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Community Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

Community Terms of Use

Welcome to the Shepherdsnotsheep.org Communities.

 

Communities: The Communities are operated by Shepherdsnotsheep.org. (“Shepherdsnotsheep.org”). These Communities Terms of Use are part of the Shepherdsnotsheep.org Website and are part of the Website Terms and Conditions applicable to the Site and set out at www.Shepherdsnotsheep.org. All capitalized terms in these Communities Terms of Use have the meaning set out in the Website Terms and Conditions.

These Communities Terms of Use apply to anyone who is given access to one or more of the Communities as a forum to discuss the specific topics of interest set out in the Rules of such Community(s).

 

Acceptance. By accessing the Communities, you agree to be bound by these Communities’ Terms of Use and any Rules of such Community(s). These Communities’ Terms of Use may be updated from time to time without notice to you, so please check back periodically. These Communities’ Terms of Use contain legal obligations – please read them carefully.

 

Shepherdsnotsheep.org Communities Charter 

Our Purpose  
The Community offers open collaboration, learning, and networking opportunities within a private trusted community of peers, secure in the knowledge that the identities, affiliations, and other identifiable information of members will never be revealed outside the group.

  • Governance 
    All members in the Community must be nominated or endorsed by the Forum Leadership Committee. The Leadership Committee, comprised of trusted members:

  • Oversees the Invitation List, and nominations or endorsements for membership.

  • Determines the suitability of topics for virtual roundtable sessions.

  • Offers guidance to Shepherdsnotsheep.org on the suitability of content and behaviour from Community members, that has been flagged for review.

 

Confidentiality and Discretion 

  • Members must strictly adhere to the Chatham House Rule regarding information shared and received within the Community and agree to not to reveal the identities of your fellow members to anyone outside of the group.

  • Members agree not to share their Community access with anyone.

  • Members agree not to capture screen images or copy the content shared within the Community that has any identifiable information of a fellow member.

 

Other Member Responsibilities 

  • As a member-driven initiative, all members are expected to do their part to actively participate in the Community by:

    • Sharing and participating on the online Discussion Board.

    • Engaging in quick polls.

    • Participating in virtual round table sessions.

  • Members are asked to keep the information shared in their profiles or posts accurate and up to date.

  • Members must not post or share comments, opinions, or materials that others may find repugnant.

  • Members must not use the Community, including any affiliated in-person or virtual session for solicitation or self-promotion.

  • Members agree to report any violations of these terms to Shepherdsnotsheep.org and the Leadership Committee.

In the spirit of fairness, Shepherdsnotsheep.org, together with the Leadership Committee, reserve the right to remove or deny renewal for inactive members or those who have been found in violation of this Charter.

 

Postings and User Generated Content. By using the Communities:

  1. you grant Shepherdsnotsheep.org the license to use and distribute any Content that you upload to the Communities for the sole purpose of operating the Communities;

  2. you agree that by posting Content to any Community, you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant to Shepherdsnotsheep.org the license referred to in the previous paragraph;

  3. you acknowledge that other users of the Community(s) to which you post any Content will be able to view such Content;

  4. you agree that you are solely responsible for any Content that you post to any of the Communities; and

  5. you agree that Shepherdsnotsheep.org may, but is not obligated to, review and delete or remove (without notice) any Content in its sole discretion, including any Content that in its sole judgment is in violation of any of the User Conduct requirements set out under “User Conduct” in the Communities’ Terms of Use [Link to full Communities Terms of Use].

 

Your Agreement: When you submit Content to any Community, you agree that:

  • all Content that you submit is accurate;

  • all Content is original and was created by you unless clearly credited to a third party;

  • Shepherdsnotsheep.org ’ use of the Content you upload does not violate the terms of these Communities’ Terms of Use and will not cause injury to any person or entity.

 

User Conduct. You are solely responsible for your interactions with other users of the Communities. Shepherdsnotsheep.org  reserves the right but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Community users. You agree that you will not use the Communities in any unlawful manner or in any other manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the Communities. In addition, you agree that you will not use the Communities to:

  • Harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users of the Communities for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications;

  • Upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available any Content that we deem to be harmful, threatening, unlawful, defamatory, infringing, abusive, inflammatory, harassing, vulgar, obscene, fraudulent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

  • Upload, post, transmit, share or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, solicitations, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation unless specifically authorized by the Rules of any particular Community;

  • Upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make publicly available on the Communities any private information of any third party, including, without limitation, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Insurance Numbers and credit card numbers;

  • Upload, post, transmit, share or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;

  • Post, transmit, link to, or otherwise distribute any information constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability, or otherwise use the Communities or any of the Content in a manner which is contrary to law or would serve to restrict or inhibit any other user from using or enjoying the Communities, the Content or the Internet;

  • Impersonate or falsely represent your association with any person;

  • Use, reproduce, sell, resell or otherwise exploit the Communities or any of the Content for any commercial purposes;

  • Intimidate or harass another person; or

  • Upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available content that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any law.

