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TERMS OF USE

This Terms of Use (“TOU”) document governs the end users’ (hereinafter referred to as “You”/ “Your”/ “User”) access to and use of ‘An Hour Ago’ (which term shall be deemed to include the website as well as its mobile application [as and when the same is made available] or any other technological variants thereof) accessible through a computer, mobile or any internet connected device(s) or any other means to access the same from time to time) and the services offered thereunder (“Services”).

Definition of “User” or “You”: This means any person who accesses or avails of An Hour Ago for the purpose of hosting, publishing, sharing, transacting, displaying or uploading information or views and includes other persons jointly participating in using An Hour Ago.

An Hour Ago News and Opinion Platform, herein referred to as “An Hour Ago Platform” or “The Platform” is owned and controlled by TreasuryWorks GmbH (hereinafter referred to as “Company”/ “Us”/ “Our”/ “We “), a company incorporated under the laws of Switzerland with its registered office at Altmatstrasse 7, 6418 Rothenthurm, having Company No.  CHE-297.481.874. Through The Platform, the Company provides news, analysis, opinion and knowledge articles to You in relation to Politics, Policy, Business, Health & Technology.

These TOU along with the privacy policy (hereinafter referred to as “Privacy Policy” and available here), which is an integral part of the TOU, constitute a legally binding agreement between You and the Company regarding Your access to and use of the Services offered by the Company, including, but not limited to, delivery of Content via The Platform. By accessing The Platform and/or by clicking “I agree”, You agree to be bound by these TOU. You hereby represent and warrant to the Company that You are at least 18 (eighteen)  years of age or above and are capable of entering, performing and adhering to these TOU and that You agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. If You are an individual under the age of 18 (eighteen), You may utilize the Services of The Platform, but subject to the receipt of consent and guidance from Your parents and / or legal guardians, and under Your parent /legal guardian’s registered account only. You agree to register prior to uploading any Content and / or comment on The Platform and provide Your complete and accurate details, including, but not limited to, Your complete name, email address and pin code/postcode of the area You belong to.

The Company reserves the right to modify these TOU in any manner, from time to time, entirely at its own discretion, with or without any notification to You. The Company shall be under no obligation to notify or intimate the implementation of any modifications to the TOU at any time. You are responsible for checking the TOU periodically to remain in compliance with these terms at all times. Your access to and use of The Platform after any amendment to the TOU shall constitute Your deemed acceptance of such modified terms. Discontinuing use of the Services will not affect the applicability of the TOU to Your prior use and/or access of The Platform.

 

1.   CHANGES TO THE AN HOUR AGO PLATFORM

The Company reserves the right to suspend, cancel, or discontinue all or any part of the Services at any time without notice, to make modifications and alterations in any or all of the Content, products and Services contained on The Platform, without prior notice.

 

2.   USER CHARGES

The Company reserves the right to charge subscription and/or membership fees from a User, by giving reasonable prior notice, in respect of any product, Service or any other aspect of The Platform.

 

3.   INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

a.   Unless otherwise stated, all rights (including but not limited to intellectual property rights), title and interest in and to all material presented on The Platform [including but not limited to copyrights, trademarks, logos, information, data, text, software, video, sound, photographs, graphics, messages (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Content”)] are and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of the Company, its parent, affiliates and associates for the entire world in perpetuity and are protected under all applicable laws.

b.   You agree not to use any framing techniques to enclose any trademark or logo or other proprietary information of the Company; or remove, conceal or obliterate any copyright or other proprietary notice or any credit-line or date-line on other mark or source identifier included on The Platform, including, without limitation, the size, colour, location or style of all proprietary marks. Any infringement shall be vigorously defended by the Company and pursued to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

4.   LIMITED PERMISSION TO COPY

a.   The Company grants You permission to access and make use of The Platform only for non-commercial, personal purposes. You agree not to, directly or indirectly, download or modify/alter/change/amend/vary/transform/revise/translate/copy/ publish/distribute or otherwise disseminate any Content available on The Platform, or delete or fail to display any promotional taglines displayed on The Platform as a result of the Services offered through The Platform, either directly or indirectly, except with the express prior written consent of the Company. You shall not retain any copies of these pages saved to disk or to any other storage medium except for the purposes of using the same for subsequent viewing purposes or to print extracts for personal / individual, non-commercial use.

