Terms of Service

Effective Date: 17 February 2021

By using our website, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by our Terms of Service. When you use our website, you have the option of providing us with certain sensitive personal data (including but not limited to religious or philosophical beliefs and information about your plans), in order to tell us more about your story and to connect with others around the world who are committed to integral ecology. If you choose to provide such personal data, we may publish this data on our website. If your commitment is being made on behalf of an institution and if you agree to do so, we may provide your contact information on a publicly available spreadsheet with other community members’ information.

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a program of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. This website (the “Website”) is operated by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and Global Catholic Climate Movement (“we”, “us” and/or “our”) and has been created to accomplish our mission of implementing Catholic teaching about caring for the environment with the help of Website visitors (“you” or “your”). Use of the Website is conditioned upon User’s acceptance of these Terms of Service (“Terms”) and our Privacy Policy. Please read these Terms carefully. If you do not agree with these Terms or our Privacy Policy, please do not access or use the Website. Please note that we may update these Terms from time to time, and we ask that our Users periodically review this page to ensure familiarity with the most current version of these Terms. The most current version of these Terms will be posted on this page. If you have any questions or comments about our privacy practices, please contact us at gccm.eu.dataprivacy@catholicclimatemovement.global.

Children Under the Age of Sixteen

Our Website is not intended for or directed toward children under the age of sixteen (16). If you believe that a child has submitted Personal Data on or through our Website, please contact us at gccm.eu.dataprivacy@catholicclimatemovement.global.

Account Security

The Website has the functionality for you to create an account. You must not share your account log-in or password with any third party. It is your responsibility to secure and maintain the confidentiality of your log-in information. You are also responsible for all activities that occur in connection with your account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account.

User Submissions

By voluntarily submitting information, communications, or content (including photos, videos, testimonials, and reviews) (each a “User Submission”) via the Website, you agree that a User Submission is non-confidential for all purposes and you grant us an irrevocable, nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, fully sublicensable, right and license to use, display, publicly perform, modify, reproduce, publish, distribute, adapt, make derivative works of, sublicense and otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit your User Submission and all copyright, trade secret, trademark, or other intellectual property rights therein, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed (including but not limited to print, film, or electronic storage devices), without compensation of any kind to you or any third party, and the right to include your name and city of residence in connection with any such use. Each User Submission is also subject to such other terms and conditions as we may specify for particular submissions. By submitting material to us, you represent and warrant that you have full authority to grant the rights set forth above and that your material will not, in whole or in part, infringe the intellectual property rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other rights of any third party. You further represent and warrant that you have attained the legal age of majority in your jurisdiction. The submission of any User Submission in no way creates any obligation or duty on our part to post or use such User Submission or, if we do so, to give you credit. We may, at any time and in our sole discretion, choose to edit or remove any User Submission from the Website. You agree that we may contact you via phone, email, or mail regarding your User Submission.

Consent to Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Data

By voluntarily submitting Personal Data via our Website, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your Personal Data to third parties for the purposes set forth in our Privacy Policy. Such Personal Data includes, but is not limited to, your name, physical address (for mailing and online mapping purposes), email address, telephone number, device or technical information, religious affiliation or political views, donation information, marketing preferences, and online or real-world activities related to our organization. See “What Personal Data do we Collect About You?” and “How we use your Personal Data” in the Privacy Policy.

Opt-In Consent to Receiving Text Messages

By voluntarily submitting your mobile telephone number via our Website, you agree that we may use this number to send you text messages for the purposes set forth in our Privacy Policy, and you affirmatively consent (“opt in”) to receiving text messages from us for such purposes. Text message frequency may vary. We may use an automatic telephone dialing system (“autodialer”) or other technology to send text messages. While you consent to receive text messages sent using an autodialer, the foregoing shall not be interpreted to suggest or imply that any or all of our mobile messages are sent using an autodialer. You are responsible for all charges and fees associated with text messaging imposed by your wireless provider. Message and data rates may apply. If you decide that you would no longer like to receive our text messages, you agree to reply STOP, CANCEL, or UNSUBSCRIBE to any text message from us in order to opt out of text communications. Please note that we may change any short code or telephone number we use to send text messages at any time, and we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of these changes. You acknowledge that any messages, including any STOP or other opt-out requests, you send to a short code or telephone number we have changed may not be received, and we will not be responsible for honoring requests made in such messages.

