The (not so)
Small Print…

Website: Privacy & Cookie Policy

Introduction

We take your privacy very seriously and value it as much as we do our own!

We intentionally do not ask you for any personal information apart from your name and email address when contacting us, posting a comment on *Viewpoint (our blog) or subscribing to our *Viewpoint newsletter.

For promotions, like Experience Insights On Us, we may also require details of where you work and what you do.

We DON’T share this information with anyone, unless of course we’re required by law to disclose it.

We will explain these and all the other areas where privacy is concerned – outlining both our and your obligations and requirements – and detail how we store data and protect your personal information.

If anything is unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


Who’s Who?

ST‑AND (“We” and “Us”) is owned by Steve Andrews and registered under the Companies Act, 2008 (South Africa) as ST‑AND Brand & People Development (Pty) Ltd, Reg No. 2014/132014/07. This website is owned and managed by us.

“You” and “Your” refers to you, the viewer or user of this website.


COOKIES

Like the majority of the other websites you visit, this site uses cookies to help us improve its performance and your experience.

Cookies (also referred to as HTTP cookies or Browser Cookies) are small text files that are stored in your browser. They are generated by the server which hosts the site you visit and are used by that server again whenever you visit the same site from the same browser.

Cookies are not executable – that means they don’t run programs – so they can’t carry viruses or change how your computer works.

They’re an ‘identification card’ for your browser which tells a web site when you move to another page or are making a return visit.

For example, if you login to join a discussion on *Viewpoint, cookies will store your login details so you don’t have to enter them again next time you want to post a comment.

Neat eh! Saves you time and improves your experience of using our site.


OUR USE OF COOKIES

There are three types of cookies used on our website:

1) OUR OWN COOKIES

We use the following cookies to make our website function as it should and improve your browsing experience:

Cookie Duration Description
boxilla_ 1 day to
1 year
We use scroll-triggered boxes on various pages throughout our site for subscription to our *Viewpoint newsletter and promotion of various site content. This cookie enables us to hide the box for a variable duration, depending on it’s content and your interaction with the site. For example if you subscribe to our newsletter, you won’t see a message box asking you to subscribe again!.
mc4wp_subscribed 1 year We use MailChimp to manage our promotional data. This plugin tells us that you have subscribed so we don’t need to show you the sign-up form in our blog navigation.
wfvt_ Session Groups page views together for the duration of a visit, part of our site’s security system.

2) THIRD PARTY COOKIES

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties:

a) Videos

YouTube powers the videos on our site and their cookies are only placed when you click to view a video. Information on how Google (the owners of YouTube) use cookies can be found here and their privacy policy here.

 

b) Social Sharing

So you can easily share *Viewpoint content on your social networks we have included sharing buttons on our site.

The cookie (and privacy) implications of this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks. We encourage you to read the policies of each social network you use and to check your privacy settings.

 

c) Joining in the discussions in *Viewpoint

Our discussions are powered by Disqus, a networked community platform used by hundreds of thousands of sites all over the web, to provide a feature-rich comment system complete with social network integration.

You can login to comment with an easy to set up Disqus account or with your Facebook, Twitter or Google accounts. If you’re logging in through Facebook, Twitter or Google, as always, we encourage you to read the policies of each social network you use and to check your privacy settings.

The typical cookies used by disqus include:

Cookie Duration Description
sessionid/testcookie Session Enables commenting through Disqus.
disqus_unique 1 year Enables commenting through Disqus.
_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmt, _utmz Session to 1 year Google Analytics cookies used by Disqus to provide anonymous statistics on the use of their system. See next section for more information on Google Analytics cookies.

3) ANONYMOUS VISITOR STATISTICS COOKIES

We use Google Analytics to provide us with anonymous statistics on the use of our website. This includes how many people visit us, how they have arrived (e.g. by search engine), what pages they visit, how long they spend with us and what type of technology they are using (for example operating system, mobile, tablet etc.).

We use this information to continually improve our online activities.

If you wish to opt out of Google Analytics for all the sites you visit Google have a plugin (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout) available for various browsers.

