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Bioeconomy SA Portal
Bioeconomy SA Portal

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The Bioeconomy SA portal subscribes to and complies with the voluntary privacy principles contained in the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (Act No. 25 of 2002).


1. Status, application and amendment

1.1 This Privacy Policy is part of the terms and conditions of use of this portal. 

1.2 The Privacy Policy applies to the Bioeconomy SA portal and any legal entity that controls, verifies or makes use of information that may be collected via this portal.


2. Collection of personal data

2.1 Where a user's personal information (their name, telephone number and email address) is submitted to the portal by the user, for example through sending an email, subscribing to a service or filling in required fields in a form, the following principles are observed in the handling of that information:

(a) This portal 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.

(b) This portal will not use the personal information submitted for any purpose other than the efficient provision of services, including this portal and services offered through it by third parties, without obtaining the prior written consent of the user or unless required to do so by law.

(c) This portal 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 captured.

(d) This portal 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 is required or permitted to do so by law.

(e) If information is released with the user's consent this portal 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.

(f) This portal 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 portal may use personal information collected to compile profiles for statistical purposes. It will not be possible to link any information in the profiles or statistics to any specific user.


3. Collection of anonymous data

3.1 In order to provide the best possible and most relevant service, this portal 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 portal to collect statistics.

3.2 This portal uses 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 portal.  Session cookies are deleted once the user closes his or her browser.

3.3 Cookies from this portal allow the portal owner to tailor services to the user's displayed preferences.

3.4 Cookies by themselves cannot be used to personally identify users but will be used to compile anonymised statistics relating to use of services offered or to provide the portal owner with feedback on the performance of this portal.

3.5 If a user does not wish cookies to be employed to customise his or her interaction with this portal it is possible to alter the manner in which their browser handles cookies. Please note that, if this is done, certain services on the portal may not be available.


4. Access to personal data

4.1 If personal information has been submitted to this portal, users who wish to review their personal information may do so by requesting such a review through Users will then be able to access their user profile, correct and update their details, or unsubscribe at any time.

4.2 Users who have any problem accessing their profiles or would like to request a copy of their personal information may do so through In all cases the DSI will treat requests to access information in accordance with applicable legal requirements.


5. Links to other websites

The DSI has no control over and accepts no responsibility for the privacy practices of any third party sites to which links may have been provided and it is strongly recommended that users review the privacy policy of any site they visit before using it further.


6. No agreement

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


7. Queries

User queries about this Privacy Policy can be directed to the Department of Science and Innovation, Republic of South Africa, through


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