- ACC’s GDPR Statement
- ACC Competition Law Guidelines
- ACC Compliance Reporting Policy, Process and Hotline
ACC User Agreements
- ACC Contract Advisor Terms & Conditions was added on September 15th, 2014.
ACC's GDPR Statement
As many of our members are aware, as of May 25, 2018, a new privacy law is in effect in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) called the General Data Protection Regulation or the GDPR. The GDPR expands privacy rights granted to individuals in the EU and the EEA. The GDPR applies to the activities of our ACC Europe Chapter and, through Article 3 of the GDPR, to many of the activities of the ACC even though we are headquartered in the United States. The ACC is committed to GDPR compliance across our organization and services, and the ACC has implemented and will continue to implement GDPR compliance efforts.
The GDPR also imposes certain requirements on "data controllers" and "data processors." A "data controller" is the individual or entity that determines the purposes for which and the manner in which personal data is collected, used and processed. The ACC is generally the data controller of the personal information we collect. A "data processor" is a person or entity that processes personal information on behalf of a data controller. Data controllers and data processors are required, among other things, to enter into an agreement with one another to protect the personal information that the data processor obtains from the data controller. We are working with our vendors that process personal data of EU and EEA members on behalf of ACC to implement such agreements.
While we have been working hard leading up to May 25th, we recognize that protecting our members' personal information is an ongoing process. We continue to take steps to enhance data privacy and security for our members, and the ACC will continue to review its practices as additional guidance under the GDPR is issued by supervisory authorities of the EU Member States and the European Data Protection Board (formerly known as the Article 29 Working Party).
If you have any questions or comments about the ACC's privacy practices and our GDPR compliance efforts, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact the ACC's Office of General Counsel at +1.202.293.4103 x456, email@example.com, or via mail at 1001 G Street NW Suite 300W Washington, DC 20001 USA. If you do not want to make a long-distance phone call, please email us with your contact information and best times to reach you, and we will contact you as soon as it is practical.
ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE COUNSEL
1. Who is Responsible for the Personal Information that we Collect?
For the purpose of data protection law, Association of Corporate Counsel is the data controller in respect of the personal information that we collect and use as part of our business activities. This is because we dictate the purpose for which your personal information is used and how we use your personal information.
In certain instances, an entity related to the ACC, such as a local chapter, may act as the data controller. For example, if the ACC Europe collects or uses personal information for its purposes, then ACC Europe will act as the data controller.
2. What Personal Information do we Collect?
While some of the information collected is required for membership or business engagement purposes, other information is voluntarily given by the individual. The type of personal information that ACC may collect could include, but not limited to, the following:
- Your full name, address, phone, fax and email contact information
- Your practice areas
- Law school name and graduation date
- Years of practice
- Legal bar association
- Information about your employment such as employer name, title, address, the industry of your employer, and size of your legal department
- Payment information
- Dietary preferences and requirements
- Preference information, such as the communications you receive from us
- Information you provide to us for the purposes of attending meetings, events, webinars and other programs
- Any other information relating to you (or other individuals) which you may provide to us
Sensitive or Special Categories of Information
Some countries consider some personal information particularly sensitive or special. ACC only collects this data when voluntarily given by the individual, such as for processing CLE/CPD when necessary, and for statistical purposes only. ACC does not share this information with third parties for direct marketing purposes. Such information may include the following:
- Date of birth
- Jurisdictions in which you are licensed to practice law
- Ethnicity, nationality, gender and other demographic information
Website Usage Information
We collect information when you provide it to us, such as when you use the “contact us” feature on the website or otherwise communicate with us (such as by email or via our social media pages).
ACC collects certain information automatically when you use the website, such as the IP addresses and domain names of visitors, browser type, history of pages viewed and other usage information about your use of the website. We collect this information for site administration purposes, such as to analyze this data for trends and statistics. We may share statistical or aggregated non-personal information about our users with advertisers, business partners, sponsors and other third parties. This data is used to customize our website content and advertising to deliver a better experience to our users. Please see the section below on cookies for more information.
