When individuals post comments on our platform, we collect the information provided in the comment form, along with the individual’s Internet Protocol (IP) address and browser user agent string. These details are essential for spam detection in compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).
If you upload images to our platform, please avoid uploading images that contain embedded location data (EXIF GPS). Other visitors to our platform can potentially download and extract location data from such images, respecting the data privacy provisions of POPIA.
You have the option to save your name, email address, and website in cookies when leaving a comment on our site. These cookies are designed for your convenience, so you won’t have to re-enter your details when making another comment. They will be stored for one year, adhering to the data retention principles under POPIA.
When you visit our login page, a temporary cookie will be set to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain personal data and is deleted when you close your browser, ensuring compliance with POPIA requirements.
Upon logging in, we set several cookies to retain your login information and screen display preferences. Login cookies are stored for two days, while screen options cookies are retained for one year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks. Logging out will delete the login cookies, as per POPIA data protection standards.
If you modify or publish an article, an additional cookie is stored in your browser, which contains no personal data and represents the post ID of the article you just modified. It expires after one day, in line with data privacy provisions of POPIA.
Our platform may feature third-party content, such as videos, images, and articles. The behavior of this third-party content is the same as visiting the respective third-party websites and complies with POPIA regulations.
If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email, adhering to POPIA guidelines.
We retain comments and their metadata indefinitely, which allows us to automatically recognize and approve subsequent comments rather than retaining them in a moderation queue, as permitted by POPIA.
We also store the personal information provided by users who register on our platform. All users can view, edit, or delete their personal information at any time, except for username changes. Website administrators have the same access and editing capabilities for this information, in compliance with POPIA data protection provisions.
Your Data Rights
If you have an account with us or have left comments, you can request an exported file containing your personal data that we possess, including any data you have provided to us, as specified by POPIA. You also have the right to request the deletion of any personal data we hold about you. However, this does not extend to data that we must retain for administrative, legal, or security purposes as permitted by South African privacy laws, including POPIA.
Comments from visitors may be subject to automated spam detection services while adhering to the data privacy guidelines outlined in POPIA.