Privacy and Cookies Policy


Privacy Policy 

Cookies Policy 


Privacy Policy

1.  Introduction

1.1  The website (the “Website”), is owned and operated by World Vision SA (“WVSA”, “us”, “we”), a Non Profit Company registered in South Africa with the registration number 1975/004722/08 and  registered address 268 Kent Avenue, Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2125 South Africa.

1.2  We are committed to protecting your privacy and will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully. This privacy notice is intended to give you an understanding of how and why we use the information you give us.

1.3  Joyce Khosa, our Governance and Risk advisor, is our Compliance Officer and responsible for data protection compliance. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact her on, or by writing to World Vision SA, Private Bag X 10088, Randburg, 2125 or calling on 011 285 1700.

1.4  Please read the following carefully to understand our practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it. By using our website or providing us with your personal information you agree to your personal information being used and stored in the manner set out in this policy. We may update this policy from time to time without notice to you, so please check it regularly.

2.  How we collect information about you

Information you give us

2.1  We may collect information from you in the following ways:

(a) Our use of cookies (please see the Cookies section below);

(b) You make a donation to us (which may be financial or non-financial/in-kind), or respond to our mailings and appeals (this includes when you sponsor a Child yourself or on someone else’s behalf);

(c) You contact us in relation to volunteering for us, act as an ambassador or fundraise on our behalf;

(d) You tell us about your ‘World Vision story’;

(e) You attend any WVSA event;

(f) You apply for a job with us or become an employee or provide services via an agency or provide consultancy services directly to us;

(g) You request and/or receive a copy of our news letter or any other materials from us;

(h) You register a website account for ‘My Sponsorship’; or

(i) You contact us with enquiries or other correspondence (including via social media) or become involved with us in another way (e.g. by indicating you would like to hear more from us, or you would like to make a donation to us, either directly or via your Church.

2.2  If you interact with us in one of the ways listed above, we may collect and process personal information about you such as:

(a) Your name, address, email address, telephone number, your age;

(b) Information you enter onto our website or in other hard copy forms at an event;

(c) Records of your correspondence with us, if you have contacted us;

(d) Details of your visit to our website, including your IP address;

(e) Financial information such as your bank or card details;

(f) Whether you have a relationship to another supporter (e.g. husband/wife).

2.3  We may also collect sensitive personal information about you, such as details about a health condition or disability, where it will mean we can communicate with you appropriately in the future. We may also collect this information if you plan to attend an event.

2.4  When your political affiliation or religious beliefs are of general public knowledge, we may also record that information against your profile. If they are not in the public domain, we will only do so where we have your consent or drawn this specifically to your attention.

2.5    You attend an event or activity where we may take photographs and videos. Your image may be used in print and digital formats, including print publications, websites, film and social media. We will always inform you if photography or filming is being carried out by us at an event. Event participants have the right to decide whether their images are taken and how these may be used and stored by us.

2.6 You become a sponsor through Chosen and therefore the images may be viewed not just in South Africa but also in some overseas countries where World Vision operates, and which may not provide the same level of protection to the rights of individuals as South African legislation provides.

Information we receive from other sources

2.5  Your information may be given to us by third parties, for example fundraising sites like Give & Gain. They will do so pursuant to their own policies on data protection and privacy. It is a good idea to check their privacy policy when you provide your information to them to fully understand how they will process your data and may share it with others.

2.6  Please refer to paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3 for further details on information we receive from other sources.

3.  Why and how we use your information and on what basis

3.1  We will only process your data under one of the following bases:

(a) Contract (usually our HR and employee data)

(b) Consent (usually our supporter data where you have given specific, granular opt-in permission to process your data to fulfill our relationship)

(c) Legitimate Interest (where consent is unnecessary and our processing is considered expected and non-intrusive)

3.2  We will process your personal information in accordance with this policy and our obligations under applicable data protection laws and regulations, for one or more of the following purposes:

(a) To administer your purchase or donation or support your fundraising, including processing of Gifts;

(b) To provide you with the services, activities or information you have indicated you are happy to receive or which you have asked for;

(c) To comply with applicable laws and regulations, and requests from statutory agencies;

(d) For our own internal administrative purposes and to keep a record of your relationship with us;

(e) For the purposes of internal research such as supporter satisfaction research;

(f) For marketing purposes, to provide you with information about us, our fundraising campaigns, the opportunity to leave a gift in a will, our events, our services, and any other information, products, activities or services that we provide or provide access to (e.g. supporter updates);

(g) Where you have provided your consent, to publish details of your ‘World Vision story’;

(h) To provide you with information about volunteering opportunities;

(i) To provide you with details about our campaigns

(j) To provide essential event information where you have signed up to attend;

(k) To manage your communication preferences with us generally;

(l) To provide you with information about goods or services we feel may interest you;

(m) To notify you about changes to our service and/or donor/sponsorship opportunities;

(n) To ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer/mobile device.

