Privacy Policy

Who we are

Hello there! We are The Best of Africa, an up and coming online media platform that publishes content on African issues, contributed by volunteers who are interested in and passionate about Africa.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Contributors 

When individuals agree to contribute content to the website, their name and email address is used to register them as a user to the website. This enables us to attribute each post to a specific contributor.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form (name, email address and website) . We also collect the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help us with 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 if any is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

When we upload images to the website, we ensure that each image is royalty free and we attribute to each image to the owner.

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.

We do not have an allowance for for this at the moment yet however, in the future 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.

We also do not allow contributors to log in yet, however  in the event that we we allow contributors to do so, 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

To track the traffic on our website we use Google Analytics. Google Analytics tracks visits via user IP addressed. You can access their revised data retention policy here. We have set the data collected through analytics for our website to never automatically expire.

How long we retain your data

We have set the data collected through analytics for our website to never automatically expire. This will enable us to indefinitely track user visits.

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 contributors whose information we register on our website, we store the personal information they provide in their user profile. Users can simply contact us the website administrators in order to  edit, or delete their personal information at any time.

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.

How we protect your data

We do not sell user’s personal information. We may share information about you in these limited circumstances : third party vendors, for content syndication, employees, contractors, as required by law, to protect rights and property, business transfers, with your consent, aggregated and de-identified information and published support requests.

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