Acceptable use policy

Last updated 24 June 2013. This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access our website www. shropshirestar. com (our “Site”).

Last updated 24 June 2013.

This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access our website www.shropshirestar.com (our “Site”).

This acceptable use policy applies to all users of, and visitors to, our Site.

Your use of our Site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement our terms of website use.

www.shropshirestar.com is a site operated by Shropshire Star Newspapers Limited ("We"). We are a limited company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 00783181 and our registered office is at 51-53 Queen Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1ES.

Our main trading address is Waterloo Road, Ketley, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 5HU. Our VAT number is 661536533.

Prohibited Uses

You may use our Site only for lawful purposes. You may not use our Site, amongst other things:

• In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.

• In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect.

• For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way.

• To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards.

• To transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).

• To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

You also agree:

• Not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of our Site in contravention of the provisions of our terms of website use.

• Not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:

- any part of our Site;

- any equipment or network on which our Site is stored;

- any software used in the provision of our Site; or

- any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

Interactive Services

We may from time to time provide interactive services on our Site, including, without limitation:

• Chat rooms;

• Bulletin boards;

• Discussion forums;

• Story/Feature Comment Boards;

• Dating Services;

• Classified advertisement bookings;

• Job search facilities;

• Motor search facilities;

• Property search facilities;

• Obituary advertisement bookings;

• Entertainment ticket bookings;

• Online shopping pages.

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

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

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

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

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

Content Standards

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

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole. In addition to the requirements set out below, you may find it helpful to refer to our House Rules which provide further guidance on how to make sure that your contributions comply with these content standards.

Contributions must:

-• Be accurate (where they state facts and/or contain details of events advertised on our Site).

-• Be genuinely held (where they state opinions).

-• Comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

• Contain any material which is defamatory of any person.

• Contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory.

• Promote sexually explicit material.

• Promote violence.

• Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

• Infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person.

• Be likely to deceive any person.

• Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence.

• Promote any illegal activity.

• Be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.

• Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.

• Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person.

• Give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case.

• Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Where you contribute material to our Site for the purpose of advertising or arranging any event, show, meeting or other similar activity, you will:

• Ensure that all relevant details of the event are included within your advertisement or other relevant contribution (for example location, timings and/or other details).

• Remain liable at all times for the accuracy of the details, timings, location and subject matter of the event.

• Be wholly responsible for the safety and security of persons invited to and/or attending the event.

• Be entirely responsible for arranging and obtaining all licences, consents and permissions required to advertise and hold the event.

• Indemnify us and keep us indemnified against any loss or damage suffered as are result of your failure to comply with the above requirements.

Suspension and Termination

We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of our Site. When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.

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

• Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our Site.

• Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to our Site.

• Issue of a warning to you.

• Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.

• Further legal action against you.

• Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.

If we suspend or ban your registration, you must not attempt to re-register or submit content (e.g. by using someone else’s account), without our permission.

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

Changes to the Acceptable Use Policy

We may revise this acceptable use policy at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in this acceptable use policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our Site.