Son Africa is committed to maintaining your privacy and protecting your personal information when you visit Son Africa websites, use Son Africa’s mobile applications. With respect to the collection, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), Son Africa complies with all applicable federal laws.
- Son Africa does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) when you visit any of Son Africa’s digital medial channels unless you choose to provide that information to us.
- Any PII that you choose to provide is fully protected.
- Non-PII information related to your visit to our websites may be automatically collected and temporarily stored.
Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website:
Information Received and Retained by Son Africa Digital Media channels
Information You Give Us
You do not have to provide any personal information to visit any of the Son Africa digital media channels with limited exception such as external SharePoint site, special partnership collaboration site, data collection surveillance etc. If you choose to provide us with any personal information such as sending a message to an email address on this website, filling out a form and submitting it through our website, completing a survey, we will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. We will maintain any information you provide in accordance with applicable federal laws. Son Africa will not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about visitors to our websites, unless required by law enforcement or by statute.
Visits to sonafrica.info or Son Africa content
When browsing any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. When browsing, reading pages or downloading information from the Son Africa website directly or via APIs on other websites, specific information is gathered and stored automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and temporarily store only the following information about your visit:
- the Internet domain and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when surfing the Web);
- Information about your computer or mobile device (e.g., type and version of web browser, operating system, screen resolution, and connection speed);
- the visit date and time;
- The pages or screens accessed or visited on Son Africa’s digital media
- The number of times Son Africa’s digital media was accessed.
- The amount of data (measured in number of bytes) transmitted from sonafrica.info to your computer
- If sonafrica.info is designated as a home page (in the event your mobile device allows this functionality); and
The internet address or URL of the website visited immediately prior to visiting Son Africa’s digital media, but only if you connect to sonafrica.info via a link from another web page within that website.
How Information is used
If you choose to provide us with information, we may use that information to contact you, respond to your message, or provide you the information or services you requested. In order to serve you better, we may analyze multiple sources of data you have provided (for example, to look up whether you previously contacted the Son Africa about the same topic so that we do not send you a duplicative response). We may also use messages or comments collected through sonafrica.info sites, Apps, or official social media pages for our own purposes, such as to inform policy decisions or in public advocacy.
We may use data you provide and automatically generated data for statistical analysis to assess, for example, what information is of interest to users, technical design specifications, and system performance. This allows us to make general improvements to our site as well as to offer tailored content to email subscribers (e.g., a follow-up message to subscribers interested in a specific topic based on information they have provided or automatically generated data).
Sharing of this Information
Information you choose to share with the Son Africa (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information. We may, for example, publish compilations of messages or comments collected through sonafrica.info or official social media pages and provide them to national leaders, members of the press, or other individuals outside of the Federal Government. However, we exercise discretion to limit such disclosures to protect your privacy (for example, we generally do not publish last names of commenters).
The Son Africa uses a third-party analytics provider (for current provider please see current third-party tools/pages list to collect and summarize this information in conjunction with cookies. The third-party analytics provider does not receive personally identifiable information through these cookies and is prohibited from combining, matching or cross-referencing sonafrica.info information with any other information.
Within the Son Africa, we restrict access to personally identifiable information to only those employees, contractors, and/or vendors who require access to this information in order to perform their official duties and exercise controls to limit what data they can view based on the specific needs of their position. If you choose to share information with us, we may in some cases share that information (or automatically generated information) with other government agencies in response to lawful law enforcement requests or to protect sonafrica.info from security threats.
We do not use or share your information for commercial purposes and, except as described above, we do not exchange or otherwise disclose this information.
Third-Party Tools and Sites
Son Africa content gets published on third-party sites as a convenience to users who prefer to use these channels. All information published on these third-party sites is also available on sonafrica.info site.
Links to External Sites
sonafrica.info pages and other Son Africa digital media platforms may link to websites created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations and individuals. When you follow a link to an external site, you are leaving sonafrica.info and are subject to the external site‘s privacy and security policies. We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on an external site. We also do not endorse the site’s sponsor, any views they express, or any products or services they offer.
Son Africa also uses web measurements and customization technologies (such as “cookies”). You can choose not to accept cookies from any website, including sonafrica.info, by changing your browser settings
At Son Africa, reasonable precautions are taken to protect Son Africa’s digital platforms, including information automatically collected by or voluntarily submitted to sonafrica.info or an official Son Africa page on a third-party site. For example, we restrict access to personally identifiable information to employees, contractors, and vendors who require access to this information in order to perform their official duties, and exercise controls to limit what data they can view based on the specific needs of their position. Access to official Son Africa accounts on third-party sites is limited to the individuals who administer those accounts, and all official Son Africa accounts are clearly labeled.
Also, commonly used practices and technical controls are utilized to protect the information in our possession or control, along with sonafrica.info itself. These practices and controls include, but are not limited to: encrypting the transfer of personal information over the internet via secure sockets protocols such as Transport Layer Security (TLS), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) etc., using high-strength firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS) to safeguard personal information, and maintaining strict technical controls and procedures to ensure the integrity of all data on sonafrica.info.
We periodically review our processes and systems to verify compliance with industry best practices and to ensure the highest level of security for Son Africa’s all digital platforms.