1. Status, Application, and Amendment

1.1. This Privacy Policy forms part of the Terms and Conditions of Use of this website and is incorporated in such Terms and Conditions of Use.
1.2. The privacy statement applies to the Department of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa and any legal entity, which controls, verifies or makes use of information that may be collected via this portal/website.

2. Collection of Personal Data

2.1. Where personal information (such as your name, telephone number and e-mail address) is submitted to the portal/website by the user, for example through sending an e-mail, subscribing to a service or filling in required fields, the following principles are observed in the handling of that information:
2.1.1. This portal/website collects, processes and stores only such personal information regarding users as is necessary to provide the services offered. The specific purpose for which information is collected is apparent from the context in which it is requested.
2.1.2. This portal/website will not use the personal information submitted for any other purpose other than the efficient provision of services, including this portal/website and services offered through it by third parties, without obtaining the prior written approval of the user or unless required to do so by law.
2.1.3. This portal/website will keep records of all personal information collected and the specific purpose for which it was collected for a period of at least one year from the date on which it was last used.
2.1.4. This portal/website will not disclose any personal information regarding a user to any third party unless the prior written agreement of the user is obtained or the portal/website is required or permitted to do so by law.
2.1.5. If any information is released with the user’s consent this portal/website will retain a record of the information released, the third party to which it was released, the reason for the release and the date of release, for a period of one year.
2.1.6. This portal/website will destroy or delete any personal information under its control that has become obsolete.
2.2. Note that, as permitted by the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act this website may use personal information collected to compile profiles for statistical purposes. No information contained in the profiles or statistics will be able to be linked to any specific user.

3. Collection of Anonymous Data

3.1. Data messages, including e-mail messages, sent by users to the portal/website owner: In order to provide the best possible and most relevant service, this portal/website may use standard technology such as cookies or web beacons to collect information about the use of this site. This technology is not able to identify individual users but simply allows this website to collect statistics.
3.2. This portal/website utilises session- or temporary cookies. A cookie is a small file that is placed on the user’s hard drive in order to keep a record of a user’s interaction with this website. Session cookies are deleted once the user closes his or her browser.
3.2.1. Cookies from this portal/website allow the website owner to tailor services to your displayed preferences.
3.2.2. Cookies by themselves cannot be used to personally identify users but will be used to compile anonymised statistics relating to the use of services offered or to provide feedback on the performance of this portal/website.
3.3. If a user does not wish cookies to be employed to customise his or her interaction with this portal/website, it is possible to alter the manner in which their browser handles cookies. Please note that, if this is done, certain services on this portal/website may not be available.

4. Access to Personal Data

4.1. If personal information has been submitted to this portal/website, users who wish to review their personal information may do so by requesting such a review through the feedback link. Users will then be able to access their user profile, correct and update their details, or unsubscribe at any time.
4.2. Users who experience any issues accessing their profiles, or who would like to request a copy of their personal information should contact the Webmaster using the feedback link. In all cases, the Department of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa will treat requests to access information in accordance with applicable legal requirements.

5. Links to other Websites

5.1. The Department of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa has no control over and accepts no responsibility for the privacy practices of any third party sites to which hyperlinks may have been provided and we strongly recommend that you review the privacy policy of any site you visit before using it further.

6. No Agreement

6.1. Nothing contained herein creates or is intended to create a contract or agreement between the Department of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa and any user visiting the portal/website.

7. Queries

7.1. User queries regarding this Privacy Policy can be directed to the Innovation Bridge Portal management through the contact facility.

Additional Information: How do we collect your personal information?

With regard to the personal information we collect, we make use of a number of technologies that collect personal information automatically:

Cookies:

Cookies are small files that are saved onto your computer which track, save and store information about how you use this portal/website. In some instances, these cookies are needed for the portal/website to function – you can disable them in your browser but this may interfere with the proper functioning of the portal/website.

Google Analytics:

This is tracking software from Google which is used to monitor how users interact with the website in order to improve its functionality and content.

Web server Software:

Web server software delivers web-pages to your browser. The web-server software will automatically collect your IP address whenever you connect to the portal/website.

YouTube:

This is software used to display videos. We do not collect personal information from you by placing these videos on our site or through you viewing them, but Google Inc. (which owns YouTube) collects personal information when videos are placed on webpages.

AddToAny:

This is software that is used to place social media buttons on the website which allows users to share content on the website through social media. We do not collect personal information by placing these buttons on our site, but the AddToAny Company does.

Social Media Platforms And External Links

This portal/website may make use of social media platforms such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Whenever users make use of any such platforms on this portal/website please note that any personal information users share on these platforms is subject to social media platforms' privacy policies and not the Innovation Bridge Portal's. This portal/website may also contain links to external websites. Whenever users click on a link and are taken to an external website, note that use of these websites is governed by their privacy policies and not that of the Innovation Bridge Portal.

Securing Your Information

We take care to protect your personal information using information security safeguards, however, you should be aware that no safeguards are 100% effective all of the time and it is, therefore, possible that your personal information may be accessed by unauthorised or unknown persons should these safeguards be defeated or fail.

Changes To This Notice

We may amend this privacy notice at any time. All amendments shall be posted on this portal/website. Unless we state otherwise, the current version will replace all previous versions of this notice. It is your responsibility to check for changes each time you visit the portal/website.