T&Cs

THE INDEPENDENT, SINGAPORE WEBSITE

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Before you commence use of our website and access our services, it is imperative that you read and understand our terms and conditions for the use of our website and any other websites connected with us. It is crucial that you comprehend the relevant legal definitions attributable to our website so that you are aware of your legal rights and also your obligations with respect to Protegesoft Pte Ltd (“PPL”) which operates theindependent.sg (“TISG”). Hereinafter, reference to PPL shall be construed as reference to TISG.

By your access of this Site and/or use of the Services, you (and where Clause 1.1.2(iii) applies, your child or ward) hereby agree to be legally bound by TISG Website Conditions.  If you do not accept or agree with TISG Website Conditions, kindly leave the TISG website and discontinue use of TISG Services immediately.

1. Agreement
1.1 You hereby represent and warrant that:
1.1.1 you have read and agree to TISG Website Conditions and our Privacy Policy.
1.1.2 you are at least 18 years old and have the necessary legal capacity, right, power and authority to agree to TISG Website Conditions and you are either;
(i) accessing this Site, using the Services and contracting in your own personal capacity;
(ii) accessing this Site, using the Services and contracting on behalf of a corporate entity; or
(iii) contracting as parent or guardian of a child or ward who is less than 18 years old and who is accessing this Site and using the Services, in which event you agree as his/her parent/guardian, both in your personal capacity and on behalf of your child/ward, to be bound by TISG Website Conditions and to be liable for your child’s or ward’s acts and omissions while accessing the Site and/or using the Services, and you also agree to ensure that your child or ward observes TISG Website Conditions;
1.1.3 you are authorised to bind the entity (yourself or your corporate entity) on whose behalf you are contracting and such entity agrees to be bound by TISG Website Conditions; and
1.1.4 all of the information provided by you to TISG (including without limitation personal particulars and contact information) is accurate and complete.
1.2 TISG reserves the right to change, modify, suspend or discontinue the whole or any portion of the Services or Site at any time. TISG may also impose limits on certain features or restrict your access to parts or the entire Services or Site without notice or liability.
1.3 TISG may from time to time vary or amend TISG Website Conditions by posting the amended Website Conditions at this Site.  Any use of the Services after the amendment of these Website Conditions will be deemed to be acceptance of the amended Website Conditions by you.  If you do not agree to the amended Website Conditions, you have the right to close your Account and/or cease using the Services.
2. Definitions
2.1 In this Agreement, the following definitions shall apply unless the context does not permit such application:
Account” means a registered account of a Member opened under this Site.
Agreement” means the agreement formed by these Website Conditions and the Privacy Policy, and in the case of a Member, by these Website Conditions, the Privacy Policy and Member conditions.
App” means any software or mobile application of TISG.
Computer” means your computer, notebook computer, personal digital assistant, mobile phone or other electronic device used to access this Site or the Services.
Content” means materials, information, news, advertisements, listings, data, input, text, songs, audio, video, pictures, graphics, software, blogs, webcasts, podcasts, broadcasts, messages, software, comments, suggestions, ideas and other content.
Linked Sites” is defined in Clause 8.1.
Member” means a registered member of the Site.
Member Conditions means the terms and conditions applicable to Members.
Servers” means the computer software, systems and servers hosting, operating, managing, providing or contributing to the Site and the Services.
Services” is defined in Clause 3.2.
Site means the TISG website containing the link to these Terms & Conditions.
TISG Content” means all Content of TISG that is made available on or via this Site or any other  TISG website.
Third Party Products” means products and services of third parties, including other users, advertised on or available at the Site or websites linked from the Site.
Third Party User Content” means all User Content which is not created, transmitted, posted or uploaded by you.
User Content” means all Content on this Site which is created, transmitted, posted or uploaded by a user of the Site.
2.2 The words “include” and “including” shall not be construed as having any limiting effect.
2.3 The headings in this Agreement do not have any legal effect nor shall they affect the construction of this Agreement in any way.
3. Site and Services
3.1 The Site is owned and maintained by Protegesoft Private Limited.
3.2 TISG may offer one or more of the following services on or through the Site (each a “Service” and collectively the “Services”):
3.2.1 access to a collection of information, news, data, text, listings, graphics, images, videos, audio files, podcasts, webcasts, software applications and other types of works, including any print, digitised or electronic newspapers, magazines, Apps or other content of TISG, whether through an online store or otherwise;
3.2.2 search engines or tools;
3.2.3 a platform to create, upload and publicly make available personalised content;
3.2.4 an advertising and branding platform;
3.2.5 message boards, forums, blogs, communication tools;
3.2.6 a social networking platform;
3.2.7 email alerts; and
3.2.8 any other features, content or applications that TISG may offer on or through the Site from time to time in its sole and absolute discretion.
