Who we are

Our website address is: http://brendahattingh.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We use Contact forms to collect Your Name and Email Address in order for us to make contact with you.


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.

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.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Our website conducts its own analytics and does not transmit any data to third parties. The data collected is used purely for statistical purposes and is only stored for 14 days.

Who we share your data with

Other than the purpose of this website, we do not share any personal / customer information with anyone or any third party. It is however, your responsibility to ensure that you have chosen a secure password for your account. We cannot guarantee that our website is “Hack Proof”, however we will take every effort possible to ensure that all possible security measures are in place to prevent / deter any hacking attempt.

How long we retain your 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.

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. Should you wish to have your personal data removed, please make use of our on-line contact us form to make this request.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our contact information

If you would like to contact us with a  privacy related concern, please address this to the webmaster (webmaster @ brendahattingh.com).

Alternatively, you may address physical post to:

Dr Brenda Hattingh
Att: Webmaster Services
PO Box 14693
South Africa

Additional information

How we protect your data

We have implemented measures to prevent unauthorised access to the back-end database where data is stored and our webmaster have been educated in data protection. We regularly review and update our Privacy Risk and Impact Plan. We also regularly update the platform to ensure compliance to the latest security measures and reduce the risk of vulnerabilities that may be discovered.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We have put in place internal reporting systems that will alert us of any suspicious activity on the website. Certain activities will force the website to lock itself down and prevent data loss.