Last updated: January 2020
The following is a disclaimer for The Wedding Club ZA (www.theweddingclub.net) | All rights reserved.
www.theweddingclub.net is a monetized blog which includes content and affiliate links which changes constantly. We aim to provide a service to the wedding community, which includes brides, wedding planners and other professionals in the industry.
The articles and information found on this blog is true and accurate to the best of our knowledge, though some errors and mistakes may occasionally slip through.
The content presented on this blog is strictly created by The Wedding Club Team and any opinions and statements mentioned are that of our own. We do not reflect any opinion or statements of any other company, organization or individual.
Any advice followed on this blog by anyone is at their own risk and we do not accept any liability.
The blog posts are for informational as well as entertainment purposes only and should not be seen as advice, be it medical, legal, financial psychological or any other type of advice.
Even though we are professionals in the wedding industry, and write articles that are wedding related, our articles are for information purposes only. We are not medical, financial, legal etc. professionals in which advice followed can lead to harm or damage. Advice and information followed by any individual is at their own risk.
We reserve the right to change and edit any or all content on this website at any time.
The Wedding Club’s website makes use of affiliate links from various platforms. This means that certain links to products is included in blog posts and other media. It doesn’t cost the user anything when clicked on. It is a way for the Wedding Club Team to earn commission so that the site can remain up and running.
Disclaimer: Due to the complexity and open nature of the Internet, no transmission of data over the Internet can be 100% secure. There is always a risk that information collected by and/or displayed on www.theweddingclub.net may be compromised or accessed notwithstanding the steps we take to secure your information. For example, a third party may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, or other users of www.theweddingclub.net may abuse or misuse your personal information. While we have mechanisms in place to safeguard your personal information after we receive it, no transmission of data over the internet can be 100% secure. Accordingly, you agree that you are providing such information at your own risk.
Who we are
By providing us with your data, you guarantee that you are over the age of 13 years. If you are not over the age of 13, you are requested to leave the site immediately.
As The Wedding Club is a sole proprietorship, the owner of the site is also the Data Protection Officer.
Contact person: Tanya Viljoen
E-mail address: info[at]theweddingclub[dot]net
Mailing address: If you require our mailing address for postal purposes, please contact us via e-mail.
If you are under the age of 13, you are requested to leave this website immediately.
While www.theweddingclub.net is not intended for anyone under the age of 18, if you are a California resident who is under age 18 and you are unable to remove publicly-available content that you have submitted to us, you may request removal by contacting us. When requesting removal, you must be specific about the information you want removed and provide us with specific information, such as the URL for each page where the information is located, so that we can find it. We are not required to remove any content or information that: (1) federal or state law requires us or a third party to maintain; (2) was not posted by you; (3) is anonymized so that you cannot be identified; (4) you don’t follow our instructions for removing or requesting removal; or (5) you received compensation or other consideration for providing the content or information.
Removal of your content or information from the Service does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of that content or information from our systems or the systems of our service providers. We are not required to delete the content or information posted by you; our obligations under California law are satisfied so long as we anonymize the content or information or render it invisible to other users and the public.
Collection of user data
“Cookies” – these are data files that are placed on your device and includes a unique and anonymous identifying code. For more info about cookies, go to www.allaboutcookies.org
“Beacons”, “pixels” and “tags” – these are files that record information about how you use this website.
“Log files” – these files track actions that you incur on this website. This may include non-sensitive information such as the date and time you accessed our website, referring pages, exit pages, your internet service provider and web browser, and your IP address.
How and why we collect data
When you visit our website, the website, along with some other third party plugins and applications, automatically collect certain information about you and your device, including your IP address, browser, time zone, and some cookies that are installed on your device. Also, as you browse our website, we collect information about certain things you click on or follow, such as the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to our website, and information about how you interact with the website.
We collect information using cookies, beacons, pixels, tags and log files – all are discussed in the “jargon” section above.
Furthermore, when you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through our website, we may collect certain information from you, including your name and payment information (this may include, but are not limited to, credit card info, names, email address, phone number.)
