21 JUNE 2021 | VERSION 1.0
This Policy applies to your use of our website, mobile application, and social media (“digital properties”, “channels”) and forms part of our website & application terms and conditions. By visiting or using any of our digital properties, you agree to the terms of this Policy as updated from time to time. We will let you know of any material changes to the Policy.
This Policy applies to all data subjects (persons, whether a natural or juristic person, to whom PI relates) (“you”, “your”), whose PI we collect, regardless of the country where you live or work.
This policy applies to all PI, whether it was provided to us through our website or through any other form of communications with you such as email, telephone, or otherwise (“Channels”), or by third parties or tools that collect PI.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
PI means information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person, and where it is applicable, an identifiable, existing juristic person, including: information relating to race, gender, marital status, ethnic or social origin, age, disability (mostly as required by labour and credit laws); an identifiable number, e-mail address, physical address, telephone number, identification number, location information, online identifier; education history; biometric information; personal preferences, views or opinions; correspondence of a private or confidential nature; and a name if it appears with other PI relating to you or if disclosing your name itself will reveal information about you.
The PI we collect about you is dependent on (i) the transaction you are completing, (ii) the reason you are communicating with us and (iii) the Channel used to communicate with us. PI may include your: name, contact information including e-mail address, postal address, physical address, primary and secondary telephone numbers, date of birth; employment history, criminal history, ethnic origin, language, gender, age, financial information (as required by law, relating to financial services), biometric information (in order for us to identify you when you contact us or for access into our properties), billing information, education history (if applying for a student housing lease or employment), additional information which we are required or permitted by applicable legislation to collect and process, as well as information you elect to share publicly, including on social media and customer forums.
Personal information is used as is appropriate in the normal course of business to provide the services you have requested. We may retain any information for purposes of ongoing business relationships or to communicate directly with you.
Upon request we will furnish you with details of the personal information we hold about you. You may submit your request using POPIA - FORM 1 and email the completed form to [email protected]. Should you believe that any information we hold about you is incorrect, please inform us by completing POPIA - FORM 3 and email the completed form to [email protected] and we will correct it.
WHEN DO WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We collect your PI when you:
- voluntarily provide us with information when you interact with us, for example when you send us online enquiries, or you subscribe to or consent to receiving newsletters or other communications from us;
- browse, visit or participate in our various Channels;
- apply for a lease through our various Channels;
- enquire about a service from us;
- agree to the terms and conditions of credit checks and services that contain provisions dealing with the use or disclosure of your personal information;
- enter our promotional competitions;
- make general enquiries, lodge complaints, and communicate with us;
From time to time we collect your PI from trusted third parties, in which case we shall ensure that you have provided your consent for your PI to be disclosed to us.
We collect your banking details (bank name, bank branch, account type, account number) for billing purposes and credit checks. We do no collect or retain your bank card numbers. You are advised to never respond to emails that seem to be from us requesting bank card details as this request is most likely fraudulent and should be reported to us immediately.
To prevent your information from being used by Google Analytics you can install an opt-out browser add-on (visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout for details). Most web browsers can be adjusted to inform you when a cookie has been sent to you and provide you with the opportunity to refuse that cookie. Refusing a cookie may, in some cases, preclude you from using, or negatively impact, the display or function of our websites or certain areas or features of our websites.
HOW DO WE USE AND PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We use your PI to:
- process leasing applications that have been submitted online;
- to give effect to a legal agreement/contract with you;
- communicate with you regarding new properties, services, offers and events that we think may be of interest to you;
- analyse, develop, continually improve and enhance the use, functionality and performance of our websites and services to manage the security of our sites, networks and systems;
- comply with applicable laws, including our obligations to make disclosures to authorities, regulators and government bodies;
- engage in our legitimate business and related interests, including but not limited to detecting and preventing fraud and conducting our business as a property company.
We will not use your PI other than for the purpose for which it was provided or collected, and in accordance with our legitimate interests and legal obligations.
Your PI will be processed mainly in South Africa where our offices are located, however certain PI may be transferred to countries outside of South Africa, for example where we make use of cloud-based software services, in which case we shall ensure that the necessary security measures are in place relating to the processing and storage of your PI, where the data protection legislation in that particular country is less favourable than that in South Africa.
