Introduction

Welcome to Citizens validation map of Mosquito Alert. These are the general terms and conditions on which we supply all our services. If you use our services, you agree to abide by these terms.

At Citizens validation map of Mosquito Alert we supply a lot of different services. Some of them will have specific terms tailored for them. If that is the case, Citizens validation map of Mosquito Alert’s contract with you for that service will be on these terms, supplemented by any terms specific to the service. In the case of any conflict, service specific terms will take precedence.

We process personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. As part of this agreement you consent to our doing so. You should read the policy carefully, especially if you have any concerns about your privacy.

Warning: unless we have agreed a particular level of service with you, we make absolutely no promises about the quality or existence of any of our services . Please read the sections below and our general exclusion of liability.

All use of our web services are subject to our terms for web users. There are further terms if you have signed up for an account with one of our services. At the end are some general terms and definitions.

Terms for use of our web services

Web services include our API’s as well as any of our websites.

What you agree

You agree not to use our websites to do any of the following:

  • anything which is illegal either where you are in the world, or where we are
  • cause nuisance to other users of our services
  • interfere with the normal running of our services
  • try to access our systems in a way other than those advertised by us and, in particular, to use a web crawler that does not respect the robots exclusion policy.

Accounts

Some of our services require you to create an account in order to make certain, or any, use of the service. All our accounts are subject to the following rules.

Rules for our accounts

You must be at least 16 years old and a human being.

If asked for any personal details, you must answer truthfully (see our privacy policy for what we do with those details). You must supply us with a valid e-mail address.

You are responsible for the security of your accounts and making sure that any contact details in the account are kept up to date. If we need to contact you but are unable to do so, for example because your e-mail address is no longer valid, then any consequences of that failure will be your responsibility.

You must not let anyone else use your account. If pressure is applied to you to do so — for example if an employer demands your username and password — please inform them that their attempt to subvert your agreement with us will mean that they have no permission to use any of our services. We may take action, including criminal prosecution, if they use our services using an account they have obtained in this way.

You must let us know of any unauthorised use of your account as soon as you are able to after becoming aware of it.

Unless an account is associated with a paid-for service, we may suspend or terminate it at any time. Equally, you may close your account at any time

Community Members

Our most important class of account is one you may create via the phone app in order to become a community member. By registering as a community member, you are acknowledging your connection to us. You are subject to any rules for community members we may publish and we may send you email messages we think appropriate for members, for example in order to poll you on some important issue.

Community membership is not membership in the formal sense of membership of a company limited by guarantee.

Content and intellectual property

What we do with your content

If you contribute content to any of our services, for example by commenting on a task, or uploading data, then as a general rule you agree to licence that content to us under the same licence as prevails for that service or website.

For example: any comment you make on a project task, which is licensed under a CC-BY licence, will be licensed to us under the same licence.

The only exception to this policy is where a service we supply to you expressly allows a different licence, for example a task run submitted to a given project would contain your data under whatever licence — including no licence — you choose.

Our content

Unless otherwise stated all our services are offered under open content or data licences and you should refer to the provisions of the licence in question to find out what you are allowed to do. Some of our content belongs to third parties. Most third party data is subject to an open licence, but we cannot guarantee it. You should refer to the third party if you are in doubt.

Ownership does not change

As a general rule, this agreement will not change the ownership of any intellectual property belonging to either party. Where your content is used by us or vice versa both you and we would do so under a licence (see above).

Liability

Indemnities – where you may owe us

If you breach any of your obligations under this agreement and, as a result, cause us to be sued by anyone else, you will have to compensate us for any loss we have suffered as a result, which includes any costs, such as paying lawyers, or for our own time, we incur defending a claim as well as any damages awarded. If your breach causes you to be sued by someone else, you will not sue us for any loss you suffer as a result.

Exclusion – what we do not owe you

We limit our liability in several different ways — all of which we believe to be fair. In case any one of them is found to be unenforceable by a court, each of the following limitations of liability is separate and our liability to you is limited by all of them.

All exclusions of liability are only in so far as we are allowed to do so by whatever law applies to the situation. For example, the law of England and Wales prevents us from excluding our liability for any personal injury or death caused by our negligence. We do not exclude such liability.

