PRIVACY POLICY

 

Your privacy is super important to us at We Read African. We’re all about keeping things chill and following the rules, especially regarding any personal info we might pick up about you. This applies to our website (https://wereadafrican.com) and any other sites we own or operate.

Personal information can be used to identify you – your name, where you live, your birthday, your devices, payment information, and even how you do your thing online.

Please be aware that if we link you to other sites and services, they have their privacy policies. Once you head over, don’t forget to check out their posted privacy policy information and how they collect and use personal data. This Privacy Policy does not apply to your activities after leaving our site – what you do after is up to you!

 

This policy started on June 5, 2023.

Last updated: October 14, 2023.”

 

Information We Collect

We collect information that falls into two boxes: information you tell us because you want to and information your devices automatically send us.

‘Voluntarily provided’ info is everything you give us on purpose while indulging in our blog and using our services.

Then there’s the ‘automatically collected’ info, which your devices share without you even knowing while you’re checking out our blog.

 

Log Data: When you check out our website, our techy servers might automatically log the standard data provided by your web browser. This could include your IP address, what kind of browser you’re using, the pages you checked out, and even when and how long you visited our website.

If you run into any glitches while checking out our site, we might gather some data on what went wrong and the whole story around it. We’re talking about techy details about your gadget, what you were up to when the oopsie happened, and other techie bits about the issue. You might or might not get a heads-up about these blips, even as they’re happening, what caused them, or what they’re all about.

This info might not be personally identifying by itself, but if we team it up with other data, it could reveal a lot more.

 

Device Data: When you visit our website or use our services, we may automatically collect data about your devices, like:

The data we collect can change based on what your gadget and software are set to share. We suggest checking your device manufacturer’s or software provider’s policies to learn what information they make available to us.

 

Personal Information: We may ask for personal information — for example, when you subscribe to our newsletter or when you contact us — which may include one or more of the following:

 

User-Generated Content: We consider ‘user-generated content’ to be posts, comments, images, and video materials voluntarily supplied to us by our users for the purpose of publication on our website or re-publishing on our social media channels. All user-generated content is associated with the account or email address used to submit the materials.

Please be aware that any content you submit for the purpose of publication will be public after posting (and subsequent review or vetting process). Once published, it may be accessible to third parties not covered under this privacy policy.

 

Personal Information 

We only collect and use your personal information when we have a legitimate reason for doing so and where it is reasonably necessary to provide our services to you.

 

Collection and Use of Information: We may collect personal information from you when you do any of the following on our website:

 

We may collect, hold, use and disclose information for the following purposes, and personal information will not be further processed in a manner that is incompatible with these purposes:

 

We may combine voluntarily provided and automatically collected personal information with general information or research data we receive from other trusted sources. For example, Suppose you consent to us accessing your social media profiles. In that case, we may combine information sourced from those profiles with information received from you directly to provide you with an enhanced experience of our site and services, such as providing you with more personalised content.

 

Security of Your Personal Information: When we collect and process personal information, and while we retain it, we will protect it within commercially apersonalisedans to prevent loss and theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

Although we will do our best to protect the personal information you provide to us, we advise that no method of electronic tranunauthorisedstorage is 100% secure. No one can guarantee absolute data security.

You are responsible for selecting any password and its overall security strength, ensuring the security of youn information within the bounds of our services.

For example, ensuring any passwords associated with accessing your personal information and accounts are secure and confidential.

 

How Long We Keep Your Personal Information: We keep your personal information only for as long anecessaryto. This time period may depend on what we are using your data for in accordance with this privacy policy. For example, suppose you have provided us with personal data as part of creating an account with us. In that case, we may retain this information for the duration your account exists on our system. If your personal information is no longer required for this purpose, we will delete it or make it anonymous by removing all details that identify you.

However, if necessary, we may retain your personal information to comply with a legal, accounting, or reporting obligation or for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes.

 

Children’s Privacy

 

We do not aim any of our products or services directly at children under 16, and we do not knowingly collect personal information about children under 16.

 

Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties

We may disclose personal information to:

 

Third parties we currently use include:

 

International Transfers of Personal Information

The personal information we collect is stored and processed in the United Kingdom or where we or our partners, affiliates, and third-party providers maintain facilities.

The countries to which we store, process, or transfer your personal information may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information. If we transfer your personal information to third parties in other countries: (i) we will perform those transfers by the requirements of applicable law, and (ii) we will protect the transferred personal information by this privacy policy.