WHEN WILL WE DISCLOSE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We may provide access to or share some of your PI, when necessary and for the reasons that it was provided or collected, to our associates, suppliers, service providers, auditors, consultants and agents if they are required to process it for us and/or to provide services for or to us, including leasing agents and property brokers, credit analysis service providers, e-mail service providers, analytics companies, distribution and courier companies, information hosting, communication providers, development and administration, information technology and related infrastructure services, technical support and other support services relating our legitimate business interests and our contractual obligations to you.
We may share PI with third parties in the event of a re-organisation, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer, or other type of sale of all or any portion of our business, assets, or stock.
We are required or may be permitted to provide access to or share your PI in terms of law, court order or other lawful reasons, where we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to government requests, including public and government authorities.
When we share or provide access to your PI with third parties, they are contractually restricted from using or disclosing your PI except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements.
JUSTIFICATION FOR PROCESSING PERSONAL INFORMATION IF YOU ARE IN THE EU
To communicate with you and to attend to your requests, processing of your PI is required and we have a legitimate business interest in processing your PI:
- to process transactions with customers, suppliers, and applicants;
- to action applications;
- to perform a contract with you;
- to process PI in relation to marketing and promotional activities based on your consent when your PI was collected;
- pursuant to our legitimate business interest to market and promote our products and services;
- to analyse, develop, improve and optimize our Channels, products and services, and to maintain the security of our sites, networks and systems;
- to comply with applicable laws, or
- to process your opt-out instruction.
STORAGE AND RETENTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We will keep your PI for different periods of time depending on the use or purpose your PI was provided or collected, as well as your preferences regarding marketing, recruitment, and other correspondence.
Unless there is a specific law requiring us to keep your PI, we will not keep it for longer than necessary. For details of records that we retain for legal purposes, please email us: [email protected].
We will safely delete/de-identify or destroy PI which we are no longer required or not permitted to retain, or for which we do not have your consent.
SECURING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We will secure the integrity and confidentiality of your PI that is in our possession and under our control by taking the appropriate reasonable technical and organisational measures to prevent loss, damage, unauthorised destruction, unlawful access, or unlawful processing of your PI. In doing so we will have due regard to generally accepted applicable or industry information security practices and procedures. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your PI, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
The age requirement for engaging with our Channels is 18 years of age. To the extend required by applicable law, users under the age of 18 years of age must obtain parental or guardian consent. We will afford the same level of protection to all PI processed, regardless of the age of the person the PI pertains to.
You have the following options available to you in respect of your PI that we process:
- you may inquire from us at no cost whether we hold your PI, as long as you provide us with adequate proof of your identity;
- where necessary, request the correction, destruction or deletion of your PI;
- object to, restrict or limit the processing of your PI,
- object to using your PI for purposes of direct marketing,
- request to not have your PI used to be sent unsolicited emails.
You can exercise any of your rights listed above by sending an email to [email protected]. If you want to change your email preferences, you can do so by responding to the most recent email that you received from us. Where we have reasonable doubt as to the identity of the person making an enquiry, we may request additional information in order to confirm the identity of the person, such as an identity document, including a Driver's Licence or Passport.
Please note that the above rights are not absolute, and we may be entitled to refuse requests where exceptions apply. Should we determine that you are not entitled to exercise a specific right, we will provide you with the reason(s) why.
Should we have reasonable grounds to believe that your PI has been accessed or acquired by any unauthorised person, we shall, as soon as is reasonably possible and lawfully required, notify the applicable regulator/s, as well as yourself, unless we are unable to establish the identity of the PI that has been unlawfully accessed.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION OR LODGING A COMPLAINT
If you live or work in the EU, and if you believe there has been an infringement of your data protection rights, you are entitled to submit a complaint to a data protection authority in the EU Member State where you live or work, where you suspect that there has been an infringement of applicable data protection laws. The contact details of each EU Data Protection Authority can be found at the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/article-29/structure/data-protection-authorities/index_en.htm