Terms of Use

Mar 24, 2009

Table of Contents

Introduction - Back to top

To complete your registration you must agree to these Terms of Use. Please read this agreement carefully.

We reserve the right to change these terms. Changes are effective immediately when posted to this site. You accept changes to the terms when you continue to use the site.

The mission of Talkstandards.com is to foster an active online community of developers, researchers, policymakers and other interested parties who want to share ideas and collaborate on the global standards system.

The services on this site are provided on an “as is” basis. The owners of this site may terminate the services offered at any time without giving any notice.

Talkstandards.com will make a reasonable effort to back up data provided on and submitted to this site. However, Talkstandards.com will take no responsibility or liability in case of deletion or failure to store any information, messages or other communications.

Talkstandards.com reserves the right to reject or delete any content at its discretion that does not conform with the Code of Conduct of this Agreement. We have the right, but not the obligation, to remove any content that may violate the Terms of Use.

Talkstandards.com does not control all content on this site and therefore can not and does not guarantee accuracy, integrity or quality of all content. Users take their own risk when they rely on the accuracy or completeness of the content offered on Talkstandards.com.

Where this site provides information about the law and regulatory matters, it should not be construed as legal advice and you should not rely on it as definitive legal text or opinion.

Opinions expressed on this site are those of the particular author and not of Talkstandards.com, its host the Center for European Law and Economics or its Editors.

Talkstandards.com offers links to external web sites that are operated by third parties. Talkstandards.com is not responsible or liable in any way for the information offered on such external sites.

Talkstandards.com disclaims all liability associated with the operation of this site.

Users - Back to top

Users are not to access and use Talkstandards.com in any unlawful or prohibited way. In case of any such use, the permission to access and use this site will terminate. The use of Talkstandards.com for commercial or retail purposes is strictly prohibited.

Users are to provide true, accurate, current and complete information upon registration to this web site. They are also responsible for updating the information they uploaded or posted on Talkstandards.com whenever this information changes.

Users are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their account password. They are wholly liable for all activities occurring under their user profile.

Talkstandards.com may suspend or terminate the user’s account and revoke the rights to access the site when any of these Terms of Use or any of the Talkstandards.com Code of Conduct are violated.

All information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, or any other materials whatsoever, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content originated.

Termination - Back to top

You agree that Talkstandards.com, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or Use of Talkstandards.com, and remove and discard any content within Talkstandards.com, for any reason or no reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if Talkstandards.com believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of these Terms of Use Talkstandards.com may also, in its sole discretion, for any reason or no reason and at any time discontinue providing access or use of Talkstandards.com, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to Talkstandards.com under any provision of these Terms of Use may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that Talkstandards.com may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or Talkstandards.com. Further, you agree that Talkstandards.com shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to Talkstandards.com.

Modifications of Use - Back to top

Talkstandards.com reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, use of Talkstandards.com (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Talkstandards.com shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of use.

Content Rights and Copyrights- Back to top

The ownership of content submitted to Talkstandards.com stays with the user. However, the user grants Talkstandards.com the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display such content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later.

Users agree to indemnify and hold us and our partners harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney’s fees, that may be made by any third party related to the user’s conduct or connection with this site.

Third Party Content, Links and Frames - Back to top

The Talkstandards.com site may provide, or third parties may provide, content from other sources and World Wide Web sites, as well links to other World Wide Web sites or Internet resources. Your use of such other content, sites or resources are governed by terms on or related to such sites or resources. Use of such sites or resources is at your own risk. Because Talkstandards.com has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that Talkstandards.com is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Talkstandards.com shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content or services available on or through any such site or resource.

Trademarks - Back to top

Talkstandards.com does not permit or consent to any use of its trademarks in any manner that is likely to cause confusion by implying association with or sponsorship by Talkstandards.com. If you are aware of any such use, please contact us at info@talkstandards.com. Please seek legal advice if you have questions.

Certain of the names, logos, and other materials displayed in Talkstandards.com constitute trademarks or intellectual property of Talkstandards.com or other entities. You are not authorized to use any such marks. Ownership of such trademarks and other intellectual property remains with Talkstandards.com or those other entities.

Code of Conduct- Back to top

The mission of Talkstandards.com is to foster an active and open dialogue and online community of developers, researchers, policymakers and other interested parties who want to share ideas and collaborate on the global standards system. To that end, this Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines outlining the responsibilities of and proper practices for individuals participating in Talkstandards.com. These guidelines supplement the official Terms of Use which govern all content on Talkstandards.com and combined, are intended to promote a culture that encourages active participation, learning and constructive conversation. By participating in Talkstandards.com, you agree to comply with this Code of Conduct.

