Empower Africa LLC (“Empower“, “us“, “our“, or “we“), a limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of Nevada, is the creator and owner of web-based Site, available to you through our website as well as the Empower Africa Business Network (collectively, the “Site“). These Terms of Service (“Terms“) govern your access and use of the Site and services available thereon (“Services“). Our Privacy Notice, available at www.empowerafrica.com/privacy (“Privacy Notice“) governs our collection, processing and transfer of any Personal Data (as such term is defined in the Privacy Notice). “You” means an individual using the Services.
Please read these Terms carefully. By clicking on the button marked “I agree” you signify your assent to these Terms. Changes may be made to these Terms from time to time. If you do not agree to any of these Terms, please do not click the button marked “I agree” and do not use the Services.
If you are registering on behalf of any entity or company (“Company“), you represent that you are authorized to enter into, and bind the Company to these Terms and register for the Services. You are solely responsible for ensuring that these Terms are in compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations applicable to you and the Company and the right to access the Services is revoked where these Terms or use of the Services is prohibited.
Use of services
Subject to these Terms and the terms of any agreement between the Company on whose behalf you are using the Services and Empower Africa, as may be in effect from time to time (“Agreement“), Empower Africa allows you to access and use the Services on a non-exclusive basis. In the event of a conflict between the Agreement and these Terms, the provisions of the Agreement shall prevail to the extent the Agreement specifically references the relevant section of these Terms.
In the event of any (i) termination or expiration of these Terms; (ii) breach of these Terms, including, without limitation, any failure to make payment in accordance with the terms hereof; or (iii) fraudulent or illegal behavior, Empower Africa may, at its sole discretion and at any time, modify or discontinue providing the Services or any part thereof and shall not be liable to you or any third party in connection therewith.
Use of and access to the Services is void where prohibited by law. You represent and warrant that (i) any and all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; (ii) you will maintain the accuracy of such information; (iii) you are 18 years of age or older, and have the ability to form a binding contract; (iv) your use of the Services does not violate any applicable law, regulation, or obligation you may have to a third party; (v) you will not add any Personal Data of any third-party and/or other individuals (“Third-Party“) to the Services without the prior written consent of such Third-Party, if and as required under applicable law; (vi) you shall notify any individual of the collection, processing and transfer of his or her Personal Data by Empower Africa on your behalf as set forth in our Privacy Notice, as required under applicable law; and (vii) you shall comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and these Terms throughout your use of the Site and/or Services.
You can access certain Services on the Site without registration. To access or use additional features or Services, you will need to have a registered account. To complete the registration process, you must provide all (additional) registration information as requested by us, including certain corporate and other documents of the Company you represent and in respect of which you are using the Services. We may indicate that the provision of some information is optional, but your agreement to provide such information may assist us in providing you with improved Services.
Empower Africa offers different membership plans to suit your needs (“Membership Plan“). Following the initial registration of your account on the Site, you can select and purchase your applicable Membership Plan. Depending on the designation of your account, different Services will be available to you on the Site. A user may be designated as either an “Executive Level Member”, a “Business Level Member” or a “Basic Level Member”. Each Membership Plan offers different features and scopes, as detailed on the Site. You may upgrade your Membership Plan at any time through your account settings on the Site. To downgrade or cancel your applicable Membership Plan please contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Empower Africa may refuse to open an account for any individual or entity at its sole discretion.
You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or password. You are fully and solely responsible for the security of your computer system and/or mobile device and all activity on your account, even if such activities were not committed by you. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Empower Africa will not be liable for any losses or damage arising from unauthorized use of your account or password, and you agree to indemnify and hold Empower Africa harmless for any unauthorized, improper or illegal use of your account and any charges and taxes incurred, unless you have notified us via e-mail at email@example.com that your account has been compromised and have requested that we block access to it, which we will do as soon as reasonably practicable. We do not police for and cannot guarantee that we will learn of or prevent, any inappropriate use of the Services.
Termination of Account
You agree that Empower Africa may for any reason, at its sole discretion and without notice, suspend or terminate your account, and may remove any Content (as defined below) associated with your account and take any other corrective action it deems appropriate. Grounds for such termination or suspension may include (i) extended periods of inactivity, (ii) violation of the letter or spirit of these Terms, (iii) fraudulent, harassing or abusive behavior, (iv) behavior that is illegal or harmful to other users, third parties, or the business interests of Empower Africa, or (v) failure to make payment in accordance with the terms specified herein, including chargebacks. If your account is terminated, you may not rejoin the Services again without express written permission. Upon termination of your account, you shall not have any further access to any Content that may be available through your account.
