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Terms of Use

Last Updated: January 10, 2017

This Terms of Use Agreement (the Agreement) is a legal agreement between you and the Center for Canine Welfare (CCW) governing your use of the Websites: www.caninecarecertified.org and www.centerforcaninewelfare.org (the Websites). By using or accessing the Websites or downloading materials from the Websites, you agree to be legally bound by this Agreement.

Updates to this Agreement

We may revise or otherwise change or update this Agreement. Please check the “Last Updated” legend at the top of this page to see when this Agreement was last revised. Changes will become effective immediately after they are posted. A current version of this Agreement showing the effective date is always available at this location. We encourage you to periodically review this Agreement to see if there have been any changes that may affect you. If you do not agree to this Agreement as modified, then you must discontinue your use of the Websites. Your continued use of the Websites will signify your continued agreement to this Agreement as it may be revised from time to time.

Authorized Use

While using the Websites, you are required to comply with all applicable statutes, orders, regulations, rules and other laws. You may not use the Websites for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, and you may not take any action to interfere with the Websites or any other user’s use of the Websites. In addition, we expect users of the Websites to respect the rights and dignity of others. By way of example and not of limitation, you may not (and you expressly agree that you will not) do any of the following, which violate this Agreement:

  • Post, upload, share, transmit, distribute, facilitate distribution of or otherwise make available to or through the Websites any unlawful, in fringing, harmful, harassing, defamatory, threatening, intimidating, fraudulent, tortious, vulgar or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including unauthorized or unsolicited advertising;
  • Reproduce, duplicate, or copy any portion of the Websites, except as authorized by this Agreement;
  • Sell, resell or otherwise exploit for any commercial purposes any portion of, the use of or access to the Websites without the prior written consent of the CCW;
  • Impersonate any person or entity, falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity in connection with the Websites, or express or imply that we endorse any statement you make;
  • Post or otherwise transmit messages that may tend to restrain trade, or encourage or facilitate an agreement on: prices, discounts, terms or conditions of sale; allocation of markets or territories; or selection, rejection or termination of business relationships or suppliers;
  • Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notice from the Websites or materials originating from the Websites;
  • Violate or attempt to violate the security of the Websites;
  • Disseminate on the Websites any viruses, worms, spyware, adware or other malicious computer code, file or program that is harmful, invasive or may or is intended to damage or hijack the operation of, or monitor the use of, any hardware, software or equipment;
  • Use any data mining, bots, spiders, automated tools or similar data gathering and extraction methods, directly or indirectly, on the Websites or to collect any information from the Websites or any other user of the Websites; or
  • Assist or permit any persons in violating this Agreement or applicable statutes, orders, regulations, rules and other laws governing the use of the Websites.

Intellectual Property Rights

All content (Content) available through the Websites is protected by copyrights, trademarks or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as set forth herein or otherwise agreed in writing by the CCW or other rights owner(s), the use of any Content available on the Websites is strictly prohibited.

You may use Content purposely made available by us for public use, provided that you (a) keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices, (b) use such Content pursuant to any associated licenses, (c) do not copy or post such Content on any networked computer or broadcast it in any media, (d) make no modifications to the Content, and (e) do not make any additional representations or warranties relating to the Content on behalf of the CCW.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

User-Submitted Information

You are responsible for any Content you transmit through the Websites. You agree, represent, and warrant that any Content you transmit through the Websites or to us is truthful, accurate, not misleading and offered in good faith, and that you have the right to transmit such Content. You shall not upload, post or otherwise make available on or through the Websites any Content protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any third party without the express written permission of the owner of such right(s) or the authority to do so. You shall be solely liable for any damages resulting from any infringement of copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission.

We do not want you to, and you should not, send any confidential or proprietary Content to us unless specifically requested by us. Please note that any unsolicited Content sent to the CCW will be deemed not to be confidential or proprietary.

By submitting Content, other than personally identifiable information, you grant to the CCW (or warrant that the owner of such Content has expressly granted to the CCW) a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and unrestricted right and license (a) to use, reproduce, display, modify, adapt, publish, translate, transmit, distribute or otherwise make available to others such Content (in whole or in part and for any purpose) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed; (b) to exercise all copyright, trademark, publicity, privacy and other proprietary rights with regard to such Content; and (c) to use your name, likeness and/or other biographical information in any and all media and/or communications. You also agree that the CCW is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques that you send to us for any purpose.