3. How do we obtain your Personal Information?
As noted above, we collect information from you in the course of your use of the ACC website, products and services. For example, we collect information from you when you enroll as a member. We collect information from you when you contact or communicate with us (including through the website, by email or otherwise). We also collect your personal information while monitoring the ACC website, products and services. We gather information about you when you provide it to us, or interact with us directly, for instance engaging with our staff or registering for an event. We may also in certain cases collect or receive information about you from other sources, such as from an administrative user in your organisation in order to create a member account for you.
4. How do we use the Personal Information we Collect?
ACC collects personal information for the following principal purposes. We have also set out below the legal basis (as set out in data protection law) that we rely on to justify this use of your personal information.
5. Who do we share your Personal Information with?
ACC reserves the right to disclose and/or transfer personal information to a third party, if ACC has reason to believe that disclosing personal information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other website users or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. Additionally, ACC may disclose personal information in response to a subpoena, warrant or other court order, or when we believe in good faith that a law, regulation, subpoena, warrant or other court order requires it – or authorizes us to do so – or to respond to an emergency situation.
ACC reserves the right to disclose and/or transfer personal information to a third party in the event of a proposed or actual purchase, sale (including a liquidation, realization, foreclosure or repossession), lease, merger, amalgamation or any other type of acquisition, disposal, transfer, conveyance or financing of all or any portion of ACC, or of any of the business of ACC or a chapter/division thereof, in order for you to continue to receive the same products and services from the third party.
We may share information with other ACC chapters and affiliated entities, such as between the ACC and ACC Europe. See more information with respect to such transfers under the section entitled “Transfer of Personal Information Across Borders.”
We may share your information with personal advisors, such as accountants and lawyers, who assist us in carrying out our business activities.
In addition to the uses and disclosure of personal information noted above, personal information of ACC members and registrants at our events may be shared with the following entities when we have obtained your consent prior to such disclosure:
- When you have provided consent, we share your limited information, including personal information, as described at the time of consent, such as when you authorize a sponsor of one of our events to contact you with information about the sponsor’s activities. For example, personal information of registrants of ACC's educational programs, including ACC Webcasts, the Corporate Counsel University, and the Annual Meeting may be shared with sponsors of these meetings for promotional purposes if you have consented to such sharing. You will also have the option to opt-out of sharing this information when you register for the programs. The information provided will contain the name, title, company and mailing address of all meeting attendees.
- With your consent, ACC sells member mailing information through a third-party vendor. Only members’ name, title, company and mailing address are included on these lists. Any member may remove themselves from such mailing lists by contacting the ACC Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1.202.293.4103 x360. If you do not want to make a long-distance phone call, please email us with your contact information and best times to reach you, and we will contact you as soon as it is practical.
- ACC chapters/divisions are prohibited from distributing or selling member mailing lists. This includes email addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers. ACC maintains this policy so unwanted companies, vendors or law firms will not solicit chapter/division members. If a vendor or sponsor wants access to a mailing list of any chapter/division for solicitation purposes, they should be instructed to contact the headquarter office. They will be subject to the mailing list policy as stated above.
If you choose not to provide ACC with your personal information, you may still visit most of the ACC website. However, you may be unable to access certain options, offers and services and you may be unable to take advantage of certain ACC benefits or membership.
6. Authoring Resources or Speaking at Programs
If you choose to author a written resource or speak at a program (both live and broadcasted over the internet), you will generally be required to provide a biography of your professional experience. ACC owns and maintains the copyright of the written resource, recordings of the programs and any subsequent written materials provided with program, including the submitted biographies. ACC reserves the right to make any and all written resources and programs with associated written materials available to the public at large without permission of the authors or speakers.
7. Transfer of Personal Information Across Borders
ACC is a global organization, headquartered in the United States. We may allow your personal information to be shared with our related entities or third-party service providers based both within the United States and in other countries. This may entail a transfer of your information from a location within the European Economic Area (the “EEA”) to outside the EEA, or from outside the EEA to a location within the EEA. Please see the section entitled ‘Who do we Share your Personal Information with’ for more detail on how the information may be shared with ACC related entities and third party service providers.