We reserve the right to investigate suspected violations of these Terms or illegal and inappropriate behavior through the Services. We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity, behavior or Content of anyone believed to have violated these Terms or to have engaged in illegal behavior in connection with the Services.
You may request termination of your Empower Africa account at any time and for any reason by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Following such request, Empower Africa shall close your account as soon as reasonably practicable. Any suspension or termination of your account shall not affect your obligations under these Terms (including but not limited to ownership, indemnification, any representations and warranties made by you, limitation of liability, and payment obligations), which by their sense and context are intended to survive such suspension or termination. Subject to your consent, your Profile Information will continue to be publicly available to other users of the Services following the termination of your account. You can revoke your consent at any time, by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Fees and Payment
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Empower Africa may in its sole discretion waive the payment of any fees hereunder in respect of your use of a beta version or other version of the Site and/or Services (“Beta Services”) for such period mutually agreed upon between the parties.
Where applicable, taxes may also be charged. All fees displayed on the Site include any applicable taxes payable in connection with the purchase of the applicable Services. Except as expressly provided in these Terms, fees are non-refundable.
Please note that Empower Africa may impose or deduct foreign currency processing costs on or from any payments in currencies other than U.S. dollars. When converting currencies, prices may be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
Certain types of content may be made available through the Services. “Content” as used in these Terms means, collectively, all content on or made available through the Services, including any images, photos, pictures, videos, text or documents, and any modifications or derivatives of the foregoing. Empower Africa allows you to upload or post certain content including but not limited to images, pictures, videos, text, documents, messages and other communications on or through the Services, referred to herein as “User Content“.
Subject to the terms of your applicable Membership Plan, as a user of the Services, you may submit and post User Content relating to (i) certain profile information about yourself and/or the Company you represent (“Profile Information“); and (ii) certain projects, events, research and marketing materials and forum posts (“User Posts“; collectively, together with Profile Information, “Public User Content“). Depending on your account settings, all Profile Information is publicly available on the Site either to all users or solely to Business Level Members and Executive Level Members. By submitting or transmitting (i) any Public User Content, you thereby acknowledge and agree that all Public User Content may be publicly available and viewed by other users of the Services; and (ii) any Profile Information, you thereby acknowledge and agree that Empower Africa, as well as certain other users of the Services, may contact you through such Profile Information.
Any direct messages or other User Content you send or transmit to another user on or through the Site and/or Services, are not publicly available to other users.
EMPOWER AFRICA DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY CONTENT (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY USER CONTENT) OR ANY OPINION, RECOMMENDATION, OR ADVICE EXPRESSED IN ANY CONTENT AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTENT AND/OR USER CONTENT. EMPOWER AFRICA DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, FOR THE ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY AND ALL USERS (INCLUDING UNAUTHORIZED USERS) WHETHER SUCH ACTS OR OMISSIONS OCCUR DURING THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR OTHERWISE.
User Content Restrictions
Empower Africa has no obligation to accept, display, or maintain any User Content. Moreover, Empower Africa reserves the right to remove and permanently delete any User Content uploaded by you, without notice and for any reason. You are and shall remain at all times fully and solely responsible for any User Content that you upload to the Services. You represent and warrant that any User Content that you upload (i) complies with applicable law; (ii) does not infringe or violate any third-party intellectual property rights, privacy or publicity rights, or moral rights; and (iii) that you have all necessary rights and authorities to submit such User Content. Any User Content posted or submitted through the Services shall not be considered confidential and may be disseminated by Empower Africa without compensation to you.
Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that you will not transmit, submit or upload any User Content or act in any way that: (1) restricts of inhibits use of the Services; (2) violates the legal rights of others, including defaming, abuse, stalking or threatening users; (3) infringes (or results in the infringement of) the intellectual property rights, moral rights, publicity, privacy, or other rights of any third party; (4) is (or you reasonably believe or should reasonably believe to be) stolen, illegal, counterfeit, fraudulent, pirated, violent or unauthorized, or in furtherance of any illegal, counterfeiting, fraudulent, pirating, unauthorized, or violent activity, or that involves (or you reasonably believe or should reasonably believe to involve) any stolen, illegal, counterfeit, fraudulent, pirated, or unauthorized material; (5) does not comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations; (6) imposes an unreasonably or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; or (7) posts, stores, transmits, offers, or solicits anything that contains the following, or that you know contains links to the following or to locations that in turn contain links to the following: (a) material that we determine to be offensive (including material promoting or glorifying hate, violence, bigotry, or any entity (past or present) principally dedicated to such causes or items associated with such an entity), (b) material that is racially or ethnically insensitive, material that is defamatory, harassing or threatening, (c) pornography or obscene material, (d) any virus, worm, trojan horse, or other harmful or disruptive component or (e) anything that encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law or regulation or is otherwise inappropriate or offensive.
