Website acceptable use policy


PLEASE READ THE TERMS OF THIS POLICY CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE SITE

These terms tell you the rules for uploading or linking content to our website www.fsb.org.uk (our site).

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What's in these terms?

This acceptable use policy sets out the content standards that apply if you upload content to our site, make contact with other users on our site, link to our site, or interact with our site in any other way,

Who we are and how to contact us  

www.fsb.org.uk is a site operated by National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Limited (“FSB”). FSB is a limited company registered in England and Wales under company number 01263540 and have our registered office at Sir Frank Whittle Way, Blackpool FY4 2FE. Our VAT number is 997342763.

To contact FSB, please email [email protected] or telephone our customer service line on 0808 2020888.

By using our site you accept these terms 

By using our site, you confirm that you accept the terms of this policy and that you agree to comply with them.  If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our site.  We recommend that you print a copy of these terms for future reference.

There are other terms that may apply to you  

Our Terms of website use also apply to your use of our site.

We may make changes to the terms of this policy

FSB may amend these terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time. These terms were most recently updated on 18 December 2019.

Prohibited Uses

  • You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use our site:
  • In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.
  • In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect.
  • For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way.
  • To bully, insult, intimidate or humiliate any person.
  • To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards as set out below.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).
  • To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

You also agree:

  • Not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of our site in contravention of the provisions of our terms of website use.
  • Not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:
    • any part of our site;
    • any equipment or network on which our site is stored;
    • any software used in the provision of our site; or
    • any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

Interactive services

FSB may from time to time provide interactive services on our site (“Interactive Services”) such as:-

  • Forums
  • Groups with Comments
  • Surveys
  • Reviews and Feedback

This is not an exhaustive list but examples of the types of interactive services we may supply from time to time.

Where we do provide any Interactive Service, we will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated and what form of moderation is used (including whether it is human or technical).

We will do our best to assess any possible risks for users (and in particular, for children) from third parties when they use any interactive service provided on our site, and we will decide, in each case, whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the relevant service (including what kind of moderation to use) in the light of those risks.

However, we are under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate any interactive service we provide on our site, and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive service by a user in contravention of our content standards, whether the service is moderated or not.

The use of any of our interactive services by a minor is subject to the consent of their parent or guardian. We advise parents who permit their children to use an interactive service that it is important that they communicate with their children about their safety online, as moderation is not fool proof. Minors who are using any interactive service should be made aware of the potential risks to them.

Where we do moderate an interactive service, we will normally provide you with a means of contacting the moderator, should a concern or difficulty arise.  Please refer to Reporting an Alleged Breach.

Content standards 

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (Contribution), and to any interactive services associated with it.

The Content Standards must be complied with in spirit as well as to the letter. The standards apply to each part of any Contribution as well as to its whole.

FSB will determine, in its discretion, whether a Contribution breaches the Content Standards.

A Contribution must:

  • Be accurate (where it states facts).
  • Be genuinely held (where it states opinions).
  • Comply with the law applicable in England and Wales and in any country from which it is posted.

A Contribution must not:

  • Be defamatory of any person.
  • Be obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory.
  • Bully, insult, intimidate or humiliate.
  • Promote sexually explicit material.
  • Include child sexual abuse material.
  • Promote violence.
  • Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Infringe any copyright, database right or trade-mark of any other person.
  • Be likely to deceive any person.
  • Breach any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence.
  • Promote any illegal activity.
  • Be in contempt of court.
  • Be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.
  • Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.
  • Impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person.
  • Give the impression that the Contribution emanates from FSB, if this is not the case.
  • Advocate, promote, incite any party to commit, or assist any unlawful or criminal act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
  • Contain a statement which you know or believe, or have reasonable grounds for believing, that members of the public to whom the statement is, or is to be, published are likely to understand as a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
  • Contain any advertising or promote any services or web links to other sites.

Breach of this policy

When we consider that a breach of this acceptable use policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.

Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of the terms of use upon which you are permitted to use our site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

  • Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our site.
  • Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any Contribution uploaded by you to our site.
  • Issue of a warning to you.
  • Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
  • Further legal action against you.
  • Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law.

We exclude our liability for all action we may take in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy. The actions we may take are not limited to those described above, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

Reporting an alleged Breach

Whilst we do take reasonable steps to monitor and review the content on our website, if you do see any Contribution that you consider breaches our Content Standards, please contact us at [email protected] and we will immediately investigate and review the Contribution you allege breaches our guidelines.

We will endeavour to acknowledge your email within 24 hours of receipt and will investigate as soon as reasonably possible and, in any event, any investigation will commence within 2 working/business days of receipt of your complaint. 

If we find that the content does not contravene our Content Standards, we will provide you with an explanation of our decision and our reason to retain the Contribution. 

If we find that the content does contravene our Content Standards, FSB will immediately suspend and/or remove the Contribution. 

After this preliminary step, FSB moderators will contact the user with details of the infringement and steps to address and/or remedy the situation. 

We do hope to respond to you within 5 working/business days following the commencement of any investigation into your complaint on the Contribution and the alleged breach with our decision.  Please note that FSB Moderator’s decision is final and any suspension is at the sole discretion of FSB.

Which country's laws apply to any disputes?  

If you are a consumer, please note that the terms of this policy, its subject matter and its formation are governed by English law.

You and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction except that if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland, you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.

If you are a business, the terms of this policy, its subject matter and its formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.