When we provide your personal information overseas, we do so in connection with providing you with member benefits, requested information or services or as required or authorized under law. It is possible the overseas entities, which we share your information with, may not be subject to foreign laws that provide the same level of protection of information as your country of residence or employment, or may not be subject to any privacy obligations. Overseas entities may be required or compelled to disclose your personal information to a third party, such as an overseas authority. Where we transfer information outside of the EEA, we will implement appropriate measures to ensure that your personal information remains protected and secure in accordance with applicable data protection laws. For example, we will implement EU standard contractual clauses (as contemplated by Article 46(2) of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation) between the ACC related entities that share and process personal data. Where our third party service providers process personal data outside the EEA in the course of providing services to us, our written agreement with them will include appropriate measures, usually standard contractual clauses. For more information about the measures in place, please contact us (see section below ‘Contacting ACC with Questions, Concerns or Complaints').
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we use reasonable efforts to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our website and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal information, we will use reasonable and appropriate procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorized access.
8. Your Rights, including Removing, Correcting or Updating Personal Information
If you change your mind on how ACC discloses or uses your information, or wish to access, correct or update personal information (such as your address), we will endeavor to correct, update or remove the personal data you give us.
THE BELOW TABLE APPLIES TO INDIVIDUALS LOCATED IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) AND EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA) ONLY: You have certain rights with respect to your personal information. The rights may only apply in certain circumstances and are subject to certain exemptions. Please see the table below for a summary of your rights and who to contact to exercise them.
Summary of your rights
Who to contact
Right of access to your personal information
|You have the right to receive a copy of your personal information that we hold about you, subject to certain exemptions.
We may require further information in order to respond to your request (for instance, evidence of your identity and information to enable us to locate the specific personal information you require).;
|ACC Membership department at email@example.com or +1.202.293.4103 x360|
Right to rectify your personal information
|You have the right to ask us to correct your personal information that we hold where it is incorrect or incomplete.||information by going directly to “My Account” at www.acc.com/myacc/ (you must be logged in).
Non-members or members may at any time revise this information or question it by directly contacting our Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1.202.293.4103 x360. If you do not want to make a long distance phone call, please email us with your contact information and best times to reach you, and we will contact you as soon as it is practical.
Right to erasure of your personal information:
|You have the right to ask that your personal information be deleted in certain circumstances. For example (i) where your personal information is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise used; (ii) if you withdraw your consent and there is no other legal ground for which we rely on for the continued use of your personal information; (iii) if you object to the use of your personal information (as set out below); (iv) if we have used your personal information unlawfully; or (v) if your personal information needs to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.||You may effectuate this right at any time by contacting our Membership Department at email@example.com or by calling +1.202.293.4103 x360. If you do not want to make a long distance phone call, please email us with your contact information and best times to reach you, and we will contact you as soon as it is practical. ;|
Right to restrict the use of your personal information
|You have the right to suspend our use of your personal information in certain circumstances. For example (i) where you think your personal information is inaccurate and only for such period to enable us to verify the accuracy of your personal information; (ii) the use of your personal information is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of your personal information and request that it is suspended instead; (iii) we no longer need your personal information, but your personal information is required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; or (iv) you have objected to the use of your personal information and we are verifying whether our grounds for the use of your personal information override your objection.||You may effectuate this right at any time by contacting our Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1.202.293.4103 x360. If you do not want to make a long distance phone call, please email us with your contact information and best times to reach you, and we will contact you as soon as it is practical.|
Right to data portability
|You have the right to obtain your personal information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and for it to be transferred to another organisation, where it is technically feasible. The right only applies where the use of your personal information is based on your consent or for the performance of a contract, and when the use of your personal information is carried out by automated (i.e. electronic) means.||You may effectuate this right at any time by contacting our Membership Department at email@example.com or by calling +1.202.293.4103 x360. If you do not want to make a long distance phone call, please email us with your contact information and best times to reach you, and we will contact you as soon as it is practical.|
Right to object to the use of your personal information
|You have the right to object to the use of your personal information in certain circumstances. For example (i) where you have grounds relating to your particular situation and we use your personal information for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party); and (ii) if you object to the use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes.||You may effectuate this right at any time by contacting our Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1.202.293.4103 x360. If you do not want to make a long distance phone call, please email us with your contact information and best times to reach you, and we will contact you as soon as it is practical.|
Right to withdraw consent
|You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where we rely on consent to use your personal information.|
Right to complain to the relevant data protection authority
|You have the right to complain to the relevant data protection authority where you think we have not used your personal information in accordance with data protection law.||Find your National Data Protection Authority online.|
