Privacy Policy


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Who we are

Hi, I’m Caren Pretorius and the webmaster and owner of Siqik.

Siqik is a blogging network with social networking facilities. It is freely available to the public and is a non-profit website.

The website address is https://siqik.com.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it


Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


Media

We don’t have any images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included.

Images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included – visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

If you, by any chance, found anything like that on the website please inform us as soon as possible on our Contact page.


Contact forms

Siqik keep contact form submissions for a certain period for customer service purposes, but do not use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes.


Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Analytics

Siqik do not use analytics software on the website per se. We use our webhost, Bravenet, analytics. It is completely private and can only be accessed us.


Who we share your data with

We don’t share your data with anyone.

But we are in partnership with Sassy Social Share (their privacy policy) and Simple Social Buttons (their privacy policy).


How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


Additional information


How we protect your data

Siqik have security measures, such as a firewall, in place to protect the database.

The site is encrypted, which means that the site uses HTTPS instead of HTTP.

Definition of ‘HTTPS’

A secure form of Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that is used to exchange information between webpages or access information found on a webpage. Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, more commonly referred to as HTTPS, encrypts data before it is sent.

Sending or accessing sensitive information on a website is much more likely to be conducted through HTTPS because of its increased level of encryption. Accessing a brokerage account or online banking platform, for example, involves the exchange of information that a user would likely want to remain secure.

When navigating a webpage the browser automatically looks at the URL to determine whether the page is using HTTP or HTTPS. If the page is using HTTPS the browser exchanges some SSL parameters with the web server, and then opens up a secure connection. The web browser automatically seeks out the certificate, which doesn’t require any action on the user’s part in most situations.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Siqik is a blogging network that won’t require or request any personal or sensitive information from you. The only information that Siqik will store on the database is your IP address, username and name – and, of course, your articles.

However, Siqik has the following in place, should there be a security breach:

  • Daily backups of the database are stored away from the website.
  • Firewall logs are regularly checked for security breaches.
  • There’s a contact link in the footer of the website should you observe something out of the ordinary.
  • Siqik will go dark in extreme circumstances. No one will be able to reach the database.

What third parties we receive data from

Siqik is in partnership with Google Adsense.

  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to your website
  • Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the internet
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting Ad Settings. (Alternatively, you can direct users to opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for interest-based advertising by visiting aboutads.info)

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

None.


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Not applicable.


Contact information

If you have any enquiries or concerns whatsoever about anything please contact us.

Contact person: Michael Wolffe.


 

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