 

Your Rights and Controlling Your Personal Information

Your choice: By providing personal information to us, you understand we will collect, hold, use, and disclose your personal information by this privacy policy. You do not have to provide personal information to us; however, if you do not, it may affect your use of our website or the products and services offered on or through it.

Information from third parties: If we receive personal information about you from a third party, we will protect it as set out in this privacy policy. If you are a third party providing personal information about somebody else, you represent and warrant that you have such a person’s consent to provide the personal information to us.

Marketing permission: If you have previously agreed to use your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by contacting us using the details below.

Access: You may request details of the personal information we hold about you. You may also have the right to request that we transfer this personal information to a third party.

Correction: If you believe that any information we hold about you is inaccurate, out of date, incomplete, irrelevant, or misleading, please contact us using the details provided in this privacy policy. We will take reasonable steps to correct any information found to be inaccurate, incomplete, misleading, or out of date.

Non-discrimination: We will not discriminate against you for exercising your rights over your personal information. Unless your personal information is required to provide you with a particular service or offer (for example, showing gated or exclusive content), we will not deny you goods or services and charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties, or provide you with a different level or quality of goods or services.

Notification of data breaches: We will comply with laws applicable to us regarding any data breach.

Complaints: If you believe that we have breached a relevant data protection law and wish to make a complaint, please get in touch with us using the details below and provide us with full details of the alleged breach. We will promptly investigate your complaint and respond to you in writing, setting out the outcome of our investigation and the steps we will take to deal with your complaint. You also have the right to contact a regulatory body or data protection authority about your complaint.

Unsubscribe: To unsubscribe from our email database or opt out of communications (including marketing communications), please get in touch with us using the details provided in this privacy policy or opt-out using the opt-out facilities provided in the communication. We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity.

Restrict: You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information if (i) you are concerned about the accuracy of your personal information, (ii) you believe your personal information has been unlawfully processed, (iii) you need us to maintain the personal information solely for a legal claim; or (iv) we are in the process of considering your objection about processing on the basis of legitimate interests.

Objecting to processing: You have the right to object to processing your personal information based on legitimate interests or public interest. If this is done, we must provide compelling legitimate grounds for the processing, which overrides your interests, rights, and freedoms to proceed with processing your personal information.

Deletion: You may have a right to request that we delete the personal information we hold about you at any time, and we will take reasonable steps to delete your personal information from our current records. If you ask us to delete your personal data, we will let you know how the deletion affects your use of our website or products and services. There may be exceptions to this right for specific legal reasons, which, if applicable, we will set out for you in response to your request. If you terminate or delete your account, we will delete your personal information within 30 days of the deletion of your account. Please be aware that search engines and similar third parties may still retain copies of your personal data that has been made public at least once, like certain profile information and general comments, even after you have deleted the information from our services or deactivated your account.

 

Contact Us

For any questions or concerns regarding your privacy, you may contact us using the following details:

Cassandra Oluchi

hello@wereadafrican.com

 

 

Use of Cookies

We use ‘cookies’ to collect information about you and your activity across our site. A cookie is a small piece of data that our website stores on your computer and accesses each time you visit so we can understand how you use our site. This helps us serve you content based on the preferences you have specified.

Please refer to our Cookie Policy for more information.

 

Business Transfers

If we or our assets are acquired, or in the unlikely event that we go out of business or enter bankruptcy, we would include data, including your personal information, among the assets transferred to any parties who acquire us. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur and that any parties who receive us may, to the extent permitted by applicable law, continue to use your personal information according to this policy, which they will be required to assume as it is the basis for any ownership or use rights we have over such information.

 

Limits of Our Policy

Our website may link to external sites that we do not operate. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and policies of those sites and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy practices.

 

Changes to This Policy

We may change our privacy policy to reflect updates to our business processes, current acceptable practices, or legislative or regulatory changes. If we decide to modify this privacy policy, we will post the changes here at the same link by which you are accessing this privacy policy.

Suppose the changes are significant or required by applicable law. In that case, we will contact you (based on your selected preferences for communications from us) and all our registered users with the new details and links to the updated or changed policy.

If required by law, we will get your permission or allow you to opt in to or opt out of, as applicable, any new uses of your personal information.

 

Additional Disclosures for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance (EU)

The GDPR distinguishes between organisations that process personal information for their purposes (known as “data controllers”) and organizations that process personal information on behalf of other organizations (known as “data processors”). We, We Read African, located at the organisation sided in our Contact Us section, are a Data Controller concerning the personal information of yoorganisations

 

Legal Bases for Processing Your Information

Organisations collect and use your personal information when we have a legal right to do so. In this case, we will collect and use your personal data lawfully, fairly and transparently. Suppose we seek your consent to process your personal information, and you are under 16 years of age. In that case, we will seek your parent or legal guardian’s consent to process your personal data for that specific purpose.

