Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are Afrilens News: Africa’s home of online journalism.

As part of our duty to make our news reportage and deliverability available to you the way you want them, we collect some information about you when you use our Site, and although the information we collect about you are stored on our servers, it is in no way harmful to you. To further explain the kind of information we collect about you, how we use/store them, and what we use them for, we have written this policy document for your information. Please read them to understand us better.

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. And as we do not own the Gravatar service related with your mail, then you can read the privacy policy that covers the use of your Gravatar image 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

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We provide contact forms for your easy reach as to communicate any information you may wish to let us know. Your use of the contact form means you provide your email and/or web address to us. These information, along with your message or contact reason are stored on our servers and are only accessible by our staffs with authorized IDs to do so.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

To help us understand you better, in relation with activities/actions you have performed on our Site, we use Analytics tools to collate and analyze such behaviours as to serve you better. All tools we use are secured with today’s industry standard security methods.

Who do we share your data with ?

We do not share your data with anyone; not even advertisers. Apart from publishing general analysis about our readers, which does not include your personally identifiable information, we do NOT share your data with any 3rd party agent and/or organization.

It should also be noted that for analysis sake, we may decide to let companies who run analytics services have access to some of the information we have about you, but again, it does not include your personally identifiable information.

How long do 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.

How we protect your data?

We protect your data using today’s industry-standard encryption systems to protect unauthorized access to your information/data.

What data breach procedures we have in place?

When we feel our users’ data are been compromised from outside source(s), we immediately notify you of such breach and get in touch with you over the best action to take to secure your information. Although we use industry standard security measures to protect your data, this does not invariably mean that your data may not be breached either through a direct cause from you or from any other possible means, hence, we do not rule out the possibility of your data been breached. If you feel your data has been compromised in one way or another, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to look into such data breaches and plug all security holes to protect you, and if such cause happens from our end, then we inform you over our next line of action to protect you further from future breaches.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive data from some third parties over our users’ behaviour as it relates to their browsing history and experience. This helps us to know you better and tailor our contents for you just the way you like it.

Please note that some data we receive from third parties about you may be used for advertising/promotional purposes, but we will never harm you over any data we receive from or about you.

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

Since we run ads here on Afrilens News, then we may make automated decisions about your data. Such automated decisions may be for analytics purposes or for some other purposes relating to identifying our users the best and legit way we can.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

If you feel obliged to let us disclose any of your information to any third party or govt. related agency, then you can write to us: [email protected] and make your intentions known to us.