Privacy Policy

  1. Introduction

GETWINE recognises the importance of protecting your (“the User”) personal information. Therefore, we have put together and follow a policy that respects and addresses that.


  1. Information collection

GETWINE is the sole owner of the information collected on GETWINE’s web site (“the Site”). We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. GETWINE collects information from the User at several different points on the Site.

Consent to collect information can be express (for example signing an agreement) or implied (e.g. if the User is given an opportunity to opt-out of a specific form of information sharing, but chooses not to do so, GETWINE implies that the User chooses to share this information with us).


  1. What information does GETWINE collect? At different times, GETWINE may collect four types of information about the User.

Firstly, we keep track of the User’s IP address. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. This information is aggregated to measure the number of visits, average time spent at the Site, pages viewed, etc. GETWINE uses this information to determine use of the Site, and to improve content thereon. GETWINE assumes no obligation to protect this information, and may copy, distribute or otherwise use such information without limitation.

Secondly, we log browser types, access times, URLs from which visitors came to the Site and URLs viewed by visitors while on the Site. Except as otherwise stated in this Privacy Statement, we do not provide this information to third parties, except in aggregate form.

Thirdly, at specific times we may ask the User to provide us with personal information in order for the User to register for a service. This information may include but is not limited to the User’s name and e-mail address. The User may always choose not to provide us with this information; however, this may limit our ability to provide the User with a specific service or offer the User personalized content.

Fourthly, we request information from the User on our SIGN IN section. Here the User must provide personal details (i.e. name, phone number and e-mail address), language information, educational information, employment information, skills information and preferences. This information is used for recruiting purposes. If we have trouble processing a request, the contact information is used to get in touch with the User. Should the User have questions about how to remove the User’s resume from the searchable database, please see our Choice/Opt-out section below.


  1. What other uses does GETWINE have with the data it collects?

Whenever GETWINE collects data, the data is intended to tailor or improve the experience of visitors to the Site. From the data collected we can customize content and advertising based on the User’s preferences. We analyze what our users prefer in order to improve GETWINE. Some broad statistical customer data is provided to our advertisers (e.g., percentage of males or females visiting the site), but specific personal information is not shared with our advertisers, except as otherwise stated in this Privacy Statement.

On occasion we will e-mail bulletins to provide the User with information that we think the User will find useful, including information about new products and services. We might also contact the User by e-mail to see if the User is interested in participating in market research regarding GETWINE. It is our policy to send these promotional e-mails only to users who give us permission to do so. In every such e-mail, we will also have instructions on how to unsubscribe and avoid receiving any future e-mails from us. Please see our Opt Out Policy section below. GETWINE also may contact the User by e-mail to respond to customer-service complaints the User have submitted, to address a problem affecting the User’s use of the service or to verify the User’s account information if the User submit a password request. If at any time the User feels the User have received e-mail from GETWINE that the User did not request, please send the User’s concerns, along with a copy of the e-mail, to


  1. What organization is collecting the information?

Some of our content partners, as well as advertisers who display ads on the Site, may use cookies or otherwise independently collect information from the User. We do not control their collection and use of information or their use of cookies or have access to the information contained in or related to those cookies.

If the User has questions regarding the Privacy Statement or data collection practices of one of our content partners, please contact that partner directly.

If the User has any questions regarding who is collecting or receiving the information the User provide on the Sites, please contact us.


  1. With whom does GETWINE share data?

We may share aggregate demographic information with our advertisers or information collection companies, but will not reveal any personally identifiable information in these instances. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes. We also partner with third parties to provide specific services. When the User signs up for these services, we will share the information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

We will not voluntarily disclose any information about individual users, except as described in this Privacy Statement, or to comply with applicable laws or valid legal process, or to protect the rights or property of GETWINE or others, to assist our e-mail vendor with resolving complaints about unsolicited e-mail, or as otherwise described in this Privacy Statement.


  1. Credit Card Acquiring and Security

Credit card transactions will be acquired for GETWINE by Virtual Card Services (Pty) Ltd who are the approved payment gateway in South Africa. Virtual Card Services use SSL3 and no credit card details are stored on GETWINE‘s website. Users may go to to view their security certificate and security policy. All encryption complies with international standards. Encryption is used to protect the transmission of personal information when completing online transactions. Virtual Card Services’s Internet servers are protected by firewalls and intrusion detection systems.


  1. Customer Details separate from Card Details

Customer details will be stored by GETWINE separately from card details which are entered by the client on Virtual Card Services ‘s secure site. For more detail on Virtual Card Services, refer to


  1. What choices are available regarding collection, use and distribution of the information (Opt Out Policy)?

Many of the services available on the Site provide the User with the opportunity to opt out of receiving communications from us and our partners. In addition, in our e-mail communications, we will have instructions on how to unsubscribe so that the User will not receive any future e-mails from us if the User so choose.

As previously noted, the User may always choose to not provide us with any of the information we request; however, this may limit our ability to provide the User with a specific service or limit our ability to offer personalized content.

Users of the Site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with services that require an outside party, or not.

If you have trouble to deactivate your membership or to modify your account or profile information, please e-mail


  1. How can the User update or correct the User’s information?

If a the User’s personally identifiable information changes (such as the User’s e-mail address), or if the User no longer desires our service, we will provide a way to correct, update or remove that User’s personal data provided to us. This can be done from the MANNAGE MY ACCOUNT page or by e-mailing GETWINE at


  1. What procedures have been designed to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under GETWINE‘s control?

GETWINE takes every precaution to protect the User’s information.

We also do everything in our power to protect User information offline. Access to all of our Users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment.

Should you have further queries regarding security issues you are welcome to complete our feedback form with your queries.


  1. What about privacy policies for sites linked to GETWINE?

GETWINE contains many links to Web sites not affiliated with GETWINE. These sites have their own policies and practices with respect to online privacy, and GETWINE cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these unaffiliated Web sites. In addition, in certain instances a GETWINE advertiser may ask the User for personal information.GETWINE cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of its advertisers.


  1. What happens to my information if GETWINE merges with or is sold to another company?

It is possible that GETWINE and/or any of our assets may be acquired. In such a transaction, customer information may be transferred to the acquiring entity. While we will endeavour to require the successor company to maintain this Privacy Statement, we cannot guarantee that our policy will remain in effect.


  1. Communications

We send all new members a welcoming e-mail to verify password and username. If a User wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and e-mail address. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please see our Opt/Out section below.

We also send the User site and service announcement updates. Members are not able to unsubscribe from service announcements, which contain important information about the service. We communicate with the User to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account via e-mail.


  1. Notification of Changes

This policy may be revised over time as new features are added to the Web site. We will post our new Privacy Statement, along with the date of its last revision, prominently so that the User will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone. Please check this Web page for information about revisions to our Privacy Statement.


  1. Contact Information

If the User has any questions about this Privacy Statement or about GETWINE‘s information collection practices, please contact us at


  1. The terms “The User” and “User”

The terms “The User” and “User” are used interchangeable and refer to all individuals and/or entities accessing this web site for any reason.

This Privacy Statement was most recently updated on 26 April 2005.