Policies

Get to know Afri Pearl Collections’ legal terms and policies for our community.

Buyer Policy

  1. Your rights and obligations as a buyer on Afri Pearl Collections
  2. Anti-Discrimination and Hate Speech Policy
  3. Behavior we prohibit on Afri Pearl Collections.

Anti-Discrimination and Hate Speech Policy

Afri Pearl Collections connects thoughtful consumers around the world with creative entrepreneurs. It’s an ecosystem where people of all backgrounds inspire each other and build relationships through making, selling, and buying unique goods. We want everyone on Afri Pearl Collections to feel safe, and our priority is fostering an inclusive environment. This policy explains the kind of behavior we prohibit on Afri Pearl Collections to make sure we all have a positive experience. This policy is a part of our Terms of Use. By using Afri Pearl Collections, you’re agreeing to this policy and our Terms of Use.

Afri Pearl Collections prohibits the use of our Services to discriminate against people based on the following personal attributes (collectively, “protected groups”):

  • Race
  • Color
  • Ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Any other characteristic protected under applicable law

It is your responsibility to know your local laws and any other legal regulations on discrimination that might apply to you. Additionally, Afri Pearl Collections does not allow hate speech. Hate speech occurs when violent, offensive, derogatory or demeaning language is directed at a person or group based on their one or more protected group attributes.

Whether you’re engaging with public features on Afri Pearl Collections, such as listing items, using community spaces, and writing reviews, or having direct communication with other members of the Afri Pearl Collections community, such as via Messages, discrimination and hate speech are not allowed. As a seller on Afri Pearl Collections, your shop content, including shop announcements and shop policies, cannot display discriminatory behavior toward protected groups. Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to:

•             Refusal of service based on membership in one or more protected group

•             Expressing intolerance or a lack of respect for another member on the basis of protected group attributes

•             Having a shop policy that excludes sales to members of one or more protected groups listed above

•             Directly or indirectly making derogatory or demeaning remarks against protected groups listed above

•             Racial slurs

•             Posts that support or glorify hate groups and their members

If you think discrimination or hate speech has occurred on Afri Pearl Collections, please report it by contacting Afri Pearl Collections, and we will investigate. If you see a listing on Afri Pearl Collections which you believe violates our Prohibited Items Policy, including prohibited hate items, we encourage you to flag the item by using the Report this item to Afri Pearl Collections link at the bottom of each listing page. We have a timely review process for all reports.

Community Policy

Community is at the heart of all we do at Afri Pearl Collections. Afri Pearl Collections sellers use community spaces to find inspiration, share knowledge, discuss ideas, and build relationships that help them grow their businesses. The Afri Pearl Collections Community includes the Forums, Teams, and the Seller Handbook. This policy is a part of our Terms of Use. By using any of Afri Pearl Collections’ community spaces, you’re agreeing to this policy and our Terms of Use.

1. Using the Afri Pearl Collections Community

2. Forums

3. Direct Messages

4. Teams

5. Branding

6. Afri Pearl Collections Local

1. Using the Afri Pearl Collections Community

Afri Pearl Collections community spaces are public areas where sellers can interact with one another. Sellers who use any of the community spaces must be over 18 years old. To make sure that the Afri Pearl Collections community continues to be a place that’s safe, welcoming and respectful, you agree to comply with the following policies in all community spaces:

  • Respect other members’ privacy, and protect your own. Don’t share private or personally identifying information in public areas of the site. This includes, but is not limited to, transaction details, personal contact details and the verbatim contents of private correspondence.
  • Do not use community spaces to discuss interactions with Afri Pearl Collections representatives, or to share verbatim extracts of such conversations ( i.e., emails, DMs or messages, live chats etc.). Remember, most messages between you and Afri Pearl Collections are considered private correspondence and we ask that you respect this confidentiality. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more information.
  • Be honest and transparent about who you are. Don’t use a fake identity.
  • Be respectful towards other sellers and, when in doubt, lead with kindness, assume best intentions and act on that basis. Don’t use community spaces to publicly disparage a specific seller, an Afri Pearl Collections representative, shop, listing or category of item.
  • Don’t use community tools or spaces to interfere with another seller’s business.
  • Don’t spam. This includes unsolicited or duplicate posts or links to your shop, fundraisers, surveys, social media, or other promotional content.
  • Don’t use community spaces to coordinate pricing or discuss fee avoidance with other sellers.
  • Don’t use community spaces to harass other sellers. Similarly, don’t post content in community spaces that may promote, support, or glorify hatred, misinformation, or that would be in violation of Afri Pearl Collections’ policies including our Anti-Discrimination Policy.
  • Don’t publish or post threats of violence against others or promote or encourage others to engage in violence or illegal activity.
  • Don’t engage in illegal activity or activity that infringes someone’s intellectual property, or encourage others to engage in that type of activity.

11.          Don’t use community spaces to encourage others to violate Afri Pearl Collections’ policies.

Continue reading below for some additional policies that apply to you while using specific community spaces.

2. Forums

Forums is a public space where sellers can gather with other sellers to discuss their Afri Pearl Collections businesses. By using Afri Pearl Collections’ Forums, you acknowledge and agree that:

  • Your role is to help us create a safe space for sellers to learn from one another and grow their businesses.
  • Your contributions help us build a public database of valuable knowledge and experiences that are available to everyone.
  • Tone is challenging to interpret on a public forum and our community spaces are for Afri Pearl Collections sellers at every level. When in doubt, lead with empathy and kindness.
  • Your posts will stay on topic. Off topic posts may be removed.
  • Your posts in the Forums are permanent and can be viewed in various places including your User Profile (unless they are removed by Afri Pearl Collections).
  • Your posts should be helpful, constructive, and encouraging when voicing dissent or criticism. Don’t harass, target, insult, troll, or call out other members or Afri Pearl Collections representatives.
  • Moderators may take certain actions to keep the Forums welcoming, organized, and helpful for everyone. Such actions are not up for public discussion.
  • You will respect others’ opinions and report content responsibly. Flagging posts is reserved for content that specifically violates Afri Pearl Collections’ policies.
  • Afri Pearl Collections reserves the right to remove content from the Forums at any time for any reason, including, for example, violation of our policies, removal of dormant content, content that causes privacy issues, or due to changes to how the Forums operate.
  • If you have concerns about actions taken in the forums, you can follow these instructions to contact Afri Pearl Collections Support.

3. Direct Messages

Members may send each other direct messages using the Community’s built-in messaging system. These messages are separate from Afri Pearl Collections Messages and can be accessed and read when you are in community spaces. By using direct messages in the Afri Pearl Collections Community, you agree to all of the above policies. In addition, you may not send messages that are considered:

  • Abusive, threatening, defamatory, harassing, or otherwise in violation of our Anti-Discrimination Policy.
  • Obscene or vulgar.
  • Unsolicited advertising or promotions.

If you receive an inappropriate message, contact us to report it.

