Privacy Policy

Overview of this policy

At the Beginner Brewer, we take your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information seriously. This policy describes, in simple language, how, why and where we collect your data and what we use it for. It also outlines your rights regarding your personal information.

How your information is collected and processed

We collect personal information about you when:

  • You fill in a form on the website (also from here on called “the site”). This may be because you want to subscribe to new blog posts (a feature that notifies you, via email, that new blog posts are published on the site), subscribe to our newsletter (an opt-in, no-spam monthly newsletter published by Beginner Brewer), or leave a comment on a post or page on the site.
  • You fill in a contact form on the site. The contact form requires you to enter your name and email address in order to send us a message. Your email address is required to enable us to reply to your message.
  • You register as a user / student on the site. This registration form will allow us to register you as a student for our online e-learning courses, and will require you to submit information regarding your name, surname, email address and telephone number. For paid courses, you will not be required to submit any payment/credit card/ or EFT information directly to the site. You will be rerouted to a trusted payment portal (e.g PayPal), where your secured transaction will be processed.
  • Site usage data is also collected via the use of cookies (more about these below). This information is processed by Google Analytics to help us understand how visitors to the site use our services and read our content in order for us to provide better content and services.

Types of information that are collected and processed

The personal information we collect about you on our site may include your name, surname, email address, and telephone number. If you contact us, we will also record that correspondence. We will never ask for, collect, or process special category personal data (i.e. information about your ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or any other information deemed as special category personal data in regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation).

When you use our site, we also automatically collect information through the use of cookies and similar technologies as explained in our Cookie Policy.

Our site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site. A cookie is a small information file that is sent to your computer and is stored on your hard drive. This helps us to provide you with a better user experience when you use our site. More information about cookies and how they are employed can be found in our Cookie Policy.

Why we collect your personal information

We will use personal information about you in the course of our legitimate interest in providing services for the following purposes:

In the case of registered course participants / students of e-learning: to fulfil our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, and to provide you with the information, products and services that you request from us; to provide you with information about course content and processes and reports; to notify you about changes to our service; and to ensure that our site is presented in the most effective manner to you.

In the case of visitors to the site: to administer our site, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes; to better understand the site’s usage, including what areas of our site our users prefer; to improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer; and as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure.

What we will not do with your personal information

We will not share your personal information with any third party without your explicit consent. However, we may disclose your personal information in order to comply with the law and any legal obligation or process to which we are subject.

How your personal information may be transferred internationally

Due to the international nature of internet-based services, we may from time to time appoint third parties as data processors to process data containing information about you on our behalf, or store such information in, or transfer it to persons located in, countries outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA“) and/or South Africa and in the United States of America. These countries may not have Data Protection Laws equivalent to those which are in force in the EEA or your home country to protect your information.

Where we transfer your information to such third-party data processors and/or third parties outside of the EEA or South Africa and in the USA, we will ensure that they provide sufficient guarantees in respect of the technical and organisational security measures. We will also take reasonable steps to assess their compliance with those measures in order to ensure your information is adequately protected in accordance with applicable Data Protection Laws.

How we protect your personal information

We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against the loss, misuse or unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction of the information you provide when visiting or using our site.

How long we keep your personal information

We only store your personal information for a period reasonable for our purposes of processing and/or for a period of time that will allow us to provide you with a service or specific content. In cases where you have opted-in to receiving content from us over an indefinite period of time (e.g. subscribing to our newsletter), we will store your personal information for as long as is required to provide that service. However, we will provide you with easy and accessible means to unsubscribe or opt out of such services at any time.

When you do so, we will no longer store your data.

Your personal information rights

You have the right to request to update, anonymise or correct your personal information. You also have the right to:

  • Request more information about how we use your personal information
  • Object to our use of your personal information
  • Restrict the use of your personal information
  • Request to have your personal information deleted from our databases
  • Lodge a complaint with your relevant authorities if you believe that we have used your personal information in a way that is not compliant with data protection regulations.
  • Request your information to be transferred to another third party in a portable, machine-readable format

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to and from external websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites the collection and processing of your personal information will no longer be regulated by us or be governed by this Policy. Please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.

Contacting us

If you have questions, inquiries or requests about your personal information and how it is processed on our site, please contact us at: contact at beginnerbrewer dot com.