Terms and conditions

What are terms and conditions?

Terms and conditions are rules you have to agree to before you can use certain products or services, like websites and social media.

You might hear of terms and conditions being referred to as Ts and Cs.

What’s the issue?

You aren’t allowed to use these sites without agreeing to the terms and conditions.

So many people  don’t read them because they just want to get on and use the site or app.

They don’t think that there’s any point wasting time to go through them, which means they don’t know what they’ve agreed to.

Also, the list of rules can be extremely long and complicated – and written in technical language – which can make them difficult to understand.

This means that many people may not know what they’ve actually agreed to.

Why is it important to understand terms and conditions?

It is important to make sure you understand what you are agreeing to so that you know exactly what you’ve signed up for.

You don’t want to get a nasty shock later because you didn’t fully understand something that you’d agreed to a while ago.

Below are our terms and conditions, if you do not know what they mean then please ask someone to go through them with you, or get in touch with us so we can help you understand them. You can contact us here.

 

Terms and conditions for the use of our websites and social media

25 May 2018

Thank you for visiting the websites and social media platforms of the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC). If you continue to use our websites or engage with us on social media, you are agreeing to comply with, and be bound by, the following terms and conditions of use.

The term “RiDC” or “us” or “we” refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is Unit 10, Blenheim Court, 62 Brewery Road, London N7 9NY. The term “you” refers to the user or viewer of our websites or social media platforms. This website is the official website of RiDC. The term websites includes any official microsites that RiDC may also run.

All elements of these sites are the property of RiDC, including, but not limited to, its name, trademarks, logos, design, text, graphics, and the selection and arrangement thereof are copyright of RiDC, which is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, [no 2669868], with its registered office at Unit 10, Blenheim Court, 62 Brewery Road, London, N7 9NY. RiDC is also a registered charity [no 1007726].

General terms

Accurate information: We will aim to ensure that all the information provided on our websites is accurate and up to date. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Availability: We will aim to ensure our websites are always available, but there may be times when, unfortunately, they will not be. We will try and keep any periods when our websites are unavailable to a minimum.

Accessibility: We will try to ensure our websites are accessible to everyone visiting our website. If you are having problems accessing the website, then please contact us at mail@ridc.org.uk to see what we can do to help.

If you are using Rate it!, please comply with our user generated content terms (http://www.ridc.org.uk/content/user-generated-content), which allow you to add material to our websites (for example, text or images).

Please check the advice and information on our websites is right for your individual circumstances. If you are making any important decisions you should consult a professional adviser who can provide specific advice based on your individual circumstances.

From time to time this website may also include links to other websites, social media accounts or online content. These links are to provide further information for your convenience. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s), accounts or content. We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s), accounts or content. Please make sure you’re happy that any sites you link to from our websites are appropriate for you.

You must not do anything to damage or disrupt our websites and you must not use our websites in a way that may cause a nuisance to others.

Our website, social media and e-newsletter communications may contain material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the text, content, design, layout, look, appearance, photography and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited without the prior consent of RiDC.

All trademarks reproduced in this website which are not the property of, or licensed to, the operator are acknowledged on the website.

We encourage you to link to any of our web pages, providing you do so responsibly.

This means that:

  • If we ask you to remove or change a link to our websites, you do so as soon as possible.
  • You do not create the impression that there is any association, approval or endorsement with or by us.
  • You must ensure any links are used in a fair and reasonable manner and that their use will not damage our reputation or take unfair advantage of it (commercially or otherwise).
  • The website you are linking from must not contain offensive, obscene or defamatory material, and must not infringe anyone’s copyright, trademarks or other similar rights.
  • If anyone clicks on the link you provide to our websites, it must open our website in a new page and not within a frame on your website.

Collecting information about you

We take the security of personal information very seriously. So that we can improve our service, it is important for us to understand how our visitors use our websites. To do this, we will collect information about you. We will always act reasonably and in accordance with our data and privacy policy.

What happens if things go wrong?

Given the nature of our websites and the wide range of information we provide, it’s possible that every now and again things may not go as planned. If we make a mistake, rest assured we will do our best to put things right as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to compensate you for any loss you may suffer as a result of:

  • any mistake we make with the content on our websites;
  • any parts of our websites being unavailable or inaccessible;
  • your use of any organisation’s website that you can access from our websites (including any purchase from that organisation and any use they make of the personal data you provide to them);
  • the downloading of any material from any of our websites;
  • the content added to our websites by people using our interactive services; and
  • inaccurate pricing information.

What happens if you don’t comply with our website terms?

You agree to compensate us for any loss that we suffer as a result of your failure to comply with either our general terms or any of our other website terms and conditions.

If anyone complains about your use of our websites or the content you add to our websites, you agree that we can control the handling of any such dispute and that you will fully support and co-operate with this.

The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers may vary any of its terms at any time, although we will only make changes if we think these are either necessary or reasonable. Please make sure you check our website terms and conditions regularly for any announcements. The changed terms will normally take effect immediately upon publication, although where we think the changes are likely to be important to you we shall always tell you in advance, so you can decide whether to continue using our websites.

English law shall apply to all our terms and conditions and any disputes must be heard in an English Court. Nothing in any of terms and conditions affect your legal rights.

The use of our social media profiles are subject to the following terms of use:

RiDC currently has an official profile on the following social media channels:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram

Our social media content and channels are places for RiDC to share the work we do to support disabled and older people in the UK and to enable the public to join us to support our work.

They are also places where the public can participate in meaningful discussions or comments about the issues that affect disabled and older consumers based in the UK.

We value freedom of speech on our digital spaces. However, we want to ensure we foster a safe, open, friendly space where everyone feels free to express their opinions on the issues that matter to them, without harassing or causing hurt to others.

RiDC won’t tolerate behaviour within our social media channels or website that could be described as hate speech, trolling, spamming or bullying.

RiDC considers the following behaviour and content as unacceptable. We reserve the right to block, delete, or remove any comment, post, or content that:

  • is abusive, threatening, encourages violence or incites hatred
  • involves swearing, name-calling, personal attacks or other anti-social behaviour
  • includes video or images that our community may find distressing (graphic violence, for example)
  • is an attempt to sell or promote a product or event not associated with Rica and our activities
  • is in a language other than English, as we can’t always vouch for the suitability of these posts
  • is racist, sexist, homophobic, or discriminates against a person’s religion, nationality or disability
  • is defamatory to a person or organisation

If a social media user persists in this behaviour we reserve the right to block or ban them from accessing our social media channel and, if necessary, report their behaviour to the relevant social media channel or the police, without warning.

What to do if you are concerned about post or comment on a RiDC social media channel

We understand that social media is a 24/7 medium. However, we are do not have the resources to view every post as soon as it appears. If you are concerned about a social media post, please let us know by emailing mail@ridc.org.uk. If possible please send a link to, or a screenshot of, the post, comment or content in question.

RiDC cannot be held liable for comments shared by the public via any of our social media channels.

Any retweet, share, like or favourite by a RiDC social media account does not equal an official endorsement.

The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers
The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers is the trading name of the Research Institute for Consumer Affairs. Company number: 2669868. Registered address: Unit 10, Blenheim Court, 62 Brewery Road, London, N7 9NY. Registered in England and Wales. Company type: Limited by guarantee. Registered charity number: 1007726.
Contact email: mail@ridc.org.uk.

Last updated: May 2018