4. Teams

Afri Pearl Collections Teams is a community feature where you can connect with Afri Pearl Collections sellers to help you grow your business. Afri Pearl Collections Teams are self-organized by members and not run by, part of, or affiliated with Afri Pearl Collections. By using Afri Pearl Collections’ Teams feature, you acknowledge and agree that:

  • Except as set forth below, Afri Pearl Collections is not responsible for or involved in a team’s membership policies, dues, finances, or any other actions.
  • Teams that do not comply with Afri Pearl Collections’ policies, including our Anti-Discrimination Policy, may be removed, and Afri Pearl Collections reserves the right to remove a team for any reason.
  • Afri Pearl Collections will not mediate disputes between teams and outside parties, nor disputes between teams and team members.
  • Afri Pearl Collections will not monitor third-party forums or other independent team sites.
  • Any use of the term “Afri Pearl Collections,” Afri Pearl Collections’ visual marks such as the stylized Afri Pearl Collections name logo or “E” logo, other Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks (all trademarks worldwide owned by Afri Pearl Collections Ltd. and its affiliates), or marks confusingly similar to the Afri Pearl Collections Marks must comply with Afri Pearl Collections’ Trademark Policy and our Team branding guidelines. See below for more details.
  • A team may not use mature, profane, or hateful language or images in the team’s name, banner, or logo.
  • A team may not be used for the sole purpose of redirecting traffic to another web location. Afri Pearl Collections reserves the right to remove links on any profile page or team page for any reason. Unsolicited promotion or advertisement from representatives or affiliates of outside services, websites or other products is not allowed.
  • Teams are created by and run by Team Captains. A team must have a Captain in place in order to function successfully.
  • Team Captains are responsible for moderating their Team’s content. In addition, Team Captains may appoint additional roles and responsibilities to their members.
  • Teams that are inactive for 6 months or more, or who do not have a Team Captain in place to moderate the Team, are subject to removal from the platform and cancellation at Afri Pearl Collections’ discretion. This includes revocation of the right to use Afri Pearl Collections’ name or the Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks.
  • Team forums and on-site publications (i.e., blogs and knowledge base articles) are subject to this Community Policy and may not be used to demonstrate or discuss disputes with other members or with Afri Pearl Collections.
  • A team may have a charter detailing membership requirements and expectations for the team. Team leadership is responsible for enforcing the team’s charter. A team’s charter must abide by all of Afri Pearl Collections’ policies, including our Terms of Use and Intellectual Property Policy.
  • If a team chooses to use a dedicated item listing tag (also called a “team tag”), it must contain the word “team”. Afri Pearl Collections will not mediate disputes regarding use of team tags on item listings.

5. Branding Guidelines for Teams and Captains of Teams

Teams must adhere to these branding guidelines when identifying as an Afri Pearl Collections Seller Team.

You can use the word Afri Pearl Collections in the name of your Team. (e.g. Afri Pearl Collections Africa Team, Chinese Afri Pearl Collections Team). However, you can’t use the term ‘Afri Pearl Collections’ alone, or the Afri Pearl Collections logo by itself in your Team name, or in any promotional materials that reference your Team in any manner. Things to keep in mind when creating an Afri Pearl Collections Team Logo:

•             You cannot use the Afri Pearl Collections logo to promote your Team without your Team name included at any time.

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•             If you use the word “Afri Pearl Collections” in your Team logo, you must make sure it is not the most prominent or the largest word visually on the logo image.

•             If you are promoting your Team or any Team related activities, you must include the terms “Organized by a Team of Afri Pearl Collections sellers” visibly and prominently. It is also your responsibility to make it clear that you are not an agent or employee of Afri Pearl Collections. -You are solely responsible for any costs relating to your use of all promotional materials, venues or other items used to promote your Team.

Afri Pearl Collections does not pre-approve Team branding and we reserve the right to take action on any usage brought to our attention that causes confusion, potential harm to the Afri Pearl Collections brand, or is in direct violation of our Trademark Policy. In particular:

Teams’ use of the Afri Pearl Collections name and Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks is subject to periodic Afri Pearl Collections’ review at any time, and Afri Pearl Collections may require changes in your use of the Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks to comply with Afri Pearl Collections policies, including our Trademark Policy, Afri Pearl Collections’ marketing needs, or to ensure Afri Pearl Collections’ Trademarks are not used in a way that suggests your Team is affiliated with, or part of Afri Pearl Collections Ltd. In addition, you may not use the Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks or similar marks in a way that tarnishes or causes harm to Afri Pearl Collections’ brand or reputation, or in relation to non-Afri Pearl Collections services. At Afri Pearl collections’ sole discretion, including if you violate this policy, or any of Afri Pearl collections’ Terms of Use, Afri Pearl Collections reserves the right to revoke your right to use the Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks.

6. Afri Pearl Collections Local

Afri Pearl Collections Local connects buyers with Afri Pearl Collections sellers who are participating in fairs and markets in their area. Buyers can shop from sellers in person, supporting both the Afri Pearl Collections community and their own local economies. In order for your event to qualify for Afri Pearl Collections Local, it must be:

•             Held at a physical location

•             Open to the public

•             A limited-time engagement

Here are some examples of events that can be promoted with Afri Pearl Collections Local:

•             Craft fairs

•             Markets

•             Pop-up shops

•             Special events

The following are not eligible for Afri Pearl Collections Local:

•             Online/virtual events

•             Art galleries or studios (unless your event will take place in an art gallery or studio)

•             Brick and mortar shops (unless your event will take place in a brick-and-mortar shop, like Small Business Saturday)

While you may describe your event as organized by Afri Pearl Collections sellers, you may not prominently use the Afri Pearl Collections name or logo in a manner that suggests the event is organized or run by Afri Pearl Collections. You are required to only use assets approved for Afri Pearl Collections Local for use of the Afri Pearl Collections name or Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks. Afri Pearl Collections may periodically review your use of the Afri Pearl Collections name and Afri Pearl Collections Trademark, and may revoke your right to use the Afri Pearl Collections name or Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks may be revoked by Afri Pearl Collections at any time, for any reason.

Afri Pearl Collections may take action, including termination or suspension, on any account that violates these policies. For example, we may temporarily or permanently suspend your community posting privileges, remove your community access or close your Afri Pearl Collections account, which will immediately suspend all Afri Pearl Collections shop activity. If we do so, it’s important to understand that you don’t have a contractual or legal right to continue to use our Services, including Community spaces or the Afri Pearl Collections Trademarks. Generally, Afri Pearl Collections will notify you that your account has been terminated or suspended, unless you’ve repeatedly violated this policy or our Terms or we have legal or regulatory reasons preventing us from notifying you.

Privacy Policy

Our privacy practices for our site, mobile apps and other services. At Afri Pearl Collections, we care deeply about privacy. We believe in transparency, and we’re committed to being upfront about our privacy practices, including how we treat your personal information. We know you care about your privacy too, so we provide settings that allow you to choose how certain information is used by Afri Pearl Collections.

This policy explains our privacy practices for Afri Pearl Collections.com (which we’ll refer to as the “Site”), Afri Pearl collections’ mobile applications (the “Apps”), Pattern by Afri Pearl Collections, Afri Pearl Collections Payments, Afri Pearl collections’ public Application Programme Interface (the “API”), and our other services provided by Afri Pearl Collections, depending on your location (“Afri Pearl Collections,” together with “we”, “us”, and “our”). We’ll refer to the Site, the Apps, Pattern by Afri Pearl Collections, Afri Pearl Collections Payments, the API, and our other services as the “Services”. If you are located outside of Africa, Afri Pearl Collections Uganda is the data controller and is responsible for your personal information. This policy does not apply to the practices of third parties (including other members who sell using the Services or API users) who may also collect or receive data in connection with your use of the Services.

1.            Our Privacy Policy

2.            Information Collected or Received

3.            Findability

4.            Messages from Afri Pearl Collections

5.            Community

6.            Information Uses, Sharing, & Disclosure

7.            Transfers

8.            Security

9.            Retention

10.          Your Rights & Choices

11.          Your Responsibilities

12.          Privacy Policy Changes

13.          Contact

1. Our Privacy Policy

We process your personal information to run our business and provide our users with the Services. By accepting our Terms of Use (and in some jurisdictions, by acknowledging this policy), you confirm that you have read and understand this policy, including how and why we use your information. If you don’t want us to collect or process your personal information in the ways described in this policy, you shouldn’t use the Services. We are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies or practices of any of our members, websites hosted through Pattern by Afri Pearl Collections, or third-party websites and apps.

