Online Privacy Policy

1. About the Online Privacy Policy
Thomas More College strives to ensure that our use of Personal Information of data subjects is lawful, reasonable, and relevant to our business activities, with the ultimate goal of improving our offerings and your experience.

This notice applies to Thomas More College, its subsidiaries and business units. Reference to “Thomas More College, “TMC”, “we”, “us” or “our” in this notice means Thomas More College and any of its subsidiaries.

Thomas More College respects privacy and is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to this site. Thomas More College seeks to employ best practice when it comes to the collection and processing of personal information in accordance with data protection or privacy legislation.

Where we provide links to websites of other organisations, this Privacy Notice does not cover how that organisation processes personal information. If you follow a link to any website, please read the privacy notice of the website you visit before you submit any personal information to such website. Thomas More College is not responsible for information captured and processed on any website linked to our website.

This Online Privacy Notice sets out what we will do with any Personal Information we collect from or about you, or that you provide to us, when you use our services, including our websites and student portals (which we also collectively refer to in this Privacy Notice as the Website) or when you enrol at our school. Please read this Privacy Notice carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your Personal Information and how we will treat it.

It is important that you read this Privacy Notice together with our website terms and conditions and any other document or agreements which describes the manner in which we may provide in specific circumstances when we are collecting or processing personal information about you. This will enable you to properly understand the manner in which Thomas More College will process your Personal Information. This Privacy Notice supplements our website terms and condition and any such other documents and agreements, and this Privacy Notice is not intended to override them.

If you are a consumer, as defined in the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (Consumer Protection Act) we have a duty to point out certain important terms to you. The paragraphs which contain these important terms and reasons why they are important are set out below.

2. The Personal Information that we collect about you
Thomas More College may collect, receive, record, organise, collate, store, update, change, retrieve, read, process, analyse, use and share your Personal Information in a way set out in this Privacy Notice. When we do one or more of these actions with your Personal Information, we are “Processing” your personal information.

Personal Information” refers to private information about an identifiable person (which includes natural persons as well as juristic persons, such as companies or trusts). Personal information does not include information that does not identify a person (including in instances where that information has been de-identified). The type of personal information that we collect about you may differ on the basis of the services that you receive from Thomas More College.

We may process different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:

If any of the information you provide to us contain special personal information such as health, religion, ethnic or race information, your consent is the lawful basis on which we rely to process such information unless any other lawful basis exist allowing us to process such information. If any information you provide us contains the processing of personal information of children (minors), for instance information given to us about a child during a complaint resolution process, this processing of personal information of children may only be carried out with the prior consent of the competent person such as a parent or legal guardian, unless lawful basis exist allowing us to process such information without the aforementioned consent.

We do not provide services directly to children, and our site is not available for use by any person under the age of 18 years without consent and supervision from a competent person such as parent or a legal guardian. This Privacy Notice also applies in a case where a child makes use of our website with the consent from a competent person.

Use of our website by a child without the relevant consent from a competent person is prohibited.

Thomas More College may also process, collect, store and/or use aggregated data, which may include historical or statistical data (“Aggregated Data“) for any purpose. Aggregated Data could be derived from your personal information but is not considered personal information as this data will not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal information so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we will treat the combined data as personal information which will be used in accordance with this Privacy Notice.
3. How we collect your personal information
We collect your personal information in three ways, namely:

Direct or active collection from you

We may require you to submit certain information in order for you to access certain portions of the Website and to enable us to provide certain services to you (e.g. providing further requested information, applying for a vacancy, enrolling in the school, ordering etc.) or to conclude an agreement with us, or to fulfil our statutory obligations. We also collect information directly from you when you communicate directly with us, for example via e-mail, telephone calls, feedback forms, site comments and forums. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence. The information we may actively collect from you may include any of the information listed in section 2 of this Privacy Notice.

Passive collection from your Access Device (RFID)

We passively collect some of your personal information from devices that you use to access and navigate through the Website or to access any network administered by Thomas More College (each an “Access Device“), using various technological means. The information which we passively collect from your Access Device may include your Identity Data, Contract Data, Security Data, Technical Data, Usage Data, Marketing and Communications Data, and any other information which you permit us, from time to time, to passively collect from your Access Device.

Information collected from third parties

Thomas More College may receive personal information about you from various third parties and public sources and will treat that information with due care.
4. How the information collected is used
Personal information provided to Thomas More College by you will only be used for the purposes stated when the personal information is requested

We may use your personal information:

Demographical and statistical information about user behaviour may be collected and used to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of Thomas More College websites. Any disclosure of this information will be in aggregated and anonymised form and will not identify individual users.

Thomas More College will restrict its processing of your Personal Information to the original purposes for which it was collected, unless Thomas More College reasonably considers that it is required to be processed for another purpose and that purpose is compatible with the original purpose. If you would like us to explain how the further processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us
5. Sharing of your personal information
We will not intentionally disclose, for commercial gain or otherwise, your Personal Information other than as set out in this Privacy Notice or without your permission.