9. How Long will we Keep your Personal Information?
We will keep your personal information for the period of time that you are a member of the ACC or one of its chapters or divisions and for 10 years after you cancel your membership.
10. Links to Other Websites
ACC may terminate access for content providers or forum participants who are found repeatedly to provide or post protected material without necessary rights and permissions.
Cookies help us understand how consumers use our websites and emails so we can design better services in the future. Web browsers can be adjusted to disable cookies. However, ACC may not be able to provide you with all the service or functionality you require on the ACC website if you choose to disable cookies.
You may also remove cookies from your browser. The cookie ACC has loaded onto your browser is called *acc.com. Please refer to your browser’s help menu for instructions.
12. Contacting ACC with Questions, Concerns or Complaints
We will acknowledge receipt of any complaint within five business days and will endeavor to provide you with a written response within 30 days of receipt of your complaint. There may be instances where this is not possible due to the contents of the complaint. In such circumstances, we will respond to your complaint in a reasonable and practical time.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, ACC will be happy to provide you with contact information for the appropriate authorities in your jurisdiction. Additionally, many jurisdictions allow for private rights of action.
AGREEMENT BETWEEN USER AND ACC
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Website is composed of various web pages operated by ACC. “ACC Website” shall be defined herein to include acc.com and all other web pages operated or hosted exclusively by ACC (“Services”).
The ACC Website is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions and notices contained herein. Your use of the ACC Website constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions and notices.
ACC reserves the right to disclose aggregated data, or information or statements we publish without attribution to any identifiable individual, or specific data or statements that you separately and specifically agree we can share with the larger public or media, without infringing upon the user's confidentiality.
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES
The ACC Website may contain links to other websites (“Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of ACC, and ACC is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. ACC is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. ACC is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by ACC of the site or any association with its operators.
NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE
As a condition of your use of the ACC Website, you warrant to ACC that you will not use the ACC Website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions and notices. You may not use the ACC Website in any manner, which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the ACC Website or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the ACC Website. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the ACC Website, including, but not limited to, data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools.
ACC and ACC members need to be mindful of constraints of anti-trust or competition laws when engaging with each other at ACC–hosted activities. ACC's Annual Meeting, chapter/division events, workshops, group gatherings, webcasts, seminars/sessions, electronic community platforms, social networking groups, and any other group gathering (facilitated by technology or in person) are conducted for educational purposes, to provide a forum for the open discussion and free exchange of ideas even amongst companies that may otherwise compete in the marketplace. At any gatherings, members are reminded that it is their responsibility to avoid (and where they see others acting in such a manner, to discourage) any agreement or inappropriate conversations that could have anti-competitive effects or could constitute a restraint on trade. In discussing the pros and cons on a topic of discussion, members may express an opinion, but must avoid collective agreements on how any particular issue/matter should be handled. For more information on appropriate and inappropriate competitive behavior at ACC meetings, please read our Competition Law Guidelines.
PASSWORDS AND ACCOUNT SECURITY
You agree and understand that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of passwords associated with any account you use to access the Services. Accordingly, you agree that you will be solely responsible to ACC for all activities that occur under your account. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or of your account, you agree to notify ACC immediately at email@example.com. You agree to not share access to the ACC Website.