Empower Africa may, at its sole discretion, choose to monitor User Content for inappropriate or illegal behavior, including through automatic means, provided however, that Empower Africa reserves the right to treat User Content as content stored at the direction of users for which Empower Africa will not exercise editorial control except when violations are directly brought to Empower Africa’s attention.
Content comes from a variety of sources. You understand and agree that Empower Africa is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, appropriateness of, or infringement of any intellectual property rights of or relating to this Content (including but not limited to the User Content). Although users must agree to these Terms, it is possible that other users (including unauthorized users) may post or transmit offensive or obscene materials and that you may be involuntarily exposed to such offensive or obscene materials. You hereby irrevocably waive any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against us with respect thereto. It is also possible for others to obtain Personal Data about you due to your use of the Site and/or Services, including through any User Content that you make available through your account. Anyone receiving or viewing User Content may use information you provided through such User Content (such as your contact details and other Profile Information) for purposes other than what you intended. You hereby agree that we are not responsible for the use of any Personal Data that you disclose on the Site and/or Services, including, without limitation, through any User Content, by any third party. By making any information available through the Site you acknowledge that you understand and have agreed to such risks.
You may not do or attempt to do or facilitate a third party in doing any of the following: (i) decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse-engineer any of the software and/or code, if and as applicable, used to provide the Site, or Services without our prior written authorization, including framing or mirroring any part of the Site or Services; (ii) circumvent, disable, or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Services or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content; (iii) use the Site or Services or content thereon in connection with any commercial endeavors in any manner, except for the purposes specifically set forth in these Terms; (iv) use any robot, spider, site search or retrieval application, or any other manual or automatic device or process to retrieve, index, data-mine, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Site or Services; (v) use or access another user’s account or password without permission; (vi) use the Site or Services or content thereon in any manner not permitted by these Terms.
Empower Africa or its licensors, as the case may be, have all right, title and interest in the Site, Services, and any content thereon, including its overall appearance, text, graphics, graphics design, videos, demos, interfaces, and underlying source files, and all worldwide intellectual property rights, the trademarks, service marks, and logos contained therein, whether registered or unregistered. Except as expressly permitted herein, you may not copy, further develop, reproduce, republish, modify, alter download, post, broadcast, transmit or otherwise use the Content of the Site or Services for any purpose. You will not remove, alter or conceal any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in the Site and/or Services, if any. All trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Nothing in these Terms or the Site should be construed as granting you any right to use any trademark, service mark, logo, or trade name of Empower Africa or any third party. If you provide the Empower Africa with any feedback regarding any content on the Site and/or Services, Empower Africa may use all such feedback without restriction and shall not be subject to any non-disclosure or non-use obligations in respect of such feedback.
You have all right, title and interest in the User Content you submit. By submitting or posting any User Content, you grant Empower Africa and its successors and assignees a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, sub-licensable and transferable license under or related to any of your intellectual property, moral or privacy rights to use, copy, distribute, transmit, modify, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, alter, decompile, publicly perform such User Content on, through or in connection with the Site in any media formats and through any media channels, including, without limitation, for commercially promoting the Site or any of our services. You also consent to posting any information you have provided to Empower Africa or which may be publicly available about your company and officers, directors or affiliates thereof.
The policy of Empower Africa is not to infringe upon or violate the intellectual property rights or other rights of any third party, and Empower Africa will refuse to use and remove any User Content in connection with the Services that infringes the rights of any third party. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA“), Empower Africa will remove any Content (including, without limitation, any User Content) if properly notified that such material infringes third party rights, and may do so at its sole discretion, without prior notice to users at any time. The policy of Empower Africa is to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers in appropriate circumstances.
You are in the best position to judge whether User Content is in violation of intellectual property or personal rights of any third-party. You accept full responsibility for avoiding infringement of the intellectual property or personal rights of others in connection with User Content.
