Privacy Policy

 1.  What is this Privacy Policy for?

This privacy policy is for this website [bythewordsofhertestimony.com] and served by By the words of Her Testimony, an autonomous organization, registered in Zambia, and hosted by [wix.com], and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it. The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website, and website owners. Furthermore, the way this website processes, stores, and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

 2.  How we use your data

We retain, on secure databases, the contact information which you provide on this website. Any other information, including sensitive information, will be held on secure servers within a secure network. Access to data is limited to users that you are relevant to. We also check the membership status of those who sign up with BTWoHT.

 3.  Right of Access/Right to be Forgotten

If you wish to view the information we hold for you, please email us at bythewordsofhertestimony@gmail.com with your full contact details, including email address(es). You may also ask for us to delete all information we hold for you.

 4.  The Website

This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies with all Republic of Zambia national laws and requirements for user privacy.

 5.  Use of Cookies

This website uses cookies to better the users' experience while visiting the website. Where applicable this website uses a cookie control system allowing the user on their first visit to the website to allow or disallow the use of cookies on their computer/device. This complies with recent legislation requirements for websites to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user's computer/device. Cookies are small files saved to the user's computer hard drive that track, save and store information about the user's interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website. Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website onto their computer's hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browser's security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computer's hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google's privacy policy here for further information [ http://www.google.com/privacy.html ].

Other cookies may be stored on your computer's hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links, or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved, or collected.

 6.  Contact & Communication

Users contacting this website and/or its owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process but advise users using such form to email processes that they do so at their own risk. This website and its owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products/services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted. This includes using your details to subscribe you to any email newsletter program the website operates but only if this was made clear to you and your express permission was granted when submitting any form to the email process. This is by no means an entire list of your user rights in regard to receiving email marketing material. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.

 7.  External Links

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (External links are clickable text/banner/image links to other websites.) The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

 8.  Adverts and Sponsored Links

This website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, who may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.

Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers' website through a referral program that may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may, in turn, be saved on your computer's hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

 9.  Social Media Platforms

Communication, engagement, and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate in are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively. Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate/engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website may use social sharing buttons that help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

 10.  Shortened Links in Social Media

This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default, some social media platforms shorten lengthy URLs [web addresses] (this is an example: http://bit.ly/12345). Users are advised to take caution and good judgment before clicking any shortened URLs published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine URLs are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

 11.  Resources & Further Information

 12.  What is the GDPR?

 

The General Data Protection Regulations apply from the 25th May 2018. It applies to both data controllers and processors.

  • A controller controls how and why personal data is processed.

  • A processor acts on the controller's behalf.

By the words of Her Testimony, the organization is the controller, processor, and authorized user of this database.

 

What data do we hold?

The BTWoHT stores:

  • Contact Details

  • Group Membership, which can include:

    • Membership of the BTWoHT forum.

    • Forums that you have registered for (not necessarily attended)

    • Stories published on the website.

    • Posts or comments on the website.

What the BTWoHT does NOT store:

  • No credit card information

  • No personal information such as religion, race, sexual orientation, etc.

Who can access your data?

Access to the BTWoHT Extranet is determined by need and authenticated users are only shown data that is relevant to their role.

Data Retention

BTWoHT retains personal data for no longer than is necessary, we will not remove your data unless you cancel your membership, and or have asked for your data to be removed.
 

Right to be Forgotten/Erasure

We will adhere to any requests where you want your personal details deleted from our database. According to the GDPR, you have a right to have personal data erased and to prevent processing in specific circumstances:

  • Where the personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected/processed.

  • When the individual withdraws consent.

  • When the individual objects to the processing and there is no overriding legitimate interest for continuing the processing.

  • The personal data was unlawfully processed (ie otherwise in breach of the GDPR).

  • Personal data has to be erased in order to comply with a legal obligation.

Transference of data internationally

BTWoHT uses Google Analytics, Wix.com, and Gmail, all of whom are certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield where required​