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Privacy Policy

Since your privacy is very important to us, we have developed this policy and we are fully committed to conduct our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained. Personal Information may include your name, mailing address, email address, home country, Postal/Zip code phone & fax numbers, gender, age, and or any other information you choose to provide.

By publishing an ad on our Website, you acknowledge and agree that that your content is public and accessible by any third party and that it may appear in search engine results. You agree and acknowledge that BUSYPOND and its Proprietaries, Directors and subsidiaries shall not be liable for the information published in such search results.

You agree that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password, and all uses of your account, whether or not you have authorized such use.

We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required in order to comply with our legal obligations, including but not limited to complying with court orders, warrants, subpoenas, service of process requirements, or discovery requests.

We reserve the right to change these Terms from time to time, and at our sole discretion.

We will never divulge information which does not constitute a part of the actual advert.

Except where you are expressly informed otherwise, we do not sell, rent, share, trade or give away any of your personal information, unless required by law or for the protection of your membership. However we may share profile information and aggregate usage information in a non-personally identifiable manner with advertisers and other third parties in order to present to members and other users of our services more targeted advertising, products and services. In such situations we will never disclose information that would personally identify you.

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, we will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary: (1) to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other legal process received by us, whether or not a response is required by applicable law; (2) to enforce our Terms of Use Agreement or to otherwise protect our legal rights; or (3) to protect the security or safety of members of the public and Users. We reserve the right to transfer personal information to a successor in interest that acquires rights to that information as a result of (a) the sale of BUSYPOND platform or (b) a sale of substantially all of the assets of BUSYPOND and its affiliated sites or (c) any member of any Busypond Media (Pty) Ltd.  companies if applicable.

The following outlines our privacy policy, which is subject to the terms and conditions of the User Agreement, including but not limited to any provisions related to indemnification, limitations on damages, and choice of law:

We will identify the purposes for which Personal Information is being collected as required by law.

We will collect and use any Personal Information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us, if applicable.

We will only retain Personal Information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.

We will collect Personal Information by lawful and fair means:

We may use small text files transferred by a web server to your hard drive and thereafter stored on your computer ("Cookies") to manage users’ sessions and to store preferences, tracking information, and language selection. The types of information a cookie collects include the date and time you visited, your browsing history, your preferences, and your username.  These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website, which helps us to provide you with a better experience and also allows us to improve our site.

The cookies we use are 'analytical' and 'session' cookies. Analytical cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to BUSYPOND websites and to see how people move around the site when they’re using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are for statistical purposes only.

Some cookies, such as those created via a third-party websites only apply to users who choose to log in to their BUSYPOND classified Ads accounts through, e.g.: Google account, Facebook account, Yahoo etc.  BUSYPOND, its proprietaries, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, Agents has no access to the data stored by a third party’s website cookies. By using the site you are agreeing to the use of cookies as described. You have the ability to either accept or decline the use of cookies on your computer. However, declining the use of cookies may limit your access to certain features of the Website.


Google Analytics:

The Google Analytics cookie allows us to see information on user website activity including, but not limited to page views, referral and average time spent on the website. The information is de-personalised and is displayed as numbers, meaning it will not be tracked back to individuals, which helps to protect your privacy. Using Google Analytics we can see what content is popular on our website, and strive to ensure you have the best user experience possible.

Google AdWords:

Using Google AdWords code, we are able to see which pages helped lead to registering and, where applicable, upgrading. This allows us to make better use of our Search engine optimization (SEO) and keep proper accountability of our network marketing, referrals and affiliate activities. We also use Google Analytics remarketing codes to log when users view specific pages or take specific actions on the website. This allows us to provide targeted advertising in the future.

We will protect Personal Information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. However, as with most electronic transactions, no method is 100% safe and as a result we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Therefore we assume no liability regarding the theft, loss, alteration or misuse of any Personal Information or other information or Content, including without limitation such information that has been provided to third parties.


We do not directly process any payments and do not store your credit card information. Secured socket layer (“SSL”) technology is used for processing payment transactions with third party service provider partners. We use third party service providers which may in some instances store your information for the purpose of processing payments for any premium advertisements, e.g. “Featured Ads” etc. These are done via a secure server provided by one of our renowned payment processing partners, such as Payfast, etc. No actual credit card information is processed, nor stored on our servers.

These third party service providers and Third Party Sites may have their own privacy policies governing the storage and retention of your Personal Information that you may be subject to and we recommend you to review their Site’s privacy policy. We are not responsible for the content or the security of your Personal Information when using the third party services providers or when using the Third Party Websites.




We will only send you emails pertaining to your activities on the site. Including, but not limited to: confirmation of registration; notice of advert expiry; emails relating to services purchased from us; messages sent on behalf of other users in response to your advert(s); warnings of messages from malevolent users; advert upgrade offers and reminders of key related services on offer. The vast majority of these emails will cease when you remove any adverts and/or stop using the site. You can request for your account to be completely de-activated at any time by contacting us.

Optionally we may also send you email alerts of adverts suited to your requirements. Both "instant alerts" and "daily summaries" are available to you. You can opt in and out of these at any time by following instructions within the email or by going into "My Account" then "Change my details" on the website.

Optionally we may occasionally send you newsletters/bulleting about our websites and services if you give us your prior consent. These could contain: related topics in the news; important information about changes to the laws effecting, humorous stories; products or services from associated sites that may be of interest to you. You can opt out of this service at any time.

Privacy policy changes:

If we change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our web site so members and other users of the SpareRoom.co.uk are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If we are going to use members' or other Users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify those members and users via e-mail or by placing a prominent notice on our website.

Advertisers can remove and update their advertisements whenever they wish.

External links & Third party websites:

Please be aware that other websites and other internet users may collect any personal information such as your e-mail address that is published on the websites of Busypond. This is due to the natural interconnectedness of the internet. Our data protection policies only apply to Busypond and do not cover external websites nor cover the external activities of the users and the consequences arising thereafter. Busypond offers users the possibility to interact with Busypond users and post ads under a cipher as an added security measure. This considerably hinders third parties from collecting users' personal data. Busypond also uses Javascript to encode your email address (that was submitted as a contact email) to prevent the scanning of users' email addresses through external software. However, email addresses that are published openly in the ad itself are not covered by this security feature.

Right of information & withdrawal:

Personal information provided to Busypond may be requested for deletion at any time provided that the information is not needed for a running transaction or is not lawfully required for safekeeping. If you have given the permission for the transmission of personal information to a third party, you may at any time cancel or withdraw this permission. Information regarding all personal information saved on Busypond can be provided on request and free of cost. You have the possibility of requesting eventual corrections to erroneous and non-current data at any point.

Kindly direct any questions or queries regarding data privacy and protection to: privacy@busypond.co.za