If you believe that something appearing on the Services infringes your copyright, you may send us a notice requesting that it be removed, or that access to it blocked. If you believe that such a notice has been wrongly filed against you, the DMCA allows you send us a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the DMCA’s requirements. We suggest that you consult with your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Be aware that there can be substantial penalties for false claims. Send notices and counter-notices to us by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimers and Disclaimer of Warranty
All information and content posted on the Site is for informational purposes only and Empower Africa provides no guarantees with respect thereto. Your use of the Site and/or Services is at your sole discretion and risk. The Services and all content on the Site are provided on an AS IS and AS AVAILABLE basis without warranties of any kind. We do not represent or warrant that Services or content will be accurate, of good quality or useful for your needs.
WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, RELATING TO THE SITE AND/OR SERVICES OR ANY CONTENT THEREON, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS, COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE. WE DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, (I) REGARDING THE SECURITY, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE AND/OR SERVICES; OR (II) THAT THE SITE OR SERVICES WILL BE ERROR-FREE OR THAT ANY ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR (III) REGARDING THE PERFORMANCE OF OR ACCURACY, QUALITY, CURRENCY, COMPLETENESS OR USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE AND/OR SERVICES.
No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us, shall create any warranty that is not expressly stated in these Terms. If you choose to rely on such information, you do so solely at your own risk. Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties. Accordingly, some of the above exclusions may not apply to you. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding the exclusion of implied warranties. You are encouraged to conduct your own diligence process regarding any information furnished on the Site.
You acknowledge and agree that Empower Africa is not a data retention service. You therefore must create backups of your data, and Empower Africa shall have no responsibility or liability in respect of any loss of, damage to, or corruption of any such data.
Limitation of Liability
In addition to the foregoing, we assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any Content or Services. We are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction or failure of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems or equipment, servers or providers, software, failure due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on the Services. Under no circumstances shall we be responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death and any injury or damage to any person’s mobile device or computer, resulting from use of the Software, Services, from any Content, or from the conduct of any users of the Services, whether online or offline. In addition, we assume no responsibility for any incorrect data, including Personal Data provided by you or on your behalf and you hereby represent and warrant that you are solely responsible for any and all data provided to Empower Africa, including any incorrect data and you shall assume any and all liability for any consequences of provision of such incorrect data to us.
IN NO EVENT SHALL EMPOWER AFRICA, ITS AFFILIATES OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, ASSIGNEES, OR AGENTS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE QUALITY, ACCURACY, OR UTILITY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED AS PART OF OR THROUGH THE SERVICES, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE FORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT EMPOWER AFRICA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION AND IN NO EVENT SHALL OUR CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO YOU EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID US IN THE TWELVE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE ON WHICH THE APPLICABLE CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION AROSE, IF APPLICABLE. IF YOU HAVE NOT MADE ANY PAYMENTS TO EMPOWER AFRICA FOR THE USE OF THE SERVICES, THEN EMPOWER AFRICA SHALL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY TOWARD YOU.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Empower Africa, its affiliates and their respective employees, directors, officers, subcontractors and agents, against any and all claims, damages, or costs, losses, liabilities or expenses (including reasonable court costs and attorneys’ fees) that arise directly or indirectly from: (i) breach of these Terms by you or anyone using your computer and/or mobile device, password (whether authorized or unauthorized); (ii) any claim, loss or damage experienced from your use or attempted use of (or inability to use) the Site or Services; (iii) your violation of any law or regulation or any of your obligations, representations, or warranties hereunder including but not limited to breach of any privacy and/or data protection laws and regulations to which you are subject; (iv) your infringement of any right of any third party; and (v) any other matter for which you are responsible hereunder or under applicable law.
The Site may provide you with third-party advertising as well as links to websites, applications, and services, including, without limitation, those of other users and in connection with certain events and projects posted by Empower Africa and other users on the Site. We make no promises, representations or warranties regarding any content, goods or services provided by such third parties and all use of third-party websites and applications is at your own risk. Additionally, we do not accept responsibility for any payments processed or submitted through third-party websites and applications or for the privacy policies of such third parties. We do not endorse any products offered by third parties and we urge our users to exercise caution in using third-party websites or applications.