USE OF COMMUNICATION SERVICES
The ACC Website may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, commentary services, communities, personal web pages, calendars, membership directory, and/or other message or communication facilities (collectively, “Communication Services”) designed to enable you to communicate with an individual, the public at large or with a group. This explicitly includes the online version of ACC Docket. You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Communication Service. To use the Communication Services you represent and warrant that you are at least of 18 years of age.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not:
- Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose;
- Solicit for any open jobs or positions, either temporary or permanent, or make any other type of solicitation ACC deems to be inappropriate;
- Use Communication Services for political campaigning, recruiting votes, or soliciting support for legislative or other initiatives;
- Conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters;
- Download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner;
- Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
- Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information;
- Upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents;
- Upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer;
- Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
- Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses, without their consent;
- Interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of the Communication Services, any portion or contents thereof, or related systems or networks;
- Use the Communication Services in any way which degrades their reliability, speed or operation, or their underlying hardware or software;
- Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services;
- Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines, which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service;
- Violate any applicable laws or regulations.
ACC has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. ACC cannot verify the accuracy of statements that users make or place on or through the Communication Services, and does not guarantee that any User Materials have been submitted with the permission of the copyright or proprietary owner or are otherwise in compliance with these Terms.
However, ACC reserves the right to:
- Review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove or edit any materials in its sole discretion, including those in violation of these Terms.
- Disclose your identity to any third party who claims that material posted by you violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy.
- Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the ACC Website.
- Change, terminate or suspend the Communication Services, any features of the Communication Services, and any content or materials contained in the Communication Services, in any way, at any time and for any reason or no reason. ACC also has the right to require you to cease accessing any features, content or materials of the Communication Services.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. ACC does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, ACC specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. ACC Members are not authorized ACC spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of ACC.
Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.
MATERIALS PROVIDED TO ACC OR POSTED TO ANY ACC WEBSITE
ACC does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to ACC (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any ACC Website (collectively “Submissions”). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting ACC and necessary sub-licensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; none of which will reveal your name in connection with your Submission unless you, the individual user, agree to permit such in a separate agreement with ACC.
No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. ACC is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in ACC’s sole discretion.
By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.
ACC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, refuse to post, or remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, or to terminate your access to the ACC Website and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice.
THIS WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND ACC EXCLUDES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE FUNCTIONS EMBODIED ON, OR IN THE MATERIALS OF, THIS WEBSITE ARE NOT WARRANTED TO BE UNINTERRUPTED OR WITHOUT ERROR. YOU, NOT ACC, ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION DUE TO YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE.
THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ACC WEBSITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. ACC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES TO THE ACC WEBSITE AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA THE ACC WEBSITE SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION.
ACC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE ACC WEBSITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. ACC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Except as specifically stated in these Terms, or elsewhere on this website, or as otherwise required by applicable law, neither ACC nor its directors, employees, content providers, affiliates or other representatives will be liable for damages of any kind (including, without limitation, lost profits, direct, indirect, compensatory, consequential, exemplary, special, incidental or punitive damages) arising out of your use of, inability to use, or the performance of this website or its content, whether or not we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. ACC uses reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy, correctness and reliability of the content, but we make no representations or warranties as to the content's accuracy, correctness or reliability.
Some US states and foreign countries do not permit the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for certain categories of damages. Therefore, some or all of the limitations above may not apply to you to the extent they are prohibited or superseded by state or national provisions.
Except as prohibited by law, you will hold ACC and its officers, directors, employees and agents harmless for any indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damage, however it arises (including attorneys' fees and all related costs and expenses of litigation and arbitration, or at trial or on appeal, if any, whether or not litigation or arbitration is instituted), whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, or arising out of or in connection with these Terms, including without limitation any claim for personal injury or property damage, arising from (i) your use of and access to the Services; (ii) your violation of any of these Terms; (iii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or (iv) any claim that your content caused damage to a third party. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive these Terms and your use of the Services.