Afri Pearl collections’ Terms of Use require all account owners to be at least 18 years of age. Minors under 18 years of age and at least 13 years of age are permitted to use Afri Pearl collections’ Services only if they have permission and direct supervision by the owner of the account. Children under age 13 are not permitted to use the Services. You are responsible for any and all account activity conducted by a minor on your account. We do not knowingly “sell”, as that term is defined under applicable law, including the California Consumer Privacy Act, the personal information of minors. More information can be found in Afri Pearl collections’ Minors Policy.

By using the Services, you acknowledge that Afri Pearl Collections will use your information in the United States, Ireland and any other country where Afri Pearl Collections operates. Please be aware that the privacy laws and standards in certain countries, including the rights of authorities to access your personal information, may differ from those that apply in the country in which you reside. We will transfer personal information only to those countries to which we are permitted by law to transfer personal information as more fully described in the “Transfers” Section of this policy.

2. Information Collected or Received

In the course of providing our Services, we collect or receive your personal information in a few different ways. We obtain the categories of personal information listed below from the following sources: directly from you, for example, from forms you complete or during registration; indirectly from you based on your activity and interaction with our Services, or from the device or browser you use to access the Services; from our vendors and suppliers that help provide Afri Pearl Collections services you may interact with (such as, for example, for payments or customer support), and from our third party advertising and marketing partners. Often, you choose what information to provide, but sometimes we require certain information to provide you the Services. Afri Pearl Collections uses the personal information it receives and collects in accordance with the purposes described in this policy.

You can also choose to provide information to a third party via Afri Pearl collections’ API. While users of Afri Pearl collections’ API are required to follow Afri Pearl collections’ API Terms of Use, including having appropriate privacy and security controls, Afri Pearl Collections does not have a direct partner relationship with these third parties and their processing of information is subject to their own privacy policies. You should understand the privacy and security practices of any third party before you share information with them.

Registration, Account Setup, Service Usage: In order to use the Services, you will need to submit a valid email address. If you register, you will need to submit a name associated with your account. You may modify that name through your account settings. You need to provide this information to enable us to provide you with the Services. Additional information, such as a shop name, billing and payment information (including billing contact name, address, telephone number, credit card information), a telephone number, and/or a physical postal address, may be necessary in order for us to provide a particular service. For example, we need a physical postal address if you are buying something on the Site for delivery. As an Afri Pearl Collections seller, if you choose to use our payment service (“Afri Pearl Collections Payments”), Afri Pearl Collections requires your full name, social security number, identification ID or tax ID, date of birth, bank account information, photograph, credit card information, and/or other proof of identification in order to verify your identity, provide this service to you, and comply with applicable law. For example, in certain markets, Afri Pearl Collections Sellers’ imprint (including trade name or individual name as applicable), may be displayed to buyers on Afri Pearl Collections in order to comply with local legal requirements. For both buyers and sellers, Afri Pearl Collections requires this information from you in order to provide you with the Services (including, to verify ownership of an account, to mitigate fraud and abuse, to comply with regulatory obligations, or to complete a transaction as a buyer or seller). We may store credit card information and other information provided to us during checkout, for billing and payment purposes, and to process your transaction. Members in certain countries can elect to save their credit card information to facilitate checkout for future purchases. If you’re an Afri Pearl Collections buyer in the EU, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, you may be asked to authenticate your payment method when you place your order. To authenticate a payment, you will need to respond to a prompt from your card issuer and provide additional information, such as a correct response to a question, a password, or a passcode. Afri Pearl Collections may contact individual shop owners confidentially to request more information about their shops or items listed through the Services, or may request information from buyers to ensure compliance with our policies and applicable law. In order to use certain products or services on Afri Pearl Collections, you may be required to complete an application; information that you submit through the application process will not be displayed publicly and will only be used internally by Afri Pearl Collections and its service providers, unless otherwise specified.

Profile: You may provide your name and other personal information (such as birthday, gender, location) in connection with your account and activity. You can edit or remove this information through your account settings. The name associated with your account (which you may modify in your account settings) is publicly displayed and connected to your Afri Pearl Collections activity. Other members may see the date you joined; ratings, reviews and information relating to items you review, and related photos for items you purchased or sold; your profile information; items you listed for sale; your shop pages and policies; your Favorites, followers, and those you follow; sold item listings and the number of items sold; comments you post in our community spaces; and information you decide to share via social networks. For Sellers, we may collect and use information about you in order to feature you in marketing and advocacy materials, and to feature you and your shop on and off the platform, as provided for in Afri Pearl collections’ Terms of Use. From time to time, we may also ask you about certain demographic information, such as your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, in relation to specific marketing and advocacy projects and campaigns. Providing this demographic information is entirely voluntary and at the time we ask we will also seek your consent to use it.

Automated Information: Afri Pearl Collections automatically receives and records information from your browser or your mobile device when you visit the Site, use the Apps, or use certain features of the Services, such as your IP address or unique device identifier, cookies, and data about which pages you visit and how you interact with those pages in order to allow us to operate and provide the Services. This information is stored in log files and is collected automatically. Afri Pearl Collections may also receive similar information (like, for example, IP addresses and actions taken on the device) provided by a connected Internet of Things device such as a voice-activated assistant or Smart TV. We may combine this information from your browser or your mobile device with other information that we or our advertising or marketing partners collect about you, including across devices. This information is used to prevent fraud and to keep the Services secure, to analyses and understand how the Services work for members and visitors, and to provide advertising, including across your devices, and a more personalized experience for members and visitors.

We also automatically collect device-specific information when you install, access, or use our Services. This information can include information such as the hardware model, operating system information, app version, app usage and debugging information, browser information, IP address, and device identifiers. For more information about these online tools and how we use them, see our Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy and “Information Uses, Sharing, & Disclosure” Section below.

Data from Afri Pearl Collections Vendors and Suppliers: We also receive information from our vendors and suppliers about you. This information can include customer service interactions, payments information, delivery information, and information shared in Afri Pearl collections’ forums.

Data from Advertising and Marketing Partners: As described below, Afri Pearl Collections receives information from our advertising and marketing partners about you. This information can include attribution information via cookies and UTM tags in URLs to determine where a visit to Afri Pearl Collections comes from, responses to marketing emails and advertisements, responses to offers, and audience information from partners who you have given consent to share that information with us.

Location Information: We collect information about your use of the Services for advertising, for analytics, to serve content, and to protect the Services. This can include your IP address, browser information (including referrers), device information (such as iOS IDFA, IDFV for limited non-advertising purposes, Android AAID, and, when enabled by you, location information provided by your device). When you use the Apps, you can choose to share your geolocation details with Afri Pearl Collections in order to use functions like our local marketplace, maps, and for in-person sales (although you don’t need to share these details). You can choose to publish your location when you sell on Afri Pearl Collections.

We obtain location information you provide in your profile or your IP address. With your consent, we may also determine location by using other information from your device, such as precise location information from GPS or information about wireless networks or cell towers near your mobile device. We use and store information about your location to provide features and to improve and customize the Services, for example, for Afri Pearl collections’ internal analytics and performance monitoring; localization, regional requirements, and policies for the Services; for local content, search results, and recommendations; for delivery and mapping services; and (using non-precise location information) marketing. If you have consented to share your precise device location details but would no longer like to continue sharing that information with us, you may revoke your consent to the sharing of that information through the settings on the Apps or on your mobile device. Certain non-precise location services, such as for security and localized policies based on your IP address or submitted address, are critical for the Site to function. We will only share your geolocation details with third parties (like our mapping, payments, or, to the extent applicable, advertising providers) in order to provide you with the Services. You may also choose to enable the Apps to access your mobile device’s camera to upload photographs to Afri Pearl Collections.