b.   Subject to the provisions of clause 4 (a) hereinabove, in the event that You make use of any Content available on The Platform on any digital platform(s) or in any other manner, You will: (i) display the Content on such digital platform(s) or elsewhere in the exact form received by You, and not modify or edit any of the foregoing without the Company’s prior written consent in each instance; (ii) ensure that the fundamental meaning of the Content is not changed or distorted or altered in any manner whatsoever; (iii) comply with all applicable laws and all limitations and restrictions (if any) placed by the Company on the use, display or distribution of the Content (or any part thereof); and (iv) not archive any of the Content (or any part thereof) for access by Users at any future date after such Content has been removed from any such digital platform(s). You acknowledge that any such digital platform(s) mentioned herein shall link and redirect to the appropriate The Platform web page when a User clicks on the Content (e.g. a headline). You shall not display the Content (or any part thereof) in such a manner that does not allow for successful linking and redirection to the appropriate The Platform web page, nor may You frame any web page, facilitating access to The Platform  through its frame(s).

 

5.   CONTENT POSTED ON/TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE AN HOUR AGO PLATFORM

a.   Any Content whether publicly or privately transmitted through or posted on The Platform, is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originates (“Originator”). As the Originator of such Content, You warrant and represent that (a) You are the copyright owner, with unencumbered and unrestricted rights of ownership of such Content; (b) in the event You are not the copyright owner of any part of the Content, that the copyright owner of such part of the Content has granted You unrestricted permission to use such Content; (c) any Content transmitted through or posted by You on The Platform shall be consistent with the terms of such use as mandated by the copyright owner, and shall be in accordance with the TOU; (d) You have the rights necessary to grant the licenses and sublicenses and (e) each person depicted in such Content, if any, has provided consent to the use of such images as set forth in the TOU, including, without limitation, the distribution, public display and reproduction of such Content containing such image(s).

b.   You represent that: (i) You have valid rights and title in any and all Content that You post or submit for publication on The Platform; (ii) You have not infringed the intellectual property rights belonging to any third party and further that You will indemnify Us and any/ all our affiliates for any and all claims, losses or damages arising out of, or in connection with, Your unauthorised use of any such Content, posted or submitted to Us for publication by You.

c.   You agree and understand that posting or uploading any information or material that is harmful, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, libellous, invasive of another’s privacy, profane, hateful, racist, unethical, disparaging, or otherwise unlawful in any manner is prohibited and any person found to be involved in such activity on The Platform will solely be liable for their actions under the applicable laws.

d.   We accept no responsibility for the said Content. However, You understand that all Content posted by You becomes the property of the Company and You agree to grant/assign to the Company and its affiliates, a non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable and sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such Content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed throughout the world.

e.   Additional terms for the writers are provided on The Platform. The Writer’s Terms, which can be found here, apply to anyone generating Content on The Platform. These Writer's Terms specify any additional rights and responsibilities of the writers, and must be read alongside these TOU.

 

6 INDIVIDUAL REGISTARTION AND ACCESS

a.   Certain Services offered by the Company through The Platform, such as email, personal web pages, and contests require prior registration by the User. To gain access to such Services, You will be required to create an account by completing the registration process. As part of the registration process, You will be required to provide Us with current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the applicable registration form. You will also be required to choose a unique password and a User name, which shall be entered by You every time You wish to gain access to the said Services. You shall not be entitled to gain, and shall not facilitate, access to The Platform for multiple Users through a single account and password. You agree and understand that We do not permit any part of The Platform being cached in proxy servers other than the Company’s servers. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of Your password and account. If the Company becomes aware that any information provided by You is false and not genuine then You will no longer be eligible for certain benefits provided to the Users of The Platform.

b.   If the Company reasonably believes that Your account and/or Password is being/has been misused in any manner, the Company shall reserve the right to cancel access rights immediately without notice, and block access to any/all Users related to or involved with such act.

c.   You shall not share Your account information and password with others or use anyone else’s account. You are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under Your account. You agree to notify Us immediately if you become aware of any unauthorised use of Your account or any other breach of security. In such event, we shall do Our best to help you recover your account; however, we cannot guarantee that Your account will be restored or that the Content contained therein will be recovered. We will not be liable for any loss that You may incur as a result of unauthorised use of Your password or account. However, You could be held liable for losses incurred by the Company or another party due to someone else using Your account or password.

