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Statement of Privacy

Media Monitoring Africa is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Media Monitoring Africa Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Media Monitoring Africa website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

Media Monitoring Africa collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Media Monitoring Africa also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Media Monitoring Africa. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Media Monitoring Africa for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Media Monitoring Africa Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Media Monitoring Africa public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Media Monitoring Africa does not read any of your private online communications.

Media Monitoring Africa encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Media Monitoring Africa so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Media Monitoring Africa is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Media Monitoring Africa and Media Monitoring Africa family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Media Monitoring Africa collects and uses your personal information to operate the Media Monitoring Africa Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Media Monitoring Africa also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Media Monitoring Africa and its affiliates. Media Monitoring Africa may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Media Monitoring Africa does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Media Monitoring Africa may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Media Monitoring Africa may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Media Monitoring Africa, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Media Monitoring Africa does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Media Monitoring Africa keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Media Monitoring Africa, in order to determine what Media Monitoring Africa services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Media Monitoring Africa to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Media Monitoring Africa Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Media Monitoring Africa or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Media Monitoring Africa; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Media Monitoring Africa, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Media Monitoring Africa Web site use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Media Monitoring Africa pages, or register with Media Monitoring Africa site or services, a cookie helps Media Monitoring Africa to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Media Monitoring Africa Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Media Monitoring Africa features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Media Monitoring Africa services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Media Monitoring Africa secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Media Monitoring Africa secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

Media Monitoring Africa will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Media Monitoring Africa encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Media Monitoring Africa is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Media Monitoring Africa welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Media Monitoring Africa has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Media Monitoring Africa at info@mediamonitoring.org.za. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

 

Comment guidelines

(With thanks to the Mail & Guardian)

1. All comments first have to be screened and approved before they appear on the website.

2. Comments launching personal attacks or that are hurtful and insulting will not be accepted.

3. A swearword in the right spot can work well, but gratuitous profanity won't do. If you really have to swear, make sure it's justified.

4. Don't write your whole comment in capital letters only.

5. Comments that contain racist, sexist or homophobic remarks -- or that may be interpreted as such -- won't be accepted 

6. There is a difference between criticizing a political party, a religion, an organization, a cultural group or a community and unreasonably attacking such bodies. Try to motivate your comments and explain your arguments as much as you can. Above all, make sure your words represent fair comment.

7. The editorial team keeps a close watch on legal matters too: defamatory comments, for example, will be deleted.

8. Unacceptable comments will be deleted without notification.

9. No comments that advertise companies, businesses, services or such will be accepted.

10. If you feel that someone else has not taken these guidelines into account, please let us know. We will deal with such issues as soon as possible. If it is necessary to remove or change published contributions, parts of contributions or comments, an explanation will be given on the page where possible.