Analytics Information: We use data analytics software to ensure Site and App functionality and to improve the Services. This software records information such as how often you use the Apps, what happens within the Apps, aggregated usage, performance data, app errors and debugging information, and where the Apps were downloaded from. We do not link the information we store within the analytics software to any personally identifiable information that you submit within the mobile application. For more information, see Afri Pearl collections’ Cookies and Similar Technologies Policy and Disclosures.

Information from Third Parties: Some members or visitors may choose to connect to Afri Pearl Collections or register an Afri Pearl Collections account using an external third-party application, such as Facebook, or an app developed using Afri Pearl collections’ API. Connecting your Afri Pearl Collections account to third-party applications or services is optional. If you choose to connect your account to a third-party application, it is subject to your agreements with that third party (like their Terms of Use and privacy notices), and Afri Pearl Collections can receive information from that application. We may also collect public information in order to connect with you, such as when we communicate with you over social media. We may use that information as part of providing the Services to you. You can also choose to share some of your activity on Afri Pearl Collections on certain social media networks which are connected to your Afri Pearl Collections account, and you can revoke your permission anytime in your account settings. Certain third-party applications that you use to create or sign in to your account may provide you with the option to discontinue receiving messages from us or allows you to forward those messages to another email address. If we are unable to send you critical messages about your account, we may suspend or terminate your account.

Non-Member Information: Afri Pearl Collections receives or obtains information (for example, an email address or IP address) about a person who is not yet a registered Afri Pearl Collections member (a “non-member”) in connection with certain Afri Pearl Collections features, such as when a non-member chooses to subscribe to an Afri Pearl Collections newsletter, a member invites a non-member to visit the Site, a member uploads non-member information using the contact uploader feature, a non-member engages in a transaction, a member sends a gift card code to a non-member, or a non-member uses Guest Checkout to make a purchase. Non-member information is used only for the purposes disclosed when it was submitted to Afri Pearl Collections, for purposes necessary to the functioning of Afri Pearl collections’ Services or where Afri Pearl Collections has a legitimate interest, as disclosed in the “Information Uses, Sharing, & Disclosure” Section below, or to facilitate action authorized by a member or the non-member.

Pattern by Afri Pearl Collections: We also collect certain information from both members and non-members who visit websites hosted by us. This information may include your IP address or unique device identifier, and cookies and data from the pages you visit. To learn more about websites hosted by us through Pattern by Afri Pearl Collections, see our Pattern Policy. For more information on our use of cookies and collection of tracking information, see our Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy or “Information Uses, Sharing, & Disclosure” section below.

3. Findability

You can choose to import your contacts from your mobile device or personal email address book, or a social network account to Afri Pearl Collections. We do not retain the login information for your email service, mobile device, or social network site. You can search for people you know by email address or phone number on the Site or through the contact information you import. Finding your friends on Afri Pearl Collections helps you connect with them on our platform. For example, you can follow another member’s public activity, such as public Favorites. When you begin following another member’s activity, they will receive an email notification (if the member has consented to receiving this type of email).

If you do not want your contacts to be able to find you on Afri Pearl Collections through your email address, phone number, or social networking connections, then you can change your findability through your account settings. If you do not wish to be located on Afri Pearl Collections via your name, you can remove your name and instead may use a nickname or alias as your name in your public account information.

4. Messages from Afri Pearl Collections

On occasion, Afri Pearl Collections will need to contact you. Primarily, these messages are delivered by email, Afri Pearl Collections Messages, or by push notifications for a variety of reasons, including marketing, transactions, advocacy, and service update purposes. If you no longer wish to receive push notifications, you can disable them at device level. You can opt out of receiving marketing communications via email or Messages in your account settings or by following the unsubscribe link in any marketing email you receive. To ensure you properly receive notifications, we will need to collect certain information about your device, such as operating system and user identification information. Every account is required to keep a valid email address on file to receive messages. Afri Pearl Collections may also contact you by telephone to provide member support or for transaction-related purposes if you request that we call you. Additionally, and with your consent where required by applicable law, Afri Pearl Collections may send you an SMS (or similar) message, or reach out to you by telephone, in order to provide you with customer support, for research or feedback, or to provide you with information about products and features that you may find of interest. You can update your contact preferences in your account settings.

Some messages from Afri Pearl Collections are service-related and necessary for members and Guest Checkout users. You understand and agree that Afri Pearl Collections can send you non-marketing emails, Afri Pearl Collections Messages, or messages, such as those related to transactions, your account, security, or product changes. Examples of service-related messages include an email address confirmation/welcome email when you register your account, notification of an order, service availability, modification of key features or functions, relaying Messages with buyers, and correspondence with Afri Pearl collections’ Support team (including by chat interface or the other methods of communication as described above).

When you register for an account, subscribe to a newsletter, or provide us with your email address or phone number such as for a Guest Checkout purchase, you receive notice of and agree (in some jurisdictions and situations, by an additional unambiguous consent) to receive marketing emails and messages from us. You can unsubscribe at any time from marketing emails or messages through the opt-out link included in marketing emails or messages. Members can also control which marketing emails or messages they receive from Afri Pearl Collections through their account settings. Please note that some changes to your account settings may take a few days to take effect.

A contact-importer feature is available to help you locate and connect with your friends and contacts who may be members of Afri Pearl Collections (see the “Findability” section above for more information). If someone in your contact list is not already a member, you may invite them to join Afri Pearl Collections, and an email will be sent to them on your behalf. Recipients of email invitations may opt out of receiving future invitations by following instructions in the email invitation message. You may send an invitation only to someone who has given you consent to receive one.

5. Community

Afri Pearl Collections is a marketplace and a community. We offer several features that allow members to connect and communicate in public or semi-public spaces, such as Forums and Teams, which are a part of the Afri Pearl Collections Community space. You don’t have to use these features, but if you do, please use common sense and good judgment when posting in these community spaces or sharing your personal information with others through the Services. Be aware that any personal information that you choose to submit there can be read, collected, or used by others, or could be used to send unsolicited messages to you. We engage certain third parties to assist in providing community services to you and, in the context of that relationship, we need to share some of your information with such third parties in order to provide that service. This may include, for example, information from your Afri Pearl Collections account that is publicly available, your account’s status, your forum posts and Team memberships, your Afri Pearl Collections username and/or shop name, the display name you’ve optionally chosen to share publicly in your Afri Pearl Collections account, avatar image, the date that you registered on Afri Pearl Collections, as well as your language and regional settings on the Site. If you close your Afri Pearl Collections account, your community account, which allows you to post in Forums, will also be closed and related personal information will be deleted. However, your posts may remain public after your account is closed, although your name will no longer be displayed alongside the post. You are responsible for the personal information that you choose to post in community spaces through the Services. You can set your privacy preferences and download your data in your Community Settings, and close or delete your community account by submitting a request to Afri Pearl Collections.

Another member may follow your public activity on the Site to receive updates, such as when you add an item to your public Favorites. You may choose to make certain activities private through your account settings. You have the option to block any member with whom you do not wish to share your updates.

6. Information Uses, Sharing, & Disclosure

We respect your privacy. Afri Pearl Collections will not disclose your name, email address or other personal information to third parties without your consent, except as specified in this policy.

You can control your privacy settings through the opt-out buttons in your account settings privacy tab, and the Privacy Settings link in the footer of most site pages and our homepage. Please note that some changes to your privacy settings may take a few days to take effect. We or our sellers may advertise our Services or our sellers’ products through a variety of different mediums and rely on your consent to do so off-site.