DIGITAL MILLENIUM COPYRIGHT ACT (DMCA) NOTICES
ACC respects the intellectual property of others, and, particularly as to user generated content in comments, discussion boards or in other user contributed content, as applicable, we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide ACC’s Office of General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
- an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
- description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
- a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site;
- your address, telephone number and email address;
- a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
- a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
PRIVACY AND PERSONAL INFORMATION
When these Terms come to an end, all of the legal rights, obligations and liabilities that you and ACC have benefited from, been subject to (or which have accrued over time whilst the Terms have been in force) or which are expressed to continue indefinitely, shall be unaffected by this cessation, and the provisions of this agreement shall continue to apply to such rights, obligations and liabilities indefinitely.
Some of the Services may be supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be targeted to the content of information stored on the Services, queries made through the Services or other information. The manner, mode and extent of advertising by ACC on the Services are subject to change without specific notice to you.
All contents of the ACC Website are: Copyright 2014 by ACC and/or its suppliers. All rights reserved.
All ACC trademarks are strictly owned by ACC, and nothing in these terms can be construed to transfer ownership rights or grant any permission, license or other rights to any ACC trademark without written authorization from ACC.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned within the ACC Website may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.
GENERAL LEGAL TERMS
The Terms constitute the whole legal agreement between you and ACC and govern your use of the Services (but excluding any services which ACC may provide to you under a separate written agreement), and completely replace any prior agreements between you and ACC in relation to the Services.
You acknowledge and agree that the form and nature of the Services, which ACC provides, may change from time to time with or without prior notice to you.
ACC has chapters, divisions, committees and affiliated legal entities around the world (“Subsidiaries and Affiliates”). Sometimes, these organizations will be providing the Services to you on behalf of ACC. You acknowledge and agree that Subsidiaries and Affiliates will be entitled to provide the Services to you.
As part of ACC’s continuing innovation, you acknowledge and agree that ACC may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services (or any features within the Services) to you or to users generally at ACC’s sole discretion, without prior notice to you. You may stop using the Services at any time. You do not need to specifically inform ACC when you stop using the Services.
You acknowledge and agree that if ACC disables access to your account, you may be prevented from accessing the Services, your account details or any files or other content, which is contained in your account.
Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement with ACC, you agree that you will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade or resell the Services for any purpose, most especially including not sharing the data supplied by other ACC members to law firms or other vendors who are not ACC members. You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that ACC has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any breach of your obligations under the Terms and for the consequences (including any loss or damage which ACC may suffer) of any such breach.
You acknowledge and agree that while ACC may not currently have set a fixed limit on the number of transmissions you may send, receive or store/manage through the Services, such fixed limits may be set by ACC at any time, at ACC’s discretion.
You agree that if ACC does not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy which is contained in the Terms (or which ACC has the benefit of under any applicable law), this will not be taken to be a formal waiver of ACC’s rights and that those rights or remedies will still be available to ACC.
Unless ACC has given you specific written permission to do so, you may not assign (or grant a sub-license of) your rights to use the Services, grant a security interest in or over your rights to use the Services, or otherwise transfer any part of your rights to use the Software. This means also that you shall not share your password or member access with non-members or ineligible members.
When these Terms come to an end, all of the legal rights, obligations and liabilities that you and ACC have benefited from, been subject to (or which have accrued over time whilst the Terms have been in force), or which are expressed to continue indefinitely, shall be unaffected by this cessation, and the provisions of this agreement shall continue to apply to such rights, obligations and liabilities indefinitely.
If any disagreement or dispute arises regarding these Terms or any rights or obligations conveyed hereunder, the disagreement shall be resolved, whenever possible, by meeting and conferring. If such efforts are unsuccessful, either you or ACC (collectively “Parties” or individually “Party”) shall seek a resolution via binding arbitration, to be conducted in the District of Columbia and in accordance with the then-prevailing rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any award conferred shall be enforceable in any court of suitable jurisdiction in the District of Columbia. The arbitration requirement does not apply to requests for injunctive relief.
Parties agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, both Parties each waive any right to a jury trial. Parties both agree that either Party may bring suit in court to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights.
The Terms, and your relationship with ACC under the Terms, shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, USA, without regard to conflict of laws provisions. You and ACC agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the District of Columbia to resolve any legal matter arising from the Terms. Notwithstanding this, you agree that ACC shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive remedies (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction.