Prohibited Uses

You may use the Website only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms. You agree not to use the Website:

  • In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local, or international law or regulation;
  • For exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise;
  • To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use, or re-use any material that does not comply with these Terms;
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material, including any “junk mail,” “chain letter,” “spam,” or any other similar solicitation;
  • To submit, or attempt to submit, any User Submission that: (1) contains Personal Data other than your own; (2) includes information concerning a person under the age of eighteen (18); or (3) is inaccurate, dishonest, or untrue.
  • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate another user, or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using email addresses associated with any of the foregoing);
  • To transmit any sexually explicit material; and
  • To engage in any other conduct, including discrimination or harassment, that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Website, or which, as determined by us, may harm us or Users of the Website, or expose them to liability.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • Use the Website in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the Website or interfere with any other party’s use of the Website, including their ability to engage in real time activities through the Website;
  • Use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, process, or means to access the Website for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any of the material on the Website;
  • Use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material made available via the Website, or for any other purpose not expressly authorized in these Terms, without our prior written consent;
  • Use any device, software, or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Website;
  • Introduce any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, logic bombs, or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful;
  • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage, or disrupt any parts of the Website, the server on which the Website is stored, or any server, computer, or database connected to the Website;
  • Attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack; and
  • Otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website.

Termination

If we believe, in its sole discretion, that you have violated these Terms or the Privacy Policy, we reserve the right to immediately terminate your access to the Website, in addition to any other remedies available at law.

Third Party Links

We may provide links to third party websites. Links to other websites are provided as a convenience only. We do not endorse, are not responsible for, and do not control these third-party sites, their services, or their software.

Copyright

All content including images, text documents, audio, video, and interactive media published via the Website is for noncommercial, educational, journalistic and/or personal use only. Any commercial use or republication is strictly prohibited. Copying, redistribution, or exploitation for personal or corporate gain is not permitted

Intellectual Property Rights

The Website and its entire contents, features, and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof) are owned by us and our licensors, artists, or other providers of such material and are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws. These Terms permit you to use the Website for your personal, non-commercial use only. You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store, or transmit any of the material made available via the Website, except as follows:

  • Your computer may temporarily store copies of such materials in RAM incidental to your accessing and viewing those materials;
  • You may store files that are automatically cached by your Web browser for display enhancement purposes; and
  • You may print or download one copy of a reasonable number of pages of the Website for your own personal, non-commercial use and not for further reproduction, publication, or distribution.

You must not:

  • Modify copies of any materials from the Website;
  • Use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences, or any graphics separately from the accompanying text;
  • Delete or alter any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notices from copies of materials from the Website; and
  • Access or use for any commercial purposes any part of the Website or any services or materials available through the Website.

If you wish to make any use of material made available via the Website other than that set out in this section, please address your request to: hello@catholicclimatemovement.global If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to any part of the Website in breach of the Terms, your right to use the Website will stop immediately, and you must return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made. No right, title, or interest in or to the Website or any content on the Website is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by us. Any use of the Website not expressly permitted by these Terms is a breach of these Terms and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.

Claims of Copyright Infringement

In the event we receive a copyright infringement notice, we will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law. If you believe any materials accessible on or from the Website infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access to them) from the Website by email us at gccm.eu.dataprivacy@catholicclimatemovement.global. In that email, please

  • Identify the copyrighted work you believe to have been infringed or, if the claim involves multiple works on the Website, a representative list of such works;
  • Identify the material you believe to be infringing in a way that allows us to locate that material (e.g. which web page);
  • Let us know if you have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

If you believe that material you posted via the Website was removed or access to it was disabled by mistake or misidentification, please let us know that as well.

Disclaimer of Warranties

We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or reliability of the material or data on this website or any other site, or available through links from the Website. You understand that we cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the internet or the Website will be free of viruses or other destructive code. You are responsible for implementing sufficient protection to satisfy your particular requirements for anti-virus protection and accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to our Website for any reconstruction of any lost data. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUSES, OR OTHER TECHNOLOGICALLY HARMFUL MATERIAL THAT MAY INFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA, OR OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIAL DUE TO YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON IT, OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT. YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER WE NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH US MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY, OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER WE NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH US REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE, OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR WEBSITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

Limitation of Liability

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL OUR COLLECTIVE LIABILITY, INCLUDING THE LIABILITY OF OUR SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, AND THEIR LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS, AND DIRECTORS, TO ANY PARTY (REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE) EXCEED ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS (US $100). THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY LIABILITY THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us harmless, including our affiliates, licensors, and service providers, and our respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors, and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms or your use of the Website, including, but not limited to, your User Submissions, any use of the Website’s content, services, and products other than as expressly authorized in these Terms, or your use of any information obtained from the Website.

Contact Us

For more information or questions, please contact us at:

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