 

7.   NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE

a.   As a condition of Your use of the Services, You will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these TOU. You shall not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Company’s server(s), or the network(s) connected to the Company’s servers, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of any of the Services. You shall not attempt to gain unauthorised access to any Services, other accounts, or computer systems through hacking, password mining or any other means. You shall not obtain or attempt to obtain any material or information not intentionally made available through the Services through any means.

b.   The Company forbids You from making any attempt to resell or put to commercial use any part of The Platform and/or the Content; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of The Platform or its Contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of any other merchant; any renting, leasing, or otherwise transferring rights of The Platform and/ or the Content; displaying the name, logo, trademark or other identifier of another person in such a manner as to give the viewer the false impression that such other person is a publisher or distributor of the Services offered through The Platform or is in any manner associated with The Platform and/ or the Content (or any part thereof); any data gathering or use of extraction tools; or any use of meta tags. You may not (whether directly or through the use of any software program) create an electronic or manual database by downloading and/ or storing all or any part of information from The Platform.

c.   Except as expressly set out in these TOU, no part of The Platform and/or the Content may be reproduced or transmitted to or stored in any other website, nor may any of its pages or part thereof be disseminated in any electronic or non-electronic form, nor included in any public or private electronic retrieval system or service without prior written permission from the Company. Requests to republish any material and/or the Content made available on The Platform for any use other than for non-commercial personal purposes, may be sent to compliance@anhourago.com (prior to such republication).

d.   Under no circumstances shall the Company be held responsible or liable, in any way, for any claims, losses, damages, liabilities in relation to any Content uploaded on The Platform, for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to the accuracy of the Content and/or the nature of such Content being derogatory, threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive to public sensibilities or morals, or infringing third-party rights. You specifically agree that the Company is not responsible for any Content transmitted through, published or uploaded on The Platform by any third party, in any manner whatsoever. Upon identifying such Content the Company would make every endeavour to remove it from The Platform.

 

8.   TERMINATION OF ACCOUNT

a.   Should You breach any terms of these TOU and/ or the Privacy Policy and/or the Writer’s Terms or refuse to comply with any other restrictions and/ or Company guidelines with regard to the use of the Services, or break any applicable law, the Company, in addition to the rights and remedies available to it, reserves the right to take any actions which the Company may deem appropriate. Such actions may include (but may not be limited to) immediate suspension of Your account and termination of Your access to the Services via The Platform.

b.   You can terminate Your account at any time by clicking on the Termination button available on The Platform. The Platform will not keep your personally identifiable information should you cease your access to the Services, except, if necessary, for purposes as stated in clause 7 of the Privacy Policy. Only Your display name with your published Content will remain publicly visible on The Platform.

 

9.   USER CONDUCT AND RESPONSIBILITIES

a.   You hereby agree and assure the Company that The Platform and the Services provided thereunder shall be used for lawful purposes only and that You will not violate laws, regulations, ordinances or other such requirements of any applicable Central, State or local government or any other international laws. You further concur that You will not:

i.   post, distribute, or otherwise make available or transmit any software or other computer files that contain a virus, trojan horses, time bombs, bots, botnets, malicious Content, stolen Content, manipulated data, threats or any other harmful programs or elements or components through The Platform;

ii.   delete from The Platform any legal notices, disclaimers, or proprietary notices such as copyright or trademark symbols, or modify any logos that You do not own or have express permission to modify;

iii.   use The Platform and/or the Services provided thereunder in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Company’s server(s)  nor undertake any other action which is harmful or potentially harmful to them, to the network(s), to the computer systems/resources connected to any Company’s server, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of The Platform and/or the Services provided thereunder;

