1. Scope of application, modifications

Access to, and use of the ICC World Chambers Connect platform (hereinafter “the Platform”), any document, material or other information, including text, images and software made available on the Platform and any of the services provided via the Platform are governed by these terms and conditions of use (hereinafter “the Terms and Conditions”) and constitute acceptance of the Terms and Conditions by the users of the Platform (hereinafter “Users”).

The International Chamber of Commerce (hereinafter “ICC”) reserves the right to amend the Terms and Conditions at any time by posting the Terms and Conditions on the Platform and informing the Users. Such amendments take effect on the date on which they are posted. Users are entitled to object to them within two weeks of posting.

If any provision of the Terms and Conditions is for any reason held to be invalid, illegal or otherwise unenforceable, such unenforceability does not affect any other provision; the Terms and Conditions are then to be construed as if they had never contained the provision(s) in question and are to be interpreted, in so far as possible, in such a way as to maintain their original intent.

  1. Purpose of the Platform

The general purpose of the Platform is to reinforce ICC’s missions to the network and community of Chambers of commerce, in order for them to collaborate, connect and provide/exchange resources & best practices between chambers. It would be the continuation of the biennial ICC WCF World Chambers Congress, to provide the necessary digital transformation of Chamber’s international networking. The Platform aims at (i) providing an interface where Users can meet, communicate and share their news, events, ideas, insights and experiences; (ii) contributing to specific chamber-relevant projects, including contributing to work programs, developing common positions and statement on chambers matters; (iii) promoting actions and financial contributions by Users to ICC projects and initiatives; (iv) informing and educating Users on ICC news and events; and (v) uploading and downloading Users’ and ICC’s resources and materials from the Platform’s Library section.

  1. Users obligations, connection and registration

Users must comply with all applicable laws and regulations. They must refrain from violating or attempting to violate the ICC’s network security and, in particular, from uploading or attaching virus-containing or corrupted files or any software or programs that might damage the Platform or the operation of another user’s computer.

Users are granted a unique and personal username and password, which will allow them to access to the Platform.

The access to the Platform requires a prior registration. Users must provide correct and complete information when registering, and update if necessary. Users shall designate a single point of contact who will establish and manage the account, including the designation of users authorized to create usernames and passwords for the related account.

Users shall not misuse any access authorization granted to them. In particular, Users shall refrain from themselves uploading political, sexual, racist, sexist, offensive or discriminatory content. If needs be, Users may report any abuse to ICC. By registering, Users agree to being contacted by ICC by e-mail.

Users are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their account and password to prevent unauthorized access to that account. Users must take all necessary steps to keep their password secure and must inform ICC without delay at wcf@iccwbo.org if it is being or could be used without authorization.

  1. ICC’s rights

As the Administrator of the Platform, ICC reserves the rights to close groups, store and file the Platform’s content and check the authenticity of the Users’ messages and posts. Any political, discriminatory, inappropriate or offensive content may be removed from the Platform by ICC.

  1. Technical discontinuance of the Platform

ICC reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue temporarily, for a reasonable period, the Platform (or any part thereof) for technical reasons, with or without notice. Users agree that ICC shall not be liable to them or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of parts of the Platform.

  1. Users Data and Data Protection

Users authorize ICC to process, collect, transmit, use and store all data or information submitted via the Platform as reasonably required to provide the Services, such as, but not limited to, personal data (names and contact details) of the Users’ members (hereinafter “the Users’ Data”). Subject to the limited rights granted by Users hereunder, ICC acquires no right, title or interest from Users under these Terms and Conditions to Users’ Data.

Users warrant to ICC that they will verify the accuracy of Users’ Data as necessary for ICC to provide the Services and that Users have the unencumbered right to possess and use all Users’ Data entered via the Platform. ICC does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any Users’ Data and makes no warranty of any kind with regard to the integrity or reliability of any Users’ Data.

ICC shall maintain reasonable technical safeguards for protection of the security and confidentiality of Users’ Data received and stored by ICC in accordance with the Terms and Conditions.

ICC shall not disclose Users’ Data to a third party which is not implicated in the functioning of Platform unless required by law, or authorized in writing by Users except in connection with support and maintenance to Users.

ICC shall take reasonable measures for the protection of personal data on the database and the Platform which are necessary to ensure the compliance with relevant legal provisions, including the EU General Data Protection regulation.

In the event that ICC determines that a security breach comprising Users’ Data has occurred, ICC agrees to promptly give Users notice that such breach occurred, investigate such breach and use reasonable efforts to remedy the cause of such breach.

ICC shall be liable only for damage, loss, security, disclosure breach caused by an intentional gross negligence or misconduct of ICC.

These provisions are not intended to limit the ICC’s liability in breach of any national law applicable or exclude its liability for matters which cannot be excluded under such law.

  1. Ownership, Intellectual Property

ICC holds all intellectual property rights, including copyright, designs and trademarks, in the Platform and in its contents, unless otherwise indicated, without prejudice to Users’ or third party rights in Users’ Data, Users’ trademarks and in the materials uploaded by Users to the Platform. All images are from iStock photo unless otherwise indicated.

Except for the content clearly marked as available for download, any other content (including all images and videos unless otherwise indicated) on the Platform should not be reproduced or made available on other online platforms without prior permission from ICC, which can be obtained from wcf@iccwbo.org.

By submitting material to the Platform, Users warrant that the material does not infringe any third party’s intellectual property or ownership rights. ICC is not liable for any material submitted by Users which infringes third parties’ intellectual property or ownership rights.

ICC may refer to Users, including by using their names and logos, in presentations, forums or ICC members lists, for the purpose of publicising their use of the Platform, unless Users notify otherwise.

8. General Provisions

8.1 Terms and termination

The Terms and Conditions shall apply from the moment of User’s registration and throughout their involvement in the Platform.

ICC, in its sole discretion, may terminate the Users’ access to the Platform, if ICC believes that User has violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Terms and Conditions.

8.2 Governing law and jurisdiction

The Terms and Conditions are subject to the laws of France.

8.3 Notices

Except as otherwise specified in the Terms and Conditions, notices must be in writing and sent to ICC by a secured mail to the attention of the Platform at wcf@iccwbo.org.

8.4 Force Majeure

Neither party will be responsible for interruptions in performance of its obligations under the Terms and Conditions due to matters beyond its reasonable control, including acts of God, acts of government, floods, fires, earthquakes, strikes or other labour problems, delays of hosting providers or Internet service suppliers, computer malfunctions, telecommunications failures, or online attacks.