Terms of Service
LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
Please read these Terms of Service carefully before deciding to use any of our sites or services. This is a contract between you and Civic Hall. We’ve tried to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Please feel free to contact us ([email protected]) if you have any recommendations or questions!
These General Terms and Conditions of Use (“Terms”) are entered into by and between you and Civic Hall, a project of Personal Democracy Media d/b/a Personal Democracy Forum, LLC, (“Civic Hall”). In consideration of your use of and access to this Internet site, and other websites, services and apps on which these Terms are posted or expressly referenced (“Civic Hall Sites”), and the promises and obligations herein, and intending to be legally bound, you and Civic Hall hereby agree as follows:
Your access to and use of the CIVIC HALL Sites is subject to these Terms, which incorporate the separately posted Data Usage Policy. Additionally, registered members are subject to the terms of the Civic Hall Membership Agreement. BY USING THE CIVIC HALL SITES, YOU AGREE TO AND WILL BE DEEMED TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND OTHER APPLICABLE POLICIES. If you do not want to be bound by these Terms or policies, do not use the Civic Hall Sites.
1. CHANGES IN TERMS
Civic Hall shall have the right at any time and without prior notice, at its sole discretion, to revise these Terms or to impose new terms and conditions with respect to access to or use of the Civic Hall Sites. Such revisions and additions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which may be given by any means, including without limitation posting the revised or additional terms and conditions on the Civic Hall Sites.
These Terms are effective until terminated by Civic Hall. Civic Hall may terminate these Terms without notice and at any time in connection with any of the Civic Hall Sites. In the event of termination, you are no longer authorized to access those Civic Hall Sites, and the restrictions imposed on you with respect to the Content (defined below), and the disclaimers, indemnities, and limitations of liabilities set forth in these Terms shall survive termination.
Civic Hall shall also have the right without notice and at any time to terminate some or all of the Civic Hall Sites or any feature or portion thereof, or any products or services offered through them, or to terminate any individual’s right to access or use of the Civic Hall Sites or any feature or portion thereof.
3. INTENDED USERS
The Civic Hall Sites are not intended for or directed at users under the age of 18.
4. USE OF SITE
While using Civic Hall Sites, you agree that you will not:
Upload, send, or otherwise transmit any content or information that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable, or infringes on Civic Hall’s or any third party’s intellectual property or other rights;
Use the services in connection with contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming, or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise);
Create a false identity for the purpose of misleading others;
Upload, send or otherwise transmit any information or software that contains a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other harmful or disruptive component;
Use Civic Hall Sites for any unlawful purpose;
Modify, adapt, frame, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion of the Civic Hall Sites; or
Use any spider, robot, crawler, or other automated or manual means to retrieve, index, “scrape”, “data mine,” or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of Civic Hall Sites or their contents.
The text, images, photographs, graphics, logos, illustrations, descriptions, data, and other material provided by Civic Hall on or through the Civic Hall Sites, as well as the selection, assembly, and arrangement thereof, are referred to collectively as the “Content”.
The Content may contain errors, omissions, or typographical errors or may be out of date. Civic Hall may change, delete, or update any Content at any time and without prior notice. The Content is provided for informational purposes only and is not binding on Civic Hall in any way except to the extent it is specifically indicated to be so.
The content on the Civic Tech Field Guide Site is licensed under a Creative Commons license (BY NC SA 4.0). The content is free to use, re-use, adapt, and modify for non-commercial purposes as long as you provide a prominent link back to the Civic Tech Field Guide Site with attribution as the source material, and share the content alike with the same license. (Creative Commons BY NC SA 4.0).
For information on how Civic Hall collects, uses, and shares your information, please review our Data Usage Policy, below. You agree that by using the Civic Hall Sites you consent to the collection, use and sharing (as set forth in the Data Usage Policy) of such information, including the transfer of this information to the United States and/or other countries for storage, processing, and use by Civic Hall.
7. DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AS TO THE CIVIC HALL SITE, CONTENT, AND SERVICES
CIVIC HALL MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO THE CIVIC HALL SITES OR ANY LINKED SITE OR ITS CONTENT, INCLUDING THE AVAILABILITY OF ANY SITE OR THE CONTENT, INFORMATION, AND MATERIALS ON IT OR THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, OR TIMELINESS OF THAT CONTENT, INFORMATION, AND MATERIALS. CIVIC HALL ALSO DOES NOT WARRANT OR REPRESENT THAT YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE CIVIC HALL SITES OR ANY LINKED SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR FREE OF ERRORS OR OMISSIONS, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE CIVIC HALL SITES OR ANY LINKED SITE IS FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, ALL CONTENT PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH THE CIVIC HALL SITES IS PROVIDED TO USERS “AS IS,” WITH NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, SECURITY, OR ACCURACY. THE “AS IS” CONDITION OF CONTENT IS EXPRESSLY MADE A CONDITION OF ANY TRANSACTION ARISING THROUGH OR AS A RESULT OF THE CIVIC HALL SITES. Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so 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.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL CIVIC HALL, ITS SUPPLIERS, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR IN TORT, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE ANY OF THE CIVIC HALL SITES OR ANY LINKED SITE OR ITS CONTENTS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA ON COMPUTER SYSTEMS OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF CIVIC HALL IS EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Civic Hall, Civic Hall’s vendors, and their affiliates and related entities and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims, losses, damages, liabilities, and costs (including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs), arising out of or relating to your breach of these Terms or your access to or use of the Civic Hall Sites. You are solely responsible for interactions with our business partners and affiliated companies and other users of Civic Hall Sites. To the extent permitted by applicable law, you hereby release Civic Hall from any and all claims or liability related to any product or service provided through the Site and any conduct, action, or inaction by a business partner or affiliated company. The foregoing indemnification obligation shall survive termination of these Terms and the operation of the Civic Hall Sites or any product or service provided to you arising out of or relating to your use of the Civic Hall Sites.
