Our mission is to provide a culturally sensitive environment where Africans can exchange their amazing thoughts and learn other cultures. Central to this mission is our commitment to be transparent about the data we collect about you, how how we use this data and with whom it is shared.
Our registered users share their social and prefessional identities, engage with family, friends, collegues and business networks, they post photos of life's events, their post relevant contents, they exchange knowledge and professional insides, they learn and developnew skills, they find businesses and employment opportunities, they participate and quizzes and pulls, they post videos and picture of they amazing cultural activitive, they engage in healthy debates, they shop a viriety of items from our platform and have these products delivered to them, they watch movies and they can comment or react to other user's posts.
We use the term “users” to refer to every registered user on Akwatik Social Network Platform.
Ultahost Corporation our hosting service partner will be the controller of your personal data provided to, or collected by or for, or processed in connection with, our Services.
You provide data to create an account with us.
To create an account you need to provide data including your username, email address a password and your gender. If you register for a premium Service, you will need to provide payment (e.g., credit card) and billing information.
You update your Akwatik profile (a complete profile helps you get the most from our Services).
You have choices about the information on your profile, such as your first name, last name, about me, your location, your personal website, your relationship status, the school you attended, information about whether your completed that school, information about your work place and your work place's website. You don’t have to provide additional information on your profile; however, profile information helps you to get more from our Services, including helping friends, family, recruiters and business opportunities find you. It’s your choice whether to include some or all the fields provided in the profile settings. You also have an option to make your profile vissibale only to your circle of friends or to the public.
You add an address (adding your address to our platform will help you get the most from our services
You have a choice to update your address by providing your full name, phone number, country, city, zip code and address on our addresses section. This will help friends, family, employers, and business opportinities to locate you faster.
you can download your information by providing which information your choice to download
You can choose to generate and download the following information; your profile information, your pages, your friends and information about your posts.
You can choose to open your privacy to the public, only your friends or to no one at all.
If you are a pro user, you have a choice on whether to set your status on online or off line and for every user, you have a choice on who can message you, who can see your friends, who can see your birthday, whether to show your activities, whether to share your location with the public and you also have a choice on whether to allow search engines to index your profile page.
You can change your password when ever you notice any suspicious activities
You can change your password by providing your current password, and creating a new password. Also, you can choice to turn on two face authentication on this section to provide additional security to your new password.
Youn can choose to mannage your sessions
You have a choice to logout from all your sessions inclusing from all the devices and browsers you have preciously used to login to your akwatik account. This way, you will cancel all your footprints and reduce insecurities.
You have a choice to turn your 2-face authentication on or off during login to leve-up your account security. Once turned on, you will use both your password and a 6 digit security code sent to your phone or email to login.
Posting and Uploading
We collect personal data from you when you provide, post or upload it to our Services, such as when you fill out a form, (e.g., toping your wallet, applying for a job or setting up an ad), respond to a survey, or submit a resume or fill out a job application on our Services. If you opt to import your address book, we receive your contacts (including contact information your service provider(s) or app automatically added to your address book when you communicated with addresses or numbers not already in your list).
If you sync your contacts or calendars with our Services, we will collect your address book and calendar meeting information to keep growing your network by suggesting friends for you and others, and by providing information about events, e.g. times, places, attendees and contacts.
You don’t have to post or upload personal data; though if you don’t, it may limit your ability to grow and engage with your network over our Services.
Others may post or write about you.
You and others may post content that includes information about you (as part of news feeds, blogs, forums, articles, posts, comments, pictures and videos) on our Services. We also may collect public information about you, such as professional-related news and accomplishments, and make it available as part of our Services, including, as permitted by your settings, in notifications to others of mentions in the news.
Customers and partners may provide data to us.
We receive personal data (e.g., your name and email) about you when you use the services of our customers and partners, such as toping your akwatik wallet via banks transfer, checkes, Mobile money, credit card and by sharing your location through google location.
We receive data about you when you use your social links to suscripe to our services including; Facebook, Twitter, Vknontakte, Linkedin, Instagram and Youtube.
We log your visits and use of our Services, including mobile apps.
We log usage data when you visit or otherwise use our Services, including our sites, app and platform technology, such as when you view or click on content (e.g., learning video) or ads (on or off our sites and apps), perform a search, install or update one of our mobile apps, share articles or apply for jobs. We use log the devices you use and the brousers you uses to access your accounts. We also log your IP addresses to identify you and log your use.
We collect data through cookies and similar technologies.
