Privacy Policy

  1. INTRODUCTION

1.1. PURPOSE OF POLICY

Keringa (“us”, “we,” “Company”) is committed to respecting the privacy rights of visitors and other users of Keringa (the “Site”) and their interaction with us. This Privacy Policy (this “Policy”) was compiled to give you confidence as you visit and use the Site what understand what is done with your information, and to demonstrate our commitment to fair-minded information practices. This Policy is only applicable to our site (Keringa), and not related to any other websites as well as websites that you may be able to access through our site as other websites may have data collection and use practices and policies that differ materially from this Policy.

1.2. NOTICE CONCERNING CHILDREN

PLEASE NOTE: Pursuant to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, our content is projected at a general audience, and do not specifically project our content directly at children under 13 years of age. 

  1. INFORMATION COLLECTION PRACTICES

2.1. WHAT BASIC INFORMATION DOES THE KERINGA COLLECT?

During operation of the Site, we collect personal information from you in a couple different situations. The first is if you should contact us via the “contact” page. In doing so, you will provide us with your name, email address and any other details that the form has space for information to be filled in. The second is if you leave a comment to a blog post during which you may be asked for a name and other information. You are not required to provide us with information via these two methods to use the Site.

2.2. WHAT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DOES KERINGA COLLECT?

 (a) AUTOMATIC COLLECTION. Our servers automatically recognize visitors’ domain names and IP addresses (the number assigned to computers on the Internet). No personal information about you is revealed in this process. The Site may also gather anonymous “traffic data” that does not personally identify you, but that may be helpful for marketing purposes or for improving the services we offer and making it relevant for you.

(b) COOKIES. 

We may use the standard “cookies” feature of major browser applications that allows us to store a small piece of data on your computer about your visit to our Site. Cookies assist us with learning which areas of our Site are useful and which areas need improvement through programs including, but not limited to, Google Analytics. We may also use cookies from third party social sites and programs including, but not limited to, Facebook, Google Plus, Hitsteps and Twitter. You can choose to disable cookies through your browser or independent programs available online. However, if you choose to disable this function, your experience at our Site may be diminished as some features may not work as they were intended.

*More information about Cookies below.

 What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”).

Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.

Where we place cookies

We set cookies in several different locations across our services. These include:

  • On our website (Keringa.co.za).
  • In the administrative dashboards of our websites, such wp-admin.
  • On sites that use our plugins (e.g. Jetpack).

Types of Cookie

The table below explains the types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.

Category of cookies

Why we use these cookies

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are essential for websites on our services to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an ecommerce functionality.

Functionality

These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.

Security

We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.

Analytics and Performance

Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.

Advertising

These cookies are used to display relevant advertising to visitors who use our services or visit websites we host or provide, as well as to understand and report on the efficacy of ads served on our websites. They track details such as the number of unique visitors, the number of times ads have been displayed, and the number of clicks the ads have received. They are also used to build user profiles, including showing you ads based on products you’ve viewed or acts you have taken on our (and other) websites. We make use of Google Ads remarketing and are generally persistent in nature.

Third Party / Embedded Content

Sites hosted on WordPress.com make use of different third-party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (using sharing buttons), or embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

User Sites

In addition to the cookies set on our own sites, we utilize cookies for our Site Stats and Hitsteps feature. This tallies the unique numbers of visitors to a site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations. A visitor is counted when we see a user or browser for the first time in each period.

  1. USE AND SHARING OF INFORMATION

3.1. WHAT DOES KERINGA DO WITH COLLECTED INFORMATION?

(a) PERSONAL INFORMATION. We do not disclose the information that is personal to you to any third parties other than those that we use to facilitate the functioning of the site such as a hosting company and email program for mailings.

(b) ANONYMOUS INFORMATION. We use anonymous information to analyze our Site traffic. In addition, we may use anonymous IP addresses to help analyze problems with our server, to manage our site, or to display the content according to your preferences. Traffic and transaction information may also be shared with business partners and advertisers on an aggregate and anonymous basis.

(c) USE OF COOKIES. Promotions or advertisements displayed on our site may hold cookies. We do not have access to or control over information gathered by outside advertisers on our site.

(d) DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION. We may disclose any information we have for you if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is essential to (1) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on us, (2) protect and defend our rights or property or the users of the Site, or (3) act under exigent conditions to protect the safety of the public or users of the Site.

(e) SALE OF INFORMATION. To accommodate changes in our business, we may sell or buy portions of the Site or our company, plus the information collected through this Site. If Company or substantially all of its assets are attained by a third party, user information will be one of the assets transferred to the acquirer.

  1. SECURITY

The Site has security measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information that we acquire from you, but we make no assurances about our ability to prevent any such loss to you or to any third party arising out of any such loss, misuse, or alteration.

  1. WEBSITE AREAS BEYOND COMPANY’S CONTROL

5.1. THIRD PARTY WEBSITES

Occasionally, the Site may contain links to other websites. If you choose to visit those websites, it is important to understand our privacy practices and terms of use do not extend to those sites. It is your own responsibility to review the privacy policies at those websites to confirm that you understand and agree with their practices.

  1. CONTACT INFORMATION AND POLICY UPDATES

6.1. CONTACTING US

If you have any questions about this Policy or our practices related to this Site, please feel contact us using the “Contact” link our site, located in the right of the menu bar.

6.2. UPDATES AND CHANGES

We reserve the right, at any time, to add to, change, update, or modify this Policy to reflect changes in our Privacy Policy. We shall post any such changes on the Site in a conspicuous area. You may then choose whether you request to accept said policy changes or discontinue using the Site. Any such change, update, or modification will be effective 30 days after posting on the Site. It is your own responsibility to review this Policy from time to time to ensure that you continue to agree with all of its terms.