In addition, we may also collect communication data that includes interaction and communication that you send to us. This may be through a contact form on our website, via e-mail, social media channels or any other form of communication you share with us. We store this data for the purpose of communicating with you, for record keeping and for legal reasons. Legal reasons may include our legitimate interests, which in this case means our desire to communicate with you. We may also keep records to establish, pursue or defend legal claims.
We also use data to deliver relevant web content to you, and to bring your relevant advertisements based on your user interaction with our website. We use this info to improve our business and website, and to grow it. We may also use this information for marketing purposes to you only. The purpose of this is so that we can keep you interested in our content.
We will never share your email address or other private information with anyone without your permission.
Automatically Collected Information
Similar to other websites, we may collect some information automatically from you and store it in log files. This collection may include, but is not limited to: your domain name and host for Internet access, the Internet address of the site from which you came, the date and time of your access, your computer’s IP address and information about its operating system, browser, and host, the date and time you access the Service and the pages you visit. We collect this non-identifying information in order to improve this website, and the user experience. We also use it to gather broad demographic information in order to create applicable and useful content. We may automatically collect information using various mechanisms, including but not limited to cookies and pixels.
By using www.theweddingclub.net, you understand and consent to the collection, storage, processing, and transfer of your information to our facilities in the United States and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this policy.
Applications and plugins used to collect data
We use the following applications and plugins to gather user information data:
- Google Analytics
- Wordfence Security
We also use Jetpack for more information on analytics and user data. Jetpack allows us to see how many users visits our pages, where they are from and what blog posts do well, and which ones don’t, among other things.
We use Wordfence to block spam on our website. This helps us to avoid getting hacked or to prevent our personal and user data from being stolen.
The information we collect depends on Wordfence Security configuration for the Site, but typically includes the user’s IP address, user agent, referer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the user such as their name, username, email address, and comments).
Cookies set by the Wordfence plugin: wfCBLBypass
Wordfence offers a feature for a site visitor to bypass country blocking by accessing a hidden URL. This cookie helps track who should be allowed to bypass country blocking.
When a hidden URL defined by the site admin is visited, this cookie is set to verify the user can access the site from a country restricted through country blocking. This will be set for anyone who knows the URL that allows bypass of standard country blocking. This cookie is not set for anyone who does not know the hidden URL to bypass country blocking.
This cookie gives site owners a way to allow certain users from blocked countries, even though their country has been blocked.
You can read more about Wordfence Security’s policies here: https://www.wordfence.com/privacy-policy/
We collect information about you during the checkout process on our store.
What we collect and store
While you visit our site, we’ll track:
- Products you’ve viewed: we’ll use this to, for example, show you products you’ve recently viewed
- Location, IP address and browser type: we’ll use this for purposes like estimating taxes and shipping
- Shipping address: we’ll ask you to enter this so we can, for instance, estimate shipping before you place an order, and send you the order!
When you purchase from us, we’ll ask you to provide information including your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, phone number, credit card/payment details and optional account information like username and password. We’ll use this information for purposes, such as, to:
- Send you information about your account and order
- Respond to your requests, including refunds and complaints
- Process payments and prevent fraud
- Set up your account for our store
- Comply with any legal obligations we have, such as calculating taxes
- Improve our store offerings
- Send you marketing messages, if you choose to receive them
If you create an account, we will store your name, address, email and phone number, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.
We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, we will store order information for XXX years for tax and accounting purposes. This includes your name, email address and billing and shipping addresses.
We will also store comments or reviews, if you choose to leave them.
Who on our team has access
Members of our team have access to the information you provide us. For example, both Administrators and Shop Managers can access:
- Order information like what was purchased, when it was purchased and where it should be sent, and
- Customer information like your name, email address, and billing and shipping information.
Our team members have access to this information to help fulfill orders, process refunds and support you.
What we share with others
We share information with third parties who help us provide our orders and store services to you; for example, we use print-on-demand companies such as Printful, to help fulfill and ship products to our customers.
