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Atexpats Terms of Service

Acceptance of Terms

Welcome to Atexpats – we’re grateful to you for selecting us. In accessing and using our services, you’re agreeing to be bound by our terms of service (TOS) as listed in this document. All services provided by Atexpats are subject to the conditions here. Please take some time to review and familiarise yourself with these terms.

Atexpats may update this document at any time without notice – you’re advised to refer to it regularly or whenever you need to ensure that you’re abiding by the most recent and current terms of service.

Description of Services

Atexpats provides a range of services, including communications services, reference services, downloadable documents, retail services, advertising services, and other services as may be introduced from time to time. Both current and future services shall be governed by the most recent version of these terms of service.

In using our services, you understand and agree that you may be subjected to advertising messages from time to time and may receive communications from Atexpats such as announcements and administrative messages, and you may not be able to unsubscribe to or opt out of all of these. These are an essential part of our agreement and they’re necessary factors in the provision of Atexpats services.

Atexpats may offer services provided by third parties whose activities are governed by other terms and conditions of use than are listed here. If you do take advantage of these services, please refer to those parties’ own Terms of Service documents – we will provide notice of these where appropriate on the related service pages.

Privacy Policy

Please review our privacy policy for details about the collection and use of your personal information by Atexpats. If you believe your privacy has been violated in some form on or via our services, please refer to that policy document – where you’ll find out how to let us know what’s happened.

Account Registration

For the majority of Atexpats’ services, you’ll need to have your own user account. You can’t open an account with us at all if you’re under 13, and you must be entirely honest about your registration details and be sure to maintain the accuracy of your account profile. If Atexpats discovers that any of your account details are inaccurate, untrue, incomplete, or not properly up to date, we may take this as grounds to suspend or delete it on grounds of misconduct – this is so that we can protect our service against abuse by misrepresentation.

To create an account, you’ll need to select a user name and password. You must keep these details confidential, so take care not to reuse your Atexpats password on any other site, and always log out of every Atexpats session once you’re finished. The responsibility for what’s done under your account name is entirely yours, and under no circumstances can Atexpats be held responsible for any account activity committed by a third party under your account name as a result of a breach in security. Atexpats isn’t liable for any losses you incur as a result of a third party using your account login details. We urge you to notify us immediately if you discover that your account has been compromised, although even then we still cannot be held liable for any activity on your account.

Member Conduct

Atexpats provides our services to you under the understanding that you’ll behave like a decent human being when you use them. This means that you can’t use your account for illegal purposes; neither can you use it to damage nor overtax our online resources or networks. You’re not permitted to access our services in an unauthorised manner – and you can’t log in with another user’s account nor impersonate anyone else via our communications systems, ever. You should never even attempt to gain access to any resource or information held on our servers not intentionally provided as a part of our services.

You’re asked and obligated to use Atexpats’ services responsibly. You are not permitted to access our services via alternative interfaces or to reverse-engineer the Atexpats interface for any purpose. You can use our services only in accordance with applicable laws, and you can’t use Atexpats’ services for any illegal purpose whatsoever. Failure to comply with these conditions will most likely result in the immediate suspension or termination of your account and the deletion of any of your account data held with Atexpats – without notice. Atexpats may suspend any user account if there is cause for suspicion of misconduct or unlawful use – and if it becomes clear that nothing is wrong, your access may be restored. Atexpats does not, however, guarantee the restoration of any suspended account.

Atexpats’ primary goal is to serve expat communities, which by their very nature are vulnerable in terms of their visibility and social status within their adopted communities. Therefore, Atexpats strongly encourages all users to exercise caution when disclosing personal information on our services, in particular that which reveals the physical locations of yourself or members of your family. Do not post information about yourself that is sensitive or potentially damaging to your livelihood, reputation, personal relationships, or career.

Atexpats accounts are not transferrable and any rights to your account terminate when you do. Atexpats will, upon receipt of a death certificate from a surviving friend or family member, permanently delete your account. Please don’t leave information on your account that you want other people to have access to after your death.

Please do not use Atexpats in any way that may endanger your safety or those around you. Atexpats may not be held responsible for any damage or injuries incurred while using Atexpats services in a distracting or unsafe manner.