These Terms shall be governed solely by the laws of the State of New York, and without regard to the United Nations Convention on the International Sales of Goods and the competent courts in New York, NY shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear any disputes arising hereunder. In any action to enforce these Terms, the prevailing party will be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. In the event that any provision of these Terms is held to be unenforceable, such provision shall be replaced with an enforceable provision which most closely achieves the effect of the original provision, and the remaining terms of these Terms shall remain in full force and effect. Nothing in these Terms creates any agency, employment, joint venture, or partnership relationship between you and Empower Africa or enables you to act on behalf of Empower Africa. Except as may be expressly stated in these Terms, these Terms constitute the entire agreement between us and you pertaining to the subject matter hereof, and any and all other agreements existing between us and you relating thereto are hereby canceled. We may assign and/or transfer our rights and obligations hereunder to any third party without prior notice. You shall not assign and/or transfer any of your rights or obligations hereunder, and any assignment in violation of the foregoing shall be void. No waiver of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. If we are required to provide notice to you hereunder, we may provide such notice to the contact details you provided upon registration.
The Company offers a platform which connects companies, governments, and NGOs interested in doing business in and with Africa. Users of the Platform will be able to share information and opportunities related to Africa’s private sector. Users will also gain access to our member directory, which can be used to identify business opportunities and find partners for local implementation, project financing, and government coordination.
The Platform will be open to its users which have subscribed on the Platform and as such have a user account (hereafter, the “Users”). The Platform is available at the following url address [network.empowerafrica.com] The Company uses a solution called “BuddyBoss”, which enables the import and export of user lists and data, the management of content and events, the organization of emailing campaigns and opportunity research and sharing as well as the management of funds and contributions of any kind.
If you are an individual located in the European Union (“EU Individual“), some additional terms and rights may apply to you, as detailed herein. Our registered office is 133 East Warms Springs Rd. Las Vegas, Nevada and our registration number is NV20181903389.
“Personal Data” means any information that refers, is related to, or is associated with an identified or identifiable individual or as otherwise may be defined by applicable law.
ARTICLE 1.COLLECTED PERSONAL DATA, USES AND LEGAL BASIS
1.1 When subscribing to the Platform
When you subscribe to the Platform, you must create an individual profile and a company profile of the organization you represent. When you do so, we collect the following information you provide about yourself (“Profile Information“):
Contact information of the business you represent
Details of the organization you represent
Trade Union Membership, if you elect to provide us with such information.
Personal memberships in any business association
Non-Personal Data such as any applicable Business License or membership of the business you represent in any business association.
Depending on your account settings, your Profile Information will be publicly available to all or certain types of additional users of the Platform. Please make sure that your sharing and/or visibility settings within your account are configured according to your preferences so that your information is only shared with the people with whom you would like it shared.
If you use the Platform by logging in through a third-party login/account registration service (such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Google), we also receive Personal Data about you as provided by such third-party service, as determined by such third party’s policies and your preferences.
How we use this data: (1) to create your user account and provide you with access to the Platform; (2) to respond to your inquiries and requests and to contact and communicate with you; (3) to prevent fraud, protect the security of and address any problems with the Platform; and (4) and to provide you with informational newsletters and promotional materials relating to our Platform and services, including with respect to projects and other opportunities operated by our partners and published on the Platform. For more information about our direct marketing activities and how you can control your preferences, please see the Direct Marketing section below.
Legal Basis: (1) We process this Personal Data for the purpose of providing you with the Platform, which is considered performance of a contract with you, including responding to your inquiries and requests and providing customer support. (2) We process any Personal Data that you elect to provide relating to your trade union membership based on your explicit consent. You may withdraw your consent by contacting us at email@example.com. We will process your request as soon as reasonably possible, however it may take a few days for us to update our records before any opt out is effective. (3) When we process your Personal Data for the purposes of preventing fraud, protecting the security of and/or addressing problems with the Platform and/or for the purpose of providing you with informational newsletters and promotional materials relating to our services, such processing is based on our legitimate interests. Additional information regarding direct marketing is provided below.
1.2 Payment Data – If you make a purchase through the Platform, we and/or our service providers or subcontractors receive information related to such purchase, such as your credit or debit card number, bank account information or information regarding other payment methods you may use, as well as the date of purchase, purchase amount, name, email, billing or shipping address and in some cases your transaction history to authenticate you.
How we use this data: To process the payment for your purchase and for the purposes of fraud prevention.
Legal Basis: We process this Personal Data for the purpose of performance of a contract with you. Processing for the purposes of fraud prevention is based on our legitimate interest.
1.3 Contact Information – When you request information from us, or contact us for any other reason, we will collect any data you provide, such as your name, email address, phone number, company you represent and the content of your inquiry. When you sign up for newsletters, we collect your name, email address, phone number, and the company you represent.
