By using this website, you agree to these terms and conditions (“Terms”). Please read the Terms carefully as they set out your rights and obligations. They also provide information on how you can submit information, resources, or document content (“Content”) and how this will be used. If you do not agree to these Terms, you must not use our website. We recommend that you print a copy of these Terms for future reference.

IF WE DISCOVER OR HAVE ANY REASON TO SUSPECT YOU HAVE BREACHED THE TERMS WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SUSPEND OR TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY AND WITHOUT NOTICE.

1. YOUR PASSWORD, USERNAME, PIN AND SECURITY

If you choose to register, you will be asked to select a user name and password you can then use to access your account (“Account”) and log on to and/or participate in secure areas of the website. You accept it is your sole responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of your password and you are responsible for all activity that occurs under this. You should make sure you are the only person using your password and you agree to notify us of any unauthorised use of your password and any other breach of security as soon as you become aware of it.

We have the right to disable any user name or password at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms.

2.  UPLOADING CONTENT TO OUR WEBSITE

If you make use of a feature that allows you to upload Content to our website, or to make contact with other users of our website you agree and confirm that:

A. all Content submitted by you is accurate, true and up to date and, if your Content contains opinions, these are your own and genuinely and truly held by you;

B: all Content submitted by you may be used on this website in any way required. Content may be rejected, edited, moderated, removed or deleted at our absolute discretion.

C. all Content is original to you and you are fully entitled (and have all necessary consents) to submit the Content (you must also have the consent of anyone featured in the Content to provide this to us) and you are happy for this to be used as set out in the Terms;

D. nothing in the Content will infringe the copyright or any other right of any person, breach any contract or duty of confidence, be defamatory, obscene, offensive, indecent, harassing, threatening, breach anyone’s privacy or may constitute a contempt of court or be calculated to bring any person into disrepute.

You warrant that any Content complies with the above, and you will be liable to us and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty. This means you will be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of warranty.

3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Unless otherwise stated our website is © Copyright of Staffordshire County Council.

We do not hold the copyright of all the Content we make available on our website.

Any Content you upload to our website will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You retain all of your ownership rights in your Content, but you are granting to us and other users of our website a limited licence to use, store and copy that Content and to distribute and make it available to third parties.

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 website constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

We have the right to remove any posting you make on our website if, in our opinion, your post does not comply with the above standards. You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your Content.

4. USER-GENERATED CONTENT IS NOT VERIFIED BY US

This website may include information and materials uploaded by other users of the website. This information and these materials have not been verified by us. The views expressed by other users on our website do not represent our views or values.

5. RULES ABOUT LINKING TO OUR WEBSITE

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.

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.

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

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

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

6. DO NOT RELY ON INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE

Due to the nature of the material we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied that the Content on our website is accurate, complete or up to date.

Where other material is accessed by links to other websites, we do not endorse the accuracy or quality of the material contained on those websites. We have no control over the contents of those websites or resources.

Listing or reference should not be taken as endorsement of any kind by us.

7. COOKIES

A cookie is a small piece of text stored on your computer, phone or whatever you use to surf the Internet. Cookies have many uses, but fundamentally they are used to store information about you on your computer.

Find out more about how we use cookies on our website.

8. YOUR PERSONAL DATA

We do not collect or store any personal information about individuals who browse this website other than where you voluntarily choose to give your personal information via registration.

Personal information you are asked to supply when registering (“Your Personal Data”), will be used as follows: (i) to administer your registration and Account; (ii) in making decisions about whether Content you submit should be accepted, rejected or used. Your Personal Data will be kept private and confidential, and will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent and will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

9. TERMINATION

You may terminate your Account at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions within your account pages. Even after your Account is terminated (for whatever reason) the Terms will remain in full force and effect. Your Content will remain on the website. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your Account or access to any part of the website at any time if you breach the Terms or for technical reasons.

10. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR VIRUSES AND YOU MUST NOT INTRODUCE THEM

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

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

You must not misuse our website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our website, the server on which our website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our website. You must not attack our website 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 website will cease immediately.

11. OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE SUFFERED BY YOU

We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

We will not be liable to you 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:

•       use of, or inability to use, our website; or

•       use of or reliance on any Content displayed on our website.

If you are a business user, we exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to our website or any Content on it and we will not be liable for:

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

•       business interruption;

•       loss of anticipated savings;

•       loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or

•       any indirect or consequential loss or damage

12. WE MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THESE TERMS

We amend these Terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use our website, please check these Terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time.

13. WE MAY MAKE CHANGES TO OUR WEBSITE

We may update and change our website from time to time to reflect changes to users’ needs and business priorities

14. WE MAY SUSPEND OR WITHDRAW OUR WEBSITE

Our website is made available free of charge.

We do not guarantee that our website, or any Content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our website for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

15. OUR WEBSITE IS ONLY FOR USERS IN THE UK

Our website is directed to people residing in the United Kingdom. We do not represent that Content available on or through our website is appropriate for use or available in other locations.

The Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England. Any disputes arising from this website or Terms will be decided only by the English courts.

16. COMPLAINTS

If you become aware of any misuse of the Content or wish to complain about any Content on this website or believe any of your rights have been violated, you can notify us via the website contact details.