This policy is effective as of March 22nd, 2008.
Registration Information and Password Security
You are responsible for all activities that occur under your account. You agree to notify the Company immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any breach of security with respect to your account. The Company will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your account, either with or without your knowledge. In addition, you may be held liable for any losses incurred by the Company or another party due to someone else using your account. You may not use anyone else's account at any time.
In consideration of your use of the Site, you agree to (a) provide accurate, current and complete information about you as may be prompted by any registration forms on the Site ("Registration Data"); (b) maintain the security of your password and identification; (c) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data, and any other information you provide to Company, to keep it accurate, current and complete; and (d) be fully responsible for all use of your account and for any actions that take place using your account.
If Company allows you to choose a username and you select, in our sole discretion, one that is obscene, indecent, abusive or which is otherwise objectionable, Company has the right, without prior notice to you, to automatically change your username, delete your Submissions under it, deny you access to the Services, or any combination of these options.
You may not transfer your registration, password or user name to another person or share it with anyone. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage that may result if you fail to comply with these requirements. If you believe your information has been used without your authorization, you agree to notify Company immediately.
Description of Services
You understand and agree that the Services will include certain communications from Company (such as administrative messages and certain newsletters), and that these communications are considered part of the Service. We will send you our email newsletter up to once per week. In it, you’ll find the latest news, research, webinars and other relevant information for the GRC community. If you no longer wish to hear from us, you can unsubscribe at any time from the footer of any email.
Services include a combination of content that we create and that other third party content suppliers, including users, create. By example, some Services provide you and other users with an opportunity to submit, post, display, transmit and/or exchange information, ideas, opinions, photographs, images, video, creative works or other information, messages, transmissions or material to us or others on or through that Service (collectively, the "Submissions").
Company will adhere to high quality and ethical standards in the creation of Company's content, however, in using the Services, you may be exposed to content that you find offensive, indecent, objectionable, or that is inaccurate and you bear all risks associated with using that content. You understand that the Services are provided by Company "AS IS", and that Company does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of any content available on or through the Services. In this regard, you acknowledge that you should not rely on any of this content, whether created by or submitted by a third party to Company.
You understand that from time to time, you may communicate with, receive communications from, or otherwise participate in or use the services or obtain goods and services of or from, third parties (e.g., advertisers) as a result of your use of the Services. All such communication, interaction and participation is strictly and solely between you and such third party and Company shall not be responsible or liable to you in any way in connection with these activities or transactions (including, but not limited to, any representations, warranties, covenants, contracts or other terms or conditions that may exist between you and the third party, or any goods or services you may purchase or obtain from any third party). In particular, the appearance or availability of links to third party sites on or through the Services does not constitute an endorsement by Company with respect to the content, advertising, products, or other materials available on or from such sites. Finally, you are responsible for obtaining access to the Services and that access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees, including those fees associated with the display or delivery of advertisements. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Services. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Services shall be subject to the Terms.
User Content Submissions
You are solely responsible for the information, opinions, descriptions, photos, profiles, messages, videos, and all other content that you upload, publish or display (hereinafter, "post") on or through the Service or the Site, or transmit to or share with other users (collectively the "User Content"). By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide [license] to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part), transmit, and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.
Furthermore, you represent and warrant that your User Content will not contain any material that:
1. Is false, inaccurate, or misleading; infringes any third party's copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights, or rights of publicity or privacy; or violates any law or regulation; is defamatory, constitutes trade libel or product disparagement, or is unlawfully threatening, harassing, or contains hate speech; is obscene or contains pornography; or
2. Contains any computer programming routines such as viruses, Trojan horses, time bombs, or other malicious code or programs that may damage or interfere with the operation of any system, or unlawfully intercept any data or personal information.
You understand and agree that User Content does not reflect the views of Company and Company does not verify, endorse, or vouch for any such content and if we determine in our sole discretion that any User Content is inaccurate, was posted without authorization, or otherwise does or may violate these Terms, we reserve the right, at any time, without prior notice and without limiting any and all other rights we may have, at law or in equity, to (a) modify, refuse, or remove the User Content; (b) revoke the applicable user's right to use the Services; and/or (c) use any technological, legal, operational, or other means available to Company to enforce the provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating the applicable user's registration.
