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South African Legal Advice has elected to disclose its information practices as a sign of its commitment to privacy.

For queries and concerns pertaining to the Site, click HERE to contact us.

Because your privacy is important to us, South African Legal Advice operates by the following principles.

Capitalized terms not defined in this Agreement will have the meanings set forth in the Terms of Service.

Principle 1: Information We Collect

You may browse the South African Legal Advice site without providing any personal information that may be used to identify you personally ("Personally Identifiable Information" or "PII"). If you choose to provide us with your PII, you are agreeing to the processing and storage of your information in the Republic of South Africa which may have data protection laws that differ from laws in your country.

South African Legal Advice explicitly asks when it needs PII. To help facilitate the question and response process, and the payment of Lawyers;, South African Legal Advice requires basic data such as email address. To obtain payments from customers, South African Legal Advice asks for either credit card information or PayPal™ email address, at the customer's election. Lawyer applicants and/or referral participants may be asked for additional information, such as full names, addresses, telephone numbers, and professional license and certification information. Other PII may be requested in certain circumstances or collected on a voluntary basis such as on users' profile or signature pages. If you are a referral participant and elect to receive payments via check, we will receive all information necessary to distribute a check to you, such as your name and mailing address.

As explained in the South African Legal Advice Terms of Service, information provided by you in the content of your questions, answers, and other posts on the Site, in Lawyer profiles describing your experiences and qualifications, and in signatures attached to postings on the Site ("Posts") is not private or confidential. This is an Internet-based forum (akin to a modern version of a radio call-in program) and information submitted in Posts may be read, collected, and used by others, and South African Legal Advice is not responsible for it.  For example, search engines may index your questions, answers, and other Posts to allow them to appear in search engine results (e.g. if someone does a search on, your questions, answers, and other Posts on that relate to the search may appear in the search results list). Protect your anonymity by not including your real name or any personally identifying information in your questions, answers, and other Posts on the Site.

In some cases, South African Legal Advice supplements portions of the PII you provide with other data received from third parties, or data sent to us from your web browser including (depending on its settings) your IP address, browser type, internet service provider, referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and click stream data ("Usage Statistics").

To enhance and individualize your experience with South African Legal Advice, we use a web browser feature called a "cookie." Cookies are small files that your browser places on your computer's hard drive. We use cookies to let us know that you are a prior user and, if you wish, retrieve your username and password so you do not need to enter them again. Cookies are not used to store other personal information. South African Legal Advice also uses cookies to maintain state. That is, each time you logon, our system issues your browser a unique, randomly generated number by which it can identify itself. In that way, your data gets sent to you and not someone else. You must activate cookies to logon to South African Legal Advice.

South African Legal Advice also uses web beacons that collect non-PII to track site usage.

South African Legal Advice is intended for adult use only. In addition, it does not knowingly solicit or collect PII from persons under 13 years old. We may delete from the site PII, as well as Posts and other information, from users we believe are under the age of 18.

Principle 2: Use of Your Information

South African Legal Advice may use, share, transfer, or disclose your PII and/or Usage Statistics, itself or in conjunction with third parties, for payment processing, fraud prevention, customer service, demographic studies, to tailor South African Legal Advice's content and services to its users' needs, and to serve advertisements.

To display advertisements that may interest you, South African Legal Advice uses third-party advertising companies who may use Usage Statistics (not your name, address, email address or telephone number). To learn more about this third-party advertising practice and your choice to opt-out of having information about you used by these companies, Click Here.

South African Legal Advice posts testimonials on the Site; we obtain permission prior to posting to include the user's name and state of residence, or their initials.

South African Legal Advice will not otherwise disclose your PII (unless you voluntarily provide it in your Posts), without your consent, unless acting under a good faith belief that such action:

  • conforms to legal requirements or complies with legal process, such as in complying with a formal request in a court order, subpoena or judicial proceeding;
  • serves to protect or defend the rights, property, or safety of South African Legal Advice , its users, or others; or
  • enforces the South African Legal Advice Terms of Service or related Agreements.

South African Legal Advice currently has no parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under common control. If it does in the future, or if it merges with or sells its assets or its company to another, then it may share your PII with such companies, in which event it will require that such companies follow this Policy with respect to your PII, unless you are provided with prior written notice.

Principle 3: Correspondence Sent to You

South African Legal Advice will not send you any unsolicited information, including e-mail, except:

(i) Users will receive South African Legal Advice registration emails when they register, Lawyer applicants will receive South African Legal Advice communications relating to their applications, Lawyers may receive daily digests of questions asked in the categories in which they are admitted, and all users will receive updates and notices about questions they are asking or answering, other Posts, their accounts, and new features and policies; these communications are considered part and parcel of your service and, except for the daily digests, you cannot opt out of them;

(ii) Periodically, South African Legal Advice may contact you about new services, special offers, promotions and third-party / affiliate offers, and will include_once in any such emails an opt-out link by which you can opt out of receiving such emails; and

(iii) Our customer service and business development departments may contact users and referral participants in order to ensure your satisfaction with South African Legal Advice and/or to ask how we can improve.

Principle 4: Updating and Deleting PII

If at any time you would like to update your PII, please log into your account and access your Edit Profile page. If at any time you would like your PII to be removed from our database or believe that South African Legal Advice has not adhered to these privacy principles, please notify us by email by clicking HERE. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete your information and/or promptly detect and remedy any problems.

Principle 5: Links to Third-Party Sites

To the extent that links to other Web sites are contained in Posts on the South African Legal Advice site, please note that they are not operated or controlled by South African Legal Advice and South African Legal Advice is not responsible for the privacy practices, security, or content of these third-party sites.

Principle 6: Security

South African Legal Advice uses multiple security procedures and practices to protect from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification and disclosure the PII requested from users.

All PII is password protected.

South African Legal Advice uses 128-bit secure socket layer (SSL) technology and digital certificates to encrypt and authenticate transactions (credit card and other payments). SSL creates a secured connection between our web servers and your browser, which protects against unauthorized access to transmitted data and supports data being sent only to intended recipients.

Our database logs important changes so that unauthorized transactions can be quickly reversed.

Our main servers are locked and hosted by a leading provider of Internet access to enterprises with mission-critical Internet application requirements. Access to the host environment is highly secure. Biometric scanning, 24/7 onsite staff monitoring, and other safeguards are utilized. In addition, back-up servers that are stripped of email addresses, passwords, and credit card information are located in an office that is locked outside of normal business hours.

Despite these security procedures and practices, as is the case with all computer networks connected to the Internet, South African Legal Advice cannot guarantee the security of your PII or any other information provided over the Internet and will not be responsible for breaches of security.

Principle 7: Updates to This Policy

By visiting, you are accepting this policy as it may be amended from time to time. Please check the date of this Policy each time you visit to ensure that you are aware of the most current version. If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy, please do not use this site.

South African Legal Advice reserves the right to update this policy at any time without prior notice. Material updates will take effect 30 days after initial posting on this site.

Contact Us

If you have questions or suggestions regarding this Privacy Policy, you may email us by clicking HERE.