We accept payments through PayPal. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to PayPal, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Some of our blog posts have free downloadable PDF’s to help users get more out of our content. These PDF’s don’t have any coding of any sort embedded to collect or harm the user’s information.
We have a contact form on our “Contact Us” page in which users enter the following information to make contact with us:
- Name (required)
- E-mail (required)
- Subject/topic/reason for contact
- Your message (required)
Note: We may keep contact form submissions for a certain period for customer service purposes, but we do not use the information submitted through the contact form for marketing purposes.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Please see the “Applications and plugins used to collect data” section of this policy to see which other applications we may use to collect cookies.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
We use Google Analytics and Jetpack for our analytics purposes, as well as Shareaholic for social media analytics.
Please see the “Applications and plugins used to collect data” section again to review our applications that may use user data.
HOW WE USE YOUR DATA
Use of Non-Personally Identifiable and Aggregate Information
We may use non-personally identifiable information and aggregate information for any lawful purpose, including, but not limited to, analyzing trends, providing content of The Wedding Club, tracking users’ movements, for research purposes, or to improve our website and products.
How long we retain your data
The GDPR requires us to state for how long we need to retain user data and information. We would like our users to take note that some of the data are kept indefinitely, until a user politely requests that we remove his or her data from our records.
In this instance, we refer to analytics data only, because we would like to review our statistics every now and then to see how we improve on our website. We also use these statistics for setting future goals and determining what our users like and want to see more of on our website.
Contact form entries are only kept for a period of one year, unless a user makes contact with the Data Protection Officer to request us to remove their data.
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
We may dispose of any information in our discretion without notice, subject to applicable law. We do not undertake any retention obligations through this statement.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
This section lists all transfers of our website data outside the European Union and describe the means by which that data is safeguarded to European data protection standards. This may include our web hosting, cloud storage, or other third party services.
European data protection law requires data about European residents which is transferred outside the European Union to be safeguarded to the same standards as if the data was in Europe. We ensure that these standards are met ourselves or by our third party providers, whether that is through an agreement such as Privacy Shield, model clauses in our contracts, or binding corporate rules.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please email us at info[at]theweddingclub[dot]net
We do not collect, store or share any sensitive data about you. Sensitive data refers to any data that includes details about your race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliations, or sexual orientation.
We will use your personal data only, and for a purpose it was collected for or a reasonable compatibility purpose if necessary. For more information on this please email us at info[at]theweddingclub[dot]net.
We may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent where this is required or permitted by law or by our local authorities.
Contact Details for privacy specific concerns
You can contact us at:
Some of the pages, blog posts or sections of our website will allow you to purchase different products and services online provided by other merchants. Some of theses links that we post on our website are called “affiliate links.” These are unmarked and unlabeled ads and we will earn commission if you shop through these links at no extra cost to you.
When you click on one of our affiliate links, some of your data from our website will also be tracked by the merchant’s analytics. This means that a string of code will be attached to your user data so that the merchant knows which website the buyer (you) is coming from. This is necessary for us in order to earn commission.
For more information regarding a merchant, their online store, their privacy policies, and/or any additional terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant’s website and click on their information links or contact the merchant directly.
GDPR (GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION)
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a set of rules that provide data subjects with more control over their personal data. GDPR defines a data subject as anyone within the borders of the EU at the time of processing their personal data. It includes regulations on how EU data can be exported outside of the EU. It is changing the way organizations approach data privacy and the handling of personal information.
Agreement to new Terms and Privacy Policies
To continue using www.theweddingclub.net, including the website and shop, all customers must review and agree to the updated terms and privacy policies mentioned above. These changes reflect our commitment to follow data protection best practices and regulations.
To learn more about privacy and data protection rules of the EEA click here.
CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018)
This applies solely to visitors, users and others who reside in the State of California. Effective January 1, 2020, if you reside in California then you have the following rights:
2. You have the right to request the deletion of your Personal Information.
3. You have the right to request us to disclose to you the following, no more than twice in a 12-month period:
Categories of Personal Information we collected about you during the preceding 12 months.
