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Terms and Conditions

Last Updated: 16 May 2016
This page tells you the terms of use to which you agree when you use the GCHQ website.

Using our website

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by any third party.

GCHQ may change the content of this website at any time.

By using this website, you indicate that you accept these Terms and Conditions and that you agree to abide by them.  If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions please refrain from using this website.

Logos

The copying and use of the GCHQ and CESG logos and any other logos used on this website is not permitted without GCHQ's prior written approval.

Contact us to request permission to use logos on our website. Please tell us how and why you wish to use our logo, and include your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and your email address with your request.

GCHQ and CESG logos must only be used in accordance with GCHQ's Corporate Identity Guidelines.

Copyright

The material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. Apart from the logos (which may only be copied and used with our prior written approval, as described above) the Crown copyright material may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged e.g. GCHQ © Crown Copyright 2016.

Any other proposed use of the material is likely to need a copyright license.

The permission to reproduce Crown protected material does not extend to any material on this site which is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

See further information on Crown copyright policy and licensing.

Hyperlinks

GCHQ encourages users to establish hypertext links to the site; however before any links are made directly to information that is hosted on our site, permission should be sought.

We do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site. GCHQ pages must load into the user's entire window.

Where our website contains links to other websites then these links are provided for your information only.  Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the content or availability of linked pages. We accept no responsibility for these linked pages or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. 

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. However you must take your own precautions to ensure that the processes which you employ for accessing this website do not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system.  It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

Privacy statement

We process information about you in accordance with our Privacy Policy.  By using our website you consent to such processing, and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate. 

This privacy statement only covers the GCHQ website at http://www.gchq.gov.uk. It does not cover links within this site to other websites.

 

Social Media Terms & Conditions

The @GCHQ Twitter account is run by the GCHQ media team.

If you follow @GCHQ, you can expect regular tweets covering:

  • Insight into GCHQ
  • News and press releases
  • Speeches, statements, and articles by GCHQ experts
  • New photos
  • Retweets of relevant information

@messages and Direct Messages

We review @ messages daily, but don't generally reply to them.

We also won't normally reply to Direct Messages. The limitations of Twitter's format means that we wouldn't be able to give you a full and useful reply.

Following

If we follow an account, it does not imply endorsement.

Disclaimer

GCHQ does not provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the GCHQ website.  We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material on this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy and reliability of the materials.

GCHQ does not accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise.  This includes loss of:

  • income or revenue

  • business

  • profit or contracts

  • anticipated savings

  • data

  • goodwill

  • tangible property.

It also includes wasted management or office time in connection with our website or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our website, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. 

This does not affect GCHQ’s liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law. 

Governing Law

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these Terms and Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Revisions to these terms

We may at any time revise these Terms and Conditions without notice.  Please check these Terms and Conditions regularly, as continued use of this GCHQ website after a change has been made is your acceptance of the change.