iv.   obtain or attempt to obtain any material or information not intentionally made available through The Platform and/or the Services through any means;

v.   engage through the Platform in any activity that causes/is likely to cause harm to minors;

vi.   impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Company’s official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent Your affiliation with a person or entity;

vii.   take through the Platform any action which encourages or consists of any threat of harm of any kind to any person or property;

viii.   carry out any “denial of service” (DoS, DDoS) or any other harmful attacks on the Platform’s application or internet service;

ix.   make any inappropriate, illegal or otherwise prohibited communication under applicable laws in relation to the Company or the Services provided by the Company to any newsgroup, mailing list, chat facility, or other internet forums and also towards online as well as offline Users and audience of the Platform;

x.   use The Platform for any illegal purposes;

xi.  disrupt, place unreasonable burdens or excessive loads on, interfere with or attempt any unauthorized access to any Company website and/or its server(s) and/or its Services and/or the account(s) of any other User(s);

xii. transmit through The Platform any unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, hateful, defamatory, racist, unethical or otherwise objectionable material of any kind or nature. This includes text, graphics, photos, video, programs or audio, or any other forms of communication;

xiii. collect or attempt to collect or use in any way personally identifiable information of any person or entity associated with the Company and/or the Platform without their express written consent. You shall maintain records of any such written consent throughout the validity of these TOU and, should these TOU cease to exist, for a period of 2 years thereafter;

xiv. engage in antisocial, disruptive, or destructive acts, including “flaming,” “spamming,” “flooding,” and “trolling,” as those terms are commonly understood and used on the internet;

xv.  forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise, or alter, the origin of any Content transmitted through The Platform;

xvi. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,”  or any other form of solicitation;

xvii. encumber or suffer to exist any lien or security interest on the subject matter of these TOU; or

xviii. make any representation or warranty on behalf of the Company.

b. You agree not to post, distribute, transmit or otherwise make available any data, texts, messages, computer files, or other material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any domestic or international law, rule, or regulation, including but not limited to:

i.   infringement of any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of any third party, including, but not limited to,  unauthorized copying of copyrighted material,  digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, and  unauthorized transmittal of copyrighted software;

ii.   the right to privacy (specifically, You must not distribute another person’s personal information of any kind without their express permission) or publicity;

iii.   any confidentiality obligation.

 

10.   ANTI-SPAM POLICY

You will not use any communication tool or other means available on The Platform to transmit, directly or indirectly, any unsolicited bulk communications (including emails and instant messages). You shall not harvest information about other Users for the purpose of sending or to facilitate the sending of unsolicited bulk communications. We may terminate Your access to and use of The Platform immediately, with or without any prior notice, and take any other legal action if You, or anyone using Your access details to The Platform, violates these terms. We may adopt any technical remedy (including any filtering technology or other measures) to prevent unsolicited bulk communications from entering, utilizing or remaining within Our systems or communication networks. Such filtering technology or other measures may block, either temporarily or permanently, some communications sent to You through The Platform.

 

11.   INDEMNITY

You shall indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its affiliates, any third party associated with the Company/its networks/its infrastructure providers and their respective directors, officers, personnel, contractors and agents, from and against any and all claims, suits, judgments, losses, damages, costs and expenses arising from or relating to Your use of the Services or Your breach of the TOU or the Writer’s Terms and/or Privacy Policy or to any other restrictions or guidelines provided by the Company from time to time. This indemnification obligation shall survive the termination or expiration of these TOU and/ or the Writer’s Terms and/or Privacy Policy and/or Your use of the Services.