Legal Bases

When you access or use the Services, we collect, use, share, and otherwise process your personal information for the purposes described in this policy. We rely on a number of legal bases to use your information in these ways. These legal bases include where:

•             Necessary to perform the contractual obligations in our Terms of Use and in order to provide the Services to you;

•             You have consented to the processing, which you can revoke at any time;

•             Necessary to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation, a court order, or to exercise or defend any impending or asserted legal claims;

•             Necessary for the purposes of our or a third party’s legitimate interests, such as those of visitors, members, or partners (described in more detail below);

•             You have expressly made the information public;

•             Necessary in the public interest, such as to prevent crime; and

•             Occasionally necessary to protect your vital interests or those of others (in rare cases where we may need to share information to prevent loss of life or personal injury).

We principally rely on consent (which can be withdrawn at anytime) (i) to send marketing messages, (ii) for third-party data sharing related to advertising, and, to the extent applicable, (iii) for the use of location data for advertising purposes.

We rely on consent for targeted online and offline marketing including through tools like Facebook Custom Audience and Google Customer Match. We or our sellers may advertise our Services or our sellers’ products through a variety of different mediums and rely on your consent to do so off-site. As part of this, we may work with advertising partners such as Facebook, Google, and other partners disclosed in our Cookies and Similar Technology Policy. These partners have their own privacy policies and consent mechanisms for their customers, in addition to Afri Pearl collections’ controls. You may see the privacy policies and privacy choices for these partners, and the information you share with them, in our Cookies and Similar Technology Disclosures.

Afri Pearl Collections may also use first party data (e.g. your prior shopping and browsing patterns on our Site), and may combine it with other data collected from you, such as your location, or publicly available information, to permit us to create targeted audiences based on your known or inferred demographic and/or interests to provide you with more relevant and useful advertising on our site, in our direct marketing channels (like email), or with our off site marketing partners, like Google and Facebook, subject to their terms and privacy notice you agreed to with such partners .

Our Legitimate Interests

Where we process your information on the basis of legitimate interests, we do so as follows:

Providing and Improving our Services: We use your information to improve and customize our Services, including sharing your information for such purposes, and we do so as it is necessary to pursue our legitimate interests of improving our Services for our users. This is also necessary to enable us to pursue our legitimate interests in understanding how our Services are being used, and to explore and unlock ways to develop and grow our business. It is also necessary to allow us to pursue our legitimate interests in improving our Services, efficiency, interest in Services for users, and obtaining insights into usage patterns of our Services. As a core part of our Services, we have a legitimate interest in customizing your on-site experience to help you search for and discover relevant items and recommended purchases, including using this information to help sellers find the best ways to market and sell their products on Afri Pearl Collections.

Providing Marketing Communications: We rely on our legitimate interest to send you marketing messages (where permitted independent of consent) and for Afri Pearl collections’ advertising programmes (including Afri Pearl collections’ on-site advertising and marketing).

Keeping our Services Safe and Secure: We use your information for safety and security purposes, which can include sharing your information for such purposes, and we do so because it is necessary to pursue our legitimate interests or those of a third party in ensuring the security of our Services, preventing harm to individuals or property, or crime, enforcing or defending legal rights, or preventing damage to Afri Pearl collections’ systems, or those of our users or our partners. This includes enhancing protection of our community against spam, harassment, intellectual property infringement, crime, and security risks of all kinds. We use your information to provide and improve the Services, for billing and payments, for identification and authentication, and for general research and aggregate reporting. For example, in accordance with our existing case resolution process, we may use information you provide to resolve disputes with Afri Pearl Collections or other members.

Buying and Selling: As part of the buying and selling process, Afri Pearl Collections will facilitate the sharing of information between the two members involved in the transaction, such as the other Afri Pearl Collections member’s delivery address and payment status. This can also involve us sharing your information with some of our third-party partners such as our delivery and payment partners to enable us to provide the Service to you. Such partners will process your personal information in accordance with their own privacy policies. In some instances, while they are subject to Afri Pearl collections’ privacy and security requirements for vendors, these partners, not Afri Pearl Collections, are responsible for the protection of personal information under their control. By making a sale or a purchase on Afri Pearl Collections, you are directing us to share your information in this way. Since this is an important part of the Services we provide, we need to do this in order to perform our obligations under our Terms of Use. We expect you to respect the privacy of the member whose information you have received. As described in Afri Pearl collections’ Terms of Use, you have a limited license to use that information only for Afri Pearl Collections-related communications or for Afri Pearl Collections-facilitated transactions. Afri Pearl Collections has not granted a license to you to use the information for unauthorized transactions or sending unsolicited commercial messages in violation of any applicable laws, including any consent requirements of the jurisdiction of the recipient. You should only add a member to your email or physical mailing list or otherwise use or store a member’s personal information in accordance with applicable laws, including any consent requirements that apply in that member’s jurisdiction.

Site Customization: We may learn about the types of products that you’re interested in from your browsing and purchasing behavior on (and off) the Site or Apps and use such information to suggest potential purchases as a result. As a core part of our Services, we have a legitimate interest in customizing your on-site experience to help you search for and discover relevant items and recommended purchases, including using this information to help sellers find the best ways to market and sell their products on Afri Pearl Collections.

Legal and Safety: Afri Pearl Collections may also retain, preserve, or release your personal information to a third party in the following limited circumstances: in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet legitimate national security or law enforcement requirements; to protect, establish, or exercise our legal rights or defend against impending or asserted legal claims, including to collect a debt, or a material violation of our policies (including our Intellectual Property Policy); to comply with a subpoena, court order, legal process, regulation, or other legal requirement; or when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with the law, prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss, or investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, threats to our rights or property, or violations of Afri Pearl collections’ Terms of Use. For example, if permitted due to the forgoing circumstances, your information may be shared with tax authorities or other governmental agencies. In the cases set out above, our use of your information may be necessary for the purposes of our or a third party’s legitimate interest in keeping our Services secure, preventing harm or crime, enforcing or defending legal rights, or preventing damage. Such use may also be necessary to comply with a legal obligation, a court order, or to exercise or defend legal claims or to facilitate the collection of taxes and prevention of tax fraud. It may also be necessary in the public interest (such as to prevent crime) or to protect vital interests (in rare cases where we may need to share information to prevent loss of life or personal injury).

If Afri Pearl Collections receives a lawful, verified request for a member’s records or information in one of the limited circumstances described in the previous paragraph, Afri Pearl Collections may disclose personal information, which may include, but may not be limited to, a member’s name, address, phone number, email address, company/trading name and, where appropriate, bank account and transaction details. Find out more about how Afri Pearl Collections responds to requests for records or information about members of Afri Pearl collections’ community in our Requests for Information Policy.

Affiliated Businesses: Afri Pearl Collections is affiliated with a variety of businesses and works closely with them for a variety of purposes, including assisting us to perform and improve the Services. These businesses may sell items or services to you through the Services or, with your consent, offer promotions (including email promotions) to you. Afri Pearl Collections also provides services or sells products jointly with affiliated businesses, including providing you with the opportunity to sign up with such partners and allow them to more effectively market to you. When an affiliated business assists in facilitating your transaction, we may need to share information related to the transaction with that affiliated business in order to facilitate your transaction, and this forms part of the Services we provide in accordance with our Terms of Use. We rely on consent (which can be withdrawn at any time) to send marketing messages and for third-party sharing relating to advertising. As part of this, we may work with advertising partners such as Facebook or Google and we may use analytics aggregated from usage information including, for example, search keywords, favorites, browsing history and purchase history.

Aggregated Information: Afri Pearl Collections may share demographic information with business partners, but it will be aggregated and de-personalized so that personal information is not revealed.

