Terms of Use

NASBP TERMS OF USE, COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK INFORMATION, AND SURETYCONNECT CODE OF CONDUCT

Terms of Use

The National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) operates this internet site. If you use this internet site, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to accept these terms of use. If you do not accept these terms of use, do not use this internet site.

Users

By using this internet site, you, as user, agree to accept and to abide by these terms. When using this internet site, you agree that you shall not use this internet site in a way that would defame, abuse, harass, offend, infringe, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights of others.

User Information & Privacy

In general, you can use this internet site without revealing your personal information. NASBP does collect the IP addresses and domain names of users for site administration purposes, such as to analyze this data for trends and statistics. NASBP may share such statistical data and aggregated, non-personal information about users with other parties, such as advertisers, business partners, and sponsors. This data is used for the purposes of enhancing the features and content of this internet site and for advertising.

At times, such as when registering for a meeting or an event or when requesting membership materials and information, NASBP may collect personal information that you provide voluntarily to NASBP, such as your name, your title, your e-mail address, your mailing address, and the name of your employer. NASBP also may collect personal information when you send NASBP a question or request additional information about a product or service offered by NASBP. If you choose not to provide such personal information, you may not be able to access certain options or offers on this internet site. Moreover, certain pages and materials on this internet site may be available only to persons who are covered under a paid membership or other agreement with NASBP. Unless otherwise indicated, personal information provided by users will be used for marketing and promotional purposes solely by NASBP.

Information about the primary contact of a member may be made available in the “Need a Bond” section of this internet site. That information may consist of the following: company name, mailing address, phone number, facsimile number, company internet address, contact name, contact title, and contact e-mail address.

You may verify, update, or remove your personal information at anytime by contacting the NASBP Membership Department. NASBP will endeavor to correct, update or remove the personal information you provide to NASBP.

Sharing of Information

We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf.

NASBP reserves the right to disclose user information in special cases, when NASBP has reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing, intentionally or unintentionally, injury to or interference with the rights or property of NASBP, other users of this internet site, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. NASBP may disclose personal information in response to a subpoena or when NASBP believes in good faith that the law requires it or to respond to an emergency situation.

Username & Password

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password, and you shall be responsible for all uses of your username and password, regardless of whether or not authorized by you. You agree to notify NASBP immediately by contacting info@nasbp.org should any unauthorized use of your username and password occur.

External Links

This internet site may contain links to external internet sites. NASBP provides such links solely for informational purposes and makes no representations or warranties, either express or implied, including any representations or warranties as to accuracy, completeness, or timeliness, with respect to the information and materials available AND services offered from such external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information. 

Cookies

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as newsfeeds.

Indemnity

As a condition of use of this internet site, you agree to indemnify NASBP and its directors, officers, employees, agents, and subcontractors from and against any and all liabilities, expenses, including attorneys’ fees, and damages arising out of claims resulting from your use of this internet site, including without limitation any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by you of these terms of use.

Disclaimer

THE CONTENT, CODE ACCESS, AND OTHER FEATURES OF THIS INTERNET SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, MERCHANTIBILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND/OR NONINFRINGEMENT. NASBP DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT ANY SUCH FEATURES WILL OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE FASHION, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE INTERNET SITE OR THE SERVER ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

IN NO EVENT SHALL NASBP BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS AND COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS, ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY CONTENT OR FEATURES OF THIS INTERNET SITE OR OF EXTERNAL LINKS, EVEN IF NASBP HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Governing Law

This agreement is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of laws. If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions.

International Policy

NASBP OPERATIONS ARE CONDUCTED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. NASBP SERVICES ARE INTENDED FOR USE BY RESIDENTS OF, OR VISITORS IN, THE UNITED STATES ONLY. OUR SERVICES ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES. If you access our website from outside of the United States, your connection may be through and to servers located in your country or in the United States, or even in other countries where our service providers may process data. Any personal information you provide may be processed and maintained in the United States on servers and/or other network systems operated by us or for our benefit. Regardless of where you reside, your use of our website constitutes your affirmative consent to have your personal information transferred, processed and stored in the United States, and to allow us to use and collect your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. IF THE JURISDICTION IN WHICH YOU ARE LOCATED OR YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN HAS LAWS OR REGULATIONS WHICH REQUIRE THAT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION BE RECEIVED, USED, SAVED, TRANSFERRED AND/OR OTHERWISE HANDLED IN A MANNER DIFFERENT THAN AS STATED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY, THEN YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO UTILIZE OUR WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES WE MAY PROVIDE. IF YOU ACCESS OUR SERVICES FROM AND/OR RESIDE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE STORED, TRANSMITTED AND SHARED IN ACCORDANCE WITH U.S. PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION LAWS, WHICH MAY NOT BE EQUIVALENT TO THOSE IN EFFECT IN YOUR COUNTRY. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOU WILL NOT USE OUR WEBSITE OR ANY OF OUR SERVICES WITH ANY EXPECTATION OF GREATER PRIVACY RIGHTS THAN THOSE TO WHICH YOU HAVE EXPRESSLY AGREED AS STATED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY.