The typical cookies that Google Analytics could use are:

Cookie Duration Description
PHPSESSID Session Identifies each unique session on a website.
_utma 2 years Written the first time you visit a site and updated with each visit. Helps record the number of unique visitors.
_utmb Session Used to identify activity on the site each visit. Expires 30 mins after the last page visit or activity.
_utmc Session A timestamp of the exact moment the a visitor leaves the site, expires when you close your browser.
_utmt Session Indicates the type of request made to the server.
_utmz 6 months Identifies how you arrived at the site (e.g. search engine, link etc.) and is updated with each page view.
_ga 2 years A Universal Analytics cookie used to store a unique identifier (a randomly generated number) used by Google Analytics servers to calculate user, session, and campaign data.
_gat Session Used to throttle the request rate back to Google Analytics servers.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies.

However this will limit the functionality of our site and a large proportion of the other websites you visit as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.


GRANTING US PERMISSION TO USE COOKIES

If the settings of the browser you are using to view this website are set to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, as your consent to our use of cookies.


PRIVACY & DATA PROTECTION

1) CONTACTING US

There are two ways you can contact us that require you to enter personal information:

a) The form on our contact page

This sends us an email with the name and email address you have provided.

b) ‘Contact Us’ buttons

Clicking on one of these buttons will open up a new email addressed to us in your usual email programme.

For your convenience the subject line will also be pre-populated depending on which section of the site the contact button was placed (e.g. Website Enquiry: Privacy and Cookie Policy).

We only use your email address for the purpose it was intended – to reply with an answer to your query. We DO NOT and WILL NOT sell, rent or share your email address.


2) SUBSCRIBING TO *VIEWPOINT

Subscription to our *Viewpoint Newsletter (via our sign-up form) requires your first name, last name and email address.

This information is provided to MailChimp, our newsletter service provider.

This information is stored on a secure MailChimp server and MailChimp will NOT, under any circumstances, sell your information, contact you directly, market to you or share your information with any other party, unless they’re required to do so by law.

Similarly we will only use your information for the purpose it was provided, to send you our email newsletter. We DO NOT and WILL NOT sell, rent or share your details.

Our email newsletters comply with the US CAN-SPAM Act and South African mailing list regulations.

You will only receive a newsletter if you have requested it and we use a double opt-in subscription process. After you have completed the sign-up form you will receive an email with a link to confirm your subscription. This prevents others from signing you up on your behalf without your knowledge.

There is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email you receive. If you wish to discontinue your newsletter subscription, simply click on that link and follow the instructions. When you unsubscribe your details are deleted from the newsletter distribution list.


3) TAKING PART IN OUR PROMOTIONS

Depending on the promotion, our sign-up form will require your first name, last name and email address, together with other details relevant to the promotional activity (e.g. company, role etc.). Please check the terms and conditions for each promotion for further information.

All the information requested is sent directly to MailChimp, which we use to manage our promotional data. This enables us to use a double opt-in process to verify your email address and offer additional security and privacy to your information.

MailChimp will NOT, under any circumstances, sell your information, contact you directly, market to you or share your information with any other party, unless they’re required to do so by law.

Similarly we will only use your information for the purpose it was provided. We DO NOT and WILL NOT sell, rent or share your details.

Each promotion has its own individual data ‘list’. Depending on the type of promotion, you may also receive further promotional/newsletter mailings from us.

If don’t want to receive them, simply click on unsubscribe link at the bottom of the mailing and follow the instructions. When you unsubscribe your details are deleted from distribution list.


3) JOINING THE CONVERSATION IN *VIEWPOINT

The only personally identifiable information required to login are your email address, username and password.

The username and email address you use are provided to our comments database as part of the integration of Disqus with our website. As always we DO NOT and WILL NOT sell, rent or share your details. Your information is only used for the purpose it was intended.

We do, however, reserve the right to contact you directly if you request so in the discussion area, or if we feel it more appropriate to contact you personally rather than to post a reply that could be seen by our other users.

Terms of use of *Viewpoint, including moderation and unacceptable content, are covered in our Website Terms of Use.


And Finally…

The normal operation of this web site may result in the capture and logging of a user’s IP address.

We’ve no intention of using that information to track or identify you as an individual. The only exception to this is if we suspect that someone is attempting unauthorised access to our server, when we will work with our hosting company to identify and take legal action.

Steve AndrewsWebsite: Privacy & Cookie Policy