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Terms of Use, Including acceptable use policy

This page (together with the documents referred to on it) tells you the terms of use on which you may make use of our website www.pcasp.net), whether as a guest or a registered user. Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use the site. By using our site, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from using our site.


Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on our site without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.
From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of our site, or our entire site, to users who have registered with us.
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, and 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 opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.
When using our site, you must comply with the provisions of our acceptable use policy below.
You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms, and that they comply with them.


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 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 material on our site must always be acknowledged.
You must not use any part of the materials on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence (we reserve the right to refuse to license any party) 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.


Commentary and other materials posted on our site are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. We therefore disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by any visitor to our site, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.


We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our site, or close it indefinitely. Any of the material on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.


The material displayed on our site is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, we, other members of our group of companies and third parties connected to us hereby expressly exclude:
· All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity.
· Any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for:
  • loss of income or revenue;
  • loss of business;
  • loss of profits or contracts;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of data;
  • loss of goodwill;
  • wasted management or office time;
and for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable.
This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.


We process information about you in accordance with our privacy policy below. By using our site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.


Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload material 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 below. You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you indemnify us for any breach of that warranty.
Any material you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, and we have the right to use, copy, distribute and disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose. We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.
We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other user of our site.
We have the right to remove any material or posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, such material does not comply with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy below.


You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which 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.
We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.


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, but 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 from any website that is not owned by you.
Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy below.
If you wish to make any use of material on our site other than that set out above, please address your request to admin@pcasp.net


Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.


The English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to our site although we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country. These terms of use are governed by English law.


We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we made, as they are binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in these terms of use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our site.


If you have any concerns about material which appears on our site, please contact admin@pcasp.net
Thank you for visiting our site.


This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access our website www.pcasp.net. This acceptable use policy applies to all users of, and visitors to, our site.
Your use of our site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement our terms of website use www.pcasp.net

You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use our site:
· In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.
· In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect.
· For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way.
· To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards.
· To transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).
· To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.
You also agree:
· Not to reproduce, duplicate copy or re-sell any part of our site in contravention of the provisions of our terms of website use above.
· Not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:
· any part of our site;
· any equipment or network on which our site is stored;
· any software used in the provision of our site; or
· any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.


We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of our site. When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.
Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of the terms of use upon which you are permitted to use our site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:
· Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our site.
· Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to our site.
· Issue of a warning to you.
· Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
· Further legal action against you.
· Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.
We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy. The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.


We may revise this acceptable use policy at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in this acceptable use policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our site.

Privacy Policy

PCASP.net ("We") are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
This policy (together with our terms of use and our acceptable use policy above and any other documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is the PCASP.net Administrator and our nominated representative for the purpose of the Act is PCASP.net Administrator.

We may collect and process the following data about you:
· Information that you provide by filling in forms (if any) on our site www.pcasp.net (our site). This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our site.
· If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
· We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
· Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.
· If you submit curriculum vitae or resume for our consideration we reserve the right to keep that data and subsequent data on file for a reasonable period of time even if you are ultimately unsuccessful in any application.


We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:
· To estimate our audience size and usage pattern.
· To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests.
· To speed up your searches.
· To recognise you when you return to our site.
You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to our site.


The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff maybe engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of any enquiry made by you, including (where relevant) evaluation of your potential suitability for any position applied for, and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.


We use information held about you in the following ways:
· To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
· To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.
· To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
· To notify you about changes to our service.
We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers, but we may provide them with aggregate information about our users (for example, we may inform them that 500 men aged under 30 have clicked on their advertisement on any given day). We may also use such aggregate information to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target (for example, women in SW1). We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers' wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience.


We may disclose your personal information to third parties:
· In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets.
· If pcasp.net or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets.
· If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use www.pcasp.net or any other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of PCASP.net, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.


You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at www.pcasp.net
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.


The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.


Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.


Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to admin@pcasp.co.uk

Forum Rules

Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, please check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Register' button below. If you would like to cancel the registration, click here to return to the forums index.

Although the administrators and moderators of the PCASP Network will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of PCASP.net, nor the developers of IP.Board will be held responsible for the content of any message.

By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, libellous, or that violate of any laws.

We appreciate members adding posts containing advice but as a forum, we have to be careful about the content of threads, even though we do not write them.

We cannot get involved with disputes between companies and their students or disputes between companies or allow potentially libellous comments.

Think of it this way, we've no way of knowing for certain if you represent a rival company, a disgruntled ex-employee, if it’s the truth etc...

The owners of PCASP.net reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

1. PCASP.net Forum – General outline

1.1 The aim of the PCASP Network forum is to provide an on-line information database which will assist members of the International security industry. The forum is open to both new and experienced operators together with people wishing to pursue a career within either the National or the International security industry.

1.2 Since the notion of the PCASP Network forum the management has strived to provide a professional method from which members of the security Industry can chat, liaise, network, discuss and help one another.

1.3 The PCASP Network is an unofficial social web site that and has no official links with the SIA or the British Government.