9. THIRD-PARTY CONTENT DISCLAIMER
Civic Hall routinely contains links to external, third party websites. By providing links to other websites, Civic Hall does not guarantee, approve or endorse the information or products available at these sites, nor does a link indicate any association with or endorsement by the linked site to Civic Hall. Civic Hall does not operate or control and has no responsibility for the information, products and/or services found on any external sites. Nor do such links represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any information, products and/or services provided on or through any external sites, including, without limitation, warranties of any kind, either express or implied, warranties of title or non-infringement or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Visitors to Civic Hall Sites assume complete responsibility and risk in their use of any external sites. Visitors should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or webmaster.
10. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
These Terms constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to your access, use, and receipt of services from Civic Hall Sites and supersede all prior agreements, negotiations and discussions between you and Civic Hall relating to the same. There are no third-party beneficiaries of the agreement.
No waiver by Civic Hall of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. If any provision of these Terms shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other provisions of the Terms. The headings and captions in these Terms are intended for convenience only and shall in no way affect the interpretation of the Terms.
Access to or use of the Civic Hall Sites shall not be construed as Civic Hall’s purposeful availment of the privilege or benefits of doing business in any state or legal jurisdiction other than the State of New York. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to conflicts of law provisions. Additionally, any claims brought against Civic Hall shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. Sole and exclusive jurisdiction for any action or proceeding arising out of, or related to, this Agreement, use of the Civic Hall Sites, or any services provided through Civic Hall Sites, shall be in the state or federal courts located in the State of New York.
Data use policy
LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
This Privacy & Data Usage Policy covers our treatment of information gathered from you when you are using or accessing the Civic Hall websites and services. By using our website and services you are accepting the terms of this policy.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM YOU
We collect non-personally identifiable information when you visit our site. We also collect personal information from you when you:
Apply and register for an account
Submit an entry to the guide
Pay for services
Contact us directly
We use strictly necessary and analytics cookies on the Civic Hall websites for enhancing the services you request. You can disable cookies from within your browser following instructions in the full Privacy & Data Usage Policy below.
PRIVACY OF CHILDREN / SENSITIVE INFORMATION
We do not collect information from children at Civic Hall. We further do not knowingly collect and store sensitive consumer information such as Social Security Numbers. If we are made aware we have received such information we will delete it from our servers.
USE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We use your personal information for providing you the services you request, processing your payments, providing support, and notifying you about changes to our services and policies.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
There may be limited times when we disclose your personal information to third parties. This disclosure may be required for us to operate or provide your access to our Service, comply with our legal obligations, enforce or policies, or prevent fraud or illegal activity perpetrated through our services. We do not disclose your personally identifiable information to third-parties for advertising or promotional purposes.
We protect your information using reasonable security measures taking into account the types of information we collect and store and the types of risks we face.
For questions or concerns regarding this Privacy & Data Usage Policy please contact us at:
156 5th Avenue, Second Floor
New York, NY 10010
This Privacy & Data Usage Policy is entered into by and between you and Civic Hall. This policy (together with our User Agreement) is presented to you in order to help you make an informed decision about using this website and Civic Hall services and to explain to you what information we collect, how we store that information, and how we may use it. By using CivicHall.org, or any other Civic Hall website, app or service on which this policy appears (collectively the “Civic Hall Sites”), you are consenting to have your personally and non-personally identifiable data transferred to and/or processed in the United States in accordance with the terms of this Privacy & Data Usage Policy. Please do not use the Civic Hall Sites if you do not agree with this policy and any other policies listed on the Civic Hall Sites.
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM YOU
1. Non-Personally Identifiable Information
When you enter the Civic Hall Sites, we may collect certain non-personally identifiable information. This may include your browser information (including browser type, browser version, host operating system, and browser language) and your IP address. We use this information to help diagnose problems with our servers and for other administrative purposes.
In addition, aggregate traffic information may also be collected at the Civic Hall Sites from this non-personally identifiable information. We may use this data for improving the services offered at the Civic Hall Sites.
2. Personally Identifiable Information
The services offered by Civic Hall are only made available if we have certain information about you. To register as a user and access these services, you will be asked to submit personal information about yourself. We collect and process the following personally identifiable information related to our services:
Registration information. In applying for and maintaining a Civic Tech Field Guide account, we require certain contact information (including your e-mail address) We use this to contact you regarding your membership and for support and administrative purposes.
