Terms and Conditions

COMPANY CONNECTING LIMITED

WEBSITE TERMS OF USE

1.  these terms of use

1.1  These "Terms of Use" set out the terms and conditions on which you may make use of our website www.companyconnecting.com (the "site"), whether as a registered user ("Member"), an unregistered user, or an authorised representative of an organisation featured on our site. These Terms of Use apply to all types of user. Use of our site includes accessing, browsing, registering to use, and uploading content to, our site.

1.2  These Terms of Use comprise the following:

1.2.1  Part 1 – General Terms;

1.2.2  Part 2 – Acceptable Use Policy; and

1.2.3  Part 3 – Privacy Policy.

1.3  Please read these Terms of Use carefully before you start to use our site, as these will apply to your use of our site. We recommend that you print a copy of this for future reference.

1.4  By using our site, you confirm that you accept these Terms of Use and that you agree to comply with them.

1.5  If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, you must not use our site.

PART 1 – GENERAL TERMS

2.  Information about us

2.1  The site is operated by Company Connecting Limited ("We", "Us" and "Our"). We are registered in Scotland under company number SC488251 and have our registered office at 20 Murray Terrace, Aberdeen, AB11 7SD. Our VAT number is 215 9879 67.

3.  Changes to these terms

3.1  We may revise our Terms of Use at any time by amending this page. Please check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we made, as they are binding on you.

4.  Changes to our site

4.1  We may update our site from time to time, and may change the content at any time. However, please note that any of the content on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update it.

4.2  We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will be free from errors or omissions.

5.  Accessing our site / site availability

5.1  Certain parts of our site are made available free of charge, such as our home page and pages displaying lists of search results (but not the content of individual results). For some parts of our site, you will require to purchase credits before you can access them (please see sections 8 to 10, below).

5.2  We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our site with or without notice to you. We will not be liable to you or to any third party if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

5.3  You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site.

5.4  Our site is directed to people residing in the United Kingdom. We do not represent that content available on or through our site is appropriate or available in other locations. We may limit the availability of our site or any service or product described on our site to any person or geographic area at any time. If you choose to access our site from outside the United Kingdom, you do so at your own risk.

5.5  Our site is not a storage service. You agree that we have no obligation to store, maintain or provide you with a copy of any information or data you upload to our site, except as required by law.

6.  registering AN ORGANISATION ON OUR SITE

6.1  If you use our site to make an application to us for an organisation to be added to our database and to appear on our site, you (as an authorised representative of that organisation) agree to the following:

6.1.1  you have authority from that organisation to:

(a)  act on its behalf in making an application to us, and bind it to our Terms of Use; and

(b)  disclose to us any and all information you upload to us about the organisation;

6.1.2  you warrant that any and all information you provide about the organisation is true, accurate, and complete; and

6.1.3  we have sole discretion as to whether the organisation is suitable to appear on our site, and we may (without reason or explanation) accept or reject your application accordingly. If we choose to reject your application, you agree that we shall have no liability to you or to the relevant organisation in respect of such rejection. If we choose to accept your application, you acknowledge that we shall not be bound by any time limits or deadlines to publish the details of the relevant organisation on our site.

6.2  An organisation for which we have accepted an application shall be termed an "Organisation" in our Terms of Use.

6.3  As an authorised user, it is your responsibility to ensure that the information about the Organisation which we hold (whether published on our site or not) is accurate, up-to-date, and complete. If any of the details about your Organisation change (for example, it relocates to a different address) you agree that you will update those details on our site as soon as practicable.

7.  registering as a member ON OUR SITE

7.1  The functionality of our site enables you to register as a Member in two ways:

7.1.1  employees and representatives of Organisations may register as Members. Registering as a Member in this way means that you will have a profile on our site, and will be linked on our site to the Organisation you work for or represent. Please note that our site will not permit you to register as a Member in this way if your organisation is not also registered on our site; or

7.1.2  if your organisation is not registered on our site, you may register as a Member to search for Organisations which are registered. Registering as a Member in this way means that you will not have a profile on our site, and your personal details will not be published on it. However, we will still retain your personal details for the purposes of administering your membership.

7.2  To register as a Member in either way, you must provide us with your full name, your email address, and details about your organisation (whether registered on our site as an Organisation or not), including its legal name and address, plus any other information about you or your organisation we may request on the appropriate registration pages of our site. You agree that we may access, store and use any personal information that you provide to us in accordance with these Terms of Use (including, in particular, our Privacy Policy at Part 3).

