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Terms of Website Use

What’s in these terms?

These terms tell you the rules for using our website (“Our site”) which is available on sifted.eu.

Who we are and how to contact us

Our site is operated by SIFTED (EU) LIMITED (“We”). We are registered in England and Wales under company number 11080313 and have our registered office at 20-22 Wenlock Road, London N1 7GU.

We are a limited company.

To contact us, please email [email protected]

By using our site you accept these terms

By using our site, you confirm that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to comply with them.

If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our site.

We recommend that you print a copy of these terms for future reference.

We may make changes to these terms

We amend these terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time.

We may make changes to our site

We may update and change our site from time to time to reflect changes to our services, our users’ needs and our business priorities.

We may suspend or withdraw our site

Our site is made available free of charge, though elements of content within it may be limited to either Registered Users or paying Members (see Your Subscription to Sifted Services section below).

We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our site for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms of use and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

You must keep your account details safe

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.

We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.
If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us at [email protected].

How you may use material on our site

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our site.

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.

If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

Do not rely on information on this site

The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.

Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date.

We are not responsible for websites we link to

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. Such links should not be interpreted as approval by us of those linked websites or information you may obtain from them.

We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

User-generated content is not approved by us

This website may include information and materials uploaded by other users of the site, including to bulletin boards and chat rooms. This information and these materials have not been verified or approved by us. The views expressed by other users on our site do not represent our views or values.

If you wish to complain about information and materials uploaded by other users please contact us on [email protected].

Our responsibility for loss or damage suffered by you

Whether you are a consumer or a business user:

  • We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
  • Different limitations and exclusions of liability will apply to liability arising as a result of the supply of any services to you.

If you are a business user:

  • We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to our site or any content on it.
  • We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:
    • use of, or inability to use, our site; or
    • use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.
  • In particular, we will not be liable for:
    • loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
    • business interruption;
    • loss of anticipated savings;
    • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
    • any indirect or consequential loss or damage.
  • We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to our site or any content on it.

If you are a consumer user:

  • Please note that we only provide our site for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

If defective digital content that we have supplied, damages a device or digital content belonging to you and this is caused by our failure to use reasonable care and skill, we will either repair the damage or pay you compensation. However, we will not be liable for damage that you could have avoided by following our advice to apply an update offered to you free of charge or for damage that was caused by you failing to correctly follow installation instructions or to have in place the minimum system requirements advised by us.

Uploading content to our site

Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload content to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.

You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you will be liable to us and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty. This means you will be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of warranty.

Any content you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You retain all of your ownership rights in your content, but you are required to grant us a limited licence to use, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties.

We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your content.

Rights you are giving us to use material you upload

When you upload or post content to our site, you are granting us rights to use that content.

We are not responsible for viruses and you must not introduce them.

We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.

You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software.

You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

Rules about linking to our site

You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you.

Our site must not be framed on any other site.

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

If you wish to link to or make any use of content on our site other than that set out above, please contact [email protected].

Which country’s laws apply to any disputes?

If you are a consumer, please note that these terms of use, their subject matter and their formation, are governed by English law. You and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction except that if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland, you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.

If you are a business, these terms of use, their subject matter and their formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

 

Your Subscription to Sifted Services

Sifted Membership

We offer a range of membership products and subscriptions:-

• to Sifted.eu (“Digital Membership”); and
• membership on a trial basis (“Trial Memberships”)

The above are referred together as “the Memberships” and individually as a “Membership”. Please note that separate and/or additional terms and conditions may apply to any Trial Memberships that we may offer. Any such additional terms shall be clearly indicated.

You may not take more than one Trial Membership in any twelve-month period. We may cancel any Trial Membership that you may have purchased, without refund, if you have had access to any other Trial Membership in the previous twelve months.

You may purchase a Membership by providing the registration details and submitting an order on Sifted.eu or, for purchases of more than 5 Memberships, by email. We will only accept your order when we have successfully verified your email address, processed your payment details and emailed you to confirm this.