User Article Submissions
Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload or submit material to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out below. You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you indemnify us for any breach of that warranty.
Any material you submit or upload to the Website will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, and you grant us a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide licence to publish such material in any format, including without limitation print or electronic format and to use, copy, distribute and disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose. We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to the Website constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy or that it is defamatory of such person.
We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other user of the Website.
Publication of any material you submit to us will be at our sole discretion and we have the reserve the right to make additions or deletions to the text or graphics prior to publication, or to refuse publication. We further reserve the right to remove any material or posting you make on the Website if, in our opinion, such material does not comply with the content standards set out below.
These standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole: Be accurate (where they state facts). Be relevant. Be genuinely held (where they state opinions). Be original to you. Comply with applicable law in the USA and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not: Be obscene, offensive, hateful, threatening, racially offensive, inflammatory, incite violence or contain sexually explicit material. Advocate, promote or assist any illegal activity of any kind. Be defamatory of any person or violate another person's privacy rights or otherwise contain unlawful materialInfringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person or party. Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence. Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person. Give the impression that they emanate or are endorsed by us, if this is not the case. Constitute spamming, advertising or promotion of goods or services.
You agree that you are the original author of each article you submit. If you have hired a ghostwriter, you agree that you have exclusive rights to each article you submit. Click here for our contributor guidelines. You agree not to use the IT GRC Forum as a vehicle for marketing any speciﬁc product or service.
Company reserves the right whether or not to include your articles. If published, we reserve the right to remove any articles at any time. We reserve the right to include advertising on pages with your articles. Your voluntary submission to The IT GRC Forum will carry the "Reserved Rights" copyright of Executive IT Forums Inc. We reserve the right to edit, modify or reject submissions that include a favorable slant to any one vendor. We reserve the right to edit all submissions for length and suitability to a given issue, without final and formal review of the contributor. However, we will make every effort to allow an author to preview such alterations.
All contributions sent to the Publisher, whether invited or not, will be submitted to the IT GRC Forum Editors and Editorial Board for anonymous peer-review.
Each article is carefully reviewed by our editorial board to ensure the overall quality for both authors and and readers. Contributions, whether published pseudonymously or not, are accepted on the strict understanding that the author is responsible for the accuracy of all opinion, technical comment, factual report, data, ﬁgures, illustrations and photographs. Publication does not necessarily imply that these are the opinions of the Editorial Board, Editors or the Publisher, nor do the Board, Editors or Publishers accept any liability for the accuracy of such comment, report and other technical and factual information.
The author bears the responsibility for checking whether material submitted is subject to copyright or ownership rights, eg photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data. Where use is so restricted, the Publisher must be informed with the submission of the material. All reasonable efforts are made to ensure accurate reproduction of text, photographs and illustrations. The Publisher does not accept responsibility for mistakes, be they editorial or typographical, nor for consequences resulting from them.
The Company and its designees may attribute you (and use, publish, transmit, and reproduce your name, likeness, and biographical details) in connection with the Site and your contributions to Used Content in the sole discretion of the company and its designees.
Rules of Conduct
Your use of the Services is subject to all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations, and you agree not to violate such laws and regulations. In addition, you agree that:
1. You will not interfere with another member's use and enjoyment of the Services; you will not interfere with or disrupt the security measures of the Services; you will not interfere with or disrupt networks connected to the Services, and will comply with all regulations, policies and procedures of such networks; and
2. You will comply with United States law regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States.
You further agree that you will not use the Site to:
