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GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE FOR SERVICES OFFERED BY SIA

 


 

This page was last updated on 24 April 2015.

 

PREAMBLE

 These General Terms and Conditions of Use (hereinafter referred to as "GTCU") are intended to govern (i) the use of the website published by the European Economic Interest Grouping SECURE IDENTITY ALLIANCE (hereinafter referred to as "SIA") and available notably at the following URL address https://www.secureidentityalliance.org/ (hereinafter referred to as the "Website"), including (ii) all content, all services and all functionalities available on the Website (hereinafter referred to collectively as "Services") except the eSAM services which are also governed by the Specific Terms and Conditions. By accessing and/or using the Website and the Services, you expressly and fully accept these GTCU as well as all other legal documents pertaining to the use of the Website and the Services such as, for example, the Specific Terms and Conditions or the Privacy Policy. You are hereby informed that SIA, publisher of the Website, reserves the right to modify both the GTCU and the legal documents at any time. Therefore, you acknowledge and agree that by using or simply accessing the Website and the Services after the last-modified date, you will be deemed to have accepted the GTCU and the legal documents as modified.

 

1. PRESENTATION OF THE WEBSITE AND THE SERVICES

 The Website aims to provide general information regarding SIA’s activity and actuality. In its capacity of informational Website, there are no financial operations occurring on it.

SIA offers leadership and advisory services to governments and other public bodies; supporting the implementation of digital ID projects to accelerate the wide range of economic, public health, electoral and sustainability opportunities offered by the shift to digital service provision.

SIA brings together public, private and non-government organizations to foster international collaboration on Digital ID challenges and the issues of data security, citizen privacy, identity, authentication and more.

As a consequence, the Website and the Services are offered, to individuals as well as public bodies and non-governmental organizations. The individuals representing public bodies or non-governmental organizations hereby state that they are duly authorized for the purpose hereof by the latter.

The Website offers access in particular to the eServices Provision Tracker (eSPT) which monitors the emerging market for government eServices across the world. It reports on live implementations and covers eID projects, eGovernment programs including technical and usage characteristics and statistics, eID Services, eID Services Providers, and much more.

The eSPT map shows deployments implemented by governments across the world. To submit a new program or edit a program within the eSPT, please email:

 

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2. REGISTRATION AND ACCESS

 To be able to access the Website and use most of the Services, you don’t need to register and create an account.

However, SIA offers you the possibility to receive a newsletter regarding SIA’s news. If need be, you shall first register and create an account on the Website and accept the present Terms and Conditions of Use.

Once your registration is completed, you will receive regularly a newsletter that you may unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions indicated at the bottom of each newsletter.

 

3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

 The Website and the Services are the exclusive property of SIA.

SIA holds all intellectual property rights relating to all content accessible on and/or from the Website, in particular all texts, images, sounds, data, photos, videos, logos, trademarks, names, tabs, functionalities and all other hardware or software, which are protected by any rights held by SIA or its third-party partners (hereinafter referred to as "Website Components").

In general terms, SIA grants you a free, personal, non-exclusive and non-transferable right to access and to use the Website and the Services, subject to your acceptance and respect of the GTCU. All other rights are expressly excluded without our prior written consent. Any partial or complete reproduction, especially for advertising or commercial purposes, as well as any adaptation, modification, use, transfer, copying, redistribution and/or exploitation, on any medium and by any means, of any or all Website Components, is strictly forbidden, unless expressly authorized by SIA in a prior written agreement.

Furthermore, you are not authorized to change, improve, edit, translate, decompile, disassemble or create one or several derivative work(s) from the Services Components (in whole or in part), unless this option has been expressly granted to you by SIA or by the owners of the Website Component(s) under the terms and conditions of a specific agreement. Any unauthorized use of the Website or of one of its Components shall be subject to legal action aimed at protecting the rights of SIA.

Finally, all comments, suggestions and, more generally, all contributions (hereinafter referred to as "Contributions") made by you while using the Services (especially while using the eSPT service and/or discussion areas) remain your property. However, subject to legal provisions in force, you hereby grant worldwide and exclusive permission to SIA to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, transfer, and exploit the Contributions on any known and hitherto unknown medium, without restriction and on a free basis, for the entire duration of the intellectual property rights protecting these Contributions, if applicable.

 

4. YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS USER

 SIA may offer you the opportunity to complete, in the framework of the eSPT service, information the ESPT map published on the Website. More generally, SIA offers you to comment the contents published on the Website via social networks; and/or directly on the Website (discussion areas, forums,…).

In this respect, we remind you that all illegal words and content are strictly prohibited on the Website, in particular words and content that are racist, revisionist, pedophilic in nature or inciting sexual tourism, homophobic, or inciting hatred; insulting, degrading, libelous, slanderous, disrespectful; of a pornographic nature; of political, religious or ideological propaganda; those promoting a commercial activity or intended to generate income or benefits from their distribution; those that violate copyright laws or incite the infringement of intellectual property rights; those that violate the secrecy of correspondence or infringe rights, reputation and third-party’s private life; those that are off-topic regarding the subject of the sections in which they are published; and, more generally, all content contrary to accepted standards of behavior, that are likely to hurt the feelings of others, to reflect or incite an improper use of the Internet and of information and communication technologies.

Moreover, regarding the seriousness of the information provided on the Website, we remind you that the information given to SIA shall be accurate.