We will try to process your Membership order promptly but cannot guarantee activation by any specified time. We may reject any Membership order in our discretion. You confirm that your sign up and payment details are complete and accurate, and that you are entitled to purchase a Membership using those sign up and payment details. It is your responsibility to update and maintain changes to your sign up details on our My Account. Each Membership is for a single user only. We may cancel or suspend your Membership account if you share your access rights with any third parties, or attempt to allow third parties to avoid our control of access to Sifted.eu.

Fees and Payment

You agree to pay the Membership fees at the rates and in the currency displayed during the Membership process. Prices may vary from time to time and by country, and Memberships may be available on a one-off, monthly, annual or other basis. Discount offers are as stated at the time you subscribe and cannot be changed during the term of your Membership. Unless otherwise indicated, prices stated are inclusive of any applicable value added tax (VAT) or other sales taxes. The breakdown of any VAT will be indicated on the relevant invoice.

If we do not receive payment authorisation or any authorisation is subsequently cancelled, we may immediately terminate or suspend your Membership.

If you take a Trial Membership, we will inform you of the full Membership price payable at the start of the trial period. Your Membership will renew automatically at the end of that trial period at the full Membership price unless you cancel your Membership before the end of the trial period. To cancel your Membership during the trial period please go to My Account and follow the simple cancellation instructions.

We will give you at least 14 days’ notice of any increase in the price of your Membership, which will take effect at your next renewal date.

If we incorrectly state a price online or otherwise, we are not obliged to provide you with a Membership at that price, even if we have mistakenly accepted your offer to buy a Membership. If we notify you of a pricing error, you may cancel the Membership and we will refund you any money paid, or you may pay the correct price. If you do neither, we may cancel your Membership and refund any money you have paid. We will always act in good faith in determining whether a genuine pricing error has occurred.

If you are entitled to a refund we will credit that refund to the card or other payment method you used to submit payment, unless it has expired in which case we will contact you to arrange.

In addition to the Membership fees you are responsible for paying for any:

• broadband, mobile, data, messaging or other internet connection and telecommunications charges that you may incur by accessing FT Content;
• charges that may be levied by your bank or credit card issuer (for example foreign transaction fees on transactions which take place abroad or in a foreign currency).

We will do all that we reasonably can to ensure that all of the information you give us when paying is secure by using an encrypted secure payment mechanism. However, in the absence of negligence on our part, any failure by us to comply with this contract or our Privacy Policy or breach by us of our duties under applicable laws, we will not be legally responsible to you for any loss that you may suffer if a third party gains unauthorised access to any information that you give us.

Your Cancellation Rights

By placing your order for a Digital Membership subject to these Terms and Conditions, you agree that we may start your Membership immediately upon our acceptance of your order and that you waive your statutory right to cancel our contract within 14 days of our confirmation email.
This means that you lose your right to cancel this contract once we have provided confirmation via email of your Digital Membership (see section Sifted Membership above) and that any notice of cancellation that you provide (whether before or after the 14-day period) will only take effect at the end of your current Membership period. You will not be entitled to a refund except in the event that there is a fault in our provision of our Sifted Services.

Our Cancellation Rights

We may suspend or terminate your Membership if we are prevented from providing services to you by circumstances beyond our control, or if we cease publishing the Sifted.eu or Sifted Services. If we terminate for any of these reasons, we will provide you with a pro rata refund.

We may also suspend or terminate your Membership, without refund, if you breach these Terms and Conditions, or in the event of any verbal or written abuse of any kind (including abusive, offensive or aggressive language) directed towards our Customer Care team, other Sifted personnel, or any member of the public, with or without notice and without further obligation to you.

Effects of cancellation

If you are entitled to a refund, we will make the reimbursement without undue delay, and not later than 14 days after the day on which we are informed about your decision to cancel your Membership.

We will make the reimbursement using your registered payment details detailed within My Account. Additional charges may apply if we are required to reimburse to any other credit card or bank.

Renewals

If your Membership is set to Auto-renew then your Membership will continue to renew for further equivalent periods and will be subject to these Terms and Conditions. We will charge the Membership using the same card or other payment method that you previously used.

 

Privacy Notice

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Date of last revision: 24 May 2018

Sifted takes your privacy seriously, and is committed to protecting and respecting it.