1. Send or result in the transmission of "spam" (junk e-mail) or unsolicited messages;
2. Promote or generate revenue for any business or commercial purposes unless authorized by Company;
3. Impersonate any person or entity; intentionally or unintentionally or create a false identity on the Site.
4. Collect or store personal data about other users
5. Make publicly available on the Site or otherwise transmit any private information of any third party; or
6. Make publicly available or otherwise transmit any content that we deem to be harmful, threatening, unlawful, defamatory, infringing, abusive, inflammatory, harassing, vulgar, obscene, fraudulent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
All content on the Site and available through the Service, including but not limited to designs, text, graphics, images, photographs, illustrations, audio and video material, artwork, information, database, proprietary information and all copyrightable or otherwise legally protectable elements of the Site, and their selection and arrangement (the "Site Content"), excluding any of your uploaded content (individually and/or collectively, "User Content"), are the proprietary property of the Company, its users or its licensors with all rights reserved.
You may not modify, copy, distribute, frame, reproduce, republish, download, display, post, transmit, create derivative works from, or broadcast or circulate to any third party (including, without limitation, on or via a third party web site), or otherwise use, any materials contained on the Services (except for your User Content) without the express prior written consent of Company.
Provided that you are eligible for use of the Site, you are granted a limited license to access the Site and the Site Content and to download or print a copy of any portion of the Site Content to which you have properly gained access solely for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you do not alter, delete or conceal any copyright or other notices contained on the Services, including notices on any Content you download, transmit, print or reproduce from the Services, nor shall you distribute such Site Content.
Third Party Websites and Content
The Site contains (or you may be sent through the Site or the Service) links to other web sites ("Third Party Sites") as well as articles, photographs, text, graphics, pictures, designs, video, audio, information, applications, and other content or items belonging to or originating from third parties (the "Third Party Applications or Content"). Such Third Party Sites and Third Party Applications or Content are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy, appropriateness, or completeness by us, and we are not responsible for any Third Party Sites accessed through the Site or any Third Party Applications or Content posted on, available through or installed from the Site, including without limitation the content, accuracy, offensiveness, opinions, reliability, privacy practices or other policies of or contained in the Third Party Sites or the Third Party Applications or Content. Inclusion of, linking to or permitting the use or installation of any Third Party Site or any Third Party Applications or Content does not imply approval or endorsement thereof by us. If you decide to leave the Site and access the Third Party Sites or to use or install any Third Party Applications or Content, you do so at your own risk and you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Site or relating to any applications you use or install from the site.
Some of our Services may allow users to make some of their personal information (including, but not limited to, name, company affiliation and job title) available to other visitors as part of their profile or other listing for that Service. These information fields are clearly identified as part of the registration process. If you do not want certain personal information to be available to other Service users, you should not include it in your profile or other listing. As with all other content on the Services, we reserve the right to refuse (or remove) listings in our sole discretion, and without prior notice, if we determine that they are inaccurate, were posted without authorization, or otherwise violate these Terms.
Some of our Services may from time to time conduct promotions, including, but not limited to sweepstakes and contests ("Promotions"). If we conduct a Promotion the terms, conditions and rules for that Promotion will be posted or otherwise made available to you and, for purposes of each Promotion in which you participate, will be deemed incorporated by reference into these Terms (and therefore a part of your agreement with Company).
Some of our Services require that you to pay a fee to access use or download such Service, as indicated where those Services are offered. You agree to pay all fees and charges that you incur. Unless otherwise noted, all currency references are in U.S. dollars. We may, upon notice if required by applicable laws, at any time change the amount of, or basis for determining, any fee or charge, or institute new fees or charges. All fees and charges are payable in accordance with payment terms in effect at the time the fee or charge becomes payable.
Company has the right to take any of the following actions in our sole discretion at any time and for any reason without giving you any prior notice:
1. Restrict, deactivate, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Site or Services including deletion of your accounts and all related information and files in your account;
2. Refuse, move, or remove for any reason any material that you submit on or through the Site or Services;
3. Refuse, move, or remove any material that is available on or through the Site or Services;
4. Establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Services
We may take any of the above actions for any reason, as determined by Company in its sole discretion, including, but not be limited to, (a) breaches or violations of the Terms or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) a request by you, (d) discontinuance or material modification to the Services (or any part thereof), and (e) unexpected technical or security issues or problems. You agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party for taking any of these actions.
