Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We (the folks at Weathergram, Inc.) run a community platform called Switchboard and would love for you to use it. The MIT Switchboard is provided exclusively for the members of the MIT Community, and requires authentication through the MIT Alumni Association’s Infinite Connection. All privacy policies of the MIT Alumni Association Infinite Connection apply.

In agreeing to these terms of service you vouch that you are affiliated with the community based on the category you selected on signup or that you indeed have some true connection to the community. Our service is designed to give you as much control and ownership over what goes on your Switchboard as possible and encourage you to post asks, offers, and successes. However, be responsible in what you publish. In particular, make sure that none of the prohibited items listed below appear anywhere in the content you post, share, or link to (things like spam, viruses, or hate content).

If you find a Switchboard post that you believe violates our terms of service, please flag it and a moderator will review the content.

Terms of Service:

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the Switchboard website (the "Website") and all content, services and products available at or through the website. The Website is owned and operated by Weathergram, Inc. ("Weathergram"). The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, Weathergram's Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Website by Weathergram (collectively, the "Agreement").

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Weathergram, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old.

Accounts and Website Content

Your Switchboard Account and Content. If you create an account on the Website, you are solely responsible for maintaining the security of your account and Content, and for all activities that occur under the account, and any other actions taken in connection with the account or Content posted using the account. If you create Content (posts, comments, responses, successes, your personal profile, etc.) on the Website, you are solely responsible for that Content. You must not describe or assign keywords to your Content in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and Weathergram may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or is otherwise likely to cause Weathergram liability. You must immediately notify Weathergram of any unauthorized uses of your Switchboard, your account or any other breaches of security. Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, you remain solely responsible for actions taken and Content posted via your account, even if your account information was compromised. Weathergram will not be liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.

Responsibility of Contributors and Creators. If you create posts, comment on posts, create a profile, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) text, graphics, an audio file, computer software, or other material available by means of the Website (any such material is referred to in this Agreement as "Content"), you are entirely responsible for the representations, offers, information, and anything else related to that Content. You are solely responsible for any harm that is caused as a result of your decision to post Content. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:

the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party; if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;

  1. you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
  2. the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
  3. the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
  4. the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
  5. your Content is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other Switchboards and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods; and
  6. your Content is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person, company, or organization. For example, your Switchboard URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or the name of a company or organization other than one that are affiliated with.

By submitting Content to Weathergram for inclusion on the Website, you grant Weathergram a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your Switchboard. If you delete Content, Weathergram will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Weathergram has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Weathergram's sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Weathergram's reasonable opinion, violates any Weathergram policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in Weathergram's sole discretion. Weathergram will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.

Termination. Weathergram may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your Switchboard.com account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy. As Weathergram asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by www.switchboardhq.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Weathergram in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") Policy. Weathergram will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. Weathergram will terminate a visitor's access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Weathergram or others.

Website Users and Visitors

Responsibility of Website Visitors. Weathergram has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material's content, use or effects. By operating the Website, Weathergram does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Weathergram disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.

Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which Switchboard links, and that link to Switchboard. Weathergram does not have any control over those non-Switchboard websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Switchboard website or webpage, Weathergram does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Weathergram disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Switchboard websites and webpages.

Warranties, Indemnification, and Limitation of Liability

Disclaimer of Warranties.The Website is provided "as is." Weathergram and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Weathergram nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. If you're actually reading this, here's a treat. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk. Neither the named institution nor any of its agents, employees, and sub-contractors, including Weathergram, shall be liable for claims, losses, demands or damages (whether such claims, loss, demands or damages were foreseeable, known, or otherwise) arising out of or in connection with the use of the Website or information, content, or materials included on the Website.

Limitation of Liability. In no event will Weathergram, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to Weathergram under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. Weathergram shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by ap

User Representations and Warranty. You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the Weathergram Privacy Policy, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of the Website will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.

Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Weathergram, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.

Privacy Policy:

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Weathergram we have a few fundamental principles:

  1. We don't ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  2. We don't share your personal information with anyone except with your "host" institution or to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  3. We don't store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
  4. In our products, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what's visible to the public, kept private, and permanently deleted. Switchboard content is not indexed in search engines.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

Weathergram Inc. ("Weathergram") operates several websites including Weathergram.com and Switchboardhq.com. It is Weathergram's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Weathergram collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Weathergram's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Weathergram's visitors use its website. From time to time, Weathergram may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Weathergram also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Switchboardhq.com Switchboards. Weathergram only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that Switchboard commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the Switchboard where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Weathergram's websites choose to interact with Weathergram in ways that require Weathergram to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Weathergram gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a Switchboard at Switchboardhq.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Weathergram – by paying an annual subscription, for example– are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Weathergram collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with Weathergram. Weathergram does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Weathergram may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Weathergram may monitor the most popular Switchboards on the Switchboardhq.com site. Weathergram may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Weathergram does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Weathergram discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) are the legal owners of the name in which the Switchboard was created; (ii) need to know that information in order to process it on Weathergram's behalf or to provide services available at Weathergram's websites, and (iii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Weathergram's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Weathergram will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Weathergram discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Weathergram believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Weathergram, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Weathergram website and have supplied your email address, Weathergram may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Weathergram and our products. We primarily use our various product Switchboards to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Weathergram takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Weathergram uses cookies to help Weathergram identify and track visitors, their usage of Weathergram website, and their website access preferences. Weathergram visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Weathergram's websites, with the drawback that certain features of Weathergram's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfer

If Weathergram, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Weathergram goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Weathergram may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Weathergram may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Weathergram's sole discretion. Weathergram encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a Switchboard.com account, you should also check your Switchboard's dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.


Last amended October, 2016