South African Lawyer Directory (hereinafter referred to as "SALD") has elected to disclose its information practices as a sign of its commitment to privacy.
For queries and concerns pertaining to the Site, click HERE to contact us.
Because your privacy is important to us, SALD operates by the following principles.
Capitalized terms not defined in this Agreement will have the meanings set forth in the Terms of Service.
Principle 1: Information We Collect
You may browse the SALD site without providing any personal information that may be used to identify you personally (hereinafter referred to as "Personally Identifiable Information" or "PII"). If you choose to provide us with your PII, you are agreeing to the processing and storage of your information in the Republic of South Africa which may have data protection laws that differ from laws in your country.
SALD explicitly asks when it needs PII. To help facilitate the proper storage and verification of information, SALD requires basic data from you such as an email address. Listings of law firms or attorneys are asked for additional information, such as full names, addresses, telephone numbers, email address, and professional license and certification information. Other PII may be requested in certain circumstances or collected on a voluntary basis such as on users' profile or signature pages.
As explained in the SALD Terms of Service, information provided by you, and other posts on the Site such as articles, in attorneys profiles describing your experiences and qualifications ("Posts") is not private or confidential. This is an Internet-based directory of information and as such information submitted in Posts may be read, collected, and used by others, and SALD is not responsible for it. For example, search engines may index your Posts to allow them to appear in search engine results (e.g. if someone does a search on google.com (for example), your Posts on www.southafricanlawyer.co.za that relate to the search may appear in the google.com search results list).
In some cases, SALD supplements portions of the PII you provide with other data received from third parties, or data sent to us from your web browser including (depending on its settings) your IP address, browser type, internet service provider, referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and click stream data ("Usage Statistics").
SALD also reserves the right to use web beacons that collect non-PII to track site usage.
SALD is intended for adult use only. In addition, it does not knowingly solicit or collect PII from persons under 13 years old. We may delete from the site PII, as well as Posts and other information, from users we believe are under the age of 18.
Principle 2: Use of Your Information
SALD may use, share, transfer, or disclose your PII and/or Usage Statistics, itself or in conjunction with third parties, for payment processing, fraud prevention, customer service, demographic studies, to tailor SALD's content and services to its users' needs, and to serve advertisements.
To display advertisements that may interest you, SALD uses third-party advertising companies who may use Usage Statistics (not your name, address, email address or telephone number).
SALD posts testimonials on the Site; we obtain permission prior to posting to include the user's name and state of residence, or their initials.
SALD will not otherwise disclose your PII (unless you voluntarily provide it in your Posts), without your consent, unless acting under a good faith belief that such action:
- conforms to legal requirements or complies with legal process, such as in complying with a formal request in a court order, subpoena or judicial proceeding;
- serves to protect or defend the rights, property, or safety of SALD , its users, or others; or
- enforces the SALD Terms of Service or related Agreements.
SALD currently has no parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under common control. If it does in the future, or if it merges with or sells its assets or its company to another, then it may share your PII with such companies, in which event it will require that such companies follow this Policy with respect to your PII, unless you are provided with prior written notice.
Principle 3: Correspondence Sent to You
SALD will not send you any unsolicited information, including e-mail, except:
(i) Users will receive SALD registration emails when they register, Users will receive SALD communications relating to their applications, Users may receive further emails regarding their profile, and all Users may receive updates and notices about their Posts, their accounts, and new features and policies; these communications are considered part and parcel of your service and, except for the daily digests, you cannot opt out of them;
(ii) Periodically, SALD may contact you about new services, special offers, promotions and third-party / affiliate offers, and will include in any such emails an opt-out link by which you can opt out of receiving such emails; and
(iii) Our customer service and business development departments may contact users and referral participants in order to ensure your satisfaction with SALD and/or to ask how we can improve.
Principle 4: Updating and Deleting PII
If at any time you would like to update your PII, please log into your account and access your Edit Profile page. If at any time you would like your PII to be removed from our database or believe that SALD has not adhered to these privacy principles, please notify us by email by clicking HERE. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete your information and/or promptly detect and remedy any problems.
Principle 5: Links to Third-Party Sites
To the extent that links to other Web sites are contained in Posts on the SALD site, please note that they are not operated or controlled by SALD and SALD is not responsible for the privacy practices, security, or content of these third-party sites.
Principle 6: Security
SALD uses multiple security procedures and practices to protect from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification and disclosure the PII requested from users.
All PII is password protected.
SALD uses 128-bit secure socket layer (SSL) technology and digital certificates to encrypt and authenticate transactions (credit card and other payments). SSL creates a secured connection between our web servers and your browser, which protects against unauthorized access to transmitted data and supports data being sent only to intended recipients.
Our database logs important changes so that unauthorized transactions can be quickly reversed.
Our main servers are locked and hosted by a leading provider of Internet access to enterprises with mission-critical Internet application requirements. Access to the host environment is highly secure. Biometric scanning, 24/7 onsite staff monitoring, and other safeguards are utilized. In addition, back-up servers that are stripped of email addresses, passwords, and credit card information are located in an office that is locked outside of normal business hours.
Despite these security procedures and practices, as is the case with all computer networks connected to the Internet, SALD cannot guarantee the security of your PII or any other information provided over the Internet and will not be responsible for breaches of security.
Principle 7: Updates to This Policy
By visiting salegaladvice.com, you are accepting this policy as it may be amended from time to time. Please check the date of this Policy each time you visit to ensure that you are aware of the most current version. If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy, please do not use this site.
SALD reserves the right to update this policy at any time without prior notice. Material updates will take effect 30 days after initial posting on this site.