Terms and Conditions of Use

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

Introduction

Welcome to GrassrootsAfrica.org. This site is owned and operated by Ethical Events Ltd, a company registered in England no. 4287364 with its registered office at 2 Elmwood Road, London SE24 9NU.

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE ('Terms') BEFORE USING OUR SITE. By using our site you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms. If you don't wish to be bound by what you read below, you shouldn't use GrassrootsAfrica.org.

We may make changes to these Terms at any time. We will let you know what these changes are by posting them to this page, but it is your responsibility as a user to make sure that you are aware of them, by checking for any changes on a regular basis. Changes will become effective as soon as they are posted. If you continue to use our site after the posting of changes to these Terms, it means that you accept any such changes.

Our content

All of the content on our site is owned by us or our licensors and is protected by UK and international copyright laws.

The content on our site includes any information or other material found on GrassrootsAfrica.org, including forums, articles, databases, graphics, and all other features of our site. You may make one copy of extracts from this site on any single computer for personal, individual use only, provided that all copyright and proprietary notices are kept intact. Apart from that, none of our content may be republished, posted, transmitted, stored, sold, distributed or modified without our prior written consent by the Directors.

Your content

You own any copyright in the text that you post to our forums. However, when you post text, you expressly grant us a perpetual, unlimited free licence to republish that text on our site and to redistribute/make available and/or sell that text in print or electronic form anywhere in the world as part of an edited compilation or otherwise. We may automatically track certain contextual links in your forum posts.

We reserve the right to edit, alter, or not publish any material that you have submitted and to withdraw any material that we believe, for reasons that we do not have to divulge, any material submitted to us.

Disclaimer of warranties and liability

We provide our site in good faith but we cannot and do not warrant the completeness, truth or accuracy of the information or other content or postings found on our site, or their usefulness for any particular purpose. We shall not be liable for any action that you or others take or don't take based on your use of or reliance on information provided by us or other users of this Site.

We do not promise that your access to our site, or its content will be delivered uninterrupted, timely or error-free, or that the site will be free from viruses or other harmful properties. It is your responsibility to implement satisfactory safeguards and procedures to make sure any files you obtain through our site are free from such contaminations or other harmful properties.

The effect of what is set out here is that you agree that under no circumstances will we be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental or other type loss or injury resulting from your use, or downloading of any content on our site.

Forums

We encourage debate and the sharing of information between our users. However, we do require that your use of our forums and any other communication systems that we provide is lawful.

You may not use the forums for any illegal purpose and in particular you will not:

post or transmit material that infringes the intellectual property rights or other rights of others or post or transmit any material that is unlawful, obscene, libellous, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person as determined by us in our sole discretion;

post or transmit advertisements for or solicitations of business (whether openly, or under the false guise of an unconnected party);

after receiving a warning, continue to disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or post or transmit comments that are not related to the topic being discussed;

post or transmit chain letters or pyramid schemes;

impersonate another person;

disguise the IP address of the connection used to post any message;

post or transmit any files containing viruses or other harmful computer code;

harvest or otherwise collect or use information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their explicit consent;

 allow any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments or for communicating with other users;

post the same note more than once or 'spam';

 knowingly post untrue information about another person or business with the intention of harming their reputation or livelihood;

 engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying these areas of our site, or which, in our judgment, exposes us to any liability or detriment of any type;

 intentionally make false or misleading statements about products, their price or their prospects. If you do, you may be committing a criminal offence;

post any solicitation of funds for business purposes or charitable donation

  Any posting of information in these forums is the opinion of the person posting it only and in no way reflects the corporate opinions or views of the company and its members or directors.  You must remember that we operate an open forum and sometimes messages are posted that might be misleading, deceptive, or downright wrong. You should not therefore rely on information being accurate in part or in full or complete. If you do, you do so at your own risk.

  If you feel you have been threatened or damaged in our forums or if you believe any infringement of your rights may have occurred through our site please contact us at admin@grassrootsafrica.org.

We reserve the right (but we are not obliged) to do any or all of the following:

record the communications in forums;

 investigate a claim that any one or more communications does not conform to the terms of this clause 9 and determine in our sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the communication(s);

remove without notice communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Terms;

 terminate a user's access to post messages to any or all of these areas;

 monitor, edit, or disclose any communication in these areas;

edit or remove any communication(s) posted on our website, regardless of whether such communication(s) breaches these Terms;

 If you disagree with a decision of a Forum Team member, you should email your appeal to admin@grassrootsafrica.org. You must not use the forum to argue any decision of our Forum Team.

 Any decision we make to remove or request the removal of any communication or to terminate or suspend the posting privileges of any user of the forums shall be final and binding. The termination or suspension of posting privileges shall apply to any and all user accounts that may have been used by that person, whether or not opened by that person.

 If you are notified that your posting privileges have been suspended or terminated, you will not attempt to re-register as a user of the Forum or make any posts on it in any guise whatsoever.

 When former users whose posting privileges have been removed do re-register or otherwise disrupt the Forum, this spoils the Forum and can cause severe distress or disturbance to other users. Dealing with the unwanted posts of former users distracts us from the core purpose of the site and ties up management and technician time. Therefore in such circumstances we reserve the right to:

report offenders to their ISP;

charge offenders for the administrative costs of identifying and removing their posts at the rate of £40 per hour necessarily spent plus any external costs that we incur; take legal action to recover these costs;

report offenders to the authorities if their actions appear to amount to a breach of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 or any other relevant criminal legislation.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless us, our directors, officers, employees and licensors from and against any claim, liability, cost, damage or loss we may incur (including reasonable legal fees) as a result of any material that you post or transmit on our communication forums, any actions you take which disrupt access to and/or the functioning of our site or any breach by you of your obligations under these Terms.

 Privacy policy

GrassrootsAfrica.org ("We", "us" or "our") is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.  This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.  Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.  For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is Ethical Events Ltd with its registered office at 2 Elmwood Road, London SE24 9NU.

Information we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site www.grassrootsafrica.org (our site). This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services.

If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes; you do not have to respond to them.

Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to weblogs,  traffic, location and communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.

IP addresses and cookies

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.  For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:

To estimate our audience size and usage pattern.

To store information about your interests, and so allow us to customise our site accordingly.

To speed up your searches.

To recognise you when you return to our site.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies.  However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to our site.

Where we store your personal data

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.  Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Uses made of the information

We use information held about you in the following ways:

To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.

To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.

To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service

To notify you about changes to our service.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide whilst visiting such sites which are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.  You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998.  A small fee will be payable.  If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to Ethical Events Ltd at 2 Elmwood Road, London SE24 9NU.   If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

General

If any of these provisions is deemed invalid, void or unenforceable, that provision will be deemed severable from the rest and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.  These Terms shall be governed by the laws of England and any dispute between us will be resolved exclusively in the Courts of England.

Changes

These Terms and Conditions were published on 1st December 2013.   Any changes we may make in the future will be posted on this website and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.

Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding these Terms and Conditions are welcomed and should be addressed to admin@grassrootsafrica.org