For the purposes of this section, Personal Information will be understood in accordance with the definition provided in the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 ("the Act"). sme.africa also subscribes to the principles for electronically collecting personal information outlined in the Act, and the further legislation referred to therein. We endeavour to ensure the quality, accuracy and confidentiality of Personal Information in our possession.
Users will be prompted to register an account with sme.africa. In so doing, Users may be asked to provide the following information (Personal Information):
Bank account details;
Company / CC / business name;
Company/CC/business registration number; and
VAT vendor number (if applicable).
All payment information will be captured through the Website. Further, sme.africa shall retain payment information on behalf of its Users.
We will not collect, use or disclose sensitive information (such as information about racial or ethnic origins or political or religious beliefs, where relevant) except with your specific consent or in the circumstances permitted by law.
The provision and performance of the Services;
Informing you of changes made to our website
Responding to any queries or requests you may have;
Developing a more direct and substantial relationship with Users for the purposes described in this clause;
Developing an online User profile;
Running monthly debit orders in respect of your Fees;
Understanding general User trends and patterns so that we can develop and support existing and ongoing marketing strategies;
For security, administrative and legal purposes; and
The creation and development of market data profiles which may provide insight into market norms, practices and trends to help us improve our offering to you. Such information will be compiled and retained in aggregated form, but shall not be used in any way which may comprise the identity of a User.
Although absolute security cannot be guaranteed on the internet, sme.africa has in place up-to-date, reasonable technical and organisational security measures to protect your Personal Information against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, misuse, destruction or against unauthorised disclosure or access to the information we process online.
While we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any Personal Information you provide us, we will continue to maintain and improve these security measures over time in line with legal and technological developments.
We store your Personal Information directly, or alternatively, store your Personal Information on, and transfer your Personal Information to, a central database. If the location of the central database is located in a country that does not have substantially similar laws which provide for the protection of Personal Information, we will take the necessary steps to ensure that your Personal Information is adequately protected in that jurisdiction.
Your information will not be stored for longer than is necessary for the purposes described in these Terms or as required by applicable legislation.
The Personal Information sme.africa collects from Users shall only be accessed by sme.africa employees, representatives and consultants on a need-to-know basis, and subject to reasonable confidentiality obligations binding such persons.
sme.africa shall have the right, but shall not be obliged, to monitor or examine any information and materials including any website link that you publish or submit to sme.africa for publishing on the Site. You shall be solely responsible for the contents of all material published by yourself.
You hereby consent to the sale, sharing, or rental of your Personal Information to third parties. We will not use your e-mail address for unsolicited mail. Any emails sent by sme.africa will only be in connection with the provision of our services.
It is the responsibility of each User to maintain the confidentiality and security of their password.
UPDATING OR REMOVING
A User may choose to correct or update the Personal Information they have submitted to us, by going to their account. To remove any Personal Information from our active database, a User may delete their account. Even if a User updates or removes their Data from our live database, Data may be retained in our backup files and archives.
When you visit sme.africa, even if you do not create an account, we may collect information, such as your IP address, the name of your ISP (Internet Service Provider), your browser, the website from which you visit us, the pages on our website that you visit and in what sequence, the date and length of your visit, and other information concerning your computer's operating system, language settings, and broad demographic information. This information is aggregated and anonymous data and does not identify you specifically. However, you acknowledge that this data may be able to be used to identify you if it is aggregated with other Personal Information that you supply to us. This information is not shared with third parties and is used only within sme.africa on a need-to-know basis. Any individually identifiable information related to this data will never be used in any way different to that stated above, without your explicit permission.
"Session cookies": These are used to maintain a so-called 'session state' and only lasts for the duration of your use of the Website. A session cookie expires when you close your browser, or if you have not visited the server for a certain period of time. Session cookies are required for the Platform to function optimally, but are not used in any way to identify you personally.
"Permanent cookies": These cookies permanently store a unique code on your computer or smart device hard drive in order to identify you as an individual User. No Personal Information is stored in permanent cookies. You can view permanent cookies by looking in the cookies directory of your browser installation. These permanent cookies are not required for the sme.africa website to work, but may enhance your browsing experience.
LINKS FROM SME.AFRICA
sme.africa, and the services available through the Website, may contain links to other third party websites, including (without limitation) social media platforms, payment gateways, appointment scheduling and/or live chat platforms ("Third Party Websites"). If you select a link to any Third Party Website, you may be subject to such Third Party Website's terms and conditions and/or other policies, which are not under the control, nor responsibility, of sme.africa.
Hyperlinks to Third Party Websites are provided "as is", and sme.africa does not necessarily agree with, edit or sponsor the content on Third Party Websites.
sme.africa does not monitor or review the content of any Third Party Website. Opinions expressed or material appearing on such websites are not necessarily shared or endorsed by us and we should not be regarded as the publisher of such opinions or material. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices, or content, of other websites, either.
Users should evaluate the security and trustworthiness of any Third Party Website before disclosing any personal information to them. sme.africa does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage in whatever manner, howsoever caused, resulting from your disclosure to third parties of personal information.
APPLICATION OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ACT 25 OF 2002 ("ECT ACT")
Data Messages (as defined in the ECT Act) will be deemed to have been received by sme.africa if and when sme.africa responds to the Data Messages.
Data Messages sent by sme.africa to a User will be deemed to have been received by such User in terms of the provisions specified in section 23(b) of the ECT Act.
Users acknowledge that electronic signatures, encryption and/or authentication are not required for valid electronic communications between Users and sme.africa.
Information to be provided in terms of section 43(1) of the ECT Act:
Users warrant that Data Messages sent to sme.africa from any electronic device, used by such User, from time to time or owned by such User, were sent and or authorised by such User, personally.
This Website is owned and operated by SME Africa Online Solutions (Pty) Ltd, (Registration Number: 2018/513632/07) a private company owned and operated in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Africa.
Address for service of legal documents: PO Box 2036, Morningside, JHB, South Africa, 2057.
Contact Number: 010 006 0003.
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