2. Posting rules – Legal implications.

2.1 All posts and threads within the PCASP Network forum once posted and submitted to our servers maybe subject to deletion, modification, removal or permanent storage. Once posted they belong to the forum and an application to delete said post can be made to the management. Any request for the deletion post(s) will be subject to an investigation and subject to approval from the management. Not all requests to have posts removed and accounts deleted will be approved. If you wish to delete your account then your posts will remain as part of the forum.

2.2 Posts, views expressed, points, quotes and any other information submitted to our forums by members of the forum does not reflect the view of the management of the PCASP Network.

2.3 Any posts that have legal implications and or have personally insulted someone is to be reported to the Management immediately for deletion subject to para 2.1. Failure to do so may delay the removal of any such offending post.

2.4 If an individual or company feels that for legal reasons they require the removal of a post then they are to contact the management as soon as practicable stating their reasons why the post should be removed. This will be investigated subject to para 2.1.

3. Posting rules – What is acceptable and what is not?

3.1 Ask yourself if what you are posting is for the good and benefit of the forum and is it actually helping anyone.

3.2 Red violation: The following posts are not acceptable and may result in an instant ban following a management investigation:

• Libellous comments

• Racist or race related innuendo comments

• Sexist comments

• Extremist views including radical Muslim teachings

• Personal attacks on another forum member

• Serious OPSEC breaches

• Supplying name and personal details of a third party

3.3 Amber warning: The following posts are also not acceptable and repeat offenders will be subject to the banning procedure set out in para 5.1

• Thread hi-jacking

• Bullying/threatening behaviour and/or the offer of violence

• Taking thread off topic

• Crap attempts at humour and therefore taking the thread of topic

• Non-contributory posting i.e. pointless ranting and posts

• Excessive swearing

• Abuse of other forum members

• Slagging/argument match carried over from previous discussions.

• Signature block violation – No company details unless authorised by management

• Multiple user names

• Multiple user names being used to bump threads and/or start arguments

4. Moderation

4.1 The PCASP Network forum is internally moderated by the management and volunteer forum members who base moderation decisions on the rules outlined throughout this document. Please respect the moderators and managements decisions. If you have a complaint about any of the decisions made by the moderators please forward them to admin@PCASP.net

4.2 As a matter of courtesy although not essential any posts that have been removed by a member of the moderating team are to be clearly marked as ‘Removed’ and a short explanation left for the original poster.

5. Banning procedure

5.1 The management and moderation team within the PCASP Network forum will subject to an investigation temporary or permanently ban any user that contravenes any part of this document. This includes temporarily banning, IP blocking or the complete deletion of a user profile. The PCASP Network team do not take the banning and or deletion of a forum member lightly and all steps will be taken to avoid this option.

5.2 The various ban options open to the management and moderators are as follows:

• Temporary ban - 1 day

• Temporary ban - 3 days

• Temporary ban - 5 days

• Temporary ban - 7 days

• Temporary ban - 10 days

• Temporary ban - 2 weeks

• Temporary ban - 3 weeks

• Temporary ban - 1 month

• Temporary ban - 2 months

• Permanent ban - never lifted

• Account deletion and IP address blocked

5.3 Moderators can ban a forum member without permission from the management for up to 3 days. In the interim period that moderator is to take all reasonable steps available to contact the management in order to extend that period/explain the situation and to launch an investigation. An explanation is to be given to the user for the ban by the person banning them.

5.4 A forum member who commits a Red violation may be banned instantly without warning or prejudice and the ban never lifted (IP block imposed) This type of banning can only be carried out by a member of the management although in accordance to para 5.3 the initial banning can be conducted by a moderator.

5.5 If a forum member receives more than 5 reports in one post then an investigation is to be launched by the PCASP Network forum team as to the reason why this occurred.

5.6 If any forum member wishes to inform the PCASP Network team as to why they feel another forum member should be banned then they are to contact a member when practicable clearly stating their reasons and evidence.

6. Spam

6.1 Any person(s) or organisation that attempt to spam the forum or any member via PM will be removed and their IP address blocked following an investigation by the management and in accordance with para 5.3.

6.2 Para 6.1 is to be ignored should the spammer be an automated spam bot spamming kit, clothing, phones etc. and in instant ban imposed.

7. Advertisers

7.1 PCASP Network does not endorse any of the products/companies or training providers advertised on the site. Any strong negative comments about any forum advertiser are to be forwarded to admin@PCASP.net. Advertisers must be aware that they have no editorial control over the forum and any negative comments must be handled personally as no protection can be afforded by the PCASP Network management.

7.2 Companies and or individuals are not authorised to advertise within the forum without the express permission from the management. Any authorised posts will be deleted and a PM sent to the original poster by the person instigating the deletion.

8. Definitions

‘Management’ – The term management refers to the owners of the PCASP Network forum of which there are two.

‘Moderator’ – The term moderator refers to forum members who have volunteered to help with the day to day policing and admin of the site.

‘Forum’ – Refers to the PCASP Network forum

‘OPSEC’ – Operational Security

‘Excessive swearing’ – The management will determine what constitutes excessive swearing

‘PM’ – Private message