Your privacy is critically important to us. At Student State we have a few fundamental principles:
- We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
- We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
- We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
- Within our products, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what can be kept private the ability to permanently delete data.
Student State, hereafter referred to as “Student State”. Owns and operates several online services including studentstate.co.za. It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our online services.
Like most website operators, Student State collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Student State’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Student State s visitors use its services. From time to time, Student State may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its services.
Student State also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in. Student State only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain users of Student State online services choose to interact with Student State in ways that require Student State to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Student State gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask users who sign up for a Student State shop user account to provide a username, email address and company information. Those who engage in transactions with Student State – by purchasing additional access to the available online services, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Student State collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the user’s interaction with our online services. Student State does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Student State may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its websites. For instance, Student State may monitor the most popular uses of studentstate.co.za to better optimise the user interface in future releases. Student State may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Student State does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Student State discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Student State’s behalf or to provide online services available from Student State, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Student State’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Student State will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Student State discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to lawful legal procedure, court order or other legal governmental request, or when Student State believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Student State, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Student State web service and have supplied your email address, Student State may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Student State and our products. We primarily use our various online communication mediums to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Student State takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If Student State, a specific service, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Student State goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Student State or the specific service may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
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