Privacy Policy

OST takes your privacy very seriously. To the fullest extent possible, OST has sought to prevent any undesired identity exposure. At the same time, however, as an online community, OceanSpaces facilitates productive communication of certain identity characteristics. The following section aims to clarify the privacy you may expect within the context of OceanSpaces.

PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

You may explore OceanSpaces without registering, thereby conducting yourself anonymously, with the understanding that a reduced set of features may be accessible to you. However, to gain access to a fuller range of the site’s functionality, you must register, providing personally identifiable information (“PII”), including but not limited to, your name, professional title, email address, password, web site URL, and organizational affiliation. As this is an online community, designed to facilitate the exploration of the monitoring community itself in addition to its scientific endeavors and products, many of these data will be displayed for consumption by other registered users and the general public alike. Your associations with organizations, topics of interest, and other groups will be publically available. By registering for the site, you accordingly agree to the limited exposure of your PII on the site to interested parties, including Site Visitors, OST, and select OST partners, recognizing that the OceanSpaces’ operators will not convey or disclose this PII to commercial entities for the purpose of solicitation, marketing, or commercial exploitation.

By registering, you also agree to provide complete and accurate information, regularly maintaining the accuracy of your information over time. Any fictional identity representations will be expunged from the site and considered fraudulent.

To limit the potential for third-party exploitation, your email address will only be exposed if you are explicitly associated with uploaded Data, as is the custom for scientific data attribution. While it is possible to contact other Site Members via email, your email address is suppressed in the course of this online communication.

ACCOUNT SECURITY

In all cases, your password will be carefully safeguarded by industry-standard protocols. However, you are solely responsible for safeguarding the knowledge of your password and the password of any associated email account. You must not share your login information with anyone, either directly or indirectly. You acknowledge that OST is not responsible for third party access to your account that results from theft or misappropriation of your account. Any forfeiture of your responsibility to safeguard your login information shall compromise your continued access to OceanSpaces and could result in termination of your account, removal of your content, and denial of OceanSpaces membership. Should you elect to leave OceanSpaces, you may do so at any time and, upon request, your PII will be suppressed from appearance in the online community.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

The Site contains links to other online resources – organizations, persons, services, applications, images, sounds, databases, libraries – that facilitate ease of reference. These links in no way imply an endorsement of the referenced resources, their owners, or associated organizations, nor do they necessarily express any association between the Monitoring Enterprise and the linked resource. Moreover, all cited resources remain the exclusive property of the assets’ owners. The links shall not compromise or alter the trademark and copyrights established on the original sites.

TRADEMARKED AND PREVIOUSLY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL

All of the design framework, features, and intellectual assets found on OceanSpaces including the name “OceanSpaces,” the OceanSpaces logo, the images, sounds, page headers, footers, behavior, and overall look-and-feel remain the sole property of OST. These assets may not be expropriated, imitated, or otherwise employed beyond the OceanSpaces domain without the express written consent of OST. All images, trademarks, products, organizational logos associated with external organizations remain the property of their respective owners. The appearance of these items on OceanSpaces has been granted for limited use by their owners and does not imply an abrogation or abridgement of the original rights accorded to these assets. All rights and terms of use for these assets can be determined through consultation with their respective agents.

You will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the resources cited above. The Site Content is not for resale. Your use of OceanSpaces does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You will use protected content solely for your personal use, and will make no other use of the content without the express written permission of OST and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. You are not granted any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of OST or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.

CONDUCT ON THE SITE

OceanSpaces may contain chat areas, forums, communities, organizational web pages, calendars, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with the public at large or with a group (collectively, "Communication Services"), you agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the Site Content.

By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not: defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others; publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information; upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents; upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer; advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Service specifically allows such messages; conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters; download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner; falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded, restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services; violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service; harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent; violate any applicable laws or regulations.

MONITORING USER CONDUCT AND USER-PRODUCED CONTENT

OST has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, OST reserves the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. OST reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever.

OST reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in OST's sole discretion.

OST does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, OST specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. Managers and hosts are not authorized OST spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of OST.

Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you upload the materials.

THIRD-PARTY ACCOUNTS

You will be able to connect your OceanSpaces account to third-party accounts. By doing so, you acknowledge and agree that you are consenting to the continuous release of information about you to others (in accordance with your privacy settings on those third-party sites). If you do not want information about you to be shared in this manner, do not use this feature.