In this document, references to “SDC CONSULT”, “we” or “the Group” are to SDC Group and its subsidiary companies. The following diagram sets out the Group and its subsidiaries. Should you be uncertain whether this privacy notice applies, please see our contact details herein to lodge a query.
SDC CONSULT is dedicated to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information. SDC CONSULT provides a website for our existing as well as prospective clients. People use our website to request more information regarding certain products and services, and to enquire about their existing products and services. In addition, this information is then stored on our online platform in order for SDC CONSULT to connect with these clients. Our privacy notice applies to any member of, and/or visitor to, our SDC CONSULT services. It excludes any other SDC CONSULT services that are offered under a different privacy notice. The group has developed this group client privacy notice to enable its clients to understand how the group collects, uses and safeguards their personal information.
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Personal Information according to the Protection of Personal Information Act, means information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person, and where it is applicable, an identifiable, existing juristic person, including, but not limited to –
Information relating to the race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, national, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental health, well-being, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth of the person;
Information relating to the education or the medical, financial, criminal or employment history of the person;
Any identifying number, symbol, e-mail address, telephone number, location information, online identifier or other particular assignment to the person;
The biometric information of the person;
The personal opinions, views or preferences of the person;
Correspondence sent by the person that would reveal the contents of the original correspondence;
The views or opinions of another individual about the person; and
The name of the person if it appears with other personal information relating to the person or if the disclosure of the name itself would reveal information about the person.
Personal information includes any information that lets SDC CONSULT identify you, such as your name/s and surname combined with your physical address, contact details and/or passport/identity number.
In terms of South African legislation, personal information also refers to the personal information that identifies legal entities, such as the trading name of a company combined with the company registration number.
In terms of South African legislation, special personal information refers to information regarding race or ethnic origin, religious and philosophical beliefs, political persuasion, trade union membership, health or sex life, biometric information or any criminal behavior which relates to alleged criminal offences or proceedings.
The group collects personal information about its clients, what information is collected depends on how you elect to interact with the group. These interactions include but are not limited to filling in contracts, email correspondence, telephone correspondence, online software communication or making use of any affiliated group apps and software. Information includes what clients tell the group about themselves, what the group learns by having a client or when a client makes use of a specific product or service.
Information you provide to us:
Information we collect from others:
We log your visits and use of our services, including mobile applications. We use logins, cookies, device information and internet protocol (IP) addresses to identify you and log your use.
Cookies are small files that are saved onto your computer which track, save and store information about how you use our website and Services. In some instances, these cookies are needed for the website to function – you can disable them in your browser, but this may interfere with the proper functioning of our website.
Session / Period cookies: They allow website owners to collect analytics data, remember language settings, and perform other useful functions that help provide a good user experience. These cookies expire when the browser is closed.
Permanent / Persistent cookies: Same as above, however, these remain in operation, even when you have closed the browser. They remember your login details and password, so you don’t have to type them in every time you use the site. These cookies have a pre-determined expiry date and will appear until the expiry date is reached.
Third-party cookies: are created by domains other than the one you are visiting directly, hence the name third-party. These are installed by third parties with the aim of collecting certain information to carry out various research into behaviour, demographics etc, such as advertisers.
Google analytics: This is tracking software from Google which we use to monitor how users interact with the website in order for us to improve its functionality and content.
Web-server software: Web-Server software delivers webpages to your browser. The web-server software will automatically collect your IP address whenever you connect to the website.
We receive data from your devices and networks, including location data. When you visit or leave our Services (including our plugins or cookies or similar technology on the sites of others), we receive the URL of both the site you came from and the one you go to next. We also get information about your IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser and add-ons, device identifier and features, and / or ISP or your mobile carrier. If you use our Services from a mobile device, that device will send us data about your location based on your phone settings. We will ask you to opt-in before we use GPS or other tools to identify your precise location.
We are improving our service, which means we get new data and create new ways to use data. Our services are dynamic, and we often introduce new features, which may require the collection or sharing of new or existing information. If we collect materially different personal data or materially change how we use your data, we will notify you and may also modify this privacy notice.
It is in our legitimate interests to service our clients to the best of our abilities.
If you fail to provide personal data when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your request, we may not be able to process your request in order for a SDC CONSULT representative to get back to you or for SDC CONSULT to render the requested service.
Some of the personal information that is collected automatically is collected by third parties whose technology we use to provide website functionality and acquire website analytics information. Some of these third parties will be outside of the borders of South-Africa and your information will be stored outside the borders of South Africa. This will be discussed in our Section, Transborder Information.