How we use this data: To respond to your request or inquiry, to provide you with newsletters and for retargeting purposes.
Legal Basis: We process this Personal Data based on performance of a contract when we respond to your inquiry and provide you with newsletters. Processing your Personal Data for retargeting purposes is based on our legitimate interests. Additional information regarding direct marketing is provided below.
1.4 Information and Materials You Upload to the Platform – If you elect to upload any information, documents, videos, pictures or other materials to the Platform, including in respect of the following, we will also collect such materials and any Personal Data and non-Personal Data therein:
Events, including, if you elect to submit such information, the location of such events.
How we use this data: To provide you with the Platform.
Legal Basis: We process this Personal Data for the purpose of performance of a contract with you.
1.5 Automatically Collected Data
When you visit the Platform, we automatically collect information about your computer or mobile device, including non-Personal Data such as your operating system and browser, and Personal Data such as device ID, as well as your browsing history and other information regarding your activity on the Platform, such as searches and download history. For more information about the cookies and similar technologies we use and how to adjust your preferences, please see the section “Cookies and Similar Technologies” below.
How we use this data: (1) to provide you with the Platform; (2) to review usage and operations, including in an aggregated non-specific analytical manner, develop new products or services and improve current content, products, and services; (3) to prevent fraud, protect the security of our Platform, and address any problems with the Platform; (4) to provide you with targeted offers and advertising related to our products and services.
Legal Basis: We process this Personal Data for the purpose of providing you with the Platform, which is considered performance of a contract with you. We process this Personal Data for our legitimate interests to develop and improve our products and Services, review usage, perform analytics, prevent fraud, for our recordkeeping and protection of our legal rights and to market our own products and services. Additional information regarding direct marketing is provided below.
1.6 Special Categories of Data – In the course of providing our Platform to you, if you elect to provide us with such information when subscribing to the Platform or otherwise in connection with your individual or company profile, we also collect data relating to your political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, which is subject to special protections under the law. We will only collect such data if you provide your consent.
How we use this data: To provide you with the Platform.
Legal Basis: We process this Personal Data based on your explicit consent. You may withdraw your consent by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will process your request as soon as reasonably possible, however it may take a few days for us to update our records before any opt out is effective.
1.7 Additional Uses
By analyzing all information we receive, including all information concerning users we may compile statistical information across a variety of platforms and users (“Statistical Information“). Statistical Information helps us understand trends and customer needs so that new products and services can be considered and so that existing products and services can be tailored to customer desires. Statistical Information is anonymous and aggregated and we will not link Statistical Information to any Personal Data. We may share such Statistical Information with our partners, without restriction, on commercial terms that we can determine in our sole discretion.
As described above, we may use Personal Data to let you know about our products and Services that we believe will be of interest to you, including projects and other opportunities operated by our partners and published on the Platform. We may contact you by email, post, or telephone or through other communication channels. In all cases, we will respect your preferences for how you would like us to manage marketing activity with respect to you. To protect privacy rights and to ensure you have control over how we manage marketing with you:
We will take steps to limit direct marketing to a reasonable and proportionate level and only send you communications which we believe may be of interest or relevance to you.
At any time you can change your preferences for the way in which you would like us to communicate with you, including how you receive details of latest offers or newsletters from us.
You can ask us to stop sending email marketing by following the “unsubscribe” link you will find on all the email marketing messages we send you. Alternatively, you can contact us at email@example.com.
You can change the way your browser manages cookies by following the settings on your browser as explained below. If our marketing activities are based upon your consent, you may withdraw this consent at any time.
1.8 Cookie data
A cookie is a message that, subject to your settings, is sent to your browser or device.
A “session cookie” is temporary and will remain on your device until you leave the Platform.
A “persistent” cookie may be used to help save your settings and customizations across visits. It will remain on your device until you delete it.
First-party cookies are placed by us, while third-party cookies may be placed by a third party. We use both first- and third-party cookies.
We may use the terms “cookies” to refer to all technologies that we may use to store data in your browser or device or that collect information or help us identify you in the manner described above, such as web beacons or “pixel tags”.
Type of Cookie
Why We Use These Cookies
These cookies are necessary in order to allow the Platform to work correctly. They enable you to access the Platform, move around, and access different services, features, and tools. Examples include remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session. These cookies cannot be disabled.
These cookies remember your settings and preferences and the choices you make (such as language or regional preferences) in order to help us personalize your experience and offer you enhanced functionality and content.