3.3 You acknowledge and agree that to access and use certain Services, you will be required to register as a Member and additionally shall be bound to strictly comply with the Member Conditions in addition to these Website Conditions.
3.4 From time to time TISG will run competitions, promotions and surveys at the Site.  These are subject to additional terms and conditions that will be made available at the time they are run.
4. Content Use Conditions
4.1 You may not reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, publish, display, communicate, transmit, broadcast, podcast, webcast, distribute, sell, trade or exploit for any commercial or other purposes, any portion of, or any access to:
4.1.1 any Service;
4.1.2 the Site;
4.1.3 any TISG Content except, to the extent permitted, with the prior written consent of TISG or unless expressly permitted in TISG Website Conditions; or
4.1.4 any Third Party User Content except, to the extent permitted, with the prior written consent of TISG and the owner or licensee of the specific User Content.
4.2 Without prejudice to the generality of Clause 4.1, you agree not to reproduce, display or otherwise provide access to the Services, TISG Content, or Third Party User Content on another website or server, for example through framing, mirroring, linking, spidering, scraping or any other technological means (including any technology available in the future), without the prior written permission of TISG.
4.3 You may for your personal, non-commercial use:
4.3.1 retrieve and display TISG Content on any compatible device owned by you;
4.3.2 print a single copy of TISG Content on paper (but not photocopy them); and
4.3.3 store such TISG  Content in electronic form on disk or on a mobile device owned by you (but not on any server or other storage device connected to a network).
4.4 All TISG Content are the copyrighted work of TISG or its content or software providers, and TISG reserves and retains all rights in the TISG Content.  Use of some TISG Content may be governed by the terms of an accompanying end user license agreement.
4.5 You may not decompile, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of any TISG Content available on the Site or through a Service except under the specific circumstances expressly permitted by law or TISG in writing.
5. Intellectual Property
5.1 The copyright, patents, trade marks, registered designs and all intellectual property rights in the Services, the Site, and all TISG Content, including without limitation the copyright in the compilation of all User Content, shall vest in and remain with TISG.
5.2 The trademarks, logos and service marks (“Marks“) displayed on this Site are the property of TISG or other third parties, and all rights to the Marks are expressly reserved by TISG or relevant third parties.  You are not permitted to use any Marks without the prior written consent of TISG or such third party.  TISG and its subsidiaries aggressively enforce their intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law.  The name of TISG or any other Marks may not be used in any way, including in any advertising or publicity, or as a hyperlink without prior written permission of TISG.
5.3 The domain name on which the Site is hosted on is the sole property of TISG and you may not use or otherwise adopt a similar name for your own use.
5.4 If you have any questions or concerns about TISG Website Conditions or any issues raised in TISG Website Conditions or on the Site, please contact us at : enquiries@theindependent.sg
6. Online Conduct
6.1 You hereby undertake:
6.1.1 to comply with these Website Conditions, and such other notices or guidelines that may be posted on the Site by TISG from time to time (which are hereby incorporated by reference into these Website Conditions);
6.1.2 not to use any Service or TISG Content for any unlawful purpose, and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including without limitation, copyright law;
6.1.3 not to hack into, interfere with, disrupt, disable, over-burden or otherwise impair the proper working of the Site, Services or Servers, which shall include but is not limited to denial-of-service attacks, spoof attacks, session hacking, sniffing, tampering, reverse engineering or reprogramming; and
6.1.4 not to use the Account of another Member at any time, whether with or without his/her permission.
7. Disclaimers & Limitations
7.1 While we make every effort to ensure that all TISG Content displayed on the Site is accurate and complete, we provide the TISG Content for informative purposes and on an ‘as is’, ‘as available’ basis only without warranties of any kind either express or implied.  To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, TISG disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of satisfactory quality, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, compliance with description, or the warranty of non-infringement.  Without limiting the foregoing, TISG does not warrant that the functions contained in or access to the Site, Services, TISG Content or other content will be timely, uninterrupted or error-free or without omission, that defects will be corrected, or that the Site, Services, TISG Content or the Servers are free of viruses or other harmful components, or that the download, installation or use of any TISG Content in or with any Computer will not affect the functionality or performance of the Computer. TISG does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the TISG Content, the Services, the Site or the Servers in terms of their correctness, accuracy, completeness, reliability, or otherwise.  You (and not TISG) assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair, or correction, including any defect, problem or damage in any Computer.  You agree not to hold TISG liable for the loss of any of your User Content that is due to any circumstances beyond the control of TISG.
