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Code of Conduct, Terms of Usage and Privacy Policy

General

We want all visitors to our IQNA websites to have a safe, interesting and friendly experience. Accordingly, all users of our sites and any contributions they make to the sites must comply with this Code of Conduct.

Your use of our websites means that you accept and agree to abide by this Code of Conduct, which supplements and forms part of the Website Terms (which you can access by clicking on the link at the bottom of our websites).

We may need to revise the Code of Conduct from time to time by amending this page. Please review this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes we make as they are legally binding on you.

If you reasonably believe that any contribution to our websites made by another user contravenes this Code of Conduct and/or any of the Website Terms, please notify us using the “Report Abuse”/”Flag as Inappropriate” or equivalent button.

Within this Code of Conduct, “contribution” means any material posted or uploaded to our websites by a member of the public, including without limitation any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio material.

DISCLAIMER

Please read the disclaimer if you want to team-up with IQNA as an editor.

YOUR IQNA CONTRIBUTIONS

  1. Must not contain unlawful or objectionable content nor involve disruptive, offensive or abusive behaviour. Please be respectful and civil to other IQNA members, even if you disagree with them. Material that is unlawful, harassing, threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive, abusive, hateful, inflammatory, profane, racially, sexually or religiously offensive or otherwise objectionable or unlawful is not acceptable. In relation to any forum, please note that when the first post in a thread is deleted, all of its subsequent replies may also be automatically deleted. This means that some of your posts may be deleted because they were placed in response to a post that contravened the Code of Conduct. Keeping your post within these rules will not only ensure that your posts are not removed from the forums, but also that the posts of others will remain
  2. Must be your own original work. You may be entitled to incorporate into your contribution certain material made available on our websites but only where that is expressly made clear. Otherwise, all material in your contributions must be your own original piece of work and should not plagiarize others’ work.
  3. Must not infringe anyone else’s rights, including copyright. Your contributions must not plagiarize or infringe the rights of any other person including any copyright, database, trade mark, trade secret, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights of any kind. Therefore with regard to existing articles, news reports, music, video clips or other copyright material you will generally need the explicit permission of the relevant copyright owners.
  4. Must be true and accurate. Your contributions must be true, accurate (where they state facts) and be genuinely held (where they state opinions).
  5. Must not contain unsuitable or irrelevant website addresses or URLs. Links to pornography, commercial or other inappropriate content may be deleted.
  6. Must not promote illegal or anti-social behavior. Contributions must not contain violent or sexually explicit material or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) terrorist acts, copyright infringement or computer misuse.
  7. Must not misrepresent their origins. Contributions and/or user names may not be used to impersonate any other person, to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or to give the impression that they emanate from us, if that is not the case.
  8. Must not be in any language other than English (or the predominant language of the website if not English). Contributions in other languages may be removed.
  9. Must not involve any flooding, spamming or advertising. Flooding is when the same comment is posted over and over in the same forum; spamming is the posting of the same comment (or very similar) to more than one forum. All advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, junk mail and any other forms of commercial solicitation are prohibited.
  10. Must not disclose any personal information. Contributions to this website are publicly available and can be viewed by others with whom you may not wish to share such information. Do not include any personal or personally identifiable information about you or others (including your own or anyone else’s email address).

BREACH OF THE CODE OF IQNA CONDUCT

It will be our sole decision as to whether there has been a breach of this IQNA Code of Conduct. We have the right (but not the obligation) to edit, refuse to post, or to remove any contribution in whole or in part that we deem to be in breach of the Code of Conduct.

Where we believe there is a breach of the Code of Conduct, we may take whatever action we feel is appropriate in the circumstances.

Failure to comply with this Code of Conduct constitutes a material breach of the Website Terms, which could result in us taking any of the following actions:

  1. Issuing a warning to you;
  2. Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of any contribution or of your right to use our IQNA websites, including deletion of any personal profile;
  3. Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all losses and costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach and/or further legal action against you; and/or
  4. Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities or other relevant third parties as we reasonably feel is necessary.

We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this Code of Conduct. The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

IQNA PRIVACY POLICY

We ask for no personal details from users of our web pages. Our server provider Protagonist (www.protagonist.nl) registers the following information which is used for general statistical purpose only.

  • Your server or ISP (not your computer)
  • The number of pages visited
  • Versions of browsers used (Firefox, Microsoft IE etc)
  • The country of origin
  • The referring web page (if any)

We do not track individual readers or check to see when they revisit. Cookies are used within our site rarely and only to monitor the pages used to enter our website. This information is used only to measure the amount of visitors to our website, we do not serve or want to serve any commercial goals with our IQNA website.

Our Privacy Policy is designed to assist you in understanding how we collect and use the personal information you provide to us and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our site.

Here’s the summary: We sometimes collect personal information, but we never use it for marketing purposes. You won’t receive any spam if you leave your email address anywhere on our website.

What Information Do We Collect?

When you visit our Website you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and website use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our Website.

Personal Information You Choose to Provide

You may browse our website without providing any personal information. However, in order to post comments, posts, forum contribution and other content to our website, IQNA requires certain personal information, such as your name and email address.

If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.

Website Use of Information

Similar to other Websites, our Website utilizes a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies?”) and Web server logs to collect information about how our Website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web-server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our website, and the websites visited just before and just after our website.

IQNA, our advertisers and ad serving companies may also use small pieces of code called “web beacons” or “clear gifs” to determine which advertisements and promotions users have seen and how users responded to them.

How Does IQNA Use the Information That You Provide to Us?

Broadly speaking, we use personal information for purposes of administering our website. We do not use it for marketing purposes.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a Website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each Website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a Website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.

How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?

Cookies are used to store your Website preferences. We do not use cookies for user tracking or site analysis.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

We do not share your personal information with any third parties, unless required by valid Dutch governmental authority, such as a court order.

Public Forums

If you choose to participate in public forums, comments, or other similar activity on our website, the name and website address you provide, along with your comments, will be made available to the general public.

You can choose what name or nickname, website and comment to provide to the general public. You retain the copyright to your comments and grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to redistribute your comments on the page on which you post them. While we require your email address, we do not provide it to the general public. We reserve the right to remove any posting which is illegal under Dutch law, or which contains copyrighted materials for which you do not have permission to republish.

Finally

IQNA does not take any responsibility for what people write in the reactions on post. If we encounter any disturbing, illegal or adult material posted or flooded on our website we will remove it as soon as possible, we appreciate it we you could inform us when you encounter such material.

We are sorry that we have to advice you not to leave your e-mail address in the comment, forum or any other textboxes when you place an remark, instead use the appropriate e-mail box. Note that leaving your e-mail address in a non appropriate box makes the address easily accessible to automated bots send by SPAM companies / individuals.

The entire website contains information that IQNA members have sourced and created. Whilst all effort is taken to ensure this site is correct and up to date, some information is obtained from a variety of external sources that are taken on face value to be accurate.

IQNA does not warrant or represent that this directory is free from errors or omissions. The information provided here is done so in good faith, as a service to our relations. It comes with no guarantee of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose, and no guarantee that the service will meet your specific requirements.

The information contained on this site is for information purposes only and is not intended to render professional advice. There is no warranty that the information accessible from this resource is accurate, complete or current.

IQNA accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience by any person resulting from information published on this site. It would be appreciated, however, if any inaccuracies, broken links, obscene language or other disturbing things on our website were brought to our attention.

IQNA is a Dutch Foundation; we only recognize Dutch law when faced with legal matters.

Last update: February 2014