 

12.   DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY

a.   The Services are provided on an “as-is” and “with all faults and risks” basis, without warranties of any kind. The Company does not warrant, expressly or by implication, the accuracy or reliability of the Services or its sustainability for a particular purpose or the safety/security of the data/Content stored by You. The Company disclaims all warranties whether express or implied, including those of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, or that use of the Services and/or The Platform or any Content made available thereof will be uninterrupted or error-free. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Company does not represent or warrant that the Services and/or The Platform will result in compliance, fulfillment or conformity with the laws, regulations, requirements or guidelines of any government or governmental agency.

b.   To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the Company provides no warranty on the use of the Services and/ or The Platform. The Company also disclaims all liability with respect to any misuse, loss, modification or unavailability of the Services.

c.   Not Responsible For and Not Necessarily Hold the Opinions of our Contributors / Bloggers / Commenters, etc.

i.   Opinions and other statements expressed by Users and third parties (e.g., bloggers) are theirs alone, not opinions of The Platform. The Platform is not responsible for the accuracy and completeness of any Blogger / Contributor Content, neither does it endorse nor guarantee the same, nor accept any obligation or liability for the same. The Platform and its affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers and shareholders do not undertake or assume any duty to monitor its site for inappropriate or unlawful Content.

ii.   The Platform and its affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers and shareholders assume no responsibility or liability which may arise from the Content thereof, including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, libel, slander, infringement, invasion of privacy and publicity rights, obscenity, pornography, profanity, fraud, or misrepresentation.

iii.   Notwithstanding the foregoing, The Platform reserves the right to block or remove communications, postings or materials at any time in its sole discretion.

 

13.   CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION

You will keep in confidence and protect from disclosure any confidential and proprietary information concerning the Company that You may be exposed to or entrusted with during Your engagement with the Company. You will not use any such information for any purpose that is detrimental to the Company.

 

14.   DATA PROTECTION

a.   The Company may send information and offer products and other services to You from time to time. For further details relating to our data protection policy please refer to our Privacy Policy.

b.   The Company can (and You authorize the Company to) disclose Your name, pin-code (postcode) and email, to intellectual property rights owners, as We, in Our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate, in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity.

 

15.   LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

YOU ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH USING THE SERVICES INCLUDING THE PLATFORM. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COMPANY BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF CONTENT, LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF INFORMATION, OR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY LOSS) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE OR ACCESS OF THE SERVICES, OR THE PLATFORM OR FOR ANY SECURITY BREACH OR ANY VIRUS, BUG, UNAUTHORIZED INTERVENTION, DEFECT, OR TECHNICAL MALFUNCTIONING OF THE SERVICES, OR THE PLATFORM, WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT THE COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR BASED ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, INCLUDING BREACH OF CONTRACT OR WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, OR ANY OTHER CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF, OR ACCESS TO THE SERVICES OR THE AN HOUR AGO PLATFORM. FURTHER, THE COMPANY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY TEMPORARY DISABLEMENT, PERMANENT DISCONTINUANCE OF THE SERVICES OR DATA/CONTENT LOSS OR FOR ANY CONSEQUENCES RESULTING FROM SUCH ACTIONS.

 

16.   GOVERNING LAW

These TOU shall be governed by the Laws of Switzerland. The Courts of law at [■] shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising in relation to these TOU.

 

17.   INTERNATIONAL USERS

a.   You agree and understand that the Services are controlled and operated by the Company from its offices in Switzerland. You agree that: (i) the Services shall be deemed solely based in Switzerland; and (ii) the use of the Services does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over the Company, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than Switzerland. You agree that the laws of Switzerland, excluding its choice of law rules, will apply to these TOU, the Privacy Policy, The Writer’s Terms and all other policies and guidelines provided by the Company and any provision of Services by the Company.

b.   Access to The Platform and/or the Services from jurisdictions other than Switzerland where the same are illegal is prohibited. The Company reserves the right to block access to The Platform and/or the Services for any international User from an illegal jurisdiction.  

 

18.   ACCEPTANCE OF PRIVACY POLICY

By using The Platform and Services provided thereunder, You signify Your acceptance of the Privacy Policy. If You do not agree or are not comfortable with any policy described in the TOU, Your only remedy is to discontinue use of The Platform. We reserve the right to modify these TOU at any time.

