Forum Terms and Conditions (To download. click HERE)
Last updated [22/10/20]
1. Our Forum
Your use of this Forum and any service contained within constitutes acceptance by you of these Terms & Conditions.
You must be a minimum age of 18 to register on and use the Forum. By registering and using the Forum you warrant that you are 18 or older and understand your obligations under these Terms & Conditions.
3.1 As part of the registration process you will need to create an account, including a username & password. It is your responsibility to ensure that the information you provide is accurate, not misleading and relates to you. You cannot create an account or username & password using the names and information of another person or using words that are the trademarks or the property of another party (including ours), or vulgar, obscene or in any other way inappropriate. We reserve the right with or without notice to suspend or terminate any account in breach.
3.2 If for any reason you suspect that your username & password has been disclosed to or obtained by another party you should contact us immediately. Please note that wenever contact users requesting them to confirm their username & password or other details.
4. Specific Forum Rules
4.1 As a user you agree not to do any of the following:
1. Abuse, harass, threaten, stalk, defame or in anyway seek to violate the rights of another user or third party.
2. Publish or seek to distribute any material or information that is unlawful, harmful, obscene, indecent, libellous, profane, defamatory, racist, or in any other way inappropriate or objectionable.
3. Use or harvest data provided by other users in a way that they would object to.
4. Use data provided by other users for purposes other than contacting them via the Forum.
5. Contact other users in ways they may find inappropriate.
6. Encourage illegal activity or activity that violates the rights of other Forum users or third parties, whether individuals or organisations.
7. Supply or post Content calculated to deliberately mislead other users or third parties, including Content falsely made to appear from or be endorsed by us.
8. To pose as another user, third party or organisation or Danielle Beck, Clinical Animal Behaviour or Control The Meerkat employee for the purposes of obtaining user or third party information.
9. To transmit or transfer any viruses, trojans, worms or any other malicious programs or code intended to spy on, gain control over, disrupt, destroy or in any other way impair any computer hardware or software or any other equipment.
10. Attempt to gain access to our servers or other equipment in order to disrupt, impair, overload or otherwise hinder or compromise the safety, security or privacy of any of the services provided by or relied upon by us and other users.
11. Reframe or repurpose the Forum or any Content on it or remove or obscure any notices or advertising provided by us on the Forum.
12. Load or provide access to Content on the Forum or link to other content from the Forum or website including the courses, which infringes the trademark, patent, trade secret or any other proprietary right of a third party or infringes any intellectual property law.
13. Make commercial posts or comment spam or attempt to disguise such spam as Content.
14. Send junk or spam email or emails or posts promoting pyramid schemes, chain letters or any other activity that invites users and others to participate in wasting their time and/or money.
15. Use any robot, spider, scraper or other technical means to access the Forum or Content on the Forum.
4.2 If you breach these Terms & Conditions by sending any unsolicited bulk email, (spam) or any other bulk communications to users your actions will cause harm to us and to the Forum. Such harm is difficult to quantify and as such you agree to pay us the sum of £50 for each and every individual email or other communication sent to a user or third party.
4.3 The above list is not intended to be exhaustive. We reserve the right to remove (with or without notice) Content and suspend or terminate (with or without notice) the account of any user who in our sole judgment is in breach of the rules or the spirit of the rules.
5. Content Ownership
5.1 As a user you retain all ownership rights to Content provided by you.
5.2 By submitting, posting or displaying your Content on the Forum you agree to grant a non-exclusive royalty-free licence to us to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and distribute such Content on the Forum. This allows us to place your Content on the Forum and let all users, whether registered or not to view your Content. It also allows us to compress or alter the size of any files you may post onto the Forum to ensure that they can be readily displayed for other users.
5.3 This licence is also royalty-free, which means that the Content is provided free of charge to us and we will not pay for the Content or account for any advertising revenue generated on the Forum or on any specific Content pages.
5.4 This licence also applies worldwide because the Forum can be accessed from anywhere in the world, at any time.
5.5 Also as part of the licence you warrant that any Content provided by you does not belong to a third party whose rights have been violated by the Content being posted on to the Forum. Furthermore if any Content is owned by a third party you agree to pay all royalties owed to that party, without seeking any contribution from us.
6. Copyrighted Material
6.1 We do not condone or encourage in any way the posting of copyrighted or proprietary Content or information by any users who are not the legal owners of such Content.
6.2 Where notified of such breaches by the owner of such Content we will remove the Content from the Forum as soon as practicable. But only where we can reasonably ascertain the true owner of such Content.
6.3 If as the owner of such Content you believe that your rights have been infringed you should contact us as soon as possible and provide all relevant information in writing.
