Privacy policy

Last updated: 3 February 2019

Our Data Protection Officer is Charles Okoli.

1. General statement about who we are and the data we collect.

This Privacy Policy covers how the TheColumn Nigeria company, and the data controller (“TheColumn Nigeria ”, “we”, “our”), handles information it collects and receives from its website located at www.thecolumnng.com, any mobile or localized version of the website, and any other TheColumn Nigeria  owned sites (collectively, the “Site”) or services that link to this Privacy Policy. It also covers the use of information we may collect through content we make available on third-party sites or platforms.

The main reason we process your data is to preserve our justifiable interests while taking your interests into account (e.g. when we send you updates about the appearance of new posts).

By using or accessing our Sites, you are accepting this Privacy Policy, our Terms of Use, and all other policies or notices posted by us on this Site, and you consent to our collection and use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through our Site and services and not to information, you may provide to any third party sites to which TheColumn Nigeria may link, unless otherwise expressly stated herein.

We assume the role of controller in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In other words, we are the legal entity that shall determine the purposes and means of the processing the data that we collect or receive. Our Data Protection Officer is the person responsible for overseeing our compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). If you want to contact this individual, you can email contact@thecolumnng.com.

2. Information you provide to us

This refers to data we obtain from you directly and information you publish and send on TheColumn Nigeria Website such as:

2.1 Fill in forms/Login details (e.g username, email address and password):When you register to be able to use TheColumn Nigeria website we have to record and process certain personal data as your login data. You can unsubscribe to our notifications at any time. These login details are not visible to third parties. If you delete the e-mail address(es), it/they will be removed from the respective application. We will erase the e-mail address(es) in full when you delete your user account. We will not ever pass this information on to third parties under any circumstances. We delete this data when you delete your user account. The legal basis for this processing of personal data is Article 6 (1) b) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

2.2 Complete a survey or provide us with feedback/ Report a problem: If you provide us with feedback of your own volition or when taking part in one of our surveys, we will process your data in order to conduct the survey, or to evaluate and, where applicable, implement your feedback. In some cases, we may ask for separate consent from you to process your data provided as part of a survey. We save this data until your user account is deleted, unless you have provided consent to it being processed beyond this point. The legal basis for this processing of personal data is Article 6 (1) a) (separate consent) and b) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Subscribe to a service or certain offerings (i.e. newsletter, updates, etc.)

Communicate with us by phone, email, or otherwise

User generated content (i.e. likes, comments, community forums, etc.): the content and reactions you share in the social network are visible to all users in the social network.  Additionally, this information can be accessed outside of the social network for non-users and can be found in online search engines. If you delete the content you shared and the reactions, they will be removed from the social network. The legal basis for this processing of personal data is Article 6 (1) b) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

3. Information we automatically obtain through your use of TheColumn Nigeria

We do not collect data about you automatically by any means while you visit or make use of the TheColumn Nigeria Websites service except for the use of third-party analytic providers and technologies, including cookies and similar tools, to assist in collecting this information.

4.  Cookies and Other Electronic Technologies

 Note that some of our advertisers may serve you cookies as well. We do not have control over cookies placed by our advertisers. Advertisers/vendors may collect information identified above and are subject to their own privacy policies, not ours. We disclaim any and all liability in connection with such advertisers/vendors and their collection and use of information.

If you don’t want any cookies, you have the ability to opt out. If you set your browser to refuse cookies, some portions of our Services may not function properly. You do not have any obligation, legally or otherwise, to provide us with your information. However, if you do not provide us with your information, we may not be able to provide you with the Services you have requested or you may be limited in your use of our Services. 5. Who may receive information about you?

4.1 Privacy Information on Jetpack

Jetpack is a third party service provider of ours. Jetpack Ads is a one-click feature designed to help generate income from WordPress site. It is activated in our site. The following privacy information relate to our visitors (as made available by Jetpack @ www.jetpack.com):

Data use

We collect and send the following information (made available from the visitor’s browser) to our Demand Partners: IP address, geographical data (derived from the IP address), user agent, operating system, device type, unique user ID (randomly generated identifier), current URL, and IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) interest category.

Data Retention: Log data (IP address, geographical data, user agent, operating system, device type) is stored for 30 days. The unique user ID is stored in cookies and is retained for 1 year.

Activity Tracked

We track ad impressions, video-related events (i.e. pause, mute, 100% plays, etc.) or errors, and ad click events.

Various cookies are used for the following purposes: delivering targeted advertisements to specific visitors, storing user identifiers, and collecting anonymous ad platform stats.

Data Synced

None.

5. Information Collected from Social Media

When you “like” or “follow” us on Facebook or Twitter or other social media sites, we may collect some information from you including your name, e-mail address, and any comments or content you post relevant to us. We may also collect your information if you sign up for one of our promotions or submit information to use through social media sites.

6. How Your Information Is Used

We may use information about you to do the following, including without limitation:

  • Track and analyze trends and usage in connection with your Services
  • Protect our rights or property
  • Verify your identity
  • Investigate and prevent fraud or other illegal activities
  • For the purposes for which you provided it
  • To send you information
  • To notify you about new features, changes or offerings
  • For internal research and reporting
  • To analyze and improve content and features of our Services
  • To measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising that we serve to you and others
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features
  • To administer and troubleshoot our Services
  • To protect the integrity and security of our Services

7. Disclosure of Your Information

We may disclose your information to third parties under the following circumstances:

  • Your consent
  • Our service providers who perform services on our behalf or for other legitimate business purpose
  • Business partners with whom we have a business relationship with who may provide promotions, discounts or other offerings to you.
  • To protect our rights, comply with laws, regulations or we believe in good faith that access to information is necessary to protect us or others.
  • Business mergers or acquisitions
  • Public forums such as blogs and community forums where your information may be read, collected and used by others.

8. What “Your Rights” Are

You can reset your Cookies. You can remove or reject cookies via your browser settings. In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually within “settings”, “help”, “tools” facility). If you clear your cookies, it will delete Tech-Drive-Archive Cookie and therefore the Cookie ID will no longer identify a cookie on your device. This means the next time you visit the Site (unless you actively identify yourself by logging in), we will not recognize your or your device. We will treat you as a new user and will set the Tech-Drive-Archive Cookie again.

You may delete browser information. May Internet browsers allow you to disable HTML5 local storage or delete information contained in HTML5 local storage using browser controls.

If you would like to correct or erase your personal data we have collected please send us a request by email at contact@thecolumnng.com. When we receive such a request, we will seek to comply as soon as reasonably practicable (but in no event more than 30 days).

9. Information Security

We understand that no data transmission over the Internet is entirely secure and no system of physical or electronic security is impenetrable. Therefore, we are unable to guarantee the security of the information you send or the security of our servers and databases. By using our Services you agree to assume all risk in connection with the information sent to us or collected by us when you use our Services. In the unlikely event that we believe the security of your information may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you.

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Ethics Policy

TheColumn Nigeria works with a wide range of contributors who are independent contractors contracted for the purpose of creating and publishing content on Thecolumnng.com sites (the “Site”). Contributors are rewarded in part based on the amount of content that they create and/or the page views of the Site containing the content they create. TheColumn Nigeria contractually requires that its contributors maintain high ethical standards and all legal requirements of professional conduct. The contributors, and not TheColumn Nigeria, are responsible for their own compliance with relevant standards. These contributors and other writers provide advice and information that they intend to be not only practical but trustworthy. These contributors and other writers write and are responsible for their content, and this content is made available on TheColumn Nigeria “AS IS”. Your use of the Site is subject to the Terms of Use (including any disclaimers).

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