Privacy Complaints Policy

June 2021

    1. We respect your privacy and take the protection of personal data very seriously. The purpose of this policy is to set out the necessary steps to effectively and efficiently identify and report potential issues in how we have processed your personal data.
    2. For more information on how we collect, use and process your personal data, please see our Privacy Policy on our website available at https://www.distell.co.za/home/privacy-policy/
    3. This policy is intended for our customers and our employees who are our data subjects.
    This policy gives effect to many of our responsibilities as a responsible party in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) and should be read in conjunction with the relevant data protection laws where applicable.
    You should use this policy where you have a concern about the way we are handling your information, for example if you feel that we:
    1. are unlawfully processing your personal information;
    2. are not keeping your personal information secure;
    3. are misusing your personal information;
    4. are keeping personal information about you for longer than is necessary;
    5. hold inaccurate personal information about you;
    6. have unlawfully disclosed your personal information;
    7. have collected personal information for one reason and are using it for something else; or
    8. have accessed your personal information without your authorization.
    1. If you wish to complain about how we have processed your personal information, or how your complaint has been handled, please contact us via email at privacy@distell.co.za with the following information:
      1. full name of the person lodging the compliant;
      2. contact details, such as email address and telephone number;
      3. how the personal data was collected (if known);
      4. how the personal data was collected (if known);
      5. the timeframe over which the suspected wrongdoing occurred (if known); and
      6. any evidence in support of the complaint.
    2. Our Information Officer (IO) will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within three business days.
    3. While we try to respond as promptly as possible, resolution times will vary depending on the nature of the complaint. Our IO will liaise with our relevant departments to investigate your complaint. You will be notified of the outcome of your complaint as well as any action taken.
    4. If you are unhappy with how your complaint was handled, or the outcome of your complaint, then you may appeal by writing to our IO at privacy@distell.co.za outlining your reasons.
    5. If you remain unhappy after the appeals process you may forward your complaint to the Information Regulator:
      1. Email: inforeg@justice.gov.za
      2. Physical Address/Postal Address:

        The Information Regulator (South Africa)
        JD House
        27 Stiemans Street,
      3. Telephone: 010 023 5200
      4. More information can be found at http://www.justice.gov.za/inforeg/
    1. We differentiate between people who make numerous complaints because they think things have gone wrong, and people who are simply being difficult. We do understand that sometimes complainants act in distress, and we will make reasonable allowance for that.
    2. Features of the types of complaint and behaviour that this complaints policy does not cover can include the following:
      1. continuing to complain even after we have advised you that there are insufficient or no grounds for your complaint or that we are not the appropriate body;
      2. refusing to co-operate with our complaints process, without good reason, but still wanting your complaint to be resolved;
      3. changing the basis of the complaint as inquiries are made and introducing trivial or irrelevant new information and expecting this to be considered and commented on.
      4. submitting repeat complaints, after the complaints procedure has been completed essentially about the same issues, with minor variations you then insist on being treated as new complaints and put through the full complaints procedure again.
      5. refusing to accept the outcome of the procedure after its conclusion, repeatedly arguing the point, complaining about the outcome, and/or denying that an adequate response has been given.
    3. If we determine that your correspondence or complaint is abusive, we will inform you of such decision and of what action is being taken. We will ask you to change your behaviour, if you fail to do so, we may impose restrictions on your correspondence. If your behaviour is so severe or extreme that it threatens our staff, we may consider other legal options.
    Our IO will retain adequate records of the details of the case and the action that has been taken.