We want you to understand how we collect and use information about you. We also value your comments about the way we do this.

The privacy notice describes to you:

  • who we are
  • what personal data we collect and store about you, and how we collect it
  • why we collect personal data and what we do with it
  • the categories of third parties with whom we share your personal data
  • how we retain your information and keep it secure
  • your rights and how to exercise them
  • how to contact us.

It also contains information on the correct people to contact in the unlikely event that you have a complaint.

Who are we?

Here are some key details about us:

Our name: Sifted (EU) Limited (but we will refer to ourselves using the word “we” and related words such as “us” and “our” in this privacy notice)

Place of incorporation: England and Wales (this is where we are registered)

Company number: 11080313

Registered address: 20-22 Wenlock Road London N1 7GU

VAT number: 303 9991 84

Under data protection law, we are considered to be a “controller”. As a controller, we are responsible for, and control the processing of, your personal data. We are registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office, which is the UK’s supervisory authority for data protection matters.

What information do we collect from you?

In the course of our business – namely acting as a provider and disseminator of news, insight analysis and data – we may collect the following personal data:

personal detailssuch as

  • name and title
  • gender
  • date of birth

contact data, such as

  • physical address
  • e-mail address
  • telephone and mobile number(s)

biographical and other data, such as

  • institutions attended
  • academic and other results gained
  • employment history, and company details
  • any other personal information you provide

payment details, such as

  • bank account
  • card details

transaction data, such as

  • details about payments to and from you
  • details of services you have purchased from us

technical data, such as

  • internet protocol (IP) address
  • your login data, browser type and version
  • time-zone setting and location
  • browser plug-in types and versions
  • operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access our website

profile data, such as

  • username and password
  • your preferences
  • feedback and survey responses

usage data, such as

  • information about how you use our website and services

marketing data, such as

  • your preferences in receiving marketing and communications.

We do not knowingly collect “special category” personal data. This is a special type of sensitive data to which more stringent processing conditions apply, and comprises data concerning your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, sex life or sexual orientation, and genetic data and/or biometric data.

We also do not collect information about criminal convictions or offences save where we are acting as an employer, in which case our internal privacy notice will apply and will be made available to those covered.

How do we collect personal data?

We obtain personal data from sources as follows:

Directly from you when you interact with us, for example when you

  • create an account
  • subscribe to mailing lists
  • request information
  • write to us
  • phone our customer services team (since your call may be recorded for training, fraud prevention and investigation purposes)
  • enter a competition
  • take part in a survey
  • give us feedback or post comments or reviews
  • apply for a job or send a CV

From others, if they provide your details (for example, if you are copied on an e-mail that is sent to us, and your e-mail address identifies you, we will have collected your personal data). If you are providing another person’s details, please ensure you have that person’s explicit consent to do so.

From automated technologies such as cookies and tags when you use our website – for more information, please see the Cookie Policy section of our Privacy Policy to find out more.

From reference sources, for example:

  • employer
  • 3rd party credit and ID checking partners
  • any other referees you authorise us to contact.

How do we use your personal data?

Introduction

We will use your personal data only when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • to allow you to register an account
  • to perform a contract we are about to enter into, or have entered into, with you
  • if it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and these are not overridden by your own rights and interests
  • where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.
Lawful processing

In order to process personal data, we must have a lawful reason (sometimes called a lawful basis). We always ensure that this is the case, and we set out our lawful bases below – but please note that more than one may apply at any given time: for example, if we inform you of changes to our privacy notice, we may process your personal data on the ground of complying with law and on the ground of legitimate interests.

We will use your personal data only for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we fairly consider that we need it for another reason that is compatible with the original purpose.

Please contact us if you would like more information on this, and on situations in which more than one lawful basis applies.