 

19.   GENERAL TERMS

a.   All rights and obligations under these TOU which by their nature should survive termination will remain in full effect after termination or expiration of these TOU.

b.   No failure or delay on the part of the Company to exercise any right hereunder will operate as a waiver of that right. No waiver by the Company of any breach by You of any provision of these TOU, Privacy Policy and Writer’s Terms Policy shall operate as a waiver from any subsequent breach of any provision of these TOU and/ or Writer’s Terms and/or Privacy Policy.

c.   If any provision of these TOU, Writer’s Terms or  the Privacy Policy is held invalid by any law or regulation of any government, or by any court or arbitrator, the User agrees that such provision of the TOU and Privacy Policy will be deemed severable, and will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions of these TOU, Writer’s Terms and Privacy Policy.

d.   These TOU, the Privacy Policy, and the Writer’s Terms constitute the entire agreement between You and the Company with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding such subject matter.

e.   None of the provisions of these TOU shall be deemed to constitute a partnership or agency between You and the Company and You shall have no authority to bind the Company in any manner, whatsoever.

f.    The Company shall have no liability to You for any interruption or delay to access The Platform irrespective of the cause.

g.   To the extent permissible under applicable laws, You and the Company agree that any cause of action arising out of or related to The Platform, must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action accrues, otherwise, such cause of action will be permanently barred.

 

20.   GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL

The Company is not liable for any infringement of copyright arising out of materials posted on or transmitted through these TOU, or items advertised on these TOU by You or any other User or any third party. If You are the owner of copyright in any of the Content shared or uploaded on The Platform without Your consent, or You believe that any User of the Services is storing, hosting, uploading or transmitting infringing Content, then You are required to send a written notice to compliance@anhourago.com providing the following information/details:

a.   A physical or electronic signature of a person authorised to act on behalf of the copyright owner for the purposes of the complaint;

b.   Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;

c.   Identification of the material on The Platform that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity;

d.   The address, telephone number or e-mail address of the complaining party;

e.   A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorised by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

f.   A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notice of copyright infringement is accurate, and that the complaining party is authorised to act on behalf of the owner of the right that is allegedly infringed.

 

21.   COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Copyright © 2020 TreasuryWorks GmbH. All rights reserved.

PRIVACY POLICY

 IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY IN ORDER TO FULLY UNDERSTAND OUR APPROACH TOWARDS THE USE OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA.

AN HOUR AGO (hereinafter referred to as “The Platform”) recognizes the importance of maintaining the privacy of every User who visits our website.  We value Your privacy and appreciate Your trust in us immensely. The Platform is committed to be transparent about the data we collect about You, how it is used and with whom it is shared. The Platform doesn’t collect Your personal data unless You agree to share information with us. Here, we outline what we do with information provided to us by the Users of The Platform and its services.

This Privacy Policy applies to all the Users accessing our website, mobile or tablet application, or any other online service (collectively, the “Services”) provided by The Platform. It does not govern or apply to information collected or used by The Platform or its group companies through any other means.

By accessing/or registering on our website, You agree to this Privacy Policy and consent to the collection of your personal data.

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement without prior notice at any time as required. You are responsible for checking the Privacy Policy periodically to remain informed about any changes to it. Your access to and use of The Platform after any amendment to the Privacy Policy shall constitute Your deemed acceptance of such modified terms. Discontinuing use of the Services will not affect the applicability of the Privacy Policy to Your prior uses of the Services.   

 

1.   INFORMATION COLLECTED AND STORED AUTOMATICALLY

a.    If You visit The Platform just to browse or read or download information, we will not gather or store personally identifiable information about your visit automatically. If You register for our services on The Platform, we do store some information automatically though this would not record Your identity but just the minimal information you share with us in the registration process.

b.   Usually, we collect information on the browser You use (e.g. Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge), the operating system Your computer, mobile runs and Your internet service provider’s domain name, the date and time of Your visit and the pages You see. We use this non-personal identifiable information, though not all the time, to improve the design and Content of our website, and to give You an easier browsing experience.

 

2.   HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION

a.   We collect information directly from You when you register with us on The Platform.

b.   We collect information (whether You are registered or not registered with us) when You browse our sites/apps, open or respond to an email from us (promotional or informational).

c.   When You post a comment on our website or raise a query/question to us via phone or email.

d.   Device Information: We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device You use to access the Service, such as the IP address, geo-location information, unique device identifiers, the browser type, browser language and other information for the purpose of providing customised information on the browser.

e.   Location Information: The Platform may capture Your current location if You choose to enable the GPS feature in the app or browser.