 

Service Modifications. You acknowledge and agree that Shepherdsnotsheep.org  may at any time and from time to time modify or discontinue the Communities or any portion of it with or without notice to you and that Shepherdsnotsheep.org  will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, to you or any other person in any way for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of, or in connection with, any such modifications or discontinuance.

 

Monitoring: You acknowledge that Shepherdsnotsheep.org  has no obligation to monitor the Communities or any Content on them. However, you agree that Shepherdsnotsheep.org  has the right to monitor the Communities electronically from time to time and to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or lawful governmental request as required, to operate the Communities or provide any of the Content properly, or to protect itself or its users in accordance with the Shepherdsnotsheep.org  Privacy Policy. Shepherdsnotsheep.org  reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any Content, in whole or in part, that it determines, in its sole discretion, is unacceptable, undesirable or in violation of these Terms of Use. You understand that by using the Communities you may have access to Content which may be offensive or objectionable to you. Under no circumstances shall Shepherdsnotsheep.org  be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of, or in connection with, any use of, or access to, any such Content.

 

Disclaimer Regarding Third Party Content. Communities may offer access to third-party web pages and content and services available over the Internet. In such instances, including, but not limited to, third-party content or services contained on or accessible through the Communities and web pages or sites contained within a directory of links on the Communities, Shepherdsnotsheep.org  generally exercises no control over such third-party content, services, web pages, or sites. You agree that it is your responsibility to review and evaluate any such content or services, and that any and all risk associated with the use of, or reliance on, such content or services rests with you. You further agree that Shepherdsnotsheep.org  shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of, or in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any such content or services.

 

Termination. You acknowledge and agree that if, Shepherdsnotsheep.org  believes that you have violated these Terms of Use, Shepherdsnotsheep.org, in its sole and absolute discretion, may, without notice to you, suspend or terminate your use of, or access to, the Communities, and remove and discard any information or User Content that you posted to or transmitted using the Communities. You further agree that Shepherdsnotsheep.org shall not be liable to you or to any other person as a result of any such suspension or termination. If you are dissatisfied with the Communities, these Terms of Use, or with any terms, conditions, rules, policies, guidelines, or practices of Shepherdsnotsheep.org in operating the Communities, your exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Communities.

 

Disclaimer of Warranties. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT: (A) THE COMMUNITIES AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND THAT SHEPHERDSNOTSHEEP.ORG  MAKES NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR CONDITIONS (as used in this section “WARRANTIES“) OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AND THAT ANY SUCH WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED, AND (B) SHEPHERDSNOTSHEEP.ORG  SPECIFICALLY MAKES NO WARRANTIES THAT THE COMMUNITIES OR ANY OF THE SERVICES, INCLUDING ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE USE OF THE COMMUNITIES, WILL BE PROVIDED ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE BASIS OR THAT SUCH SERVICES OR THE RESULTS DERIVED THEREFROM WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR EXPECTATIONS.

 

Limitation of Liability. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT IN NO EVENT SHALL SHEPHERDSNOTSHEEP.ORG , INCLUDING ITS AFFILIATES, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, AND ANY DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, SAVINGS, GOODWILL OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SHEPHERDSNOTSHEEP.ORG  HAD BEEN ADVISED OF OR COULD HAVE FORESEEN THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH: (A) THE USE, INABILITY TO USE OR PERFORMANCE OF ANY OF THE CONTENT OR THE COMMUNITIES, OR (B) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR MODIFICATION TO ANY OF YOUR USER CONTENT OR TRANSMISSIONS, OR (C) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE COMMUNITIES OR ANY OF THE CONTENT, REGARDLESS OR WHETHER ANY OF THE FOREGOING IS DETERMINED TO CONSTITUTE A FUNDAMENTAL BREACH OR FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.

 

Indemnity. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Shepherdsnotsheep.org, its affiliates, sponsors, suppliers and other partners, directors, officers, employees and agents harmless from any and all liabilities, claims, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, related to or in connection with your, or any user of your account’s: (a) violation of these Communities Terms of Use, or (b) use of the Communities or any of the Content, or (c) placement, posting or transmission of any message, information, software or other User Content on the Communities.