3.3  Where the law allows us to do so, in order to improve the quality and accuracy of the information you have provided to us, we regularly check the accuracy of the data we already hold about you (such as your telephone number, email address or address) against external data lists which are in the public domain. We may also use third parties to check this on our behalf. We will only check the accuracy of the existing information we hold. If, for example, you have not provided us with a telephone number, we will not obtain a telephone number for you and use it to contact you. If we obtain updated details, we would combine this with the information we currently hold about you.

3.4  We may use profiling and screening techniques to analyse your personal information and create a profile about you, your interests and preferences from publicly available information. This helps us to ensure communications are relevant and we make appropriate requests for donations and other forms of support. The types of information collected about you from the public domain will include:

(a) Your age;

(b) Your qualifications;

(c) A wealth band which will be an estimate of your wealth based on publicly available information;

(d) Your trusteeships and the type of charity which you are a trustee of i.e. grant making);

(e) Your company directorships;

(f) Your donation history;

(g) Your primary business organisation.

3.5 Occasionally we may use the information you provide to us to improve the accuracy and relevancy of any digital advertisements you receive. This could include securely providing contact details such as your name and email address to digital advertising networks or social media companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter. We may also use your information to enable us to display adverts to potential supporters who have similar characteristics to you, such as lookalike audiences.

Any information we share with social media companies will be shared in an encrypted format and will not be used for their own purposes. You can stop your information being used for this by contacting us.

Where you have asked us not to use your information for targeted digital advertising, you may still see adverts related to World Vision. This is because certain social media sites or advertising networks may select you based on information they hold, such as your age and location, or websites you have visited, without using information that has been provided by us.

You can control the kind of advertising you see through the relevant social media sites:

  • Facebook -
  • LinkedIn -
  • Twitter -

4.  Where is your information stored

4.1  The information we collect from you may be transferred to and stored at a destination outside South Africa, e.g. the World Vision International offices for central mailing. It may also be processed by persons operating outside of South Africa. If we send your personal data outside South Africa, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that the recipient implements POPI-compliant measures to protect your information. By submitting your details you agree to this use of your data.

4.2  Online payment transactions will be encrypted. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

4.3  The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure (though note that online payment transactions are securely encrypted). Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

5.  How long do we keep your data

5.1  We will process and retain your data only for the minimum required period in line with our data retention policy. Please be aware that in the event of exercising your right to delete your information with us, we will inform you if we are unable to do so due to overriding legal obligations.

6.  Who has access to your information / who we share your data with

6.1  We may allow our staff, consultants and/or external providers acting on our behalf to access and use your information for the purposes for which you have provided it to us (e.g. to deliver mailings, analyse data and to process payments) or for purposes set out in this privacy notice. We will only provide them with the information they need to deliver the relevant service. We will ensure your information is transferred securely and treated with the same diligence as if we were handling it directly.

6.2  We do not sell your data to third parties for the purposes of marketing. In other cases we will not share your personal data with third parties except in accordance with this privacy notice or when we have your permission.

6.3  We may disclose your information to other organisations and agencies if we are under a duty to disclose or share it in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any agreements; or to protect the rights, property or safety of us or others. 

6.4  In accordance with our Safeguarding Policy and our commitment to protect vulnerable children from all forms of exploitation and abuse, we may share details, including personal data, relating to serious breaches of our Safeguarding Policy and Procedures with statutory authorities such as SAPS and the Department of Social Developments Sex Offenders Register.

7.  World Vision partnership

7.1  We may need to disclose your information to other offices in some circumstances with your consent. WVSA is part of the World Vision partnership which works in almost 100 countries. 

7.2  For example, if you are involved in some other World Vision activity that involves a personal link to our overseas events, elements of your personal data necessary to fulfil the activity (e.g. your name and address) will be shared with relevant World Vision offices in that country in accordance with this policy. We will only share your details with another World Vision office in accordance with data protection laws and regulations and where we have your consent to do so.

7.3  Other members of the World Vision partnership may legally be obliged to share data in accordance with their relevant domestic legislation and potential law enforcement requirements.

8.  Your rights

8.1  We take your data rights seriously. The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) of 2013, affords you, among others, the following rights:

(a) The right of access – you have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you;

(b) The right to rectification – you have the right to correct data that we hold about you that is inaccurate or incomplete;

(c) The right to erasure – in certain circumstances you can ask for the data we hold about you to be deleted from our records;

(d) The right to restrict processing – where certain conditions apply you have the right to restrict processing of your data;

(e) The right to object – you have the right to object to certain types of processing such as direct marketing;

Further information about your rights under the POPI Act and useful guidance on protecting your personal data is available from the National Information Regulator of South Africa at

8.2  You can exercise your data protection rights in the following ways:

(a) Sending an email to;

(b) Writing to us at, World Vision SA, Private Bag X 10088, Randburg, 2125 or

(c) Calling us on, 011 285 1700 between 08:30am-5pm (Mondays - Thursdays) and 08:30am-3pm (Fridays).