7.3  If you register as a Member under section 7.1.1, you acknowledge and agree that:

7.3.1  the personal information you provide to us will be published on our site as part of a personal profile we will create for you, and your profile will be accessible by other Members; and

7.3.2  you shall keep any and all personal information on your profile accurate and up-to-date.

7.4  When you register as a Member, we will provide you with a username and password. As between you and others, your account belongs to you. You must treat your username and password as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party.

7.5  We have the right to disable any username or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms of Use.

7.6  If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly tell us at [INSERT EMAIL OR CONTACT DETAILS].

8.  your conduct as a member

8.1  You agree that you will:

8.1.1  use your real name (and not an alias); and

8.1.2  use our site in a professional manner.

8.2  You agree that you will not:

8.2.1  act dishonestly or unprofessionally;

8.2.2  create a false identity on our site;

8.2.3  misrepresent your current or previous positions, professional qualifications or other accreditations;

8.2.4  misrepresent your employment for or affiliation with any organisation; and

8.2.5  use (or attempt to use) any other Member's account.

9.  SEARCHING FOR ORGANISATIONS

9.1  Our site enables Members to search for Organisations registered on our site from time to time. Pages displaying lists of search results are free to access.

9.2  Each and every time you click to access an individual search result for an Organisation, you will use one credit (please see section 10 below on the purchase of credits). If you have used all of your purchased credits, you will not be permitted to access any further search results for Organisations, and:

9.2.1  if you have not exhausted your Monthly Credit Quota (as described in section 10.3), you may purchase additional credits, and will be permitted to access such number of search results for Organisations as those additional credits allow; or

9.2.2  if you have exhausted your Monthly Credit Quota, you will not be permitted to purchase any additional credits until the following calendar month (except at our sole discretion).

10.  credits

10.1  You may purchase credits from us, for use on our site, in such number as we permit to from time to time. We may sell credits to Members individually or in bundles. You agree that we have no obligation to sell or otherwise make available any credits to you.

10.2  You acknowledge and agree that we may, at our sole discretion, vary the prices of credits, with or without notice to you, from time to time. However, where we do vary the prices of credits, the value of any credits you have purchased prior to the variation will not change.

10.3  At our discretion, we may set a maximum number of credits you are permitted to purchase in any particular calendar month (the "Monthly Credit Quota"). We shall publish the Monthly Credit Quota on the relevant page of our site, and may change it from time to time by updating the relevant page.

10.4  Credits may be purchased from the relevant page of our site. Access to search results for Organisations shall not be made available to you until payment of the relevant sum for the credits being purchased.

11.  Intellectual property rights

11.1  We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

11.2  You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our site.

11.3  You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

11.4  Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

11.5  If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these Terms of Use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

12.  Rights you licence

12.1  As between you and us, you (or the relevant organisation) own the content and information that you provide or upload to our site, and in doing so you grant to us a worldwide, transferable, royalty-free and sub-licenceable right to use, copy, modify, distribute, publish and process any and all such content and information for our business purposes.

13.  No reliance on SITE information OR THIRD PARTY INFORMATION

13.1  The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. We do not recommend or endorse any Organisation or Member whose information we make available on our site. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.

13.2  Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up-to-date.

13.3  By using our site, you may encounter content or information that might be inaccurate, incomplete, delayed, misleading, illegal, offensive, or otherwise harmful. We may not review content, information or data uploaded to our site by Members. You agree that we are not responsible or liable to you or any third party for any third parties' (including any Members') content or information, or for any damages or other legal remedy as a result of your (or any third parties') use of or reliance on it.

14.  Limitation of our liability

14.1  Nothing in these terms of use excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law.

14.2  To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied.

14.3  We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

14.3.1 use of, or inability to use, our site; or

14.3.2 use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

14.4  Please note that in particular, we will not be liable for (whether direct or indirect):

14.4.1 loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;

14.4.2 business interruption;

14.4.3 loss of anticipated savings;

14.4.4 loss of data, business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or

14.4.5 any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

14.5  Subject to sections 14.1 to 14.4, our total liability to you in respect of all losses arising under or in connection with these Terms of Use, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed the price of the credits purchased by you in the twelve months preceding the date of the relevant claim (or where less than twelve months have elapsed since the date of your agreement to these Terms of Use ("Start Date"), twelve times the average monthly price of credits purchased by you since the Start Date).