We will only process your personal information for lawful purposes relating to our business if the following circumstances apply:
Kindly note: If you make use of any of our group services, you agree that in order to perform/conclude or fulfil our contractual relationship, comply with obligations imposed by law or to protect or pursue your, the group’s, or a third party’s legitimate interests, your personal information may be processed.
Special personal information refers to the following categories of information:
We use the data we have about you (e.g. the data you provide, data we collect from your engagement with our services and inferences we make from the data we have about you), to recommend relevant content and conversations on our services or suggest products you could add to your portfolio. We furthermore use your data to render the requested services to you.
We will contact you, as well enable communications between yourself and our service department. We will contact you through e-mail, mobile phone, notices posted on our websites or applications and any other ways through our services to you, including text messages and push notification based on your phone settings. We also send messages about how to use the services, network updates and reminders.
We will only use your sensitive and special personal information in so far as we are permitted by Law to do so.
The group will promote our services to you. We use data and content about our members for invitations and communications promoting membership and network growth, engagement and our services. The group may also market other business solutions services offered by the group. Communication in this regard will mainly be via telephone but could include, SMS email and fax.
Should you not be a member of SDC CONSULT, we will obtain your consent for any unsolicited electronic marketing communication.
We develop our Services and conduct research. Services development: We will retain and evaluate information on your recent visits to our website and how you move around different sections of our website so that we can make it more intuitive.
We use your data to help you and respond to queries. We use the data (which can include your communications) to investigate, respond to and resolve complaints and service issues (e.g. bugs).
We use data to generate aggregate insights. We use your data to produce and share aggregated insights that do not identify you. For example, we may use your data to generate statistics about our members, their profession or industry, to calculate ad impressions served or clicked on, or to publish visitor demographics for a Service or demographic workforce insights.
We use data for security, fraud prevention and investigations. We use your data (including communications) if we think it is necessary for security purposes or to investigate possible fraud or other violations our user agreement or this privacy notice and / or attempts to harm our members or visitors.
Enforcing our obligations, including without limitation to the collection of amounts outstanding from you for services rendered by us.
We share your data across our different service departments and SDC GROUP subsidiaries. We will share your personal data with our affiliates to provide and develop our services.
We may make use of third party service providers to assist us with our services. They will have access to your information as reasonably necessary to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose use it for other purposes. Where required, each member of the group may share a customer’s personal information with the following persons, which may include parties that the group engages with as independent responsible parties, joint responsible parties or operators.
We may need to share your information when we believe it is required by law, legal process or to help protect the rights and safety of you, us or others. We attempt to notify members about legal demands for their personal data when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. We may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague, or lack proper authority, but we do not promise to challenge every demand.
We keep most of your personal information while you still have a profile with us and we need to provide you with services or where we are legally obligated to do so.
We will process your information while your profile is still active with us and you keep on making use of our services. This includes any information you have provided to us or we have collected from third parties as set out in this privacy notice.
Even if you are not constantly making use of our services, platforms, software and apps, we will retain your information and keep your profile open until you decide to stop making use of our services.
We will also keep your information where you have agreed for us to do so, or have given your consent that we are allowed to do so.
In some instances, we choose to retain certain information about you after you have closed your profile, but we will do that in a depersonalised form for statistical, historical or research purposes.
We keep some of your information even after you have closed your profile or stopped making use of our services, if it is reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations, meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, enforce our other user agreements, or fulfil your request to object to our processing of your information.
You have rights in connection with your personal information. You have many choices about how your information is collected, used and shared.
Request access to your information: You will be able to ask us what information we have about you as well as ask for a copy of this information. This should be done on request to privacy@SDC Consult.co.za. There are some exemptions, which means you may not always receive all the information we process. When we can give you a copy it might be done at a certain fee, which will also be communicated to you at the time of your query.
Change or correct information: You have the right to ask us to rectify information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.
Delete information: You can ask us to delete or remove personal information under certain circumstance.
Object to processing: You can do this where we are relying on your legitimate interest, public interest or our legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes or where you have given your consent for the specific processing and you want to retract you consent. Retracting your consent does not invalidate your information we lawfully processed while we had your consent to do so.
Request the restriction of processing: You can ask us to suspend the processing of personal data about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
Where you want to review, verify or correct your personal information, you can do so by logging into the online system. If you want to object to the processing of your personal information or retract your consent, please send an email to email@example.com
Changes to the privacy notice apply to your use of our services. SDC CONSULT can modify this privacy notice. When material changes are made, we will provide notice through our services, or by other means, to provide you the opportunity to review the changes before they become effective.
You acknowledge that your continued use of our services, after we publish our changes to this privacy notice, means that the collection, use and sharing of your personal information is subject to the updated privacy notice.
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our specific instructions, and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
Should you have a query please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org