These cookies can help us identify and prevent security risks. They may be used to store your session information to prevent others from changing your password without your login information.
These cookies can help us collect information to help us understand how you use our Platform, for example whether you have viewed messages or specific pages and how long you spent on each page. This helps us improve the performance of our Platform.
These cookies collect information regarding your activity on our Platform to help us learn more about which features are popular with our users and how our Platform can be improved.
ARTICLE 2. SHARING THE PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT
We share your information, including Personal Data, as follows:
Service Providers, and Subcontractors
We disclose information, including Personal Data we collect from and/or about you, to our trusted service providers and subcontractors, who have agreed to confidentiality restrictions and who use such information solely on our behalf in order to: (1) help us provide you with the Platform; (2) aid in their understanding of how users are using our Platform; (3) for the purpose of direct marketing (see above for more details).
Such service providers and subcontractors provide us with payment processing services, IT and system administration services, data backup, security, and storage services, data analysis, provide marketing services and assist in the operation of the Platform and services thereon.
Law Enforcement Related Disclosure
We may use your Personal Data as required or permitted by any applicable law, for example, to comply with audit and other legal requirements.
ARTICLE 3. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER
Whenever we transfer your Personal Data to third parties based outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA“), we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:
We will only transfer your Personal Data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for Personal Data by the European Commission.
Where we use certain service providers not located in countries with an adequate level of protection as determined by the European Commission, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give Personal Data the same protection it has in the EEA.
Where we use service providers based in the US, we may transfer Personal Data to them if they have been certified by the EU-US Privacy Shield, which requires them to provide similar protection to Personal Data shared between the EU and the US or any other arrangement which has been approved by the European Commission or other body having jurisdiction to approve such arrangement.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your Personal Data out of the EEA.
ARTICLE 4. LENGTH OF DATA RETENTION
Subject to applicable law, we retain Personal Data as necessary for the purposes set forth above. We may delete information from our systems without notice to you once we deem it is no longer necessary for these purposes. Retention by any of our processors may vary in accordance with the processor’s retention policy.
In some circumstances, we may store your Personal Data for longer periods of time, for instance where we are required to do so in accordance with legal, regulatory, tax, audit, accounting requirements and so that we have an accurate record of your dealings with us in the event of any complaints or challenges, or if we reasonably believe there is a prospect of litigation relating to your Personal Data or dealings. To determine the appropriate retention period, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the Personal Data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your Personal Data, the purposes for which we process your Personal Data, and whether those purposes can be achieved through other means, as well as applicable legal requirements.
Subject to your consent, we may retain your Profile Information and continue to make such information publicly available to other users following the termination of your account. You can revoke your consent at any time by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like details regarding the retention periods for different types of your Personal Data.
ARTICLE 5.EXERCISE OF THE USERS’ RIGHTS
Subject to certain exemptions, and in some cases dependent upon the processing activity we are undertaking, you have certain rights in relation to the Personal Data that we hold about you, as detailed below. We will investigate and attempt to resolve complaints and disputes and make every reasonable effort to honor your wish to exercise your rights as quickly as possible and, in any event, within the timescales provided by applicable data protection laws. We reserve the right to ask for reasonable evidence to verify your identity before we provide you with any information and/or comply with any of your requests, as detailed below:
Right of Access. You have a right to know what Personal Data we collect about you and, in some cases, to have such Personal Data communicated to you. Subject to applicable law, we may charge you with a fee. Please note that we may not be able to provide you with all the information you request, and, in such case, we will endeavor to explain to you why.
Right to Data Portability. If the processing is based on your consent or performance of a contract with you and processing is being carried out by automated means, you may be entitled to (request that we) provide you or another party with a copy of the Personal Data you provided to us in a structured, commonly-used, and machine-readable format.
Right to Correct Personal Data. Subject to the limitations in applicable law, you may request that we update, complete, correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated Personal Data.
Deletion of Personal Data (“Right to Be Forgotten”). You have a right to request that we delete your Personal Data if either: (i) it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was collected, (ii) our processing was based on your consent and you have withdrawn your consent, (iii) you have successfully exercised your Right to Object (see below), (iv) processing was unlawful, or (iv) we are required to erase it for compliance with a legal obligation. We cannot restore information once it has been deleted. Please note that to ensure that we do not collect any further Personal Data, you should also delete our Platform from your mobile devices, terminate your account with us, and clear our cookies from any device where you have used our Platform. We may retain certain Personal Data (including following your request to delete) for audit and record-keeping purposes, or as otherwise permitted and/or required under applicable law.