Service Providers: Afri Pearl Collections also needs to engage third-party companies and individuals (such as research companies, and analytics and security providers) to help us operate, provide, and market the Services. These third parties have only limited access to your information, may use your information only to perform these tasks on our behalf, and are obligated to Afri Pearl Collections not to disclose or use your information for other purposes. Our engagement of service providers is often necessary for us to provide the Services to you, particularly where such companies play important roles like helping us keep our Service operating and secure. In some other cases, these service providers aren’t strictly necessary for us to provide the Services, but help us make it better, like by helping us conduct research into how we could better serve our users. In these latter cases, we have a legitimate interest in working with service providers to make our Services better.

Business Reorganization: In some cases, Afri Pearl Collections may choose to buy or sell assets. Such transactions may be necessary and in our legitimate interests, particularly our interest in making decisions that enable our business to develop over the long term. In these types of transactions (such as a sale, merger, liquidation, receivership, or transfer of all or substantially all of Afri Pearl collections’ assets), member information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. If Afri Pearl Collections intends to transfer information about you, Afri Pearl Collections will notify you by email or by putting a prominent notice on the Site and the App, and you will be afforded an opportunity to opt out before information about you becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Third Parties: Third-party plug-ins also collect information about your use of the Site. For example, when you load a page on Afri Pearl Collections that has a social plug-in from a third-party site or service, such as a “Like” or “Send” button, you are also loading content from that third-party site. That site may request cookies directly from your browser. These interactions are subject to the privacy policy of the third-party site. In addition, certain cookies and other similar technologies on the Site are used by third parties for targeted online marketing and other purposes. These technologies allow a partner to recognize your computer or mobile device each time you use the Services. Please be aware that when you use third-party sites or services, their own terms and privacy policies will govern your use of those sites or services. Afri Pearl Collections chooses and manages these third-party technologies placed on its Sites and Apps. However, these are third-party technologies, and they are subject to that third party’s privacy policy. For more information, see our Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy. We rely on your consent to drop and read these cookies when not technically necessary or when not required based on another purpose such as legitimate interest.

This policy does not apply to the practices of third parties (such as other members who sell using the Services, certain third-party providers on whom we rely to provide certain services, or API users) that Afri Pearl Collections does not own or control or individuals that Afri Pearl Collections does not employ or manage, except as otherwise provided for in the Terms or as required by law. If you provide your information to such third parties in connection with your use of the Services, different practices may apply to the use or disclosure of the information that you provide to them. While Afri Pearl Collections requires these third parties to follow Afri Pearl collections’ privacy and security requirements, Afri Pearl Collections does not control the privacy or security policies of such third parties. To the full extent applicable in your jurisdiction, Afri Pearl Collections is not responsible for the privacy or security practices of these sellers, API users, or other websites on the internet, even those linked to or from the Services. We encourage you to read the privacy policies and ask questions of third parties before you disclose your personal information to them. For the purposes of European law, these sellers, third party providers, and API users are independent controllers of data, which means that they are responsible for providing and complying with their own policies relating to any personal information they obtain in connection with the Services.

7. Transfers

Afri Pearl Collections operates a global service. If you reside outside of North or South America, your personal information is controlled by Afri Pearl Collections United Kingdom. By using our Services, you understand that Afri Pearl Collections Ireland U.K may share some of the information it gathers with Afri Pearl Collections Ltd. (its Uganda parent company) or other Afri Pearl Collections affiliates for purposes described in this privacy policy, including for ID verification, transaction reviews, and payment processing.

The United States, European Economic Area (“EEA”) Member States, and other countries all have different laws. When your information is moved from your home country to another country, the laws and rules that protect your personal information in the country to which your information is transferred may be different from those in the country in which you live. For example, the circumstances in which law enforcement can access personal information may vary from country to country. In particular, if your information is in the US, it may be accessed by government authorities in accordance with US law.

To the extent that Afri Pearl Collections is deemed to transfer personal information outside of the EEA, we rely separately, alternatively, and independently on the following legal bases to transfer your information:

Model Clauses

The European Commission has adopted standard contractual clauses (also known as Model Clauses), which provide safeguards for personal information that is transferred outside of Europe. We often use these Model Clauses when transferring personal information outside of Europe. You can request a copy of our Model Clauses by contacting us.

Necessary for the Performance of the Contract between Afri Pearl Collections and its Members

Afri Pearl Collections provides a voluntary service; you can choose whether or not to use the Services. As we operate in countries worldwide and use technical infrastructure in the U.S. to deliver the Services to you, in accordance with the contract between us (our Terms of Use), we need to transfer your personal information to the U.S. and to other jurisdictions as necessary to provide the Services. Simply put, we can’t provide you with the Services and perform our contract with you without moving your personal information around the world. 

8. Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and after it is received, for example encryption is used for certain information (such as credit card numbers) using TLS (transport layer security). Unfortunately, no method of transmission over the internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to protect your personal information, we can’t guarantee its absolute security.

Your account information is protected by a password. It is important that you protect against unauthorized access to your account and information by choosing your password carefully and by keeping your password and computer secure, such as by signing out after using the Services. Afri Pearl Collections offers advanced security features and settings for members, such as two-factor authentication for signing in, and sign in history and notifications; you can view more information in your account settings.

If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us.

9. Retention

Afri Pearl Collections will retain your information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this policy, for as long as your account is active (i.e., for the lifetime of your Afri Pearl Collections member account), or as needed to provide the Services to you. If you no longer want Afri Pearl Collections to use your information to provide the Services to you, you may close your account. Afri Pearl Collections will retain and use your information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your information to comply with applicable tax/revenue laws), resolve disputes, enforce our agreements, and as otherwise described in this policy. In addition, Afri Pearl Collections sellers may also be required to retain and use your information in order to comply with their own legal obligations. Please note that closing your account may not free up your email address, username, or shop name (if any) for reuse on a new account. We also retain log files for internal analysis purposes. These log files are generally retained for a brief period of time, except in cases where they are used for site safety and security, to improve site functionality, or we are legally obligated to retain them for longer time periods.

10. Your Rights & Choices

Certain privacy laws around the world, including the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), provide users with rights related to their personal information. Consistent with those laws, Afri Pearl Collections gives you the choice of accessing, editing, or removing certain information, as well as choices about how we contact you. You may change or correct your Afri Pearl Collections account information through your account settings. You may also remove certain optional information that you no longer wish to be publicly visible through the Services, such as your name. You can also request to permanently close your account and delete your personal information. Depending on your location, you may also benefit from a number of rights with respect to your information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply in limited cases.

•             Right to Access & Portability: You can access certain personal information associated with your account by visiting your account privacy settings. You can request a copy of your personal information in an easily accessible format and information explaining how that information is used. See this Help Centre article for more information.

•             Right to Correction: You have the right to request that we rectify inaccurate information about you. By visiting your account settings, you can correct and change certain personal information associated with your account.

•             Right to Restrict Processing: In certain cases where we process your information, you may also have the right to restrict or limit the ways in which we use your personal information.

•             Right to Deletion: In certain circumstances, you have the right to request the deletion of your personal information, except information we are required to retain by law, regulation, or to protect the safety, security, and integrity of Afri Pearl Collections. See this Help Centre article for more information.

•             Right to Object: If we process your information based on our legitimate interests as explained above, or in the public interest, you can object to this processing in certain circumstances. In such cases, we will cease processing your information unless we have compelling legitimate grounds to continue processing or where it is needed for legal reasons. Where we use your personal data for direct marketing purposes, you can object using the unsubscribe link in such communications or changing your account email settings.

•             Right to Withdraw Consent: Where we rely on consent, you can choose to withdraw your consent to our processing of your information using specific features provided to enable you to withdraw consent, like an email unsubscribe link or your account privacy preferences. If you have consented to share your precise device location details but would no longer like to continue sharing that information with us, you can revoke your consent to the sharing of that information through the settings on your mobile device. This is without prejudice to your right to generally permanently close your account and delete your personal information.

The CCPA provides California residents with the following additional rights:

•             Right to Know: California residents may request disclosure of the specific pieces and/or categories of personal information that the business has collected about them, the categories of sources for that personal information, the business or commercial purposes for collecting the information, the categories of personal information that we have disclosed, and the categories of third parties with which the information was shared.

•             Right to Opt-Out: To the extent that Afri Pearl Collections “sells” personal information (as that term is defined under the CCPA), California residents are entitled to opt-out of the “sale” of data at any time (see below for more information).

If you would like to manage, change, limit, or delete your personal information, you can do so via your Afri Pearl Collections account settings. Alternatively, you can exercise any of the rights above by contacting us by submitting a message through our contact form available in our Help Centre, chat support, or through any other channels available via our Help Centre. Once you contact us to exercise any of your rights, we will confirm receipt of your request.

Limiting use of, or deleting, your personal information may impact features and uses that rely on that information. However, we will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights, including otherwise denying you goods or services, providing you with a different level or quality of services, or charging you different prices or rates for services. If you need further assistance, you can contact Afri Pearl Collections through one of the channels listed below under “Contact.” We will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe.

Please note that we may verify your identity before we are able to process any of the requests described in this Section, and in our discretion, deny your request if we are unable to verify your identity. As a part of this process, government or other identification may be required. You may designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf. In order to designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf, you must provide a valid power of attorney, the requester’s valid government issued identification, and the authorized agent’s valid government issued identification, and we may verify the authenticity of the request directly with you.

Email & Messages

You may also control the receipt of certain types of communications from Afri Pearl Collections in your account settings. Afri Pearl Collections may send you messages about the Services or your activity. Some of these messages are required, service-related messages for members (such as transactional messages or legal notices). Other messages are not required, such as newsletters. You can control which optional messages you choose to receive by changing your account settings, and you can learn more in the “Messages from Afri Pearl Collections” Section of this policy. If you no longer wish to use the Services or receive service-related messages (except for legally required notices), then you may close your account..

Cookies

We use both technically necessary (for the functioning and security of the Services) and non-technically necessary cookies and similar technologies. A more detailed explanation of the technologies we use, and how to opt out when applicable, can be found in Afri Pearl collections’ Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy.

Additional Disclosures for California Residents

Notice of Collection

In addition to the Rights & Choices described above, the CCPA requires disclosure of the categories of personal information collected over the past 12 months. While this information is provided in greater detail in the “Information Collected or Received” Section above, the categories of personal information that we have collected – as described by the CCPA – are:

•             Identifiers, including name, email address, shop name, IP address, and an ID or number assigned to your account.

•             Other individual records such as phone number, billing address, or credit or debit card information. This category includes personal information protected under pre-existing California law (Cal. Civ. Code 1798.80(e)), and overlaps with other categories listed here.

•             Demographics, such as your age or gender, or, where you have provided such information to Afri Pearl Collections voluntarily, demographic information about your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, provided in relation to specific marketing and advocacy projects and campaigns. This category includes data that may qualify as protected classifications under other California or federal laws.

•             Commercial information, including purchases and engagement with the Services.

•             Internet activity, including your interactions with our Services and what led you to our Services.

•             Sensory visual data, such as pictures posted on our Service.

•             Geolocation data provided through location enabled services such as WiFi and GPS.

•             Inferences, including information about your interests, preferences and favourites.

The Purposes for Our Collection

We collect and use these categories of personal information for our business and commercial purposes described in the “Information Uses, Sharing and Disclosure” Section above, including providing and improving the Services, maintaining the safety and security of the Services, processing purchase and sale transactions, and for advertising and marketing services.

Third Party Marketing and Advertising and Your Rights (Opt-Out of “Sale”)

Afri Pearl Collections does not sell personal information to third parties for monetary value. However, the term “sale” is defined broadly under the California Consumer Privacy Act. To the extent that “sale” under the CCPA is interpreted to include interest based advertising or other data uses described in the “Information Uses, Sharing and Disclosure” Section above, we will comply with applicable law as to those activities. You can read more in our Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy.

To opt-out of receiving interest-based advertising, you can exercise your choice by using your account privacy settings, or the general privacy settings link located at the footer of our homepage and most pages of the Site. The right to opt-out of interest-based advertising is available to all Afri Pearl Collections users.

Do Not Track Signals

Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to online services you visit. Note, however, there is no industry consensus as to what site and app operators should do with regard to these signals. Accordingly, unless and until the law is interpreted to require us to do so, we do not monitor or take action with respect to “Do Not Track” signals. For more information on “Do Not Track”, visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.

Shine the Light

California law entitles residents to ask for a notice describing what categories of personal information we share with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes. Other than to Sellers on Afri Pearl Collections (see “Buying and Selling” under the “Information Uses, Sharing and Disclosure” Section above), who must obtain your separate consent for their own marketing off of Afri Pearl Collections, or unless you request us to or consent to it, Afri Pearl Collections does not share any personal information to third parties for their own direct marketing purposes. If you have questions about these practices, you can contact us through one of the channels listed in the “Contact” Section below. For information on interest-based advertising with Afri Pearl Collections and how your information is used for marketing, see Afri Pearl collections’ Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy.

Accessibility

If you have a disability and would like to access this policy in an alternative format, please contact us using one of the channels listed in the “Contact” section below.

11. Your Responsibilities

If you sell using our Services or use Afri Pearl collections’ API, you may receive and determine what to do with certain personal information. Your privacy responsibilities, including when you act as an independent data controller (someone who decides what personal data to collect and the purpose you use the data for) are laid out in the Afri Pearl Collections Seller Policy and the Afri Pearl Collections API Terms of Use.

12. Privacy Policy Changes

We may amend or update this policy from time to time. If we believe that the changes are material, we’ll let you know by doing one (or more) of the following: (i) posting the changes on or through the Services, (ii) sending you an email or message about the changes, or (iii) posting an update in the version notes on the Apps’ platform. We encourage you to check back regularly and review any updates.

13. Contact

If you have any questions:

Contact Afri Pearl Collections’ Support team via our Help Center

Send an email to Afri Pearl collections’ Data Protection Officer at Afri Pearl Collections.com

Round Up Donation Feature Terms and Conditions

These Afri Pearl Collections Round Up Donation Feature Terms and Conditions (the “Terms”) are a legally binding agreement between you and Afri Pearl Collections governing your use of the optional feature that allows you to donate your change (the “Feature”) on the Afri Pearl Collections platform. Your use of the Feature is subject to these Terms, the Afri Pearl Collections Privacy Policy and Afri Pearl Collections Terms of Use (collectively, the “Agreements”). All of the Terms are incorporated by reference. If there is any conflict between our Terms of Use and these Terms, the Afri Pearl Collections Terms of Use will apply. Any defined terms contained herein shall have the same meaning as those in the Agreement. Your use of the Feature is also subject to Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation’s Privacy Policy. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE AGREEMENTS AND VISION FOR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION’S PRIVACY POLICY, YOU MAY NOT USE THE FEATURE.

By making a donation via the Feature, you hereby authorize and agree to Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation, a charitable organization, initiating a charge against your credit or debit card on file with Afri Pearl Collections. Afri Pearl Collections Ltd. Or depending on your location will remain your Merchant of Record with respect to the underlying purchase you make on Afri Pearl Collections, as described in the Afri Pearl Collections Payments Policy.

1. The Round Up Donation Feature

This Feature, enabled by Afri Pearl collections’ third-party payment partner, PAYPAL, via their PAYPAL Giving Service, allows Afri Pearl Collections to make available to buyers purchasing on the Afri Pearl Collections platform from sellers using Afri Pearl Collections Payments the opportunity to support a charitable organization, as further described in this section. The Feature allows buyers with their region set to “US” on Afri Pearl Collections, who are purchasing in USD, POUNDS and EUROS and using credit or debit cards for their purchase, to round up the purchase price they pay on Afri Pearl Collections to the next whole dollar and donate the difference between the two (each a “Donation”) to the Uplift Fund. The Uplift Fund is a fund held by the Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation. The Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation is a Nonprofit foundation that distributes funds to select orphans and vulnerable children, the Elderly people, Women and girl child across the Uganda. Your Donation will not be made to Afri Pearl Collections. Your Donation will be made directly to the Uplift Fund held by Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation, via Afri Pearl Collections’ third party payments partner, PAYPAL’s “PAYPAL Giving” service. You can read about the OUR Nonprofit organization and it’s various projects supported by the Uplift Fund here.

2. Purchases and Donations

If you select to use the Feature, the Donation amount, calculated by rounding your purchase price up to the next whole dollar, will be displayed to you before you complete your order and as a line item on the Review page where your order summary is displayed prior to purchase. Your Donation to the Uplift Fund, which is made directly to Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation, will appear on your bank statement as a separate charge from your Afri Pearl Collections purchase. If you use the Feature, your Donation, if successful, will be listed in the itemized receipt shared with you after you successfully complete your transaction. Afri Pearl Collections will have no further reporting obligations to you with respect to your Donation. If your underlying purchase on Afri Pearl Collections results in a chargeback or refund, you will be refunded the underlying purchase amount only. Any questions or claims regarding charge-backs, refunds, disputes, and/or tax deductions with respect to Donations should be directed to Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation, the Merchant of Record with respect to the Donation transaction(s).

If your purchase on Afri Pearl Collections is successful, but your Donation fails, you will be informed that your Donation was not successful and your payment method will not be charged the Donation amount.

3. Non-profit Projects Supported by the Feature

This Feature currently supports buyer Donations to the Uplift Fund only. Afri Pearl Collections may decide, in its sole discretion, to add or remove projects to or from the Feature at any time, for any reason, and without notice to you.

Afri Pearl Collections is not responsible for, disclaims liability for, and makes no guarantees or representations with respect to, how the Donation will be spent by Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation via the Uplift Fund, or any potential tax deductions or benefits (if any) that you may or may not receive as a result of any Donation. Donations may not be eligible for tax deductions or other benefits. You are solely responsible for undertaking any required reporting and for claiming any applicable tax benefits. Any questions or claims regarding charge-backs, refunds, disputes, and/or tax deductions with respect to Donations should be directed to Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation, the Merchant of Record with respect to the Donation transaction(s).

By enabling the Feature, you consent and agree to Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation receiving personally identifiable information about you (including, but not limited to, name, billing address and Donation amounts) in connection with this Feature.

4. Indemnity/Limitation of Liability

We hope this never happens, but if Afri Pearl Collections gets sued because of something that you did, you agree to defend and indemnify us. That means you’ll defend Afri Pearl Collections (including any of our employees) and hold us harmless from any legal claim or demand (including reasonable lawyer’s fees) that arises from your actions, your use (or misuse) of our Services, your breach of the Terms, or you or your account’s infringement of someone else’s rights. We reserve the right to handle our legal defence however we see fit, even if you are indemnifying us, in which case you agree to cooperate with us so we can execute our strategy. Liability limits. To the fullest extent permitted by law, neither Vision For Vulnerable Communities Foundation, Afri pearl collections, nor our employees or directors shall be liable to you for any lost profits or revenues, or for any consequential, incidental, indirect, special, or punitive damages arising out of or in connection with the services or these terms. In no event shall Afri pearl collections’ aggregate liability for any damages exceed the greater of one hundred ($100) us dollars (usd) or the amount you paid Afri pearl collections in the past twelve months. Some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

5. Warranties

Warranties. Afri pearl collections is dedicated to making our services the best they can be, but we’re not perfect and sometimes things can go wrong. You understand that our services are provided “as is” and without any kind of warranty (express or implied). We are expressly disclaiming any warranties of title, non-infringement, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose, as well as any warranties implied by a course of performance, course of dealing, or usage of trade. We do not guarantee that: (i) the services will be secure or available at any particular time or location; (ii) any defects or errors will be corrected; (iii) the services will be free of viruses or other harmful materials; or (iv) the results of using the services will meet your expectations. You use the services solely at your own risk. Some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

6. General

This Feature is optional on a per qualifying purchase basis and you are under no obligation to use it. These Terms may be modified at any time pursuant to Section 12 of Afri Pearl Collections’ Terms of Use. Afri Pearl Collections also reserves the right to reject Donations and/or discontinue the Feature at any time and without notice to you. If the Feature is terminated by Afri Pearl Collections, any Donations made prior to termination will be made to the Uplift Fund in accordance with these Terms. Note: These Terms apply to charitable donations made through the Feature. For information on seller fundraising and seller donation of shop proceeds to charity, see here.

Sanctions Policy

Your responsibilities regarding sanctions and trade restrictions. Afri Pearl Collections provides a direct connection between buyers and sellers around the world. When you use Afri Pearl Collections’ services (we’ll refer to Afri Pearl Collections.com, Pattern by Afri Pearl Collections, our mobile apps, and other services as our “Services”), you are responsible for complying with this policy, regardless of your location.

This policy is a part of our Terms of Use. By using any of our Services, you agree to this policy and our Terms of Use.

As a global company based in the Uganda with operations in other countries, Afri Pearl Collections must comply with economic sanctions and trade restrictions, including those implemented by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the Uganda Ministry of the Finance. This means that Afri Pearl Collections or anyone using our Services can’t take part in transactions that involve designated people, places, or items that originate from those places, as determined by agencies like Ministry of Finance.

This policy applies to anyone that uses our Services, regardless of their location. It is up to you to familiarize yourself with these restrictions.

For example, these restrictions generally prohibit, but are not limited to, transactions involving:

1. Certain geographic areas, such as Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria, or any individual or entity operating or residing in those places;

2. Individuals or entities identified on sanctions lists such as OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) List or Foreign Sanctions Evaders (“FSE”) List;

3. Nationals of Cuba, regardless of location, unless citizenship or permanent residency outside of Cuba has been established; and

4. Items originating from areas including Cuba, North Korea, Iran, or Crimea, with the exception of informational materials such as publications, films, posters, phonograph records, photographs, tapes, compact disks, and certain artworks.

In order to protect our community and marketplace, Afri Pearl Collections takes steps to ensure compliance with sanctions programmes. For example, Afri Pearl Collections prohibits members from using their accounts while in certain geographic locations. If we have reason to believe you are operating your account from a sanctioned location, such as any of the places listed above, or are otherwise in violation of any economic sanction or trade restriction, we may suspend or terminate your use of our Services. Members are generally not permitted to list, buy, or sell items that originate from sanctioned areas. This includes items that pre-date sanctions, since we have no way to verify when they were actually removed from the restricted location. Afri Pearl Collections reserves the right to request that sellers provide additional information, disclose an item’s country of origin in a listing, or take other steps to meet compliance obligations. We may disable listings or cancel transactions that present a risk of violating this policy.

In addition to complying with Ministry of Finance and applicable local laws, Afri Pearl Collections members should be aware that other countries may have their own trade restrictions and that certain items may not be allowed for export or import under international laws. You should consult the laws of any jurisdiction when a transaction involves international parties.

Finally, Afri Pearl Collections members should be aware that third-party payment processors, such as PayPal, may independently monitor transactions for sanctions compliance and may block transactions as part of their own compliance programmes. Afri Pearl Collections has no authority or control over the independent decision-making of these providers.

The economic sanctions and trade restrictions that apply to your use of the Services are subject to change, so members should check sanctions resources regularly. For legal advice, please consult a qualified professional.