Talkstandards.com is a community that shares and discusses ideas, best practices, and problems related to global standards for Information Technology, Software development and Web development and related standardization-issues. Talkstandards.com relies on the active participation and collaboration of different members on a number of topics. When participating in Talkstandards.com, it is important to be considerate and respectful. We encourage contributions from everyone, as long as they follow certain standards of civility. Talkstandards.com is a professional site and we expect registered users to behave accordingly. Criticism is welcome, since this site is about learning from each other through an open dialogue, but please make sure that criticism is constructive rather than hostile or destructive. Even though the interaction with others on Talkstandards.com is online, please don’t say anything you wouldn’t feel comfortable saying to someone in person.

Talkstandards.com users come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and they participate in discussions on a wide range of topics related to global standards for Information Technology, Software development and Web development. These issues are bound to solicit disagreements between participants from time to time. When interacting with Talkstandards.com users that have different views and interests than your own, it is important to be considerate in your communications. The aim of this community is to share ideas and experiences, but we don’t expect everyone to have the same views. When there is a disagreement between users after a long discussion and it seems unlikely that you will come to a common view, there is no point in repeating your position again. It may be time to agree to disagree and to consider what you may learn from the alternative view expressed.

Talkstandards.com Privacy Policy - Back to top

You have the right to control your personal information. Talkstandards.com is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. As part of the normal operation of this web site, we collect information from you. This Privacy Policy describes what information we collect about you and how we may use this information.

For this reason, we ask you to register or to provide personal information when you visit certain areas of the site, or subscribe to a mailing list or blog feed. We use the personal information you share with us to ensure the content and services that we provide are tailored to your current and future needs. We may also track your activity (the pages you visit) on our web site using cookies in order for us to improve Talkstandards.com’s Internet presence. No information about your subscriptions, activities or any personally identifiable information we collect is shared outside the company, with the exception of the owners of the feeds you subscribe to.

If you register with the site, or opt-in to receiving notifications when providing personal information, Talkstandards.com may use your mailing address, telephone number, or email address to alert you to product upgrades, special offers, updated information, and new services. If you request it, we will cease to contact you using one or more of these methods.

When you subscribe to a feed published using the Talkstandards.com, we will share your email address with the publisher of that feed, but with nobody else. You may set your profile preferences to be anonymous to stop such notifications.

Your email address will never otherwise be shared by Talkstandards.com with third parties, unless required by Law. To prevent spamming, we required all new subscription requests to be confirmed via email before they are activated.

We may conduct surveys on the Talkstandards.com site. Participation in these surveys will be voluntary. Information from these surveys may be publicized in aggregated form.

Cookies - Back to top

The operation on this site relies on “cookies”. We use cookies to identify users of the Talkstandards.com site. If you disable Cookies on your browser, you will not be able to participate in or take advantage of most of the features and functionalities enabled by Talkstandards.com. By disabling cookies, you will ONLY be able to read static content on Talkstandards.com. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.

Talkstandards.com will not permit third-party cookies to track your activity on the Talkstandards.com web site.

Talkstandards.com is not responsible for cookies used by content providers in the feeds we circulate nor cookies used by Internet resources or external pages on the worldwide web to which Talkstandards.com link.

Server Logs - Back to top

The Talkstandards.com web server and parts of the Talkstandards.com application log activity to file. We use logs to provide site-wide reporting, to ensure smooth operation of the services Talkstandards.com delivers, and for general web site and application maintenance. Like almost all Internet servers, logged information may include timestamps, your client IP address (as it appears to the server), and the page(s) you visit. Our detailed server logs will not be shared with any third party. We may however elect to publish aggregate statistics on visitor activity from time to time based on log information (e.g. “we had 1,234 visitors yesterday”). We will never publish any personally identifiable information in these analyses.

If you have any questions about Talkstandards.com privacy policies please read the FAQs or contact us.

Site notifications and user profiles - Back to top

Users can opt-in to receive site notifications, newsletters and other updates from Talkstandards.com. Users can unsubscribe from such notifications at their own discretion. Information will be provided in every opt-in notification as to how users can unsubscribe.
User profiles may display the real name of the users but users can opt out of publicly displaying any personal information, including their real name and email address.
Users can update their personal data directly via the web site.

Links to other sites - Back to top

We provide links to external sites which are not under the control of Talkstandards.com. These sites employ their own privacy policies.
Please read any policies or terms of use carefully. We have not reviewed any of those policies or terms and do not take any responsibility for any content displayed on or interaction you have with those sites.

Integrity of the web site - Back to top

Talkstandards.com has implemented various measures, including security audits and other reasonable security measures and procedures, to ensure the integrity of the web site.
If the Talkstandards.com web site is compromised and private information accessed, reasonable measures will be taken to investigate the compromise and to report it to authorities.
If information stored on Talkstandards.com has been disclosed in a way that is not in accordance with this Privacy Policy, reasonable efforts will be made to notify users.
Since there may be factors beyond our control, Talkstandards.com disclaims any warranties and liabilities associated with the maintenance or nondisclosure of private information.

Changes to this Privacy Policy - Back to top

We may amend this policy occasionally. If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information, we will notify you.

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