LAST MODIFIED: 1ST OCTOBER 2015
This Clinch – Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) applies to the use of any product, service or website provided by us (Clinch), whether we provide it directly or use another party to provide it to you (each, a “Clinch Service”). This AUP is designed to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations that apply to the Clinch Service. This AUP also protects the interests of all of our clients and their customers, as well as our goodwill and reputation. These terms are so important that we cannot provide the Clinch Service unless you agree to them. By using the Clinch Service, you are agreeing to these terms.
If you are using any Clinch Service, this AUP applies to you. Every client of ours agrees to abide by this AUP and is responsible for any violations. You are not allowed to assist or engage others in a way that would violate this AUP. We will enforce and ensure compliance with this AUP by using methods we consider to be appropriate, such as complaint and email failure monitoring.
We periodically update these terms and we will let you know when we do through the Notification app in the Clinch portal used to access your Clinch subscription (if you have one), or by posting a revised copy on our website. You agree to review the AUP on a regular basis and always remain in compliance.
1. Reporting Suspected Violations
We encourage recipients of email messages sent using the Clinch Service to report suspected violations of this AUP to us by forwarding a copy of the received email with FULL headers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know of or suspect a violation of this AUP, you will promptly notify us in writing of the known or suspected violation of this AUP.
2. No SPAM Permitted
You may not use the Clinch Service in any way (directly or indirectly) to send, transmit, handle, distribute or deliver: (a) unsolicited email (“spam” or “spamming”) in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act (referenced below), the European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011 or any other law; (b) email to an address obtained via Internet harvesting methods or any surreptitious methods (e.g., scraping or harvesting); (c) email to an address that is incomplete, inaccurate and/or not updated for all applicable opt-out notifications, using best efforts and best practices in the industry, or (d) commercial electronic messages in violation of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (referenced below).
3. Prohibited Email Content and Formatting; Email Best Practices
Email sent, or caused to be sent to or through the Clinch Service may not: (a) use or contain invalid or forged headers; (b) use or contain invalid or non-existent domain names; (c) employ any technique to otherwise misrepresent, hide or obscure any information in identifying the point of origin or the transmission path; (d) use other means of deceptive addressing; (e) use a third party’s internet domain name without their consent, or be relayed from or through a third party’s equipment without the third party’s permission; (f) contain false or misleading information in the subject line or otherwise contain false or misleading content; or (g) use our trademark(s), tagline(s), or logo(s) without our prior written consent and only then pursuant to our trademark usage guidelines. You are prohibited from using the Clinch Service to email purchased lists.
4. Email Opt-out Requirements
You warrant that each email you send or is sent for you using the Clinch Service will contain: (a) header information that is not false or misleading; and (b) an advisement that the recipient may unsubscribe, opt-out or otherwise demand that use of its information for unsolicited, impermissible and/or inappropriate communication(s) as described in this AUP be stopped (and how the recipient can notify you that it wants to unsubscribe, opt-out, or stop this use of its information). These requirements may not apply if the email sent is a transactional email and these requirements are not otherwise required by law. You warrant that you will promptly comply with all opt-out, unsubscribe, “do not call” and “do not send” requests.
5. No Disruption
You agree not to use the Clinch Service in a way that impacts the normal operation, privacy, integrity or security of another’s property. Another’s property includes another’s account(s), domain name(s), URL(s), website(s), network(s), system(s), facilities, equipment, data, other information, or business operations. You also agree not to use the Clinch Service to gain unauthorized access to, use, monitor, make an unauthorized reference to, another’s property, unless you have the appropriate express prior consent to do so. These restrictions apply regardless of your intent and whether or not you act intentionally or unintentionally.
6. Proper Usage of the Clinch Service
In addition, and without limiting the other requirements in this AUP, you may not (directly or indirectly) use the Clinch Service with content, or in a manner that:
– is threatening, abusive, harassing, stalking, or defamatory;
– is deceptive, false, misleading or fraudulent;
– is invasive of another’s privacy or otherwise violates another’s legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity);
– contains vulgar, obscene, indecent or unlawful material;
– infringes a third party’s intellectual property right(s);
– publishes, posts, uploads, or otherwise distributes any software, music, videos, or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you have all necessary rights and consents to do so;
– uploads files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another person’s computer;
– downloads any file that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in that way;
– falsifies or deletes any author attributions, legal or proprietary designations, labels of the origin or source of software, or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
– restricts or inhibits any other user of the Clinch Service from using and enjoying our website and/or the Clinch Service;
– harvests or otherwise collects information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent;
– violates the usage standards or rules of an entity affected by your use, including without limitation any ISP, ESP, or news or user group (and including by way of example and not limitation circumventing or exceeding equipment use rights and restrictions and/or location and path identification detail);
– is legally actionable between private parties; and/or
– is in violation of any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation, including all export laws and regulations and without limitation the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM Act) (15 U.S.C. § 7701 et seq.), the U.S Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (47 U.S.C. § 227), the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003 (15 U.S.C. § 6152 et seq.; originally codified at § 6101 note), the Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 8 June 2000, on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular, electronic commerce in the Internal Market (‘Directive on Electronic Commerce’), along with the Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 12 July 2002, concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (‘Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications’), regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, any rules of national or other securities exchange, including without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) (S.C. 2000, c. 5), Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) (S.C. 2010, c. 23), and any regulations having the force of law or laws in force in your or your email recipient’s country of residence.
You will use the Clinch Service for your internal business purposes and will not: (i) willfully tamper with the security of the Clinch Service or tamper with our customer accounts; (ii) access data on the Clinch Service not intended for you; (iii) log into a server or account on the Clinch Service that you are not authorized to access; (iv) attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of any Clinch Service or to breach the security or authentication measures without proper authorization; (v) willfully render any part of the Clinch Service unusable; (vi) lease, distribute, license, sell or otherwise commercially exploit the Clinch Service or make the Clinch Service available to a third party other than as contemplated in your subscription to the Clinch Service; (vii) use the Clinch Service for timesharing or service bureau purposes or otherwise for the benefit of a third party; or (viii) provide to third parties any evaluation version of the Clinch Service without our prior written consent.
7. Clinch Trademark Use
Unless you have our express prior written permission, you may not use any name, logo, tagline or other mark of ours or the Clinch Service, or any identifier or tag generated by the Clinch Service, including without limitation: (a) as a hypertext link to any website or other location (except as provided for or enabled expressly by us); (b) to imply identification with us as an employee, contractor, agent or other similar representative capacity. You also agree not to remove or alter any of these items as we may have provided or enabled.
8. General Terms
If you breach of this AUP we may immediately suspend your access to the Clinch Service. We may also terminate your and our subscription agreement for cause if you breach this AUP. You acknowledge we may disclose information regarding your use of any Clinch Service to satisfy any law, regulation, government request, court order, subpoena or other legal process. If we make this type of required disclosure we will notify you, unless we are required to keep the disclosure confidential.
We are not obligated to, but may choose to, remove any prohibited materials and deny access to any person who violates this AUP. We further reserve all other rights.
We may update and change any part or all of this AUP. If we update or change this AUP, the updated AUP will be posted at here. If you have a Clinch subscription, we will we will let you know through the Notification app in the Clinch portal used to access your Clinch subscription. If you do not have a Clinch subscription, we will let you know by posting the revised copy on our website. The updated AUP will become effective and binding on the next business day after it is posted. When we change this AUP, the “Last Modified” date above will be updated to reflect the date of the most recent version. We encourage you to review this AUP periodically.