Any message or content that violates these provisions will be deleted without warning, explanation or formal notice by SIA directly, if possible, or will be brought to the attention of the managing social media platform with the intention of having it removed, and any warning or exclusion measure may be taken to this effect.

Furthermore, you agree to be solely responsible for their content and legality, and hereby release SIA of any liability for damages that third parties may claim in this respect.

In addition, as a user of the Website and the Services, you may report any content you may consider illegal as defined above, notify them directly to SIA by using the form accessible by clicking on the link "Contact us".

 

5. WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY LIMITATIONS

 You hereby declare that you possess the skills, hardware and software required to use the Internet, that you are aware of and understand the features of the Internet and of its use, in particular the limitations associated with technical performance, response times and risks related to security of communications. Therefore, SIA does not guarantee that the Website and the Services will be free from anomalies, errors or bugs, or that they will function without failure or interruption. In this respect, SIA reserves the right to freely determine any period of unavailability of the Website and the Services or of any of their sections, for technical reasons, to improve their content or optimize their use.

SIA shall not be held liable for any direct or indirect damage of any kind resulting from the use of the Website and its Services, in particular from the limitations associated with technical performance, response times and risks related to security of communications, as well as fraudulent third-party intrusions.

Generally, SIA cannot be held liable for any prejudice or damage of any kind resulting from your use of the Website and/or its Services. Finally, SIA may not be held liable for any connection costs and, more generally, for any communication costs resulting from your access to and use of the Website and the Services.

 

6. PERSONAL DATA

 Any personal data that might be gathered or processed by SIA while accessing the Website and/or using the Services is governed by the Privacy Policy.

 

7. CREATION OF LINKS

 SIA can authorize on the Website the creation of hypertext links directing to its content, provided that:

- this does not involve the use of techniques allowing the nesting of the Website pages within the pages of another site (iframe, meta refresh, etc.), but opens the site in its own window where the URL is displayed;

- the link is transcribed in text form using an explicit formulation whose words and expressions strictly match the targeted content and comply with its nature and form;

- this leads directly to the Web page hosting the targeted content or, in the absence thereof, to the Website home page or, more generally, its Services.

The links thus created must be used for personal, community or non-commercial purposes only. Any use for commercial or advertising purposes is prohibited, as is any creation of links originating from websites that contain any information that is illegal, pornographic, abusive, propagandistic or polemical in nature, or is more generally likely to offend others or is otherwise contrary to accepted standards of behavior.

 

8. WEBSITE AND SERVICES AVAILABILITY

 In principle, the Website and the Services are available around the clock, seven (7) days a week, subject to scheduled or unscheduled interruptions necessary for their maintenance, or cases of unforeseen circumstances (force majeure). Being de facto subject to a best effort obligation, SIA shall not be held liable for any damage, of any kind, incurred as a result of any unavailability of the Website and/or the Services.

 

9. PROOF, STORAGE and ARCHIVING

 The computerized records stored in our systems, in accordance with the latest security procedures and the state of the art, will be considered as proof of communications by e-mail, mailings of registration forms, comment postings, etc. The archiving of registration forms is carried out on a medium that is capable of ensuring the reliability and durability required by current legal provisions. It is specifically agreed that in the event of a discrepancy between our computerized records and the paper or electronic documents you may have, our computerized records shall prevail.

 

10. UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES (CASES OF FORCE MAJEURE)

 SIA commits itself, in view of current technical tools, to maintain the Website and its Services in the best possible conditions. However, SIA shall not be held liable in the event of any interruptions of the Website and the Services as a result of unforeseen circumstances caused by a third-party, by the user or by the latter’s own clients, or those resulting from hazards related to technology.

Although the following list is not exhaustive, the parties hereby conventionally agree that result either from unforeseen circumstances, or from a fortuitous event or from a third-party action, damage originating from or caused by: natural disasters, fires, floods, lightning, electrical surges, strikes, power outages, telecommunication network failures, computer failures, civil or foreign wars, riots or popular uprisings, national security threats, regulatory restrictions related to the supply of telecommunication services, connection and/or connectivity failures caused by public and private operators that SIA depends upon.

These unforeseen circumstances suspend the obligations of SIA mentioned in these GTCU for their entire duration.

 

11. CHANGES

 SIA reserves the right to change the Website and the Services at any time, in response to technical innovations, as well as the GTCU. Changes to the GTCU will come into effect as soon as they are posted online. By continuing to access the Website and to use the Services, you will be deemed to have accepted these changes. You are therefore invited to consult the latest version of the GTCU.

 

12. MISCELLANEOUS

 The present GTCU, as well as all legal documents governing the Services (Privacy Policy, Specific Terms and Conditions, etc.) are governed by, interpreted and applied in accordance with French law, French being the language of interpretation in the event of a disagreement over the meaning of a word or provision of the GTCU and of all legal documents governing the Services.

Should one of the provisions of the present GTCU be found null and void, or inapplicable, it shall be deemed unwritten. This shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions or clauses, which shall maintain their full force and scope.

SIA shall decide upon all cases of use that are not covered by the GTCU, and its decisions shall not be subject to any form of appeal. Any litigation or dispute resulting from the use of the Services shall be subject to an attempt at amicable settlement.

In the absence of an agreement, the litigation shall be brought, except in the event of contrary public order provisions, in the French courts governing the SIA headquarters, that will decide in accordance with French law.

 

Any technical issues or questions?

 

Do not hesitate to contact the SIA team directly.

 

 

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