We receive data through cookies and similar technologies
When you visit or leave our Services (including some plugins and our cookies or similar technology on the sites of others), we receive the URL of both the site you came from and the one you go to and the time of your visit. We also get information about your network and device (e.g., IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser and add-ons, device identifier and features, cookie IDs and/or ISP, or your mobile carrier). If you use our Services from a mobile device, that device will send us data about your location based on your phone settings. We will ask you to opt-in before we use GPS or other tools to identify your precise location.
If you communicate through our Services, we learn about that.
We collect information about you when you send, receive, or engage with messages in connection with our Services. For example, if you get an Akwatik friends request, we track whether you have acted on it and will send you reminders. We also use automatic scanning technology on messages to support and protect our site. For example, we use this technology to suggest possible responses to messages and to manage or block content that violates our User Agreement from our Services.
When your organization (e.g., employer or school) buys a premium Service for you to use, they give us data about you.
Others buying our Services for your use, such as your employer or your school, provide us with personal data about you and your eligibility to use the Services that they purchase for use by their workers, students or alumni. For example, we will get contact information for "Company Page" administrators and for authorizing users of our premium Services, such as our recruiting, sales or learning products.
We get data when you visit sites that include our ads, cookies or some of our plugins or when you log-in to others’ services with your akwatik account.
We receive information about your visits and interaction with services provided by others when you log-in with Akwatik or visit others’ services that include some of our plugins (such as “Apply with Akwatik”) or our ads, cookies or similar technologies.
We are improving our Services, which means we get new data and create new ways to use data.
We use your data to provide, support, personalize and develop our Services.
How we use your personal data will depend on which Services you use, how you use those Services and the choices you make in your settings. We use the data that we have about you to provide and personalize our Services, including with the help of automated systems and inferences we make, so that our Services (including ads) can be more relevant and useful to you and others.
Our Services help you connect with others, find and be found for social, work and business opportunities, stay informed, and be more productive.
We use your data to authorize access to our Services and honor your settings.
Our Services allow you to stay in touch and up to date with families, friends, colleagues, partners, clients, and other professional contacts. To do so, you can “connect” with the professionals who you choose, and who also wish to “connect” with you. Subject to your and their settings, when you connect with other Members, you will be able to search each others’ friends in order to exchange social and professional opportunities.
We use data about you (such as your profile, profiles you have viewed or data provided through address book uploads or partner integrations) to help others find your profile, suggest connections for you and others (e.g. users who share your contacts or posts) and enable you to invite others to become a user and connect with you. You can also opt-in to allow us to use your precise location or proximity to others for certain tasks (e.g. to suggest other nearby users for you to connect with or notify your friends that you are attending a social or professional event).
It is your choice whether to invite someone to our Services, send a friends request, or allow another user to become your friend. When you invite someone to be your friend, your invitation will include your basic profile information (e.g., name, profile photo, job title, region). We will send invitation reminders to the person you invited. You can choose whether or not to download and share your own list of friends with your friends.
Visitors have choices about how we use their data.
Our Services allow you to stay informed about news, events and ideas regarding social and professional topics you care about, and from social influencers or professionals you respect. Our Services also allow you to improve your social, cultural and professional skills, or learn new ones. We use the data we have about you (e.g., data you provide, data we collect from your engagement with our Services and inferences we make from the data we have about you), to personalize our Services for you, such as by recommending or ranking relevant content and conversations on our Services. We also use the data we have about you to suggest skills you could add to your profile and skills that you might need to pursue your next opportunity. So, if you let us know that you are interested in a new skill or social discuss(e.g., by watching a learning video), we will use this information to personalize content in your feed, suggest that you follow certain users on our site, or suggest related learning content to help you towards that new skill. We use your content, activity and other data, including your name and photo, to provide notices to your network and others. For example, subject to your settings, we may notify others that you have updated your profile, posted content, took a social action, used a feature, made new friends or were mentioned in a news.
Our Services allow you to explore careers, evaluate educational opportunities, and seek out, and be found for, career opportunities. Your profile can be found by those looking to hire (for a job or a specific task) or be hired by you.
Our Services allow you to socialize with family and friends or collaborate with colleagues, search for potential clients, customers, partners and others to do business with. Our Services allow you to communicate with other users and schedule and prepare meetings with them. If your settings allow, we scan messages to provide “bots” or similar tools that facilitate tasks such as scheduling meetings, drafting responses, summarizing messages or recommending next steps.
Our Pro Membership Services help paying users to become featured members, see profile visitors, show/hide last seen, have a verified badge, create upto 40 posts a day, create upto 40 pages, upload upto 96mb in a single upload and get discounts for ads campaigns. You can upgrade or downgrade or cancel your premium service at any time.
We contact you and enable communications between Members. We offer settings to control what messages you receive and how often you receive some types of messages.
We will contact you through email, mobile phone, notices posted on our websites or apps, messages to your Akwatik inbox, and other ways through our Services, including text messages and push notifications. We will send you messages about the availability of our Services, security, or other service-related issues. We also send messages about how to use our Services, network updates, reminders, events, job suggestions and promotional messages from us and our partners. You may change your communication preferences at any time. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from us, including security and legal notices.
We also enable communications between you and others through our Services, including for example invitations, Inmails, groups and messeges between friends.
We serve you tailored ads both on and off our Services. We offer you choices regarding personalized ads, but you cannot opt-out of seeing other ads.
We target (and measure the performance of) ads to Members, Visitors and others both on and off our Services directly or through a variety of partners, using the following data, whether separately or combined:
We will show you ads called sponsord content which look similar to non-sponsored content, except that they are labeled as advertising (e.g., as “ad” or “sponsored”). If you take a social action (such as like, comment or share) on these ads, your action is associated with your name and viewable by others, including the advertiser. Subject to your settings, if you take a social action on the Akwatik Services, that action may be mentioned with related ads. For example, when you like a company we may include your name and photo when their sponsored content is shown.
We adhere to self-regulatory principles for interest-based advertising and participate in industry opt-outs from such ads. This does not opt you out of receiving advertising; you will continue to get other ads by advertisers not listed with these self regulatory tools. You can also opt-out specifically from our uses of certain categories of data to show you more relevant ads.
We do not share your personal data with any third-party advertisers or ad networks except for: (i) hashed IDs or device identifiers (to the extent they are personal data in some countries); (ii) with your separate permission (e.g., in a lead generation form) or (iii) data already visible to any users of the Services (e.g., profile). However, if you view or click on an ad on or off our Services, the ad provider will get a signal that someone visited the page that displayed the ad, and they may, through the use of mechanisms such as cookies, determine it is you. Advertising partners can associate personal data collected by the advertiser directly from you with hashed IDs or device identifiers received from us. In such instances, we seek to contractually require such advertising partners to obtain your explicit, opt-in consent before doing so.
We promote our Services to you and others.
In addition to advertising our Services, we use Members’ data and content for invitations and communications promoting membership and network growth, engagement and our Services, such as by showing your friends that you have used a feature on our Services.
We develop our Services and conduct research
We use data, including public feedback, to conduct research and development for our Services in order to provide you and others with a better, more intuitive and personalized experience, drive membership growth and engagement on our Services, and help connect users to each other and to economic opportunity.
Polls and surveys are conducted by us and others through our Services. You are not obligated to respond to polls or surveys, and you have choices about the information you provide. You may opt-out of survey invitations.
We use data to help you and fix problems.
We use data (which can include your communications) to investigate, respond to and resolve complaints and for Service issues (e.g., bugs).
We use data to generate insights that do not identify you.
We use your data to produce and share insights that do not identify you. For example, we may use your data to generate statistics about our members, their profession or industry, to calculate ad impressions served or clicked on, or to publish visitor demographics for a Service or create demographic workforce insights.
We use data for security, fraud prevention and investigations.
We use your data (including your communications) for security purposes or to prevent or investigate possible fraud or other violations of our User Agreement and/or attempts to harm our Members, Visitors or others.
Any data that you include on your profile and any content you post or social action (e.g., likes, follows, comments, shares) you take on our Services will be seen by others, consistent with your settings.
Your profile is fully visible to all Members and customers of our Services. Subject to your privacy settings, it can also be visible to others on or off of our Services (e.g., Visitors to our Services or users of third- party search engines). Your settings, degree of connection with the viewing Member, the subscriptions they may have, their usage of our Services, access channels and search types (e.g., by name or by keyword) impact the availability of your profile and whether they can view certain fields in your profile.
Our Services allow viewing and sharing information including through posts, likes, follows and comments.
Your employer can see how you use Services they provided for your work (e.g. as a recruiter or sales agent) and related information. We will not show them your job searches or personal messages.
Your employer may offer you access to our pro Services such as a Sales Navigator, or our advertising Campaign Manager. Your employer can review and manage your use of such enterprise Services.
Depending on the enterprise Service, before you use such Service, we will ask for permission to share with your employer relevant data from your profile or use of our non-enterprise Services. For example, users of Sales Navigator will be asked to share their “social selling index”, a score calculated in part based on their personal account activity. We understand that certain activities such as job hunting and personal messages are sensitive, and so we do not share those with your employer unless you choose to share it with them through our Services (for example, by applying for a new position in the same company or mentioning your job hunting in a message to a co-worker through our Services).
Regulated Members may need to store communications outside of our Service.
