Terms and Conditions

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Version: 1.1         Last Updated: 08/03/2015


Terms used: ‘The Website’, ‘Our Website’ – http://gmnscouts.org.uk

‘We’, ‘Our’ – Greater Manchester North Scout County

‘TSA’ – The Scout Association

1. About these terms and conditions

1.1. Access to and use of gmnscouts.org.uk (the website) both within the UK and internationally is provided by Greater Manchester North Scout County. These terms apply to all users of the website. In order to use the website you must agree to be bound by all the terms provided (Please note, if you do not agree to be bound all the terms herein, we do not permit you to access, use and/or contribute to the website).

1.2. We may change these terms from time to time and so you should check these on a regular basis. Your continued use of the website will be deemed acceptance of any updated or amended terms. If you do not agree to the changes, you should cease using the website. If there is any conflict between these terms and specific local terms appearing elsewhere on the website then the latter shall prevail in relation to the matter to which it specifically relates.

2. Use of the website and the community rules

2.1. You agree to use the website only for lawful purposes and in a way that does not infringe the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone else’s use and enjoyment of the website. Prohibited behavior includes harassing or causing distress or inconvenience to any person, transmitting obscene or offensive content or disrupting the normal flow of dialogue within the website.

2.2. You agree to use the website (including communication tools e.g. message boards/email facilities) in accordance with the following community rules which apply across all the website community sites and services.


(i) Your posts/messages/contributions:

(a) MUST be civil and tasteful; MUST be patient: remember users of all ages and abilities may be taking part in the relevant website community;

(b) MUST NOT be disruptive, offensive or abusive: contributions must be constructive and polite, not mean-spirited or contributed with the intention of causing trouble;

(c) MUST NOT be unlawful or objectionable: unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, racially offensive or otherwise objectionable material is unacceptable;

(d) MUST NOT contain spam or off-topic material: We do not allow the submission of the same or very similar contributions many times. Please do not re-submit your contribution to more than one discussion, or contribute off-topic material in subject-specific areas;

(e) MUST NOT contain advertising or promotions of a business or commercial nature;

(f) MUST NOT be an impersonation of another or purport to be contributed by another;

(g) MUST NOT use inappropriate (e.g. vulgar, offensive etc) user names;

(h) MUST NOT deliberately misuse the complaints facility. If you persist in doing this, action may be taken against your account;

(i) MUST NOT contain inappropriate URLs: website addresses can only be posted if allowed under any relevant local house rules;

(j) MAY BE REMOVED if containing languages other than English unless this is specifically allowed in the relevant local house rules.

(ii) Safety: We advise that you never reveal any personal information about yourself or anyone else (for example: telephone number, postal address, home address or email address or any other details that would allow you or that other person to be personally identified) in any website community.

(iii) Legal requirements. You:

(a) MUST NOT submit or share any defamatory or illegal material of any nature in the website communities. This includes text, graphics, video, programs or audio;

(b) MUST NOT contribute material to any website community with the intention of committing or promoting an illegal act;

(c) MUST NOT violate, plagiarise, or infringe the rights of GMN Scouts or third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights;

(d) MUST ONLY submit or share only contributions which are your own original work.

(e) If you are under 16 years old, please get permission from a parent or carer before taking part in any website community;

(iv) Breach of these of website or community rules:

(a) If you breach the use of website or community rules upon request you will be sent an email which informs you why your contribution has been refused or edited. This email will also include a warning that continuing to break the rules may result in action being taken against you. This action may include any content posted by you being checked before being allowed to go on the site or a temporary or permanent suspension of your ability to participate in any or all of the website community areas.

(b) If you engage in any disruptive behavior or submit / share offensive or inappropriate content on any part of the website; and we or TSA considers such behavior to be serious and/or repetitive, we may use whatever information that is available to stop any further infringements. This may include informing relevant third parties such as your employer, scouting line-manager, school or email provider about the infringement(s).

(c) We reserve the right to delete any contribution at any time, for any reason.

3. Intellectual Property

3.1. All copyright, trade marks, design rights, patents and other intellectual property rights (registered and unregistered) on the website and all content, including all applications, shall remain vested in GMN Scouts, TSA or its licensors.

3.2. You may not copy or reproduce any part of the website except for your own personal, non-commercial use and directly related to Scouting within the UK. Any other use of the website content requires written permission from the website Administrator, who’s details can be found at the end of this document.

3.3. The names, images and logos identifying GMN Scouts, TSA, Scout Shops, Scout Activity Centers or third parties and their products and services are subject to copyright, design rights and trade marks. Nothing contained in these terms shall be construed as conferring any license or right to use any trade mark, design right or copyright of GMN Scouts, TSA or any other third party.

4. Your contributions to GMN Scouts and/or the website

4.1. By sharing any contribution (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) you agree to grant to GMN Scouts, permission, free of charge, to use the material in any way we see fit (including operational and editorial modifications) for our services. In certain circumstance we may also share your contribution with trusted third parties.

4.2. Copyright in your contribution will remain with you, so you can continue to use the material in any way you choose.

4.3. In order that we can use your contribution, you confirm that it is your own original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any UK laws. You must have the right to give us permission to use it, the consent of anyone who is identifiable and the consent of a parent / carer if they are under 16.

4.4. We may show your name with your contribution, unless you request otherwise, but for operational reasons this is not always possible. We may need to contact you for administrative or verification purposes in relation to your contribution, or in relation to particular projects.

4.5. Please do not endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or break any laws when creating content you may share with us.

4.6. If you do not want to grant us the permission set out above on these terms, please do not submit or share your contribution.

5. The Website Communities

5.1. In order to participate in and contribute to selected website communities you may be required to register. Any personal information supplied as part of this registration process and/or any other interaction with the website will be collected, stored and used in accordance with our website privacy statement.

5.2. The Use of Personal Data: As protecting privacy is very important to us and TSA, anyone using our website or database facilities must also ensure that the privacy of others is protected throughout. Therefore, any personal information accessed, downloaded or obtained via our websites/databases must be handled in compliance with the Data Protection Act. For more information about the rules please see http://www.ico.gov.uk/.

In summary, Personal Data is any information by which a person can be identified e.g. name, address (including email address), telephone number or particular role within scouting etc and when handling such data:

(a) YOU MUST only obtain and use it for the legitimate scouting purpose as required and authorized by your role;

(b) YOU MUST only retain it for the legitimate scouting purpose as required and authorized by your role and, where retention is justified, must ensure that it is kept accurate, up-to-date and in a secure manner so as to prevent accidental loss, theft or unauthorized access by others;

(c) YOU MUST only retain it for as long as legitimately required and thereafter delete or destroy it safely and securely;

(d) YOU MUST NOT share it with any other party unless you have the person’s express consent to do so – preferably in writing wherever possible. This applies to sharing such data with any external party as well as within scouting itself e.g. emails sent to more than one recipient should, as a rule, be ‘blind copied’ (Bcc) so that the recipients do not receive details of each other’s email addresses.

(e) YOU MUST NOT, in any event, send it outside of the European Economic Association (EEA) unless you are sure that the country you are sending it operates under Data Protection laws akin to the UK and you have received assurance from them that the data will remain protected by them.

6. County Email Communications:

6.1. All email communication for our county must be sent using a @gmnscouts.org.uk email account. All non @gmnscouts.org.uk email accounts will be classed as unofficial and our Communications team will ask you to refrain from using this account and close the account. If you would like to request a County Email Account please contact Website@gmnscouts.org.uk.

6.2. Computer viruses can be transmitted via email. The recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. GMN Scouts or TSA accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email. E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. The sender therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message, which arise as a result of e-mail transmission.

6.3. Any views or opinions presented in emails from a county email account are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of GMN Scouts or TSA.

6.4. As outlined in section 5 (d) in this policy. You must always ‘bcc’ (Blind Carbon Copy) email addresses in email’s with multiple recipients so that you do not distribute peoples email addresses.

 7. Disclaimers and limitation of liability

7.1. The majority of content posted in the website communities is created by Scouting volunteers and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of GMN Scouts or TSA. GMN Scouts or TSA are not responsible for any content posted by Scouting volunteers or members of the public on the website or for the availability or content of any third party sites that are accessible through the website. Any links to third party websites from the website do not amount to any endorsement of that site by us and any use of that site by you is at your own risk.

7.2. The website content, including the information, names, images, pictures, logos and icons regarding or relating to GMN Scouts or TSA, its products and services (or to third party products and services), is provided ‘AS IS’ and on an ‘AS AVAILABLE’ basis. To the extent permitted by law, we and TSA excludes all representations and warranties (whether express or implied by law), including the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy. We do not guarantee the timeliness, completeness or performance of the website or any of the content. While we try to ensure that all content provided by us is correct at the time of publication no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of us for any errors, omissions or inaccurate content on the website.

7.3. You agree to indemnify GMN scouts and/or our members, directors and employees, Leaders immediately on demand, against all claims, liability, damages, costs and expenses, including legal fees, arising out of any breach of these terms and conditions by you or any other liabilities arising out of your use of the website.

7.4. Nothing in these terms limits or excludes our liability for death or personal injury caused by its proven negligence. Subject to the previous sentence, we shall not be liable for any of the following losses or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise):

(a) loss of data;

(b) loss of revenue or anticipated profits;

(c) loss of business;

(d) loss of opportunity;

(e) loss of goodwill or injury to reputation;

(f) losses suffered by third parties; or

(g) any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from the use of 9thwalmersleyscouts.org.uk regardless of the form of action.

7.5. We do not warrant that functions available on the website will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to implement sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the accuracy of data input and output.


8.1. If any of these Terms and Conditions are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive and continue to be binding and enforceable.

8.2. The failure or delay of GMN Scouts to exercise or enforce any right in these terms does not waive our right’s to enforce that right.

8.3. These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales which shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes.


If you have any queries about these terms contact our Website Administrator: Website@gmnscouts.org.uk