Data privacy ‘n stuff

The Megamalist website is built using – a subsidiary of Automattic.  They’re pretty cool folks who comply with international data privacy regulations like the GDPR (European General Data Protection Regulation) and CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act). 

Below you’ll find the most relevant information that applies to the Megamalist website, however, if you’d like the full, unabridged version of their privacy policy, you can find it here.


Service: Service is the website operated by Megamalist (Pty) Ltd.

Personal Data/Information: Personal Data or Information means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession).

Cookies: A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns.

Why information is collected

We collect Personal Data about your usage of our Services.  This Information allows us to provide and improve the Service, analyse and track usage, and determine the popularity of certain content.  By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of this Information in accordance with this policy.

What information is collected

We collect several different types of Information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.  Information may include, but is not limited to:

Site comments: When a visitor leaves a comment on the site, we collect that comment, and other information that the visitor provides along with the comment, such as the visitor’s name and email address.

Location information: We may determine the approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address. We collect and use this information to, for example, tally how many people visit the site from certain geographic regions.

Contact form & email subscription: Should you make use of the contact form on the Contact page or subscribe to the Megamalist email database to receive monthly updates on services, your name and email address are required as compulsory fields. 

Follower information: When a visitor signs up to follow or subscribe to the site using Jetpack or, we collect the sign-up information requested by the site, which typically includes an email address.

How information is collected

There are several places on the Service that allow you to input fields, including your name, email address, comments and messages.  Outside of these options, information is collected using cookies.

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the Site each time the visitor returns. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in.  There are several categories of cookies which perform different tasks:

Required: These cookies are essential for our websites and services to perform basic functions and are necessary for us to operate certain features. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account-related functions, store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location, and ensure our services are operating properly.

Analytics and Performance: These cookies allow us to optimize performance by collecting information on how users interact with our websites, including which pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our website functions and to understand how users interact with it.

Advertising : These cookies are set by a site owner and their advertising partners to provide you with relevant content and to understand that content’s effectiveness. They may be used to collect information about your online activities over time and across different websites to predict your preferences and to display more relevant advertisements to you.

Please note: does not participate in any third-party advertising program.

You may wish to restrict the use of cookies or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behavior such as the length of time they are stored – either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins. If you disable cookies, please be aware that some of the features of our service may not function correctly. To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit

Transferring your information

Because is hosted by Automattic’s Services which are offered worldwide, the information about you that we process when you use the Services may be used, stored, and/or accessed by individuals operating outside of South Africa who work for Automattic, other members of their group of companies, or third-party data processors. This is required for the purposes listed in the “How” and “Why” sections above. We will take all reasonable measures to ensure that the recipient protects your personal information adequately in accordance with this Privacy Policy as required by applicable law.

Disclosing your information

We may disclose information about you when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Megamalist, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if we have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, we may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.

Securing your information

While the protection of your data is important to us, please be aware that no method of transferring or storing information electronically is completely secure.  While every reasonable measure to protect your information is taken, we cannot guarantee 100% security of your data.

Deleting your information

If we are not legally required to keep it, we generally discard information about Site visitors when no longer needed for the purposes for which we collect and use it (those purposes which are described in the “Why” and “How” sections above).

Other parties and your information

Your information may be shared with our third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services to us. We require vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.

Your information and other sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click a third-party link, you will be directed to that third-party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.  We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.

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