14.6  We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.

14.7  We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our site. Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties (for example, to the LinkedIn account of another Member), these links are provided for your information only. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and we will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

15.  Suspension and termination

15.1  We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of these Terms of Use through your use of our site. Where a breach has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate, including:

15.1.1 immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our site (including cancellation of your membership);

15.1.2 immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you or your Organisation to our site;

15.1.3 issue of a warning to you;

15.1.4 legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach;

15.1.5 any further legal action against you; and

15.1.6 disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.

16.  Viruses

16.1  We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.

16.2  You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform in order to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software.

16.3  You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

17.  Linking to our site

17.1  You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

17.2  You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

17.3  You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you.

17.4  Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page.

17.5  We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

18.  Applicable law

18.1  These Terms of Use, its subject matter and its formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

PART 2 – ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

19.  Uploading content to our site

19.1  Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload content to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in section 22.

19.2  Any content you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential.

19.3  We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

19.4  We have the right to remove any content you upload to our site if, in our opinion, your content does not comply with the content standards set out in section 22.

19.5  You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your content.

20.  Prohibited uses

20.1  You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use our site:

20.1.1 in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;

20.1.2 in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;

20.1.3 to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards in section 22;

20.1.4 to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam); and

20.1.5 to knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

20.2  You also agree:

20.2.1 not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of our site in contravention of the General Terms in Part 1, above; and

20.2.2 not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:

(a)  any part of our site;

(b)  any equipment or network on which our site is stored;

(c)  any software used in the provision of our site; or

(d)  any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

21.  Interactive services

21.1  We may from time to time provide interactive services on our site, which may include a bulletin board. Where we do provide any interactive service, we will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated and what form of moderation (if any) is used (including whether it is human or technical).

22.  Content standards

22.1  These content standards apply to any and all content, information and data which you upload to our site ("contributions") whether in respect of any organisation or you as a Member, and to any interactive services associated with our site. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

22.2  Contributions must:

22.2.1 be accurate (where they state facts);

22.2.2 be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and

22.2.3 comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

22.3  Contributions must not:

22.3.1 contain any material which is defamatory of any person;

22.3.2 contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory;

22.3.3 infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person;

22.3.4 be likely to deceive any person;

22.3.5 be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence;

22.3.6 promote any illegal activity;

22.3.7 be threatening, abuse or invade another's privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety;

22.3.8 be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person;

22.3.9 be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person;

22.3.10 give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; and

22.3.11 advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

PART 3 – PRIVACY POLICY

23.  Information we collect from you

23.1  We may collect and process the following data about you:

23.1.1 Information you give us. You may give us information about you by filling in forms on our site or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. This includes information you provide when you register to use our site, apply to become a Member, participate in discussion or bulletin boards or other social media functions on our site, and when you report a problem with our site. The information you give us may include your name, address, e-mail address and phone number, financial and credit card information, information about your skill sets, and your job title. In providing this information to us you consent to our use of it in the ways we describe in these Terms of Use (and in particular, this Privacy Policy).

23.1.2 Information we collect about you. With regard to each of your visits to our site we may automatically collect the following information:

(a)  technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform; and

(b)  information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time); pages you viewed or searched for; page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page and any phone number used to call our contact number.

24.  Uses made of the information

24.1  We use information held about you in the following ways:

24.1.1 Information you give to us. We will use this information:

(a)  to carry out our obligations under these Terms of Use, and to provide the services to you which are available on your site;

(b)  to create a profile for you and make your information available for search by other Members on our site;

(c)  to process payments you make to us for credits;

(d)  to notify you about changes to our site or services; and

(e)  to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

24.1.2 Information we collect about you. We will use this information:

(a)  to administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;

(b)  to improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;

(c)  to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so; and

(d)  as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure.

[Note: will Company Connecting host the Members' personal data itself, or will it appoint a third party to do so (eg a cloud service provider)?]

25.  Disclosure of your information

25.1  We may disclose your personal information to third parties:

25.1.1 in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets;

25.1.2 If Company Connecting Limited or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets; or

25.1.3 if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply these Terms of Use; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Company Connecting Limited, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

26.  Access to information

26.1  The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with that Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.