8.3  If you request details of the information we hold about you in accordance with the subject access rights under applicable data protection laws and regulations, under certain circumstances we may charge an administration fee for fulfilling such requests.

8.4   Instructions for unsubscribing from emails are included in each email we send.

8.5  In the event of exercising your data rights we will require suitable identification such as a copy of your identity document.

8.6  If you are unhappy with the way we have processed your personal data, please contact our Compliance Officer using the contact details set out in clause 1 of this privacy notice. If you remain unhappy with how your complaint is dealt with you should contact the National Information Regulator of South Africa at Alternatively, you are entitled to make a complaint to the National Information Regulator of South Africa Office without first referring your complaint to us.

9.  Cookies

9.1  For more information on how cookies are used on our website, please see our cookies policy below.

10.  Changes to our privacy notice

10.1  We may make changes to this policy from time to time, so we encourage you to check it frequently. By continuing to use our website you will be deemed to have accepted those changes.


Cookies Policy

1.  What are cookies

Like most websites, we use cookies. Cookies are tiny pieces of data saved on your computer or mobile device. There are several types of cookie and they each have different functions or uses.

2.  How do we use cookies

2.1  We use the following types of cookies:

(a) Essential cookies – these are required for the operation of our website and include, e.g. to enable you to log in to the secure area, ‘My Sponsorship’, of the website or make use of a shopping cart and e-payment services.

(b) Analytic/performance cookies – these allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

(c) Functionality cookies – these are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

(d) Targeting cookies – these cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

2.2  The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why:

  • These are common performance cookies that many websites use. They allow us to collect anonymous information about how you and other users use our website and helps us to improve the website. The information collected includes technical information regarding the user's browser, operating system, IP address and screen resolution. It also includes how users came to the website (which search engine and search terms were used, which links were clicked on) and the user's navigation on the website (number of visits, dates and times of visits, time spent on the website, which pages have been loaded etc.). A tracking cookie from Google is also used to protect users from known malicious sites.

  • These cookies check whether the user’s browser supports cookies and registers whether the user has consented to the use of cookies.

  • We use cookies which make it possible for users to share content across social networks using a tool such as HootSuite and provide detailed statistics to various providers. These cookies also register the user’s sharing.

  • We use certain cookies to optimise the speed of requests to the server

  • This cookie is used widely by Microsoft as a unique user ID. The cookie enables user tracking by synchronising the ID across many Microsoft domains.

  • This cookie is used to determine what type of device (smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs etc.) is used by a user.

  • Cookies are used to register a unique ID (used by Google) to record statistics of how the user uses YouTube videos across different websites, which videos the user has seen, and to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.

  • These cookies allow you to use our site in a way that makes your browsing experience more convenient, for example, by remembering you across different pages of our website, recognising you when you return to the website, or remembering your preferences when using the embedded Flash player. If you register with us or complete our online forms, we will use cookies to remember your details during your current visit, and any future visits provided the cookie was not deleted in the interim.

  • This cookie is used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.

  • These cookies are used to add comments to the website through Disqus and remember the user's Disqus login credentials across websites that use that service.

  • This cookie is used to optimise response times by distributing website traffic to several servers.

  • Certain cookies are used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.

  • We use a number of user identification targeting cookies, which register a unique ID identifying a returning user’s device. This ID can be used to deliver targeted adverts. In some cases, cookies will categorise the user's interest and demographic profiles (based on the pages they have visited) in terms of resales for targeted marketing. Other details which may be registered by cookies include purchase details, website navigation, IP address, geographical location, visited websites and the adverts a user has clicked. In some cases the ID may be linked to other data (including data from surveys and psychographic, demographical and geographical data) for the purpose of personalising content, adverts and communications with the user. The ID may also be used to identify the user during return visits across websites that use the same advert network, for the purposes of targeted adverts. Targeted adverts may include video clips.

  • Certain cookies are used to identify the user’s devise during return visits in order to measure the efficacy of online adverts and to enable pay-out of referral commission fees to partners.

  • We use cookies to regulate the frequency of adverts used and to display relevant adverts.

3.  Third party websites and social networks

3.1  If you click on a hyperlink from our website to any third-party websites (e.g. if you ‘share’ content from our website with friends or colleagues on social media), you may be sent cookies from these third party websites. They will do so pursuant to their own policies on privacy and cookies. It’s a good idea to check their privacy policies to fully understand their use of cookies.

4.  Disabling cookies

4.1  By using our website, you consent to our use of cookies as updated from time to time and the cookies we use will be stored on your device (unless rejected or disabled by your browser).

4.2  Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default. However, it is possible to set an internet browser to reject cookies. If you do not accept our use of cookies as set out in this policy, please set your internet browser to reject cookies. This may impair your ability to use our website so that some features may not work.

5.  Changes to this policy and further information

5.1  We may update our use of cookies, and this policy, from time to time, so please check this policy regularly.

5.2  You can find out more about cookies generally and how to disable them at or by contacting


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