Our lawful bases depend on your services and how you use them. This means we only collect and use your information on the following grounds:

 

Consent From You: Where you give us consent to collect and use your personal information for a specific purpose. You may withdraw your consent at any time using the facilities we provide; however, this will not affect any use of your information that has already taken place. You may consent to provide your name and contact details for the purpose of entering a giveaway or promotion. While you may withdraw your entry at any time, this will not affect any selection or judging that has already taken place. If you have any further enquiries about how to withdraw your consent, please feel free to enquire using the details provided in the Contact Us section of this privacy policy.

 

Performance of a Contract or Transaction: Where you have entered into a contract or transaction with us, or in order to take preparatory steps prior to our entering into a contract or transaction with you. For example, if you contact us with an enquiry, we may require personal information such as your name and contact details in order to respond.

 

Our Legitimate Interests: Where we assess it is necessary for our legitimate interests, such as for us to provide, operate, improve and communicate our services. If you submit comments intended for publishing on our site, we may require details about you to identify you as the content author. We consider our legitimate interests to include research and development, understanding our audience, marketing and promoting our services, measures taken to operate our services efficiently, marketing analysis, and measures taken to protect our legal rights and interests.

 

Compliance with Law: In some cases, we may have a legal obligation to use or keep your personal information. Such cases may include (but are not limited to) court orders, criminal investigations, government requests, and regulatory obligations. If you have any further enquiries about how we retain personal information in order to comply with the law, please feel free to enquire using the details provided in the Contact Us section of this privacy policy.

 

International Transfers Outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)

We will ensure that any transfer of personal information from countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) to countries outside the EEA will be protected by appropriate safeguards, for example, by using standard data protection clauses approved by the European Commission or the use of binding corporate rules or other legally accepted means.

 

 

COOKIE POLICY

 

We use cookies to help improve your experience of our website at https://wereadafrican.com. This cookie policy is part of We Read African’s privacy policy. It covers the use of cookies between your device and our site.

We also provide basic information on third-party services we may use, who may also use cookies as part of their service. This policy does not cover their cookies.

If you don’t wish to accept cookies from us, you should instruct your browser to refuse cookies from https://wereadafrican.com. In such a case, we may be unable to provide you with some of your desired content and services.

 

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of data that a website stores on your device when you visit. It typically contains information about the website itself, a unique identifier that allows the site to recognise your web browser when you return, additional data that serves the cookie’s purpose, and the cookie’s lifespan.

Cookies are used to enable certain features (e.g. logging in), track site usage (e.g. analytics), store your user settings (e.g. time zone, notificationrecogniseces), and personalise your content (e.g. advertising, language).

Cookies set by the website you visit are usually called first-party cookies. They typically only track your activity on that particular site.

Cookies set by other sites and companies (i.e. third parties) are called third-party personaliseey can be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service.

 

Types of cookies and how we use them

 

Essential cookies: Essential cookies are crucial to your experience of a website, enabling core features like user logins, account management, shopping carts, and payment processing.

We use essential cookies to enable certain functions on our website.

 

Performance cookies: Performance cookies track how you use a website during your visit. Typically, this information is anonymous and aggregated, with information tracked across all site users. They help companies understand visitor usage patterns, identify and diagnose problems or errors their users may encounter, and make better strategic decisions in improving their audience’s overall website experience. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services. They do not collect personal information about you.

We use performance cookies on our site.

 

Functionality cookies: Functionality cookies are used to collect information about your device and any settings you may configure on the website you’re visiting (like language and time zone settings). With this information, websites can provide you with customised, enhanced, or optimised content and services. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services.

We use functionality cookies for selected features on our site.

 

Targeting/advertising cookies: Targeting/advertising cookies help determincustomised relevant and aoptimisede promotional content for you and your interests. Websites may use them to deliver targeted advertising or limit the number of times you see an advertisement. This helps companies improve the effectiveness of their campaigns and the quality of content presented to you. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services. Targeting/advertising cookies set by third parties may be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service.

We use targeting/advertising cookies on our site.

 

 

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

 

This acceptable use policy covers the products, services, and technologies (collectively referred to as the “Products”) provided by We Read African under any ongoing agreement. It’s designed to protect us, our customers and the general Internet community from unethical, irresponsible and illegal activity.