 

3.   PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED

a.   Upon registering with us, we store Your name, email address, pin-code details (postcode), password (encrypted) Your interests and the services You are subscribed for. The information provided by You is not shared, given or sold to any other private organisation or persons.

b.   Please note that if you wish to terminate your use of The Platform and cancel your subscription, we will remove all of your information stored on our servers other than your username, comments, posts etc. Furthermore, none of your personally identifiable information will be stored with us once you terminate your account with The Platform.

 

4.   HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION

a.   Information supplied by the users enables us to improve our Services and provide you with the most user-friendly experience. All collected information is Service dependent and the Platform may use your information to maintain, protect, and improve existing Services and for developing new services.

b.   Any Content posted/uploaded/conveyed/communicated by Users on the public sections of The Platform becomes public Content and is not considered personally identifiable information subject to this Privacy Policy.

c.   In case You choose to avoid submitting certain personally identifiable information on The Platform, we may not be able to provide all available services on The Platform to You. Depending on the information missing, we will try to notify You of any potential disabled features or services You might not be able to access at the time of creating your account. In any case, we will not be liable and/or responsible for any restrictions imposed to You in accessing services of The Platform in instances where You fail to provide all required personal information.

d.   After you register with The Platform, we may contact you from time to time to ask you to update your personal information so that we can give you access to additional features that we believe may be of interest to you.

 

5.   HOW WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION

Your information is stored with us in a safe place. Please note that it is not shared, given or sold to any other private organization or persons. However, there might be few exceptions as listed below:

a.   The Platform may share Your Information with a third party without obtaining Your prior consent in the following limited circumstances:

i.    When it is requested or required by law or by any court or governmental agency or authority to disclose, for the purpose of verification of identity, or for the prevention, detection, investigation including cybercrimes or for prosecution and punishment of offences. These disclosures are made in good faith and belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary for enforcing the terms of this Privacy Policy or TOU or Writer’s Terms for complying with the applicable laws and regulations.

ii.   Affiliates: The Platform may share your information with its group companies and employees for the purpose of processing your personal information on its behalf. We also ensure that any recipients agree to safely and securely process your information, and in compliance with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

iii.   Business Partners: We may also share Your information with our business partners to provide You with services that You request.

iv.   Service Providers: We may share information with vendors providing contractual services to us, such as hosting vendors. We also may share Your information, including Your payment information, as appropriate to process Your payments for the Services or complete a transaction.

v.    Other Parties in Connection With a Corporate Transaction: We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about You in the event that we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets to a third party, such as in the event of a merger, acquisition, or in connection with a bankruptcy reorganisation. You will be notified of such changes and You have an option to terminate Your account if such changes are not acceptable to You.

vi.   Otherwise with Your Consent or At Your Direction:  In addition to the information sharing described in this Privacy Policy, we may share information about You with third parties whenever You consent to or direct such sharing.

vii.   We reserve the right to share information with third parties in a manner that does not identify particular users of The Platform, including, for example, aggregated data about how they are using our Services.

viii.   Links to Third-Party Sites: Our Services may link to third-party websites and services that are outside our control. We are not responsible for the security or privacy of any information collected by other websites or other services. You should exercise caution, and review the privacy statements applicable to the third-party websites and services You use.

 

6.   ACCESS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

You may access or modify Your personal information by signing in to the website. We will not modify any information provided by You. However, You must update Your personal information as soon as such changes are necessitated.

 

7.   TERMINATION OF ACCOUNT

Upon your request, we will close your account and remove your personal information from public view as soon as is reasonably possible, based on your account activity and in accordance with applicable law(s). However, if reasonably necessary, we will retain the required personal information from closed accounts to comply with law, avoid/check illegal and/or potentially prohibited activities and to enforce User Agreements; comply with any court judgment/decree/order/directive/legal & government authority/applicable law; investigate potential violations of applicable national & international laws; investigate deliberate damage to the website/services on its legitimate operation; detect, prevent, or otherwise address security and/or technical issues; safeguard the rights, property or safety of the company and/or its Directors, employees and the general public at large; respond to claims of third parties; and take other actions permitted to by law.

