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BVI News Online policies

DISCLAIMER/COPYRIGHT POLICY

Also see below, our comment & privacy policies

BVINews.com provides this site and services subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement. By using this site, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions, do not use this site.

Copyright notice

BVINews.com and the editorial content, graphics, and products of the BVINews.com website, unless otherwise noted, are the products of BVINews.com, a subsidiary of Media Expressions Limited. The information presented on BVINews.com is copyrighted as collective work. Outside of personal use, any unauthorized reproduction, by any means, mechanical or electronic, without the express written permission of BVINews.com is strictly prohibited.

Disclaimers

The site, the materials, and any product or service obtained through this site are provided as is and without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, BVINews.com and its affiliates, suppliers, advertisers, and agents disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of title, non-infringement, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose. Your use of this site and any materials provided throughout are entirely at your own risk. You acknowledge that in no event shall BVINews.com be liable for any loss or damages arising from the use of the products or services. BVINews.com shall have no liability for lost profits, salary, special or consequential damages, foreseeable or not, regardless of whether such damages result from the failure or inadequacy of any exclusion or other remedy.

No endorsements by BVINews.com

Nothing on the Site shall be considered an endorsement, representation or warranty with respect to any User or third party, whether in regards to its web site, products, services, or otherwise.

Opinions/blogs

The views, opinions or blogs posted under all the articles of this website do not represent the views and opinions of the management and staff of BVINews.com and its parent company.

Links to other sites

BVINews.com contains links to third party web sites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by BVINews.com of the contents on such third-party web sites. BVINews.com is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites and does not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such third-party web sites. If you decide to access linked third-party web sites, you do so at your own risk.

Posting to public areas of BVINews.com

Please remember that if you post any of your personal information in public areas of BVINews.com, such as in online forums or chat rooms, such information may be collected and used by others over whom we have no control. We are not responsible for the use made by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of the BVINews.com.

Questions and notices

Questions concerning the use of the Site should be directed to Contact Us. Notices shall be sent, for BVINews.com, to the address listed on the Site, and, for you, to the address submitted by you or such other address as BVINews.com reasonably determines is an appropriate address for you.

Governing law

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the British Virgin Islands.

PRIVACY POLICY

Thank you for visiting BVINews.com, a subsidiary of Media Expressions Limited. Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used at this web site.

The Information We Collect

At this site, you can purchase advertising packages, vote in polls or otherwise express an opinion, and participate in one of our online forums or communities. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected at these pages include: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information, and information about your interests in and use of various products, programs, and services.

At certain parts of our site, only persons who provide us with the requested personally identifiable information will be able to order products, programs, and services or otherwise participate in the site’s activities and offerings.

We also may collect certain non-personally identifiable information when you visit many of our web pages such as the type of browser you are using (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer), the type of operating system you are using, (e.g., Windows ’95 or Mac OS) and the domain name of your Internet service provider (e.g., America Online, Earthlink).

How We Use The Information

The information we collect in connection with our online forums and communities is used to provide an interactive experience. We use this information to facilitate participation in these online forums and communities and, from time to time, to offer you products, programs, or services.

If you choose to submit content for publication (e.g., a “letter to our editors”), we may publish your screen name and other information you have provided to us. We sometimes use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our site and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage, as well as to offer you products, programs, or services. We may disclose personally identifiable information in response to legal process, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency’s request.

Agents and contractors of Media Expressions Limited, who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for Media Expressions Limited.

Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Notice.

Finally, this web site will not use or transfer personally identifiable information provided to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you with an opportunity to opt out of these unrelated uses.

Our Commitment to Security

We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about Media Expressions Limited’s online policy for this site or its implementation you may contact us at bvinewsads@gmail.com.

COMMENT POLICY

The comments posted do not necessarily reflect the views of BVINews.com and its parent company or any individual staff member. All comments are posted subject to approval by BVINews.com. We never censor based on political or ideological point of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete those comments that:

  • contain any material which violates or infringes the rights of any person, is defamatory or harassing or include ad hominem attacks.
  • a reasonable person would consider abusive, profane or offensive.
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote hate of any kind.
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty.
  • contain links to “chain letters”, pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are excessively long and off-message.

We may delete those comments that:

  • are essentially unsubstantiated rumour. “I have documents that prove that….”, “I was witness to….”, “I know this for a fact…..”, and especially “I heard it on the marl road….” are not necessarily sufficient “proof” for BVINews.com. However, this is up to the discretion of the moderator.
  • are annoying to read. Please avoid hitting that caps lock button or highlighting parts of the comment in bold.
  • have too many links. Including one or two links is OK, but our comment section is for readers’ opinions, not to highlight news and views from around the web.
  • have descended into bickering between commenters (which generally makes tedious reading).

Please also note: If we receive a comment that indicates an intent to commit an act of violence or any other criminal act, or incites others to do so, we may contact and fully cooperate with law-enforcement agencies.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q:
I posted a comment. Why can’t I see it on the site?

A: Because we have a very small staff at BVINews.com, we sometimes only have time to moderate comments a couple of times through the day. Please be patient – we do try to post the comments regularly.

Q: I am sure my comment did not break any BVINews.com comment policy rules. Why wasn’t it posted?

A: Look through the above list again. It may be that with a slight change and resubmission BVINews.com will post the comment. Alternatively, you can email your comment to bvinews@gmail.com and we will reconsider posting or explain why it was not posted.

Q: I’ve noticed a comment that I think the moderator should have deleted. Why was it posted?

A: There is sometimes a fine line between free speech and hate speech and on occasion this can be a difficult call. Generally, if there is any doubt, especially if there is any possibility that the comment is defamatory, the moderator will delete it. However, if you think we have made the wrong decision and you find a comment offensive, please email bvinews@gmail.com  and we will consider deleting it or explain why it was allowed. A ‘report abuse’ icon is also next to each published comment. When clicked by the reader, it will send a notification to our email, indicating that the comment is not appropriate.

Q: Why do you allow people to post anonymously?

A: Unfortunately, many people in the British Virgin Islands, both expatriate and British Virgin Islander, feel that using their real names might jeopardise their livelihoods. In addition, in a small community like ours, many are reluctant to put their names to comments that might create ill will, and we feel that people should have the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions without fear of retribution. On the other hand, a comment that is made by someone who has the courage to put their name to it has much greater impact and we encourage those who really care about the British Virgin Islands to stand up for what they believe in. However, we do not allow commenters to use this website merely to insult others under the cover of anonymity – though we perhaps give more wriggle room if they are critising politicians or political parties or if the comment is funny (our call).

Q: Why am I blocked from commenting on BVINews.com?

A: If a commenter has previously posted comments that are excessively abusive, off-topic, offensive, or include ad hominem attacks, a BVINews.com moderator may decide to ban the commenter’s IP address. This means the abusive commenter is banned from commenting on the site in the future, even if the later comments are not abusive. We ban IPs because it is too time consuming to individually delete comments written by someone with a pattern of abuse. If a commenter shares a computer or IP address with someone who has written abusive comments, it could result in a comment being blocked even if the commenter has never posted anything abusive. If you think this might apply to you, email bvinews@gmail.com