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BC Water Science Strategy

Information Sharing Across the Water Community

Terms of Use

These Terms of Use constitute an agreement between you and the Province of British Columbia, represented by the Minister of Environment (the “Province”) with respect to your use of this Website (as defined below). By accepting these Terms of Use, you are deemed to have read and agreed to the terms and conditions set out below.

Ownership and License: You retain ownership of all Content you submit to the Website (“Your Content”). You represent and warrant that: (a) Your Content is your original work, or has been provided to you or obtained by you from the rightful owner with all necessary permissions; and (b) Your Content does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.

By submitting Your Content to the Website, you grant to the Province a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, reproduce, publish, communicate to the public by telecommunication, modify, display and distribute Your Content in any and all formats for any and all purposes associated with the Website. You agree that the Province may engage independent contractors and service providers to assist the Province to exercise the rights you grant to the Province under these Terms of Use.

You agree that the Province may reformat, rearrange or otherwise modify Your Content, and you understand that the Province has no obligation to acknowledge you by name or pseudonym as the author of Your Content or to ensure that you remain anonymous.

With the exception of Your Content and Content submitted to the Website by other contributors, all intellectual property in the Website, including but not limited to copyright, official marks or trademarks, is owned by the Province. Copying or unauthorized use of any such intellectual property without the express written consent of the Province is prohibited.

Use of any material from or links to third party websites must be in accordance with these Terms of Use. The Province does not control such third party websites and is not responsible for their contents. The inclusion of hyperlinks to such third party websites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such websites or any association with these third parties.

Freedom of Information: Since most government information, including the contents of this Website, may be the subject of a freedom of information request, it is possible that some or all of the information you submit will be disclosed publically under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIPPA”). Please consider this when commenting.

Collection of Personal Information: Your name, e-mail address and your opinions are characterized as “personal information” under FOIPPA. In order to hear your thoughts on water science information sharing and collaboration in British Columbia, we are collecting this personal information from you for the Ministry of Environment. Your e-mail address will be used to aggregate all of the Content you post on the Website for analysis of submitted content, and may also be used to contact you for clarification of your comment(s).

We also are collecting details of your visit to this website such as your IP address, and date and time of your visit, and your acceptance of the Terms of Use for the purpose of administering this site.

The Ministry of Environment will be collecting your personal information (namely email address and personal opinion) under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information is being collected in order to inform the development of water science information sharing and collaboration approaches. If you have any questions about this collection, please contact Jennifer Maxwell, PO Box 9335 Stn Prov Govt, phone 250 387-9642, [email protected].

Access and Disclosure: By accepting the Terms of Use, you consent to the use of your personal information for the purposes outlined above, the public disclosure and access in or outside of Canada of your comments and/or opinions and any other Content submitted by you, and the date/time of your submission for the purpose of providing comments on water science information sharing and collaboration in British Columbia. You also consent to the administrators of this Website sharing this personal information with the Ministry of Environment for their use in relation to water science information sharing and collaboration in British Columbia.

Limitation of Liability and Indemnity: You agree that under no circumstances will the Province or any of its respective servants, employees or agents be liable to any person or entity for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other damages based on: (a) use of any of Your Content under these Terms of Use; (b) any use by you of the Website; or (c) any failure by you to abide by these Terms of Use.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Province and all of its respective servants, employees and agents from and against all claims, demands, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable legal fees) arising from: (a) your use of the Website; (b) your violation of any provision of these Terms of Use; (c) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any claims or action based on infringement or violation of intellectual property rights, libel or slander or other defamation, rights of privacy or rights of publicity; and (d) any claim that any of Your Content caused damage to a third party.

Additional Terms: These Terms of Use also incorporate the contents of the Copyright, Disclaimer, and Privacy notices at the bottom of the page. Please read them carefully.

If any term or provision of these Terms of Use is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, all other terms and provisions of these Terms of Use shall nonetheless remain in full force and effect.

These Terms of Use will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of British Columbia.