We Read African customers found engaging in activities prohibited by this acceptable use policy can be liable for service suspension and account termination. In extreme cases, we may be legally obliged to report such customers to the relevant authorities.

 

This policy was last reviewed on 5th June 2023.

 

Fair use

We are opposed to all forms of abuse, discrimination, rights infringement and/or any action that harms or disadvantages any group, individual or resource. We expect our customers and, where applicable, their users (“end-users”) to likewise engage our Products with similar intent.

 

Customer accountability

We regard our customers as being responsible for their own actions as well as for the actions of anyone using our Products with the customer’s permission. This responsibility also applies to anyone using our Products on an unauthorised basis due to the customer’s failure to put reasonable security measures in place.

By accepting Products from us, our customers agree to ensure adherence to this policy on behalf of anyone using the Products as their end users. Complaints regarding customers’ or end-users’ actions wilunauthoriseded to the nominated contact for the account in question.

If a customer — or their end-user or anyone using our Products as a result of the customer — violates our acceptable use policy, we reserve the right to terminate any Products associated with the offending account or the account itself or take any remedial or preventative action we deem appropriate without notice. To the extent permitted by law, no credit will be available for interruptions of service resulting from any violation of our acceptable use policy.

 

Prohibited activities

 

Copyright infringement and access to unauthorised material

Our Products must not be used to transmit, distribute or store any material in violation of any applicable law. This includes but isn’t limited to:

The customer is solely responsible for all material they input, upload, disseminate, transmit, create or publish through or on our Products and for obtaining legal permission to use any works includeauthorisationerial.

 

SPAM and unauthorised message activity

Our Products must not be used for the purpose of sending unsolicited bulk or commercial messages in violation of the laws and regulations applicable to your jurisdiction (“spam”). This includes but isn’t limited to sending spam, soliciting customers from spam sent from other service providers,unauthoriseding replies to spam sent from other service providers.

Our Products must not be used for the purpose of running unconfirmed mailing lists or telephone number lists (“messaging lists”). This includes but isn’t limited to subscribing email addresses or telephone numbers to any messaging list without the permission of the email address or telephone number owner and storing any email addresses or telephone numbers subscribed in this way. All messaging lists run on or hosted by our Products must be “confirmed opt-in”. Verification of the address or telephone number owner’s express permission must be available for the lifespan of the messaging list.

We prohibit the use of email lists, telephone number lists or databases purchased from third parties intended for spam or unconfirmed messaging list purposes on our Products.

This spam and unauthorised message activity policy applies to messages sent using our Products or to messages sent from any network by the customer or any person on the customer’s behalf that directly or indirectly refers the recipient to a site hosted via our Products.

 

Unethical, exploitative, and malicious activity

Our Products must unauthorisedfor the purpose of advertising, transmitting or otherwise making available any software, program, product or service designed to violate this acceptable use policy, or the acceptable use policy of other service providers. This includes but isn’t limited to facilitating the means to send spam and the initiation of network sniffing, pinging, packet spoofing, flooding, mail-bombing and denial-of-service attacks.

Our Products must not be used to access any account or electronic resource where the group or individual attempting to gain access does not own or is not authorised to access the resource (e.g. “hacking”, “cracking”, “phreaking”, etc.).

Our Products must not be used to intentionally or recklessly introduce viruses or malicious code into our Products and systems.

Our Products must not be used for purposely engaging in activities designed to harass another group or individual.authorisedition of harassment includes but is not limited to denial-of-service attacks, hate speech, advocacy of racial or ethnic intolerance, and any activity intended to threaten, abuse, infringe upon the rights of or discriminate against any group or individual.

 

Other activities considered unethical, exploitative and malicious include:

Our Products may not be used by any person or eauthorisedh is involved with or suspected of involvement in activities or causes relating to illegal gambling; terrorism; narcotics trafficking; arms trafficking, or the proliferation, development, design, manufacture, production, stockpiling, or use of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, weapons of mass destruction, or missiles; in each case including any affiliation with others whatsoever who support the above such activities or causes.

 

Unauthorised use of We Read African property

We prohibit the impersonation of We Read African, the representation of a significant business relationship with We Read African, or ownership of any We Read African property (including our Products and brand) for the purpose of fraudulently gaining service, custom, patronage or user trust.

 

About UnauthorisedThis policy outlines a non-exclusive list of activities and intent we deem unacceptable and incompatible with our brand.

 

We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time by publishing the revised version on our website. The revised version will be effective from the earlier: