V-Home by Vodacom - Privacy Statement

This privacy statement explains the information that is collected by Vodacom through the services we provide to you as part of the V-Home by Vodacom product (‘V-Home’) and how this data will be processed. You can view this statement, and the statement for our Connected Devices in the Settings menu of the V by Vodacom app at any time. V-Home is developed in partnership with Samsung, who will process your personal data as a data controller as part of the SmartThings connected hardware ecosystem. You can view its privacy statement here; however, you can also access this within the SmartThings App.

Changes to our privacy policy

This Privacy Policy gets updated from time to time; whenever we make a change, we’ll update the content and let you know. We have recently revised our Privacy Statement for this app and service; the main changes are listed below.

Who we are

We are Vodacom (Pty) Ltd. We are the parent company for the Vodacom Group. If you go to http://www.vodacom.com you can find links to the Vodacom operating company. In this privacy policy:

Our registered office is Corporate Park, 082 Vodacom Boulevard, Vodavalley. Vodacom (Pty) Ltd is registered with the registration number 1993/003367/07/. Our main switchboard is +27 11 653 5000 or you can email us at 

[email protected]

How to contact us

Your opinion matters to us – if you have any questions about our privacy policy, you can email us at: [email protected] or you can write to our privacy team at: Vodacom Privacy Team – Group Legal Corporate Park 082 Vodacom Boulevard, Vodavalley, 1682

If you are a Trusted Contact

If you are a Trusted Contact of one of our customers, we collect your information when they register you in the V by Vodacom app. You will receive an alert through text message when this happens.

We will receive the following information about you:

If you are a Trusted Contact of one of our customers, we collect your information when they register you in the V by Vodacom app.

You will receive an alert through text message when this happens. We will receive the following information about you:

One of our Assisted Alarm Service agents will contact you when our customer is unresponsive to an alert from one of the connected devices in their V-Home. We will not use your data in any other way.

You can remove yourself as a Trusted Contact at any time by either:

We use your information for service provision and to fulfil any purchases you have made:

If you are opted into marketing and given us permission to use your data to tailor these communications, we’ll use your interactions with this App and data from your Connected Devices to inform the sorts of marketing we should be sending you so that it’s the most relevant for you.

3. Other profiling and automated processing

Outside of the profiling we conduct for marketing purposes to tailor and personalise the communications we send, we also profile you for credit, fraud and security purposes.

This can sometimes use systems to make automated decisions based on personal information we have or are allowed to collect from others. The goal is to make the decisions as quick, efficient, fair and correct as possible, based on what we know. It can affect the products or services we may offer you now or in the future.

4. Service improvement

We also share aggregate performance information with Samsung to understand how products and the V-Home offering is performing commercially. For example, if we know that certain features are well received, we can focus on developing more of the same. This information does not identify you personally.

International data transfers
If you are a non-Vodacom customer and we need to verify your identity, we will need to transfer your data to our service provider, which is based in India. Additionally our customer care centres are run by Vodacom Shared Services which is based in Hungary, Egypt, India and Romania.

When Vodacom SA sends your information to another country, we make sure that your information is properly protected. We will always ensure that there is a proper legal agreement that covers the data transfer. In addition, if the country is not considered to have laws that are equivalent to South African data protection standards then we will ask the third party to enter into a legal agreement that reflects those standards

How long we keep your personal information for
We’ll store and process your information for as long as we have to by law or as long as we need to be able to deliver you the services you have requested. We’ll keep some personal information for a reasonable period after your contract with us has finished in case you decide to use our services again. We, or one of our partners, may contact you about Vodacom services during this time if you haven’t opted out of receiving marketing communications from us. Once these bases have expired, we’ll delete that information.

Keeping your personal information secure
We have specialised security teams who constantly review and improve our measures to protect your personal information from unauthorised access, accidental loss, disclosure or destruction.

Communications over the internet (such as emails) aren’t secure unless they’ve been encrypted. Your communications may go through a number of countries before being delivered, as this is the nature of the internet.

We cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that is beyond our control.

We’ll never ask for your secure personal or account information by an unsolicited means of communication. You’re responsible for keeping your personal and account information secure and not sharing it with others.

Our website may provide links to third-party websites. We cannot be responsible for the security and content of such third-party websites. Therefore, make sure you read that company’s privacy and cookies policies before using or putting your personal

information on their site.

The same applies to any third-party websites or content you connect to using our products and services.

You may choose to disclose your information in certain ways such as social plug-ins (including those offered by Google, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) or using third-party services that allow you to post reviews or other information publicly, and a third party could use that information.

Social plug-ins and social applications are operated by the social network themselves and are subject to their own terms of use and privacy and cookies policies. You should make sure you’re familiar with these.

Your rights
Below we set out details on how you can exercise your rights. If you have a question or cannot find the answer, please contact our customer care team via vodacom.co.za.

Right to correct personal data

You have the right to have your personal data corrected if it is incorrect. You can request this by contacting our customer care via vodacom.co.za.

Right to access personal data

You have the right to make a request for a copy of the personal data that Vodacom holds about you. To make this request as an individual or an authorised 3rd party, please contact the customer care team via. vodacom.co.za.

Right to object to use of personal data

In certain circumstances, You have the right to object to the use of your personal data. Contact the customer care team via vodacom.co.za.

How to lodge a complaint

If you want to contact us about any of your rights or if complain about how we use your information, contact our customer care team via vodacom.com. We’ll do our best to help but if you’re still unhappy, you can contact the Information regulator – their details are at http://www.justice.gov.za/inforeg/.

Right to restrict use of your data

If you feel data we hold on you is inaccurate or believe we shouldn’t be processing your data, please contact our customer care team via vodacom.co.za to discuss your rights. In certain circumstances you will have the right to ask us to restrict processing.

Right to erasure

Vodacom strives to only process and retain your data for as long as we need to. In certain circumstances you have the right to request that we erase personal data of yours that we hold. If you feel that we are retaining your data longer than we need, it is worth first checking that your contract with Vodacom has been terminated which you can do with Customer Services. If your contract with Vodacom has been terminated, we may still have lawful grounds to process your personal data. For more information on retention periods please see our www.vodacom.co.za/privacy.