Some Members (or their employers) need, for legal or professional compliance, to archive their communications and social media activity, and will use services of others to provide these archival services. We enable archiving of messages by and to those Members outside of our Services. For example, a financial advisor needs to archive communications with her clients through our Services in order to maintain her professional financial advisor license.
You may link your account with others’ services so that they can look up your contacts’ profiles, post your shares on such platforms, or enable you to start conversations with your connections on such platforms. Excerpts from
Subject to your settings, other services may look up your profile. When you opt to link your account with other services, personal data will become available to them. The sharing and use of that personal data will be described in, or linked to, a consent screen when you opt to link the accounts. For example, you may link your Twitter or facebook account to share content from our Services into these other services, or your email provider may give you the option to upload your akwatik contacts into its own service. Third-party services have their own privacy policies, and you may be giving them permission to use your data in ways we would not.
Subject to your settings, excerpts from your profile will appear on the services of others (e.g., search engine results, mail and calendar applications that show a user limited profile data of the person they are meeting or messaging, social media aggregators, talent and lead managers). “Old” profile information remains on these services until they update their data cache with changes you made to your profile.
We share your data across our different Services and akwatik affiliated entities.
We may use others to help us with our Services.
We use others to help us provide our Services (e.g., maintenance, analysis, audit, payments, fraud detection, marketing and development). They will have access to your information as reasonably necessary to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for other purposes.
We may need to share your data when we believe it’s required by law or to help protect the rights and safety of you, us or others.
It is possible that we will need to disclose information about you when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (1) investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (2) enforce our agreements with you; (3) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations; (4) protect the security or integrity of our Services (such as by sharing with companies facing similar threats); or (5) exercise or protect the rights and safety of Akwatik, our users, personnel or others. We attempt to notify Members about legal demands for their personal data when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. We may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but we do not promise to challenge every demand.
We keep most of your personal data for as long as your account is open.
We generally retain your personal data as long as you keep your account open or as needed to provide you Services. This includes data you or others provided to us and data generated or inferred from your use of our Services. Even if you only use our Services when looking for a new job every few years, we will retain your information and keep your profile open, unless you close your account. In some cases we choose to retain certain information (e.g., insights about Services use) in a depersonalized or aggregated form.
You can access or delete your personal data. You have many choices about how your data is collected, used and shared.
We provide many choices about the collection, use and sharing of your data, from deleting or correcting data you include in your profile and controlling the visibility of your posts to advertising opt-outs and communication controls. We offer you settings to control and manage the personal data we have about you.
For personal data that we have about you, you can:
You may contact us using the contact information below, and we will consider your request in accordance with applicable laws.
You can contact us online
We keep some of your data even after you close your account.
If you choose to close your Akwatik account, your personal data will generally stop being visible to others on our Services within 24 hours. We generally delete closed account information within 30 days of account closure, except as noted below.
We retain your personal data even after you have closed your account if reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations (including law enforcement requests), meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, enforce our User Agreement, or fulfill your request to "unsubscribe" from further messages from us. We will retain de-personalized information after your account has been closed.
Information you have shared with others (e.g., through InMail, updates or group posts) will remain visible after you close your account or delete the information from your own profile or mailbox, and we do not control data that other Members have copied out of our Services. Groups content and ratings or review content associated with closed accounts will show an unknown user as the source. Your profile may continue to be displayed in the services of others (e.g., search engine results) until they refresh their cache.
We monitor for and try to prevent security breaches. Please use the security features available through our Services.
We implement security safeguards designed to protect your data, such as HTTPS. We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. However, we cannot warrant the security of any information that you send us. There is no guarantee that data may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. You can however enable your two-factor authentication to provide additional security to your account.
We store and use your data outside your country.
We process data both inside and outside of the United States and rely on legally-provided mechanisms to lawfully transfer data across borders. Countries where we process data may have laws which are different from, and potentially not as protective as, the laws of your own country.
We have lawful bases to collect, use and share data about you. You have choices about our use of your data. At any time, you can withdraw consent you have provided by going to settings.
We will only collect and process personal data about you where we have lawful bases. Lawful bases include consent(where you have given consent), contract (where processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you (e.g., to deliver the Akwatik Services you have requested) and “legitimate interests.”
Where we rely on your consent to process personal data, you have the right to withdraw or decline your consent at any time and where we rely on legitimate interests, you have the right to object. If you have any questions about the lawful bases upon which we collect and use your personal data, please contact us
Our statements regarding direct marketing and “do not track” signals.
We currently do not share personal data with third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your permission.
You can contact us or use other options to resolve any complaints.
If you have questions or complaints regarding this Policy, please first contact us online.