Even when you terminate Your account we would retain your user name generated on The Platform. Please note that after termination Your posts/comments/blogs/articles would be visible to anyone accessing The Platform under your user name and no further personally identifiable information about You.

 

8.   HOW WE SECURE YOUR INFORMATION

We take appropriate security measures to protect The Platform and Your Information against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, including appropriate encryption and physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data. All Information gathered on The Platform is securely stored within the Company controlled database on a best-effort basis. However, we cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted whilst being transmitted to us over the internet. In addition, according to clause 4(b) of this Privacy Policy, any information you provide into the discussion areas of The Platform is available to anyone with internet access.

 

9.   REACH OUT TO US

For any complaint related to our services or Content of the website the aggrieved person may raise the query/complaint within a period of 7 (seven) days from the date of first publication to the email ID mentioned herein. Further, for any questions, complaints, abuse or concerns with regards to the processing of your information or suspected breach of these terms please reach out to us on:

Email: compliance@anhourago.com

                   

10.   GENERAL TERMS

a.   This Privacy Policy and the TOU constitute the entire agreement between You and The Platform with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding such subject matter.

b.   By using The Platform and Services provided thereunder, You signify Your acceptance of the TOU and this Privacy Policy. If You do not agree or are not comfortable with any policy described in the TOU and/or this Privacy Policy, Your only remedy is to discontinue use of The Platform. We reserve the right, to modify the TOU and/or the Privacy Policy at any time.

WRITER’S TERMS: ALL WRITERS MUST READ THE TERMS OF USE BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTERING

These Writer’s Terms are applicable for all writers registering on The Platform along with the general Terms of Use (TOU), mentioned on The Platform (link to TOU).

These Writer’s Terms are drafted so that writers are provided with all the information relating to the use of The Platform, its benefits, rewards, information about intellectual property rights of their writing material that is published on The Platform, and any terms and conditions applicable to them.

a.    All writers must comply with the TOU of The Platform, along with these Writer’s Terms.

b.   It is in the best interest of the writer and The Platform that only original work/material is submitted and published on The Platform. Any writer with material that is plagiarised or that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others, and is not an original work/material of the writer, may face serious consequences. Such plagiarised or infringed material will not be eligible for any rewards provided by The Platform. Once plagiarised or infringed writing material is identified, it will be removed from The Platform and the writer will be prohibited from further submissions.

c.   In order to register on The Platform, the Writer has to provide us with the following information, which should be true to the best of your knowledge:

i.   Name;

ii.   Email Address;

iii.   Pin-code/Postcode;

iv.   Date of birth.

d.   The most liked/commented article/blog will be awarded a cash prize of 1000$ by the end of one year i.e. from the date of publishing the article/blog/post.

e.   Please note that only those writers who submit their original piece of writing exclusively to The Platform for a period of one year are applicable for winning the cash prize. After the completion of one year, the writers are free to share and publish their writing elsewhere. If the writers use any social media platform to share material published on The Platform for marketing and/or personal purposes, they should share it with a link that redirects to the page of The Platform hosting that piece of writing, and should not publish it without creating such a link for a period of one year.

f.   It is expected from all writers to provide truthful and correct information when registering on The Platform. Any false or deceitful information provided will disqualify them from competing for the cash prize awarded for their submission on The Platform.

g.   Writers agree and understand that posting or uploading any information or material, which is harmful, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, libellous, invasive of another’s privacy, profane, hateful, racially or ethically objectionable, disparaging, or otherwise unlawful in any manner is prohibited and any person found to be involved in such activity on The Platform will solely be liable for their actions under the applicable laws. We accept no responsibility for the said Content and for any interpretations of the material.

h.   If you establish an electronic account with us, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password, and for restricting access to the electronic devices you use.

 

By clicking the “I agree” button, you confirm that you accept and understand the Writer’s Terms mentioned herein and fully comply with them.