Secure User Accounts

Certain portions of the Websites are accessible only to users who have registered with the Websites and obtained login credentials (Secure Users). If you are a Secure User, you agree to accurately maintain and update any information about yourself and your account that you have provided to the CCW.


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further agree that you are responsible for all activities that occur under your Secure User account. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your login credentials and you agree not to share your login credentials with any unauthorized parties. You also agree to notify us promptly of any unauthorized use of your login credentials or any other breach of security that you become aware of involving or relating to the Websites.


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CCW reserves the right to take any and all action, as it deems necessary or reasonable to maintain the security of the Websites and your account, including without limitation, terminating your account, changing your password or requesting information to authorize transactions on your account.

We explicitly disclaim liability for any and all losses and damages arising from your failure to comply with this section.

Interactive Forums

We may host message boards, chat rooms, blogs and other interactive forums or services (each, a Forum) on the Websites. Forums are intended to serve as discussion centers. Any user failing to comply with this Agreement may be expelled from and refused continued access to Forums in the future. You acknowledge and agree that Forums are public spaces and that your participation in such Forums creates no expectation of privacy. Further, you acknowledge that any personal information you communicate in Forums may be seen and used by others. We are not responsible for information that you or others choose to communicate in Forums, or for your actions or the actions of other users. The CCW or its designated agents may remove or alter any information or content posted or otherwise disclosed in any Forum at any time for any reason. If you choose to make any of your personally identifiable or other information publicly available in a Forum or otherwise on or through the Websites, you do so at your own risk.

Monitoring

You acknowledge and agree that we reserve the right (but have no obligation) to do one or all of the following, at our sole discretion: (a) evaluate Content before allowing it to be posted on the Websites or any Forum; (b) monitor Content; (c) alter, remove, reject or refuse to post or allow to be posted, without notice to you, any Content, for any reason or for no reason whatsoever; provided, however, that we shall have no obligation or liability to you for failure to do so or for doing so in any particular manner; and/or (d) disclose any Content, and the circumstances surrounding its transmission, to any third party in order to operate the Websites; to protect CCW and the Websites’ users and visitors; to comply with legal obligations or governmental requests; to enforce this Agreement; or for any other reason or purpose.

Changes to the Websites

We may make improvements and/or changes to the Websites, add new features, or terminate the Websites at any time without notice. We also: (a) reserve the right (but have no obligation) to change the Content or other offerings on the Websites, at any time and from time to time without any notice or liability to you or any other person; and (b) do not warrant that information on the Websites is accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. Some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusions and disclaimers of certain implied warranties, so some of the provisions of this section may not apply to you.

Third-Party Content

Any information, statements, opinions or other Content provided by third parties and made available on the Websites are those of the respective author(s) and not the CCW. We do not guarantee the validity, accuracy, truthfulness, completeness, reliability or usefulness of any information, statement, opinion or other Content on the Websites other than from an authorized CCW representative acting in his or her official capacity. Under no circumstance will the CCW be liable for any loss or damage caused, directly or indirectly, by your reliance on any such third-party Content.

Links to Third-Party Websites

The CCW may provide on the Websites, solely as a convenience to users, links to Websites operated by third parties. If you use these links, you will leave our Websites. If you decide to visit any linked Websites, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements. The CCW does not make any warranty or representation regarding, or endorse or otherwise sponsor, any linked Websites or the information appearing thereon or any of the products or services described thereon. Links do not imply that the CCW is legally authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol displayed in or accessible through the links, or that any linked Websites is authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol of the CCW.


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agree that your use of third-party Websites and resources, including without limitation your use of any content, information, data, advertising, products or other materials on or available through such Websites and resources, is at your own risk and is subject to the terms and conditions of use applicable to such Websites and resources.

Social Media Pages

The CCW may maintain a presence on social media including Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter (collectively, Social Media Pages), to provide a place for the public to learn more about the CCW and to share comments. All comments, visuals and other materials posted by visitors to our Social Media Pages do not necessarily reflect the opinions or ideas of the CCW. All visitors to our Social Media Pages must comply with the respective social media Websites Terms of Use. We review some but not all postings to our Social Media Pages, and may remove postings that we determine are inappropriate or offensive.

Notice of Copyright or Trademark Infringement

If you believe that any Content on the Websites infringes upon any copyright or trademark which you own or control, you may send a written notification, containing the information required under 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3), to our Designated Intellectual Property Agent as set forth below.