 

No Licence; Intellectual Property of Shepherdsnotsheep.org and Others. Except as expressly provided, nothing in this Terms or within the Communities or any of the Content shall be construed as granting any licence of any of the intellectual property rights of Shepherdsnotsheep.org or any third party, whether by implication, waiver, estoppel, or otherwise. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that certain Content available through and used to operate the Communities and Services is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, or other proprietary rights of Shepherdsnotsheep.org, its affiliates, licensors, and/or service providers. You agree not to adapt, translate, modify, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any software, applications or programs used in connection with the Communities or the Content. Further, you agree not to modify, alter, or deface any of the trade-marks or other intellectual property made available through the Communities nor use any of the foregoing for any purpose other than the purpose for which such intellectual property is made available to users through the Communities.

 

Trade-marks. Shepherdsnotsheep.org, its logo, and related marks are trade-marks of Shepherdsnotsheep.org used under license by Shepherdsnotsheep.org and its subsidiaries. All other product, brand and company names, and logos used on the Communities are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Any use of any of the trade-marks appearing on the Communities without the express written consent of Shepherdsnotsheep.org  or the owner of the mark, as appropriate, is strictly prohibited.

 

General. The Communities originate from and are operated in the United States of America. These Communities Terms of Use and the Website Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between Shepherdsnotsheep.org and you pertaining to your use of the Communities and the Services and supercedes any prior agreements between you and Shepherdsnotsheep.org. Failure of Shepherdsnotsheep.org to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any right or provision of these Communities Terms of Use shall not constitute or be construed as a waiver of any right or provision. If any of the provisions (or parts thereof) contained in these Communities Terms of Use are determined to be void, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such determination shall not affect all of part of the remaining provisions. These Communities Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States. The parties have required that these Communities Terms of Use and all documents relating thereto be drawn up in English.

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Privacy Policy

What Information Do We Collect and Why?

 

Shepherdsnotsheep.org organizes community members, each invited by their peers to collaboratively explore pressing issues and topics of interest.  In connection with this service, Shepherdsnotsheep.org collects, processes and uses data (“Personal Data”) provided to us by the individual or by their peers including, without limitation, the following:​

  • Contact Details enabling us to identify and communicate with the individual, including name and email address, associated social media accounts and urls.

  • Professional Data enabling us to qualify the individual as appropriate to participate in a particular Forum(s), such as field of expertise, years of practice, and professional memberships.

How We Use the Information We Collect?​

Operations

  • We use Personal Data to operate, maintain, enhance and provide all features of our service, and to respond to comments, questions, and requests from users of our services. We process Personal Data in accordance with the directions provided by the applicable invitee, participant or contact. 

Service Improvements

  • We use Personal Data to understand and analyze the usage trends and preferences of our participants, to improve our services, and to develop new services, features, and functionality. 

Communications

  • We use Personal Data (i) to contact Invitees or Participants with respect to upcoming; (ii) respond to their acceptance of a Forum invitation, arrange payment and confirm details of their participation; and (iii) for the provision of ongoing customer service.

 Compliance

  • We use Personal Data to comply with Shepherdsnotsheep.org’s legal and regulatory obligations within the jurisdictions of its operations.​ However we will not voluntarily disclose any personal information without lawful warrant. 

 

Your Choices​

 

Consent to Communication

We will ask for your consent to communicate with you in our first contact.  If you decline consent, we will cease further communications.  Upon receiving your consent, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that we send only those communications relevant to your field of expertise or those related to your participation in one or more past or future. You may withdraw or modify your consent at any time by updating your communication preferences.  If you withdraw or modify your consent, we will comply with your request, except for any further communications necessary to fulfill outstanding service obligations to you or to fulfill legal or regulatory obligations. 

Access, Correction, Deletion

We respect your privacy rights and have provided you with access via your personal Dashboard to the Personal Data that you may have provided through your use of our services. If you wish to access or amend any Personal Data we hold about you, you can do so through your personal Dashboard. If you would like to request that we delete any information about you that we have obtained from you or a third party, you may contact us as set forth in the “How to Contact Us” section. At your request, we will have any reference to you deleted or blocked in our database within a reasonable time frame.

How to Contact Us 

You may update and correct your Account Information at any time through your personal Dashboard. To delete your Account Information and preferences at any time contact us at Shepherdsnotsheep@protonmail.org. Please note that while any changes you make will be reflected within our active user database instantly or within a reasonable period of time, we may retain all information you submit for backups, archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, analytics, satisfaction of legal or regulatory obligations, or where we otherwise reasonably believe that we have a legitimate interest to do so. 

You may decline to share certain Personal Data with us, in which case we may not be able to provide you some of the features and functionality of our services. 

Data Retention 

We only retain the Personal Data collected from an invitee, contact or participant for as long as the invitee, contact or participant’s account is active or otherwise for a limited period of time as long as we need it to fulfill the purposes for which we have initially collected it unless otherwise required by law. We will retain and use information as necessary to comply with legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements as follows:

  • Billing information is retained for a period of 7 years as of its provision to Shepherdsnotsheep.org in accordance with applicable taxation laws.