You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold Company, its subsidiaries, parent corporation and affiliates, and all of their respective officers, directors, owners, employees, agents, attorneys, licensors, representatives, licensors, and suppliers (collectively, the "Parties"), harmless from and against any and all liability, losses, expenses, damages, and costs (including attorneys' reasonable fees), incurred by any of the Parties in connection with any claim arising out of your use of the Services, any use or alleged use of your accounts or your passwords by any person, whether or not authorized by you, the content you submit, post, transmit or make available through the Services, your violation of these Terms, your connection to the Services, or your violation of the rights of any other person or entity.
YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE LAW, THE COMPANY, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITE AND YOUR USE THEREOF. THE COMPANY MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE COMPANY'S CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO THIS SITE AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES IN CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE COMPANY'S SITE, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE COMPANY'S SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE SITE, (V) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH THE SITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/ OR (VI) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE SITE OR THE SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE SITE. THE COMPANY DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE SITE OR ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND THE COMPANY WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. YOU ASSUME ALL RISK AS TO THE QUALITY, FUNCTION, AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE, AND TO ALL TRANSACTIONS YOU UNDERTAKE ON THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION SUBMISSION OF ANY USER CONTENT.
Some states or other jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusions may not apply to you.
In addition, please note that the Site may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. The Company has the right at any time to change, modify, add to, discontinue, or retire any aspect or feature of the Site, but not limited to, hours of availability, equipment needed for access or use, or the availability of the Services on any particular device or communications service. The Company has no obligation to provide you with notice of any such changes, and the Company is under no obligation to provide you with any support, error corrections, updates, upgrades, bug fixes, and/or enhancements of the Site.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
SOME U.S. STATES DO NOT ALLOW, AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW, THE LIMITATION AND LIABILITY, SO THE FORGOING DISCLAIMER MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU IF PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
Entire Agreement. These Terms, including the policies referred to in these Terms, constitute the entire agreement between you and Company and govern your use of the Services, superseding any prior agreements between you and Company. As noted above, you also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase certain other Company services, affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software. These Terms cannot be changed or terminated orally.
Notice. We may be required by state or federal law to notify you of certain events. You hereby acknowledge and consent that such notices will be effective upon our posting them on or through the Services or delivering them to you through email. You may update your email address by visiting the Services where you have provided contact information. If you do not provide us with accurate information, we cannot be held liable if we fail to notify you. You have the right to request that we provide such notices to you in paper format, and may do so by contacting the Company at Executive IT Forums, Inc., Attn: Corporate Communications, 1 Penn Plaza, 12th Floor, West 34th Street NY 11019. If you are a California resident, you may have this same information emailed to you by sending a letter to the foregoing address with your email address and a request for this information.
Choice of Law and Forum. The formation, construction and interpretation of this agreement shall be controlled by the laws of the State of New York, giving no effect to choice of law provisions. Any dispute relating to this agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in New York, New York, U.S.A., and the parties agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of these courts.
No Third Party Beneficiaries. You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to this Agreement.
Waiver and Severability of Terms. The failure of Company to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms remain in full force and effect.
Statute of Limitations. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
Claims of Copyright Infringement
The Company respect the intellectual property of others. If You believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), you are encouraged, as a first step, to contact the involved party in an attempt to resolve the issue directly. You may in addition or as a next step send a notification of claimed copyright infringement to the Company's designated agent along with the following information:
1. The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;
2. A description of the copyright work that you claim has been infringed and a description of the infringing activity;
3. Identification of the location where the original or an authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists, for example the URL of the website where it is posted or the name of the book in which it has been published;
4. Identification of the URL or other specific location on Site where the material that you claim is infringing is located, including enough information to allow the Company to locate the material;
5. Your number, address, telephone number, and email address;
6. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
7. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in Your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
Please note that this contact information is only for reporting claims of copyright infringement. Any other inquiries reported through this process will not be guaranteed a response.