Contractual Necessity

If you are applying for a job, we will process your personal data for the following purposes, on the legal basis that it is necessary for us to provide our services to you:

  • to identify you
  • to respond to your enquiries
  • to allow you to register an account
  • to perform pre-contractual reference checks
  • to provide our services
  • to carry out billing and administration activities
  • to evaluate your job application and take any next steps, and to evaluate your suitability for roles where you have asked to be considered for future opportunities.
Legitimate Interests

We process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, which include the following:

  • to conduct and manage our business
  • to enable us to carry out our services
  • to help identify suspicious purchasing activity (for example, where a card has been used for high-volume and/or high-value purchases or where cardholder and deliver addresses differ) – however, we do not make automated decisions on the basis of such automated profiling
  • to ensure our website and systems are secure (for example, by conducting security penetration tests on our website to ensure our security tools are effective)
  • to personalise your web experience – for example, by tailoring our offers to you
  • to analyse, improve and update our services for the benefit of our customers
    to deal with complaints
  •  to let you know about our services, promotions or events that we consider may be of interest to you (and which may be tailored to your interests as construed from your purchase history): we carry out this processing on the legal basis that we have a legitimate interest in marketing our services, and only to the extent that we are permitted to do so by applicable direct marketing laws. Please see Marketing section below for further information about our marketing activities and regarding your right to opt out.

Whenever we process your personal data for these purposes, we ensure that your interests, rights and freedoms are carefully considered.

Compliance with laws

We may process your personal data in order to comply with applicable laws (for example, if we are required to co-operate with an investigation pursuant to a court order).

Consent

Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in relation to sending third-party direct marketing communications to you via e-mail or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time. This will not affect the lawfulness of processing that took place prior to the withdrawal of consent.

We will always be clear whenever we intend to process on the basis of consent, and we will process lawfully and only for the purpose for which consent was given.

Do we share your personal data?

We may provide your personal data to the following recipients for the purposes set out in this notice:

other companies in our group or under common ownership

our service providers, including

  • e-mail and mail service providers
  • technical and support partners, such as the companies who host our website
  • and who provide technical support and back-up services
  • relevant specialist contractors
  • recruitment service providers
  • reference providers

merger or acquisition partners, to the extent that sharing your personal data is necessary

law enforcement agencies, government or public agencies or officials, regulators, and any other person or entity that has the appropriate legal authority where we are legally required or permitted to do so, to respond to claims, or to protect our rights, interests, privacy, property or safety

any other parties, where we have your specific consent to do so.

Do you have to provide personal data – and, if so, why?

To form a contract with you, we will need some or all of the personal data described above so that we can perform that contract or the steps that lead up to it: this is set out above in this notice. If we do not receive the data, it will not be possible to perform that contract.

If you sign up to our mailing list, you will have to provide certain personal data. Of course, you may decide to stop receiving our mailings at any time.

For how long will your personal data be kept?

We carefully consider the personal data that we store, and we will not keep your information in a form that identifies you for longer than is necessary for the purposes set out in this notice or as required by applicable law. In some instances, we are required to hold data for minimum periods: for example, UK tax law currently specifies a six-year period for retention of some of your personal data.

Marketing

We may store your contact details, and carry out marketing profiling activities, for direct marketing purposes. If you have given your consent, or if we are otherwise permitted to do so, we may contact you about our services that may be of interest to you. You will be given the opportunity to opt out each time you are contacted.

Do we transfer personal data outside the EEA?

Although we are based in England, we may transfer your personal information to a location (for example, to a secure server) outside the European Economic Area, if we consider it necessary or desirable for the purposes set out in this notice.

In such cases, to safeguard your privacy rights, transfers will be made to recipients to which a European Commission “adequacy decision” applies (this is a decision from the European Commission confirming that adequate safeguards are in place in that location for the protection of personal data), or will be carried out under standard contractual clauses that have been approved by the European Commission as providing appropriate safeguards for international personal data transfers, or by the adoption of EU-US Privacy Shield.

For more information, please contact us using the details below.

How do we keep your personal data secure?

We have security measures in place designed to prevent data loss, to preserve data integrity, and to regulate access to the data. Only our authorised employees, authorised contractors and third parties processing data on our behalf have access to your personal data.

All our employees and contractors who have access to your personal data are required to adhere to our Privacy Policy and we have in place contractual safeguards with our third-party data processors to ensure that your personal data is processed only as instructed by us.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

We take