Changes in Terms

NASBP reserves the right to change these terms at any time. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these terms, and your continued use of this internet site constitutes your acceptance of any such changes.

Copyright & Trademark Information

Copyright © 2018 National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP). All rights reserved.

All content and materials available on this internet site are the property of NASBP, unless otherwise indicated, and are protected by trademark and copyright laws in the United States and other jurisdictions. Such content and materials, including but not limited to text, graphics, logos, photographs, and audio and video material, may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, modified, sold or transferred in any form or by any means, except with the prior written permission of NASBP, or as expressly permitted by this internet site. Inclusion of any part of this internet site in another work, in any form or by any means, and inclusion of any part of this internet site in another internet site by means of linking, framing, or otherwise, are strictly prohibited without the prior written permission of NASBP.

Unless otherwise indicated, members of NASBP may download content or other materials for their own personal use on a single computer. However, no part of such content or materials may be otherwise or subsequently reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, modified, sold or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written permission of, and with express attribution to, NASBP. Requests for permission may be made by contacting info@nasbp.org.

Code of Conduct for NASBP SuretyConnect community, NASBP's eGroups Message Boards

To ensure the best possible experience for all participants, NASBP has established basic guidelines for those participating in the NASBP SuretyConnect community, NASBP's eGroups Message Boards. 

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to NASBP using the Contact Us link.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates these rules.

In addition to the these rules, etiquitte, and legal requirements, users are also governed by the Terms of Use, Privacy & Copyright Information. By joining the SuretyConnect community, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and guidelines provided by NASBP's Terms of Use, Privacy & Copyright Information, described above.

Rules

• Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. 
• Don't post commercial messages on any discussion list, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
• Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. 
• All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. 
• Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted. 
• Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise. 
• Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate lists or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message.
• All messages must add to the body of knowledge. NASBP reserves the right to reject any message for any reason.

Group Etiquette

• Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location. 
• State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows participants to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for participants to search the archives by subject.
• Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting. 
• Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. 
• Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every message.
• Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list.” Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings. 
• Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message."

Legal Requirements

The National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) eGroups Message Boards are a service provided by NASBP to its members solely for the purpose of discussing matters relating to the surety industry. By subscribing to and participating in an NASBP eGroups message board, you agree to be bound by and to warrant full compliance with the NASBP eGroups Message Board Use Policy, as further delineated below. Any violation of this Use Policy may result in the revocation of your participation privileges, with or without prior notice. You should be aware that you can be held legally accountable for your postings.

Participation in NASBP eGroups Message Boards is limited to NASBP member, affiliate, and associate firms and their employees. If your firm membership in NASBP terminates or lapses or if you are no longer employed by a NASBP member firm, you MUST unsubscribe immediately.

NASBP accepts no responsibility for the statements, information and materials posted by users and hereby disclaims all warranties with respect to statements, information and materials posted in such message boards, whether by NASBP or by third parties, including warranties of accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall NASBP be liable for any damages, including special, indirect or consequential damages, arising from or in connection with the loss of use or use of any statements, information or materials posted in such message boards.You are prohibited from posting any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, obscene, sexually explicit or illegal statements, information or materials. 

You are prohibited from using the message boards to impersonate any person, or to communicate under a false name or one you are not authorized to use.

You are prohibited from using the message board to encourage or to facilitate, expressly or impliedly, or to give even the appearance of, any practices that violate federal or state antitrust laws or other laws prohibiting anti-competitive practices. Do not post messages that encourage or facilitate agreements on the following subjects: fees, premiums, commissions or discounts; salaries; profits, profit margins or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers. To access the antitrust policy of NASBP, please click here.

You are prohibited from posting any information or material that infringes or violates the property rights, including copyrights and trademarks, of others. By posting statements, information or material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she holds the property rights, including copyrights, with respect to such statement, information or material or has obtained the necessary permission from the holder to do so. Furthermore, the posting party thereby grants NASBP and users of the message board with an nonexclusive, perpetual, and irrevocable license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print and use such statement, information or material without payment to the posting party.

All postings must be informational in nature and for informational purposes only. Commercial use or any other unauthorized use of the message boards is prohibited. You are prohibited from using the message boards to solicit or conduct business, including the direct or indirect marketing of users’ products or services, in any manner. NASBP message boards may not be used to provide information, materials, products or services in exchange for compensation of any kind.

NASBP does not generally monitor the NASBP message boards and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, NASBP reserves the right to take immediate action without notice on any posting that, in the sole opinion of NASBP, is inappropriate or violates the terms and conditions of this Use Policy and to restrict, suspend, or exclude any individual from further use of NASBP message boards. NASBP further reserves the right to permit or to deny access to its message boards to any individual regardless of membership status.