Submitted Content

Everything that you upload and share on our services is entirely your responsibility. You, and not Atexpats, are personally responsible for every piece of information, every line of written text, every document and every photograph or audio/video content you upload. Anyone with reasonable grounds for legal action against any content posted by you on our site may have cause to seek you out, and Atexpats will accept no burden of responsibility on your behalf – so you are urged to refrain from posting any offensive content whatsoever, including:

  • Any content that is harmful, abusive, offensive, vulgar, disruptive, obscene, libellous, hateful, invasive, bullying, threatening, or objectionable PARTICULARLY with regard to minors and minority groups
  • Spam, pyramid schemes, scams, chain letters, unsolicited commercial messages, or any other kind of junk mail
  • Any material that violates the legal rights of others
  • Material that intentionally sets out to deceive and disadvantage others
  • Any pirated material or content that is the intellectual property of another party (without authorisation)
  • Material in violation of local statutes and laws applicable in your territory
  • Content with forged headers or that is otherwise deliberately intended to deceive
  • Files containing malware of any kind
  • Material that misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity
  • Commercial messages (unless specifically allowed by the communications services under which they appear)
  • Material with falsified or deleted copyright management information
  • Material posted for the purposes of stalking or unlawfully gathering information about another user
  • Material that inhibits any other user’s fair use of Atexpats’ services
  • Serious violations of etiquette
  • Directories or lists of users of other services

With regards to any images you post on Atexpats, you warrant and represent that you are (or have permission from) the copyright holder, have the rights necessary to grant licenses and sublicenses as specified in these terms of service, and that any people depicted in these images have granted their permission and consent for their likenesses to be used as per these terms.

Access to any content on Atexpats does not imply any transfer of intellectual property rights. You are not permitted to reuse, modify, republish, or claim ownership of any content provided by Atexpats or hosted on our servers unless you specifically obtain permission from its legal owner, which may or may not be Atexpats itself. You are not permitted to copy or to appropriate Atexpats’ branding, logo, website design, or code without having first obtained express permission in writing from Atexpats, and you may not obscure or alter any legal notices published with our services or content. You certainly can’t ever sell our services or content to a third party.

Please note that when you upload, submit, store, send or receive content via our services, you grant Atexpats a permanent worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, and distribute such content without compensation for limited purposes – those being for the operation, promotion, and improvement of our services, and the development of new Atexpats services.

Liability and Disclaimers

Atexpats’ services are provided to you as-is and as-available. This means that we make no claims about its reliability, suitability to your purposes, stability, timeliness, or capacity of service. We do not promise that our system will work without failure, and we cannot offer any guarantees that any information you store on our site will be safe from deletion, misdelivery, or data corruption. While we do our best to offer the best possible service we’re capable of, we can’t make any promises about their proper function. We make no commitments about the content hosted on our services or otherwise downloaded or obtained via our services, their functions, their ability to meet your needs, or their availability. We exclude all warranties regarding our services.

Please understand that you use Atexpats at your own discretion and risk, and acknowledge that we cannot be held responsible for lost revenue, profits, data, or damages. In cases where certain Atexpats services are discontinued, you will be given reasonable opportunity to remove any of your data hosted on that service, after which time such information will be irrevocably deleted.

Atexpats does have the right to disclose any information stored on our servers in order to comply with any relevant law, government request, or legal process. We also reserve the right to edit or remove any post or materials, in whole or in part, as we see fit. We are not obliged to our users to monitor or review material posted on Atexpats by other users, and we are not liable for any use of third-party submitted content.

You agree to indemnify Atexpats against any claim or demand made by a third party due to or arising from your content submitted via our services – including reasonable legal costs.

Your access and use of Atexpats services may expose you to content uploaded or linked to by other Atexpats users beyond the scope of Atexpats’ responsibility or liability. Any submitted content remains the property of the user who uploaded it, and while we might review such content to ensure it complies with our terms of service, we make no guarantee that this will happen, and you should never assume that any given content has been vetted or approved by Atexpats. While we forbid the uploading of offensive and illegal material to our servers, and while we will endeavour to monitor for and remove such material, we may not be held responsible for any content on our services that has been uploaded by a third party.

Likewise, Atexpats isn’t responsible for the content, changes, or updates of any off-site resources accessed via links posted on our site. We aren’t responsible for any transmission you may receive from any linked website or online service that is not our own.

Finally, there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to this agreement.