POPI: Protection of Personal Information
We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy.
Oas.co.za does track which content you access on an individual basis, however individual information on accessed content is deemed private and is therefore not made public. This information is only used internally at OAS as it relates to our business processes, customer care and in the overall processes of improving our business and service offering.
What information is collected and how it is collected?
Every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and a set of numbers, which serve as that computer’s “Internet Protocol” IP address. When a visitor requests a page from www.oas.co.za our Web servers automatically recognize that visitor’s domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed our site. We use this information to examine website interactivity. Our Web servers do not record e-mail addresses of the visitors.
How we use single-pixel gifs or tracking scripts?
Oas.co.za uses both single-pixel gif images and tracking scripts, sometimes referred to as web bugs or web beacons, to evaluate website interactivity and gather both general statistical information and individual information relating to content accessed. OAS uses tracking scripts that can track personal information from cookies that may have been previously placed on a user’s computer as well as having the ability to individually identify users who have interacted with email communications sent from OAS.
What other information do we request?
We may also request your personal details including but not limited to name, e-mail address, mailing address for the purposes of registering as a site user, buyer or seller, conducting a survey or to provide additional services (for example, subscriptions to e-mail newsletters, announcement lists or information). Whenever we request the identity of a visitor, we will clearly indicate the purpose of the inquiry before the information is requested. We maintain a strict “No-Spam” policy. We will also not sell or rent your e-mail address to a third-party. When you enter a contest or other promotion, we may ask for your name, address and e-mail address so that we can administer the contest and notify winners.
Will we disclose the information we collect to outside, third parties?
OAS and the owners of the www.oas.co.za website will disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- Conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on OAS,
- Protect and defend the rights or property of OAS or visitors to oas.co.za,
- Identify persons who may be violating the law, the legal notice, or the rights of third parties,
- For the purpose of carrying out credit checks on potential buyers.
What else should I know about my privacy when online?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online – for example through e-mail, discussion lists, or elsewhere – that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you’re online.
This is how we will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our Web site. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.
This information enables us to run site usage tools and create statistics about our site. These statistics help us to better understand how our site is being used and what we can do to make it more useful to visitors. If you are an existing customer and we have your information already on file then we may use individual information or aggregated information to enhance our relationship with you or improve our service.
Information You Provide Us
We use the information that you provide us (both on-line and off-line) for responding to your requests, customising the material presented to you based on your past visits to our web site, to communicate with you, to improve the content of our web site and to improve our service offering. The primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you customised services, features and content and to give you an efficient personalised experience that best meets your needs.
If you choose to identify yourself by sending us an email, interacting with an email sent to you or completing an online form, OAS employees will have access to such information in order to contact you for follow and direct marketing purposes. We also aggregate information on what pages you access. Web site interaction and information submitted by you, such as survey information and/or comments or feedback, may be stored in a personally identifiable format and will only be used for internal purposes and will not be shared with people or organisations outside of OAS.
Use of “Cookies”
“Cookies” are small files that are placed on your hard drive that assist us in providing customized and personalised services. No personal information is stored in this cookie.
You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our site and other Web sites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.
OAS from time to time distributes an online newsletter as well as announcements relating to OAS service, which we believe OAS clients will be interested in. OAS recognises that users may not wish to be contacted about new or related services; therefore you may opt out of any e-mail marketing or newsletters that may result from use of the site. When you receive an email, you will be given instructions on how to remove yourself from that list.
All our email communications are tracked to evaluate interaction success and to better understand how stakeholders are responding to communications. Typically, OAS uses email tagging to identify which links in the email you click on and how you interact with the oas.co.za website. This information may be linked to the unique cookie stored on your hard drive.
Your Consent To This Agreement
The above policies are effective as of December 01, 2008. OAS reserves the right to change this policy from time to time without prior notice.