7. Content Monitoring
Users can freely add Content to the Forum. We do not monitor or assume any responsibility for Content posted to the Forum. If at any time we decide to monitor the Forum on any occasion it does not mean that we assume responsibility for removing any Content or the conduct of any users.
8.1 We may terminate your user account and all Content and materials associated with it at any time where these Terms & Conditions have been breached. Such termination can be with or without notice. As a user you can choose to terminate your account at any time and are free to remove any Content you have created on termination.
8.2 Various clauses within these Terms & Conditions are designed to survive and continue after termination, including (but not limited to) clauses 5 and 12.
We take all reasonable steps to ensure that the Forum is available and functioning fully at all times. However, we do not accept any responsibility for “down-time” or poor performance of our fileservers or where the Forum is unavailable for any other reason, whether within or outside our direct control.
10.1 We are not responsible for the accuracy of any Content on the Forum, nor any advertisements placed on the Forum.
10.2 We are not responsible for any links to third party websites from the Forum and the inclusion of any link does not imply an endorsement of a third party website by us.
11. Limitation of Liability
We shall not be liable for any indirect, consequential, exemplary, incidental, special or punitive damages, including loss of profit.
You agree to indemnify and hold us and our subsidiaries, affiliates and partners and their respective officers and employees harmless from any loss, fines, fees, liability or claim made by any third party arising from your breach of these Terms & Conditions whilst using the Forum or any other service provided by us.
The paragraphs, sub-paragraphs and clauses of these Terms & Conditions shall be read and construed independently of each other. Should any part of these Terms & Conditions or paragraphs, sub-paragraphs or clauses be found invalid it shall not affect the remaining paragraphs, sub-paragraphs and clauses.
Failure by us to enforce any accrued rights under these Terms & Conditions is not to be taken as or deemed to be a waiver of those rights unless we acknowledge the waiver in writing.
16. Entire Terms & Conditions
These Terms & Conditions set out the entire agreement and understanding between you and us. We reserve the right to change these Terms & Conditions at any time, on giving reasonable prior notice to you.
17. The Consumer Rights Act 2015
These Terms & Conditions are specifically written in accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Should these Terms & Conditions conflict with the Act, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 shall prevail and apply.
These Terms & Conditions shall be interpreted, construed and enforced in accordance with English law and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Your statutory rights are unaffected.
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1. Data Protection
We comply with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when dealing with all data received from customers or visitors to our website.
2. Our Services
We only hold the data necessary to offer services provided on our website. We do not ask for or use more data than necessary to provide you with a proper service. This means we only process and hold data related to purchases and subsequent support related to those purchases, in accordance with Article 6(1)(b) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Any processing of your data is only done to provide or perform the services or products you have purchased.
3. Data Protection Register
Data is only used for the purposes described in our entry on the Data Protection Register.
4. Required Period
We only hold personal data for as long as necessary. Once data is no longer needed we delete it.
5. Card & Payment Processing Data
We use third-party payment providers to handle card and payment processing data securely. We never see or store any card or payment information. In accordance with Article 6(1)(b) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) any other data is only used to process your purchase securely. In accordance with Article 6(1)(c) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we need to retain data related to all purchases to fulfil our existing legal obligations to account for tax and VAT on all transactions.
6. Backup & Data Storage
For administrative reasons, customer data and email subscription data may be passed to and stored securely with third party service providers located outside the EEA (European Economic Area). This is done to backup and preserve your data where it is needed to carry on offering a service to you.
7. Customer Requests
As a customer, you can at any time (and free of charge) request details of the data we hold relating to you – and you can also request any such data is amended or deleted. Please note that if you request deletion of your data, this may prevent us from offering any further support relating to your previous purchases.
8. Email Updates
We regularly email website news and information updates to those customers who have specifically subscribed to our email service. All subscription emails sent by us contain clear information on how to unsubscribe from our email service. Our email service is an opt-in service only; with your prior consent required in accordance with Article 6(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means to subscribe you must enter your details into the email subscription page and submit them to us.
9. Our Promise
We never sell rent or exchange mailing lists.
10. Data Sharing With Partners
We do not share commercial or technical data with our partners unless we have specifically sought and obtained your prior approval. Where we request such approval, we will always fully disclose how your data is used.
In accordance with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, we never send bulk unsolicited emails, (popularly known as Spam) to email addresses.
12. Product Updates
We may send emails to existing customers or prospective customers who have enquired or registered with us, regarding products or services directly provided by us.
13. Email Content
All emails sent by us will be clearly marked as originating from us. All such emails will also include clear instructions on how to unsubscribe from our email service and any future emails. Such instructions will either include a link to a page to unsubscribe or a valid email address to which you should reply, with “unsubscribe” as the email subject heading.
15. Contact Us
This policy was last updated on [22/10/20]
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