Designated Agent email: ip@ccw.org

If any user of the Websites is deemed to be a repeat copyright infringer, the CCW will terminate such user’s license to use the Websites.

    

Other Policies and Terms

This Agreement applies exclusively to your access to, and use of, the Websites and does not alter in any way the terms or conditions of any other agreement you may have with the CCW. Additional policies and terms may apply to use of all or portions of the Websites and are incorporated by reference into this Agreement. Please refer to and review all additional specific terms and conditions as applicable, including the CCW’s Privacy Policy.

Termination

The Websites and this Agreement are in effect until terminated by the CCW. In addition to any right or remedy that may be available to the CCW under applicable law, the CCW may suspend, limit or terminate all or a portion of your access to the Websites or any of its features at any time with or without notice and with or without cause, including without limitation, if the CCW believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this Agreement. The provisions of this Agreement concerning authorized use, intellectual property rights, disclaimer of warranty, limitation of liability and indemnity, as well as any other provisions that by their nature should survive, shall survive any such termination.


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agree that if your use of the Websites is terminated pursuant to this Agreement, you will not attempt to use the Websites under any name, real or assumed. You further agree that if you violate this restriction after your use of the Websites is terminated, you will indemnify and hold us harmless from any and all liability that we may incur therefor. We reserve the right to have all violators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Child Privacy

If you are under the age of 18, please do not use or access the Websites. It is not our intention to collect or use personal information from anyone under 18 years of age, and we will not knowingly do so. If we are made aware that we have collected any personal information from children under the age of 18, and are asked to delete such information from our databases, we will promptly do so.

Disclaimer of Warranty

THE CCW DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESE NTATIONS REGARDI NG THE USE, VALIDITY, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OF, OR OTHERWISE RESPECTING THE CONTENT AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITES OR ANY OTHER WEBSITES LINKED TO OR FROM THE WEBSITES. DOWNLOADI NG OR OTHERWISE OBTAINI NG ANY CONTENT THROUGH THE WEBSITES IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT OF THE WEBSITES IS PROVIDED AS IS” AND ON AN AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, THE CCW DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDI NG BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PU RPOSE, AND NON-INFRI NGEMENT.

Limitation of Liability

The CCW and each of its directors, officers, employees, agents and contractors (collectively, the Releases) will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising out of or relating to the use of or the inability to use the Websites, the Websites’ content or links, including but not limited to damages caused by or related to errors, omissions, interruptions, defects, delays in operation or transmission, computer viruses or line failures. The Releases shall not have any liability or responsibility for any acts, omissions or conduct of any user or other third party.

The Releases will also not be liable for any indirect, special, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages, even if they have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the CCW and its directors, officers, employees, agents and contractors from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees) or other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or from (a) your breach of any provision of this Agreement; (b) your activities in connection with the Websites; or (c) unsolicited information you provide to the CCW through the Websites.

Consent to Communication

If you provide a telephone number, address or email address, you expressly agree that we, or our authorized agents, can use that telephone number, address or email address to contact you.


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you use the Websites or send emails to the CCW, you are communicating with the CCW electronically. You consent to receive electronically any communications related to your use of the Websites. We may communicate with you by email or by posting notices on the Websites. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that are provided to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. All notices from the CCW intended for receipt by a user shall be deemed delivered and effective when sent to the email address you provide on the Websites.

Effect of Invalidity

In the event a court having jurisdiction finds any portion of this Agreement unenforceable, that portion shall not be effective and the remainder of the Agreement shall remain effective.

Waivers

No waiver, express or implied, by either party of any breach of or default under this Agreement will constitute a continuing waiver of such breach or default or be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default.

International Users

The Websites is controlled, operated and administered by the CCW (or its licensees) from its offices within the United States of America and is not intended to subject the CCW to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States. The CCW does not represent or warrant that the Websites or any part thereof is appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction other than the United States. Those who choose to access the Websites do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for complying with all statutes, orders, regulations, rules and other laws of applicable jurisdictions.

Choice of Law

You agree that any dispute in connection with the Websites, this Agreement, or the Privacy Policy will be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia. You also consent to the adjudication of any disputes arising in connection with the Websites in the courts located in the District of Columbia. 

Contact

If you have questions about this Agreement, or if you have technical questions about the operation of the Websites, please contact us via email at ip@ccw.org.