We will not be liable for any damage that was not reasonably foreseeable at the time we made this agreement.

Any liability to you is limited by the amount you have paid us for a service, where: * our liability is zero for a free service * where you make periodic payments, our liability is limited to the value of the last payment you paid us.

We are not liable for any loss which is indirect or consequential. That includes any loss of business or profit.

We exclude, in so far as we are allowed, any warranties that would be implied by law.

General conditions

This agreement

We may update these terms and conditions at any time. If we do so, we will announce the change on our blog. Any changes will be binding on you from the moment we announce them.

This agreement is made under the laws of England and Wales.

Boilerplate

These final “boilerplate” terms of should go without saying, but we are saying them anyway just to be clear.

If any part of this agreement is ineffective (for example because it is unlawful) then the rest of the agreement should be read without it.

This agreement is between you and us and is not intended to give anyone else any rights.

We may sometimes fail to enforce our rights under this agreement (for example because we decide not to, or we did not realise you were in breach of contract). Just because we have not enforced any of our rights, does not stop us from doing so in the future.

Neither party is liable for anything which is beyond their reasonable control.

If for some reason beyond Citizens validation map of Mosquito Alert’s reasonable control, we are unable to or it would not be commercially viable for us to, continue to supply any of our services, we may cease to supply that service, ending any agreement between us for its supply. If we do so, we will return to you a fair proportion of any sum you have paid us in advance for the supply of that service, taking into account the service we have already supplied to you.

User Agreement

Citizens validation map of Mosquito Alert(hereinafter, “the Project”, in any of the names it has had in the past or may acquire in the future) is a citizen science project coordinated by the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes, part of the Spanish Research Council (CEAB-CSIC),and CREAF.

The Project relies on members of the public to collect data on the spread of tiger mosquitoes and yellow fever mosquitoes. You can participate by, among other things, sending and sharing data and images through any of the Project applications for mobile devices or other electronic devices. To do so, you must be an adult or supervised by an adult and you must agree to the Project privacy policy as well as the following terms:

  • The tiger and yellow fever mosquitoes can be vectors of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika. The Project contributes to the fight against these diseases by, among other things, collecting data and images, analyzing and studying this information, and collaborating with awareness-raising campaigns and in surveillance and control activities. Since the target species are disease vectors, you must exercise caution while participating in the Project and must not actively approach the mosquitoes directly or through their breeding sites. The Project website contains information on how to send data and pictures by first trapping the species to avoid being bitten. It is your responsibility not to get close to these species proactively.
  • By sharing your data and works (e.g. pictures) with the Project, you agree on the present terms of use, agree that the works (e.g. pictures) may be released to the public as anonymous works without including your name or pseudonym, and grant the members of the Project a royalty-free, non-exclusive and sub-licensable license for the duration of the current applicable copyright laws to exploit the work without restrictions and transfer it to others worldwide. In any case, these terms do not imply any restriction on your use of your works, as the original author, and you may exploit your works by other means in a manner consistent with the transfer granted by this document.
  • Generally, any original creation protectable by copyright will be disseminated by the Project with a CC-BY license, indicating anonymous author and the Project name (example: Anonymous, CC-BY Mosquito Alert), even if the creations contains the author’s name in it or in its metadata. When possible, part of the databases or resulting tables from user contributions will be disseminated, as a general rule, under a CC0 license. In the case of a need to allow access or transfer to third parties (professionals responsible for the monitoring and control of these mosquitoes, researchers, public health managers, etc.) of information collected by the Project and considered sensitive (and not disseminated under a CC0 license), other protocols and/or appropriate licenses will be established.
  • You warrant that any data or works you share consist of information you have the right to make available to the Project and that this is not defamatory, and does not infringe any law. Participation in the Project is anonymous to ensure the protection of the privacy of the participants. Therefore, you warrant that you will not add personal information of yours or from third parties to the data or works you send to the Project. You understand that the data or works can be transferred to third parties, and that the Project cannot guarantee the capacity to remove any personal data you send by mistake.
  • You indemnify the individuals, institutions and the members of the Project and its partners against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by them as a result of your breach of the above warranty.