Payment Information. If you are making a payment, we collect your full name, billing address, and personal payment information. This information is used for the limited purpose of processing any purchases you may make. We do not retain copies of payment card information on our servers and payments are processed securely by our payment vendor, Stripe.
Support. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence and record
conversations for training and/or monitoring purposes.
WHAT IS A COOKIE?
Cookies are small text files that websites place in your browser when you visit them. When you return to the site, the site can access its previously placed cookie to uniquely identify your browser. Cookies accomplish several different things. They recall your preferences at a website, help content render more efficiently, and improve the overall user experience on a website. They can also help advertisers see what interests you and what advertising may be relevant to you. For further information on cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES DO WE USE ON THE CIVIC HALL SITES?
We primarily use two different types of cookies on this website: (1) Strictly Necessary Cookies and (2) Analytics Cookies:
Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features and services, such as accessing secure areas of the website. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
Analytics Cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies you. All the information that these cookies collect is anonymous and is used only to improve a website’s services.
Specifically, the Civic Hall Sites use Google Analytics Cookies. Information collected by the Google Analytics cookies will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States of America in accordance with its privacy practices. To see an overview of privacy at Google and how this applies to Google Analytics, visit http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/#toc-analytics. You may opt out of tracking by Google Analytics by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB.
You can enable, disable or delete cookies within your browser. In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” menu). Disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser; you will need to do this yourself from within your browser by choosing the option to delete cookies. If you have disabled one or more analytics cookies, we may still use information collected from cookies prior to your disabled preference being set, however, we will stop using the disabled cookie to collect any further information.
PRIVACY OF CHILDREN AND SENSITIVE CONSUMER INFORMATION
Civic Hall does not knowingly collect information from anyone under the age of 13.
We do not knowingly obtain or store any Social Security Numbers or other government Issued identifiers; insurance plan numbers; financial account numbers; information that describes the precise real-time geographic location of an individual; or precise information related to health or medical conditions (collectively “Sensitive Consumer Information”).
If we are made aware that we have received information from anyone under the age of 13 or Sensitive Consumer Information in violation of this Privacy & Data Usage Policy, we will use reasonable efforts to locate and remove that information from our records.
USE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED
1. PRIMARY PURPOSE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED
The information and data collected at the Civic Hall Sites is primarily for the purposes of:
Ensuring that content and services from our site is presented to you in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
Providing you the services you request;
Notifying you about changes to our service and policies; and
Responding to your customer support inquiries.
We may periodically contact you using information supplied to the site. You may opt out of receiving certain communications by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of such emails. Certain communications, such as those regarding changes to our policies or changes to services you have purchased, you may not opt out of. You must unregister your account to discontinue these communications.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
1. THIRD PARTIES
We do not rent, share, sell, or trade personally identifiable information with third parties for their promotional purposes.
2. COMPLIANCE WITH LAW
Civic Hall reserves the right to disclose your personal information, without prior notice to you, as required by law or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to comply with a law, regulation, or any legal request (e.g. court order or subpoena) served on our web site. Furthermore, we may share your personal information when we believe it is necessary to address fraud or other illegal or prohibited activity perpetrated through the Civic Hall Sites, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. However, nothing in this Privacy & Data Usage Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party’s, including a government’s, request to disclose your information.
3. SERVICE PROVIDERS
We may employ service providers and other companies and individuals to perform functions and provide services on our behalf (such as payment processing, e-mail service, account management). These entities may have access to your personal information to the extent needed to perform their functions and also to provide you with the services that you have requested.
CHANGING OR DELETING YOUR INFORMATION
If you are a registered user, you may review, update, correct or delete the personal information provided in your account registration by visiting “Edit My Profile”. If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may update your personal information or unregister through the account settings page. In some cases we may retain copies of your information if required by law. For questions about your personal information, please contact [email protected]
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
Under California’s “Shine the Light” law, California residents have the right to receive information from us regarding categories of personal information the Site shared with its affiliates during the previous calendar year, if any. This information will be provided free of charge, once per calendar year upon request. To request this information please email [email protected] with the subject line “Request for California Privacy Information”. We will respond to such written requests within 30 days following receipt at the e-mail or mailing address stated above.
We have implemented reasonable measures to protect the information we collect and store, taking into consideration the types of risks we face and the reasonable protections available to us. No method of protecting information is 100% secure, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
PRIVACY PRACTICES OF THIRD PARTIES
CHANGES TO PRIVACY & DATA USAGE POLICY
We may modify this Privacy & Data Usage Policy at any time, so please review it frequently and at least each time you submit personal information to the Civic Hall Sites. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here at http://civichall.org/data-use-policy, by email, or by means of a notice on our homepage. The date of the most recent revisions will also appear on this page. Changes are effective immediately upon posting. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy & Data Usage Policy applies to all information that we have about you and your interactions with the Civic Sites.
For questions or concerns regarding this Privacy & Data Usage Policy please contact:
156 5th Avenue, Second Floor
New York, NY 10010