PRIVACY POLICY

Last Updated: January 5, 2017

The Center for Canine Welfare (CCW, us, we) is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy, and we want you to understand how we may collect information about you through the Websites (the Websites), and how that information may be used, maintained and, in some cases, shared. This privacy policy (Privacy Policy) sets forth the privacy practices and policies governing the Websites. By using or accessing the Websites or by providing personal information to us on or through the Websites, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable law.

Information We Collect

The following describes the types of personal and other information we may collect about you, and how we use and maintain that information:

Information You Provide to Us

The CCW may gather and retain personally identifiable information about you including name, email address, physical address, phone number, IP address or other personal or background information (Personal Information) when you voluntarily submit it to us. We may use any information that you provide for our general purposes, and may share it with third parties only as described in this Privacy Policy. If you provide us with a telephone number, address or an email address, you expressly agree that we, or our authorized agents, can use that information to contact you about the CCW and its associated activities.

We may keep any information that you provide to us indefinitely.

Site Use Information

Our web servers may collect the IP address of visitors to the Websites. We may use this information to measure the use of the Websites, including the number of visits, average time spent on the Websites, pages viewed, etc. to improve the content we offer. We may share with third parties this information or other data on an aggregated basis without the use of any information that personally identifies you.

The following describes the types of personal and other information we may collect about you, and how we use and maintain that information:

Use of Cookies

Like most Websites, we may employ cookies or similar technologies on certain pages of the Websites. Cookies make the use of the Websites easier by, among other things, saving your preferences. We may also use cookies to deliver content tailored to your interests. We may use information collected with cookies to statistically analyze usage of the Websites, and to improve and customize our content and other offerings. Cookies are not considered Personal Information under this Privacy Policy.

Types of cookies we may use on the Websites include:

Session cookies: These temporary cookies expire and are automatically erased whenever you close your browser window. We may use session cookies to grant our users access to content and to enable actions such as remembering form or payment information as you are in the process of entering it.

Persistent cookies: These cookies usually have an expiration date in the distant future and remain in your browser until they expire or you manually delete them. We may use persistent cookies to better understand usage patterns so we can improve the Websites for our users. For example, we may use a persistent cookie to associate you with your account or to remember your choices on the Websites.

Disclosing Information to Third Parties

We will not share, rent, sell or otherwise disclose any Personal Information that we collect about you through the Websites, except in any of the following situations:

  • You request or authorize the release of your Personal Information.
  • We may use the Personal Information we collect from you to communicate with you about applications, registrations, education, events and other CCW activities, and to conduct research and analysis.
  • We may disclose Personal Information that we collect about you to our third-party contractors and payment processors who perform services for us in connection with the Websites, or to complete or confirm a transaction or series of transactions that you conduct with us. We may also disclose Personal Information to service providers or suppliers if the disclosure will enable that party to perform business, professional or technical support for us.
  • We may provide your Personal Information to our affiliates and sponsors, so as to provide access to benefits and communicate important information about them. We may also provide such Personal Information to other select third parties approved by CCW as offering products or services relevant and useful to you. The use by and/or content of communications from any third party will be pre-approved by CCW.
  • We may disclose Personal Information about you as part of a merger, acquisition or other sale or transfer of the assets or business of CCW. We do not guarantee that any entity receiving such information in connection with one of these transactions will comply with all terms of this Privacy Policy.
  • We may disclose Personal Information you have provided to comply with the law, applicable regulations, governmental and quasi-governmental requests, court orders or subpoenas; to enforce our Terms of Use or other agreements; or to protect our rights, property or safety or the rights, property or safety of our users or others. We reserve the right to release information that we collect to law enforcement or other government officials, as we, in our sole and absolute discretion, deem necessary or appropriate.

We may also share aggregated or anonymous information that cannot identify you with third parties. For example, we may disclose the number of visitors to the Websites or the number of people who have downloaded a particular document.

Security

Where Personal Information is requested, we use technology designed to encrypt the information that you input before it is sent to us. In addition, we take steps to protect the user data we collect against unauthorized access. However, you should keep in mind that the Websites are run on software, hardware and networks, any component of which may, from time to time, require maintenance or experience effect at the time of use. The provisions contained in this Privacy Policy supersede all previous notices or policies regarding our privacy practices with respect to the Websites. P1ease check the “Last Updated” legend at the top of this page to see when this Privacy Policy was last revised. We encourage you to check frequently to see the current Privacy Policy to be informed of how the CCW is committed to protecting your information and providing you with improved content on the Websites in order to enhance your experience.

Contact

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Privacy Policy or the Websites, please contact us via email at ip@ccw.org.