Thomas More College may share your Personal Information under the following circumstances:

6. Cross border transfer
Information that we collect from you may be collected in, or transferred to, a destination outside of South Africa. Such destination may not have comparable data protection legislation, and such collected information may also be processed by staff operating outside South Africa who work for us or by one of our contractors. However we will ensure that there is either binding corporate rules or a binding agreement in place to ensure your information is processed in line with South African privacy legislation and this Privacy Notice.

Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal information outside of South Africa or the destination in which we collected the personal information.
7. How we store information collected
Personal information is held only as long as is necessary to provide the services to you or as may be required in terms of legislation (including prescription periods), business requirements and whichever period is the longest. The details of this is available on request to the Thomas More College Information Officer in the form of the Thomas More College Data Retention Notice.

Personal information that you provide to us will be stored electronically on our servers or those of our service providers, as well as in hard copy format (at times), with reasonable organisation and technical safeguards in place to protect this personal information. However, we do work with third party contractors, some of whom host and operate certain features of the website.

If you subscribe for data, news, announcements, alerts or any such information to be emailed to you from Thomas More College, we will hold your details on our database until such time as you chose to unsubscribe from this service. You may do this at any stage by selecting the appropriate option in the alerts section of this site.

We may keep and process some or all of your personal information if and for as long as:

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal information, Thomas More College will consider, among other things, the quantity, nature and sensitivity of the personal information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal information, the purposes for which we process your personal information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means. Thomas More College will always comply with applicable legal, regulatory, tax, accounting or other requirements as they pertain to the retention of personal information.
8. Quality and protection of your personal information
We make every effort to keep the personal information we hold updated, complete and accurate. It is your duty to provide Thomas More College with your most up to date personal information and you can do so in the following ways: 

Thomas More College strives to ensure the security of personal information we hold by taking reasonable measures to prevent destruction, unlawful access and loss of personal information. Any compromise of data integrity or confidentiality will be reported to you by written notice.

Even by taking the above measures when processing personal information, we do not guarantee that your personal information is 100% secure.

Please contact us by email at the aforesaid email address if you:

We will require suitable proof of identity from you before we can action any of the above requests.
9. How we use ‘Cookies’
In so far as our web pages use ‘cookies”, a cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users and assist us to provide you with a good experience when browsing our website. It also allows us to improve our website.
10. Access to information
The Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 gives you the right to access information held about you. For further information about this right and how to exercise it, please see Thomas More College PAIA Manual available at 
11. You give us some of your rights
You agree that where the law requires us to make you aware of something (to inform or notify you) or to do something else, we do not have to do this. This only applies as far as the law allows this.

For example, sometimes the law says that we have a duty to make you aware of some information or other matters, unless you agree that we do not need to do these things (this is called a waiver of rights). Because you agree to this, we will not have this duty anymore and will not need to make you aware of the information or other matters.
12. Our rights
Please note that, under certain circumstances, you may have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal information. You may have the right to:

13. Direct marketing
Through your engagement with us you may be requested whether you agree to receive marketing communications from us. You may refuse, accept, require us to discontinue, or pre-emptively block any approach or communications from us if that approach or communication is primarily for the purpose of direct marketing (“direct marketing communications“).

You may opt out of receiving direct marketing communications from us at any time by requesting us (in the manner set out in the communication or by contacting us at the contact details set out in clause 17) to desist from initiating any direct marketing to you. If you have opted out, we may send you written (which may include electronic writing) confirmation of receipt of your opt out request, and not send you any further direct marketing communications. Please note that you may continue to receive communications from us that are not marketing related.
14. Consumer Protection Act and Protection of Personal Information Act
 If any party of this Privacy Notice is regulated by or subject to the Consumer Protection Act or the Protection of Personal Information Act, No. 4 of 2013 (“POPIA“), it is not intended that any part of this Privacy Notice contravenes any provision of the Consumer Protection Act or POPIA. Therefore, all provisions of this Privacy Notice must be treated as being qualified, to the extent necessary, to ensure that the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act and POPIA are complied with.

No provisions of this Privacy Notice (or any contract governed by this Privacy Notice):

15. Governing Law
To the maximum extent possible, South African law applies to this Privacy Notice.

If any provision of this Privacy Notice is found to be illegal, void or unenforceable due to applicable law or by order of a court of a competent jurisdiction it shall be deemed deleted and the continuation in full force and effect of the remainder of the provisions will not be prejudiced.

16. Changes to our Online Privacy Notice

Any changes we may make to our Online Privacy Notice in the future will be posted on this page.

17. Contact

Any queries or concerns about privacy on this website should be sent by email to / 


Online Privacy Policy June 2021