Categories of sources from which we collected the Personal Information during the preceding 12 months.
Business or commercial purpose(s) for collecting or selling your Personal Information during the preceding 12 months.
Categories of third parties with whom we share the Personal Information during the preceding 12 months.
Specific pieces of Personal Information we collected about you during the preceding 12 months.
Categories of Personal Information we have sold and categories of third parties to whom the information was sold to during the preceding 12 months.
Categories of Personal Information we disclosed about you for a business purpose during the preceding 12 months.
We collect the following categories of personal information: Identifiers; payment information; commercial information; Internet of other electronic network activity information; geolocation data; audio, electronic or visual information.
We disclose the following categories of personal information for a business purpose: Identifiers; payment information; commercial information; device information; demographic information and driver’s license number.
We sell the following categories of personal information: Identifiers; payment information; event information; demographic information; device information; location information; commercial information; Internet or other network activity information.
Information We Collect from California users
www.theweddingclub.net collects information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or device.
Your Rights and Choices
The CCPA provides consumers (California residents) with specific rights regarding their personal information. This section describes your CCPA rights in more detail and explains how to exercise those rights.
Right to Access Specific Information and Data Portability Right
You have the right to request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past twelve (12) months. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will disclose to you:
- The categories of personal information we collected about you.
- The categories of sources for the personal information we collected about you.
- Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling that personal information.
- The categories of third parties with whom we share that personal information.
- The specific pieces of personal information we collected about you (also called a data portability request).
- If we disclosed your personal information for a business purpose, the business purpose for which personal information was disclosed, and the personal information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
- If applicable, (1) the categories of personal information we have sold; (2) the categories of personal information that we sold about the consumer and the categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold, by category or categories of personal information for each category of third parties to whom the personal information was sold.
Right to Delete
You have the right to request that we delete any of your personal information that we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies.
We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or service provider(s) to:
- Complete the transaction for which we collected the personal information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
- Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
- Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
- Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
- Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.).
- Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information’s deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research’s achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
- Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
- Comply with a legal obligation.
- Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
Right to Opt-Out
If you are 16 years of age or older, you have the right to direct us not to sell your personal information at any time (the “right to opt-out”). We do not sell the personal information of consumers we actually know are less than 16 years of age, unless we receive affirmative authorization (the “right to opt-in”) from either the consumer who is between 13 and 16 years of age, or the parent or guardian of a consumer less than 13 years of age. Consumers who opt-in to personal information sales may opt-out of future sales at any time.
To exercise the right to opt-out, you (or your authorized representative) may submit a request to us by sending us an e-mail at info[at]theweddingclub[dot]net. Once you make an opt-out request, we will wait at least twelve (12) months before asking you to reauthorize personal information sales. However, you may change your mind and opt back in to personal information sales at any time by sending us an e-mail. We will only use personal information provided in an opt-out request to review and comply with the request.
Exercising Your Rights
To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above, please submit a Verifiable Consumer Request Form to us by emailing it to us at: info[at]theweddingclub[dot]net.
Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child.
You may only make such a request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative, and describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.
We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you. Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us. We will only use personal information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.
We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within forty-five (45) days of its receipt. If we require more time (up to 90 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing. We will deliver our written response electronically. Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer request’s receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily usable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance.
We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.
We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights. Unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:
- Deny you goods or services.
- Charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits, or imposing penalties.
- Provide you a different level or quality of goods or services.
- Suggest that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.
However, we may offer you certain financial incentives permitted by the CCPA that can result in different prices, rates, or quality levels. Any CCPA-permitted financial incentive we offer will reasonably relate to your personal information’s value and contain written terms that describe the program’s material aspects. Participation in a financial incentive program requires your prior opt in consent, which you may revoke at any time.
MODIFYING YOUR DATA
You may access, update, or delete your personal information by contacting us at info[at]theweddingclub[dot]net. We will make good faith efforts to resolve requests to correct inaccurate information except where the request is unreasonable, requires disproportionate technical effort or expense, jeopardizes the privacy of others, or would be impractical.