The Companies Intellectual Property Commission ("CIPC") is committed to
protecting the privacy of our customer's personal information. This Policy explains
how we gather and use the information that we collect from our Web site, located
at CIPCIPONLINE.gov.za. This policy may change over time. Amendments to this statement
will be posted at this URL and will be effective when posted. Your continued use
of this site following the posting of any amendment, modification or change shall
constitute your acceptance thereof.
As you navigate within our Web site, we will be collecting and tracking personal
information, either by asking you to tell us something about yourself (such as your
name, address or e-mail address) or by using data-tracking software which records
your IP address and tells us what parts of the Web Site you have browsed.
Use of Information
This information is used to enhance your site experience, or to apply special benefits.
Your personal information will not be sold to third parties for e-mail marketing
or telemarketing campaigns.
The information may be used by CIPC or designated site partners to send you information
that we think will be useful to you.
Due to the technology behind the CIPC site, your personal information may also
be shared with designated site partners in order to reduce the number of registrations
you need to make on the CIPC site. This is an effort to make use of the CIPCIPONLINE.gov.za
site more convenient for you.
You may opt-out of receiving future mailings from CIPC and other entities by following
the instructions set forth in the opt-out section below.
Personal information about you, whether obtained through collection or tracking,
may be used to contact you again either by online electronic communication (such
as e-mail), or by regular mail or telephone. We will also be collecting and tracking
information about activities in our Web site on an aggregate (i.e., group basis).
We will not know or keep track of precisely who you are as you use the site. The
data is used to track what areas of the site are most frequently used to help us
improve the site in the future. When we share such information with other companies,
it is not traceable to any particular user and will not be used to contact you again.
Non-personal demographic and profile data is used to tailor your experience at our
site, showing you content we think you might be interested in. This information
may also be shared with advertisers on an aggregate non-personal basis.
We may share your information (as described above) with our business partners to
provide you with products or services that you have requested or to provide you
with promotional offers that we believe will be of interest to you. Our business
partners include all of our affiliated companies as well as other selected businesses
with which we have a relationship and which have agreed to adhere to our strict
standards for providing quality products and services, responding to your needs,
and protecting customer information. We may also employ other companies and individuals
to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include fulfilling orders, delivering
packages, sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer
lists, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance (including direct and targeted
marketing), processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. They
have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not
use it for other purposes.
In certain circumstances, we may share your customer information with trusted service
providers that need access to your information to provide operational or other support
services. We also may provide information to regulatory authorities and law enforcement
officials in accordance with applicable law or when we otherwise believe in good
faith that the law requires it. In the event of a sale of all or part of one of
our businesses, we may share customer information related to that business as part
of the transaction.
Use of IP Address
We may use your IP Address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer
our Web site.
When you view our Web site we might store some information on your computer. This
information will be in the form of a "cookie" or similar file. Cookies are small
pieces of information stored on your hard drive, not on our site. Cookies do not
spy on you or otherwise invade your privacy, and they cannot invade your hard drive
and steal information. Rather, they help you navigate a Web site as easily as possible.
can deliver faster service, consistent, updated results and a more personalized
site experience. You have the option of setting your browser to reject cookies.
However, doing this will hinder performance and negatively impact your experience
on our site.
We do not specifically collect online contact information from children nor do we
target or sell products for purchase by children.
This Web site has industry standard security measures in place to protect the loss,
misuse and alteration of the information under our control. While there is no such
thing as "perfect security" on the Internet, we will take reasonable steps to insure
the safety of your personal information.
Other Web Sites' Links
This Web site contains links to other Web sites. CIPC is not responsible for the
privacy practices or the content of such Web sites. If you want to know the privacy
policies of the other Web sites, please refer to the organization sponsoring such
By visiting the CIPC Public Patent Search site, you expressly consent to the collection
and use by CIPC of personally identifiable information according to this Privacy
Choice / Opt Out
You may opt-out of receiving communications from CIPC or our site partners by sending
an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correct / Update
CIPC allows its users the ability to correct or update online information previously
provided by the users. Unfortunately, to the extent that such information is also
stored in other databases, we cannot always ensure that such corrections or deletions
will reach the other databases. We will use all reasonable efforts to ensure that
your information is removed from or corrected in our records.
or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us at
email@example.com. Please also send all your technical queries
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