Right to Restrict Processing. You can ask us to limit the processing of your Personal Data if either: (i) you have contested its accuracy and wish us to limit processing until this is verified; (ii) the processing is unlawful, but you do not wish us to erase the Personal Data; (iii) it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected, but we still need it to establish, exercise, or defend of a legal claim; (iv) you have exercised your Right to Object (below) and we are in the process of verifying our legitimate grounds for processing. We may continue to use your Personal Data after a restriction request under certain circumstances.
Direct Marketing Opt Out. You can change your mind at any time about your election to receive marketing communications from us and/or having your Personal Data processed for direct marketing purposes. If you do, please notify us by contacting us at email@example.com. We will process your request as soon as reasonably possible, however it may take a few days for us to update our records before any opt out is effective.
Right to Object. You can object to any processing of your Personal Data which has our legitimate interests as its legal basis, if you believe your fundamental rights and freedoms outweigh our legitimate interests. If you raise an objection, we have an opportunity to demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate interests which override your rights and freedoms.
Withdrawal of Consent. You may withdraw your consent in connection with any processing of your Personal Data based on a previously granted consent. This will not affect the lawfulness of any processing prior to such withdrawal.
Right to Lodge a Complaint with Your Local Supervisory Authority. You may have the right to submit a complaint to the relevant supervisory data protection authority if you have any concerns about how we are processing your Personal Data, though we ask that as a courtesy you please attempt to resolve any issues with us first. The competent supervisory authorities are listed on the following website: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/article-29/structure/data-protection-authorities/index_en.htm
You may exercise your rights, as described above, by sending an email to the following address firstname.lastname@example.org provided that the you verify your identity in accordance with applicable law.
ARTICLE 6.COOKIE MANAGEMENT CONFIGURATION AND OTHER DATA
Your consent to the use and placement of cookies, as described herein, is requested through a banner at the bottom of the Platform homepage.
The User may at all times configure its browser in order to prevent the placement of cookie files. However, certain functionalities of the services proposed by the Platform may not function properly without cookies. In addition, even if most browsers are configured by default to accept cookie files, you may choose to accept the placement of all cookies other than the functional cookies or to systematically decline them or to choose the cookies it accepts depending on the issuer by configuring the following settings:
Click on the settings menu, followed by “Internet Options”;
Under the “General” tab on the upper-left hand side, scroll down to “Browsing history”;
Check the “Temporary Internet files and website files,” “Cookies and website data,” “History,” and “Download History” boxes;
Click on “Delete”;
Close out of Internet Explorer and reopen it for changes to take effect.
Click on your Tools bar;
Click on “Preferences”;
On the menu to the right, select “Privacy”;
Under the “history option”, there is a shortcut titled “clear your recent history”, click on that;
Select only the top four options and hit clear now.
Click on “Safari” in the top left corner of the finer bar;
Click on “Preferences”;
Click on the “Privacy” tab;
Click on “Manage Website Data”;
Click on “Remove All”;
Click “Remove Now”.
Click the Tools menu;
Click on “More tools”;
Clear browsing data;
At the top, choose a time range.
To delete everything, select “All time”;
Next to “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files”, check the boxes;
Click on “Clear data”.
We have implemented and maintain appropriate technical and organization security measures, policies and procedures designed to reduce the risk of accidental destruction or loss, or the unauthorized disclosure or access to Personal Data appropriate to the nature of such data. The measures we take include:
Safeguards – The physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards we employ to protect your Personal Data include secure servers, antivirus and SSL encryption of data.
Access Controls – The data of our users are accessible only to the persons duly authorized to do so by the Company on a need to know basis for the purposes set forth herein.
Personnel – We require new employees to sign non-disclosure agreements according to applicable law and industry customary practice.
Encryption – We encrypt the data in transit using secure SSL protocols.
Database Backup – Our databases are backed up on a periodic basis for certain data and are verified regularly. Backups are encrypted and stored within the production environment to preserve their confidentiality and integrity, are tested regularly to ensure availability, and are accessible only by authorized personnel.
We reserve the right to send you service-related communications, including service announcements and administrative messages, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them. Should you not wish to receive such communications, you may cancel your account.
We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under the age of sixteen (16). In the event that you become aware that an individual under the age of sixteen (16) has enrolled without parental permission, please advise us immediately.
ARTICLE 11.COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS