CODE OF CONDUCT

Debating Europe (“DE”) is an online platform that let’s you discuss YOUR ideas  with Europe’s leaders. It is a project run by Friends of Europe, an independent  think-tank, and Europe’s World, the only pan-European policy journal, in  partnership with the European Parliament, Microsoft Europe and Gallup.

Our code of conduct applies to all social media areas on the site and connected  with it (all bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities,  personal web pages, calendars, photo albums, file cabinets or other communications  facilities). Note that external sites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook etc.) may have additional  guidelines that govern your use, so please be sure to review them in addition to  this DE Code of Conduct.

RESPECT OTHERS

We request that you to treat all fellow participants with mutual respect. We  reserve the right to remove any posting that is inappropriate or offensive, that  advertises or endorses a person, product, or service, or that promotes a campaign  or includes electioneering.

KEEP IT LEGAL

We do not allow any illegal activities.

ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY

You are responsible for all of your activities while participating on this site.  You are responsible for anything you say or post, protecting your own computer system  through virus protection programs or other means, and upholding the Code of Conduct.

PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY

Please be aware of DE’s Privacy Policy. In addition, we recommend that you do  not give out personally identifiable information (e.g., social security numbers,  credit card numbers, names and addresses, telephone numbers, driver license numbers)  to strangers online, as they may be used for illegal or harmful purposes.

CHANGES TO THE CODE OF CONDUCT

We will revise or update this Code of Conduct if our practices change. Please  refer to this page for the latest information and the effective date of any changes.  If we decide to change this Code, we will post a new Code on our site and change  the date at the bottom. Changes to the Code shall not apply retroactively.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS

By signing up to Debating Europe, you are subject to the following Terms of Use  (“TOU”) for participating in any activities on the DebatingEurope.eu (“DE”) domain.  DE reserves the right to update the TOU at any time without notice to you. The most  current version can be reviewed by clicking on the “Terms of Use” hypertext link  located at the bottom of the DE web pages.

 

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENT

Through this site, you will have access to a variety of text, images, video,  and other multimedia resources provided by DE, collectively known as “DE Content.”  You may also have access to content uploaded or supplied in other ways to the DE  Site (“User Supplied Content”) by participants.

USE LIMITATION OF CONTENT

Unless otherwise noted, images and video on DE web sites may be used for any  purpose without prior permission, subject to the special cases noted below.

By electing to download the material from this web site the user agrees:

that DE makes no representations or warranties with respect to ownership of copyrights  in the images, and does not represent others who may claim to be authors or owners  of copyright of any of the images, and makes no warranties as to the quality of  the images. DE shall not be responsible for any loss or expenses resulting from  the use of the images, and you release and hold DE harmless from all liability arising  from such use.

to use a credit line in connection with images. Unless otherwise noted in the  caption information for an image, the credit line should be “Courtesy of Debating  Europe.”

that the endorsement of any product or service by DE must not be claimed or implied.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

Through this site, you will have also have access to a variety of resources (e.g.,  developer tools, download areas, communication services, etc.) collectively referred  to as “Services.” The Services, including any updates, enhancements, new features,  and/or the addition of any new Web properties, are subject to the TOU.

PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL LIMITATION ON SERVICES

Unless otherwise specified, Services on the Site are for your personal and non-commercial  use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce,  publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer or sell any information,  software, products, or services obtained from the Services.

NOTICE SPECIFIC TO SOFTWARE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE

Some software may be made available to download as part of the Services offered  on this site. Use of the software is governed by the terms of the end user license  agreement, if any, which accompanies or is included with the Software (“License  Agreement”). An end user will be unable to install any Software that is accompanied  by or includes a License Agreement, unless he or she first agrees to the License  Agreement terms.

The Software is made available for download solely for use by end users, according  to the License Agreement. Any reproduction or redistribution of the Software not  in accordance with the License Agreement is expressly prohibited by law, and may  result in severe civil and criminal penalties. Violators will be prosecuted to the  maximum extent possible.

Without Limiting the foregoing, copying or reproduction of the software to any  other server or location for further reproduction or redistribution is expressly  prohibited, unless such reproduction or redistribution is expressly permitted by  the license agreement accompanying such software.

THE SOFTWARE IS WARRANTED, IF AT ALL, ONLY ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THE LICENSE  AGREEMENT. EXCEPT AS WARRANTED IN THE LICENSE AGREEMENT, DE HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL  WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THE SOFTWARE, INCLUDING ALL WARRANTIES  AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, FITNESS  FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, DE AND/OR THEIR SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE SERVICES OR  IN ITS SOFTWARE PRODUCTS, TOOLS AND UTILITIES FOR USE AND/OR DOWNLOAD. DE AND/OR THEIR SUPPLIERS DO NOT MAKE ANY ASSURANCES WITH REGARD TO THE  ACCURACY OF THE RESULTS OR OUTPUT THAT DERIVES FROM SUCH USE OF ANY SUCH TOOLS AND  UTILITIES. PLEASE RESPECT THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF OTHERS WHEN USING  THE TOOLS AND UTILITIES MADE AVAILABLE ON THE SERVICES OR SOFTARE PRODUCTS CREATED  BY DE AND/OR THEIR SUPPLIERS.

NOTICE SPECIFIC TO MATERIALS, OTHER THAN SOFTWARE, AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE

DE AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY  OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE MATERIALS OTHER THAN SOFTWARE (MATERIALS), WHICH  INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, DOCUMENTS, TEXT, GRAPHICS, VIDEOCLIPS, ETC. PUBLISHED  AS PART OF THE SERVICES FOR ANY PURPOSE. ALL SUCH MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”  WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. DE AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS  HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS MATERIAL, INCLUDING  ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY,  FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL  DE AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT  OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA  OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION,  ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THESE MATERIALS AVAILABLE  FROM THE SERVICES.

THE MATERIALS PUBLISHED ON THE SERVICES COULD INCLUDE TECHNICAL INACCURACIES  OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN.  DE AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES  IN THE PRODUCT(S) AND/OR THE PROGRAM(S) DESCRIBED HEREIN AT ANY TIME.

NOTICES REGARDING SOFTWARE, DOCUMENTS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE ON THIS WEB  SITE

IN NO EVENT SHALL DE AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE  FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING  FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE  OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE  OF SOFTWARE, DOCUMENTS, PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR INFORMATION  AVAILABLE FROM THE SERVICES.

MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD, AND SECURITY

If any of the Services requires you to open an account, you must complete the  registration process by providing us with current, complete and accurate information  as prompted by the applicable registration form. You also will choose a password  and a user name. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality  of your password and account. Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any  and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to notify DE immediately  of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security. DE will  not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using  your password or account, either with or without your knowledge. However, you could  be held liable for losses incurred due to someone else using your account or password.  You may not use anyone else’s account at any time, without the permission of the  account holder. Inquiries can be sent to:info@debatingeurope.eu

NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE

As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for  any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices.  You may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden,  or impair any DE server, or the network(s) connected to any DE server, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of  any Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Services, other  accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any DE server  or to any of the Services, through hacking, password mining or any other means.  You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any  means not intentionally made available through the Services.

USE OF SERVICES

The Services may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums,  communities, personal web pages, calendars, photo albums, file cabinets and/or other  message or communication facilities designed to enable you to participate and/or  communicate with others (each a “Communication Service” and collectively “Communication  Services”). You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive  messages and material that are proper and, when applicable, related to the particular  Communication Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that  when using the Communication Services, you will not:

Use the Communication Services in connection with surveys, contests, pyramid  schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming or any duplicative or unsolicited messages  (commercial or otherwise).

Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights  (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.

Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane,  defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information.

Upload, or otherwise make available, files that contain  images, photographs, software or other material protected by intellectual property  laws, including, by way of example, and not as limitation, copyright or trademark  laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights  thereto or have received all necessary consent to do the same.

3.      Use any material or information, including images or photographs, which are made  available through the Services, in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark,  patent, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any party.

4.      Upload files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots,  corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation  of another’s computer or property of another.

5.      Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose,  unless such Communication Services specifically allows such messages.

6.      Download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know,  or reasonably should know, cannot be legally reproduced, displayed, performed, and/or  distributed in such manner.

7.      Falsify or delete any copyright management information, such as author attributions,  legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin  or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.

8.      Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services.

9.      Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any  particular Communication Service.

10.   Harvest or  otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses.

11.   Violate any  applicable laws or regulations.

12.   Create a false  identity for the purpose of misleading others.

Use, download or otherwise copy, or provide (whether or not for a fee) to a person  or entity any directory of users of the Services or other user or usage information  or any portion thereof.

DE has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services, but will collectively  seek means of ensuring that users are following the Code of Conduct and Terms of  Use. In cooperation, DE also reserves the right to review materials posted to the  Communication Services and to remove any materials at their sole discretion. In  cooperation, DE reserves the right to terminate a user’s access to any or all of  the Communication Services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.

DE reserves the right at all times to disclose any information deemed necessary  to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request,  or to edit, refuse to post, or to remove any information or materials, in whole  or in part, at DE’s sole discretion. The foregoing is not meant to limit DE’s commitment  to privacy of information by children.

Always use caution when giving out any personally identifiable information about  yourself or your children in any Communication Services. DE does not control or  endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Services  and, therefore, DE specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication  Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication  Services.

Materials uploaded to the Communication Services may be subject to posted limitations  on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination; you are responsible for adhering to  such limitations if you download the materials.

MATERIALS PROVIDED TO, OR POSTED ON, THE DE SITE

Unless otherwise specified, DE does not claim ownership of the materials you  provide (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to  any Services or its associated services for review by the general public, or by  the members of any public or private community, (each a “Submission” and collectively  “Submissions”). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting  (“Posting”) your Submission you are granting DE permission to use your Submission  including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit,  publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your  Submission

No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission. DE may  remove any Submission at any time in its sole discretion.

By Posting a Submission, you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise  control all of the rights to your Submission as described in these Terms of Use  including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post,  upload, input or submit the Submissions.

In addition to the warranty and representation set forth above, by Posting a  Submission that contain images, photographs, pictures or that are otherwise graphical  in whole or in part (“Images”), you warrant and represent that (a) you are the copyright  owner of such Images, or that the copyright owner of such Images has granted you  permission to use such Images or any content and/or images contained in such Images  consistent with the manner and purpose of your use and as otherwise permitted by  these Terms of Use and the Services, (b) you have the rights necessary to grant  the licenses and sublicenses described in these Terms of Use, and (c) that each  person depicted in such Images, if any, has provided consent to the use of the Images  as set forth in these Terms of Use, including, by way of example, and not as a limitation,  the distribution, public display and reproduction of such Images. By Posting Images,  you are granting (a) to all members of your private community (for each such Images  available to members of such private community), and/or (b) to the general public  (for each such Images available anywhere on the Services, other than a private community),  permission to use your Images in connection with the use, as permitted by these  Terms of Use, of any of the Services, (including, by way of example, and not as  a limitation, making prints and gift items which include such Images), and including,  without limitation, a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free license to: copy,  distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate  and reformat your Images without having your name attached to such Images, and the  right to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Services. The licenses granted  in the preceding sentences for any Images will terminate at the time you completely  remove such Images from the Services, provided that, such termination shall not  affect any licenses granted in connection with such Images prior to the time you  completely remove such Images. No compensation will be paid with respect to the  use of your Images.

All copyright inquiries should be directed to info@debatingeurope.eu

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES

Links may let you leave the DE Site.

THE LINKED SITES ARE NOT UNDER THE CONTROL OF DE. DE IS NOT  RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENTS OF ANY LINKED SITE OR ANY LINK CONTAINED IN A LINKED  SITE, OR ANY CHANGES OR UPDATES TO SUCH SITES. DE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE  FOR WEBCASTING OR ANY OTHER FORM OF TRANSMISSION RECEIVED FROM ANY LINKED SITE.  DE IS PROVIDING THESE LINKS TO YOU ONLY AS A CONVENIENCE, AND THE INCLUSION OF ANY  LINK DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT BY DE OF THE SITE.

DEBATING EUROPE VOTE 2014

We have included, on the Debating Europe Vote 2014 voting page, a list of the national parties that belong to each group in the European Parliament. This has been done to help users understand which parties belong to which group.

We have also included certain parties under the “Other” group, but only if those parties already have elected representatives either in the European Parliament or in the main legislature of a Member State (i.e. we do not include parties that are represented only in regional or local legislatures). There are hundreds (if not thousands) of political parties in Europe that are either not represented in legislatures or only represented in regional or local legislatures, and we are simply unable to administrate a list with that many parties.

However, even if your party is either not currently represented in any legislature or is only represented at local or regional level, then users can still vote for your party in Debating Europe Vote 2014. If they choose “Other” in the list of options, then this will indicate they intend to vote for a party that is not currently a member of one of the groups in the European Parliament.

Lasted upated: 22/07/2013