If any court of law, having the jurisdiction to decide on this matter, rules that any provision of these Terms is invalid, then that provision will be removed from the Terms without affecting the rest of the Terms, which will remain in full force and effect.
These Terms are effective as of 01 May 2015.
ACC COMPETITION LAW GUIDELINES
The antitrust laws of many territories prohibit agreements, combinations and conspiracies in restraint of trade. The antitrust laws prohibit competitors from engaging in actions that could result in an unreasonable restraint of trade. Above all else, association members should be free to make business decisions based on the dictates of the market, not the dictates of the association.
Some activities by competitors are deemed so pernicious and harmful that they are considered per se violations; it does not matter whether or not the activities have a harmful effect on competition. These generally include price fixing and some forms of boycotts.
Other actions such as standards development and relationships between distributors and suppliers generally are evaluated under a rule of reason: There is a balancing between the pro-competitive and anti-competitive aspects of the activities. ACC members should avoid discussing certain subjects when they are together — both at formal gatherings and in informal settings — and should otherwise adhere strictly to the following guidelines:
- DO NOT discuss prices, fees or rates, or features that can impact (raise, lower or stabilize) prices such as discounts, costs, terms and conditions of sale, warranties or profit margins. Note that a price-fixing violation may be inferred from price-related discussions followed by parallel decisions on pricing by association members, even in the absence of an oral or written agreement.
- DO NOT agree with competitors as to uniform terms of sale, warranties or contract provisions.
- DO NOT exchange data concerning fees, prices, production, sales, bids, costs, customer credit or other business practices unless the exchange is made pursuant to a well-considered plan that has been approved by the company’s legal counsel.
- DO NOT agree with competitors to divide up customers, markets or territories.
- DO NOT agree with competitors not to deal with certain suppliers or others.
- DO NOT try to prevent a supplier from selling to your competitor(s).
- DO NOT discuss your customers with your competitors.
- DO NOT agree to any membership restrictions, standard-setting, certification, accreditation, or self-regulation programs without the restrictions or programs having been approved by the company's legal counsel.
- DO insist that ACC meetings that have agendas are circulated in advance and that minutes of all meetings properly reflect the actions taken at the meeting.
- DO leave any meeting (formal or informal) where improper subjects are being discussed. Tell everyone why you are leaving.
- DO ensure that if questions arise about the legal aspects of ACC's activities or your individual responsibilities under the antitrust laws, you seek advice and counsel from your own counsel or from the staff and counsel of ACC. Any questions about ACC's antitrust statement should be directed to ACC's President.
ACC Compliance Reporting Policy, Process and Hotline
ACC is an organization with strong values of responsibility and integrity. Our written standards and policies contain general guidelines for conducting business with the highest standards of ethics.
ACC is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. ACC has a strong non-retaliation policy for reports made in good faith. We want ACC staff to feel comfortable in approaching your supervisor or Director of Compliance, and ACC members, sponsors and vendors to feel comfortable in approaching the Director of Compliance in instances where you believe violations of policies, laws or standards have occurred. You are encouraged to submit reports relating to violations stated in our written standards and policies, as well as asking for guidance related to policies and procedure and providing positive suggestions and stories.
ACC's Comprehensive Compliance Reporting Policy and Procedures explains ACC's policy and procedures for reporting compliance concerns, and the various channels available to report such concerns. This hotline is one of the reporting channels available.
In situations where you prefer to place an anonymous report in confidence, you are encouraged to use this hotline, hosted by a third party hotline provider, EthicsPoint. Please note that some jurisdictions do not allow anonymous reports on certain types of issues. The EthicsPoint system will guide you on what you can and can not do on an anonymous basis. Also note that the information you provide will be sent to and processed in the United States for the purpose of investigation the concerns reported and taking corrective action(s) where appropriate.
To the extent possible by law, if you should choose to remain anonymous, EthicsPoint will send the information you provide to us on an anonymous basis. Regardless of how you make your report, you have our guarantee that your comments will be heard.