. At this time AfricaX does not respond to browser ‘Do Not Track’ signals, as AfricaX awaits the work of interested stakeholders and others to develop standards for how such signals should be interpreted.
d. Sensitive Information. AfricaX asks that you not send to AfricaX, and that you not post or disclose any sensitive and/or personal information (e.g., social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background or trade union membership) on or through the Services or otherwise.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.