7.2 The data and information made available on the Site are of a general nature and do not purport, and shall not in any way be deemed, to constitute an offer or provision of any professional or expert advice.  You should at all times consult a qualified expert or professional adviser to obtain advice and independent verification of the information and data contained herein before acting on it.  Any financial or investment information in this Site are for use in Singapore only and are intended to be for your general information only.  You should not rely upon such information in making any particular investment or other decision which should only be made after consulting with a fully qualified financial adviser.  Such information do not nor are they intended to constitute any form of investment advice or any inducement, invitation or recommendation relating to any of the products listed or referred to.  Any arrangement made between you and a third party named on or linked to from these pages is at your sole risk and responsibility.  TISG does not sponsor, endorse or promote any financial products, services or information.
7.3 You acknowledge that it is not TISG’s policy to exercise editorial control over, and to review, edit or amend any data, information, materials or contents of any User Content, posting, email or any information that may be inserted or made available on the Site by other users of the Services and that TISG does not endorse and shall not be responsible for any such content.
7.4 You acknowledge and agree that TISG does not endorse or recommend, is not an agent, reseller or distributor of, and has no control over Third Party Products, and TISG hereby expressly disclaims all liabilities and responsibilities arising in relation to any Third Party Products whether available or advertised via the Site or on Linked Sites.
7.5 You agree that all statements, offers, information, opinions, materials, User Content, and Third Party Products, from other users and from advertisers and other third parties on this Site should be used, accepted and relied upon only with care and discretion and at your own risk, and TISG shall not be responsible for any loss, damage or liability incurred by you arising from such use or reliance.
7.6 You also acknowledge and agree that some Services may enable other users to upload User Content to the Site, and that some of these may be offensive, annoying, unlawful, in breach of these Website Conditions, contain viruses or cause you damage.  While we may remove any such User Content brought to our notice at our sole and absolute discretion, you acknowledge and agree that we cannot be responsible or liable for any User Content, and you agree to exercise access and use User Content only at your own risk and with care and discretion.
7.7 You agree that:
7.7.1 TISG shall be entitled at any time, at its sole and absolute discretion and without prior notice, to add to, vary, terminate, withdraw or suspend the operation of the whole or any part or feature of the Site or Services without assigning any reason; and
7.7.2 access to or the operation of the Site, Servers and/or the Services may from time to time be interrupted or encounter technical or other problems and may not necessarily continue uninterrupted or without technical or other errors,
and in any such event, TISG shall not be liable for any loss, liability or damage which may be incurred as a result.
7.8 In no event shall TISG be liable to you for any damages, losses, expenses, liabilities under any causes of action (whether in contract or tort including, but not limited to negligence, or otherwise) caused through the use of, or the inability to use, the TISG Content, User Content, Services, Third Party Products, any Computers, the Site, or any other website.  In the event that TISG is liable for damages despite the foregoing provision, you agree that TISG’s aggregate liability to you for any and all causes of action in relation to the TISG Content, Services, Site, and the Agreement, shall not exceed the total amount of fees and charges paid by you for the Services to TISG for the one (1) month period immediately preceding the time such liability arose.
7.9 Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall TISG be liable for any indirect, special, consequential, or incidental damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the TISG Content, Services, Site, or any other website, even if TISG or aTISG authorised representative has been advised of, or should have foreseen, the possibility of such damages.
7.10 You agree that the above exclusions and limitations of liability enable the Services and the TISG  Content to be provided by TISG at either reasonable costs or no costs to you.
8. Linked Sites
8.1 TISG may provide links to other sites (“Linked Sites“) that may be of relevance and interest to users.  TISG has no control over, and is not responsible for the content on the Linked Sites or for any damage you may incur from the Linked Sites (including any virus, spyware, malware, worms, errors or damaging material contained in the Linked Sites) or the availability of any content on the Linked Sites, and you hereby irrevocably waive any claim against us with respect to the Linked Sites.
9. Data Use & Privacy Policy
9.1 Please do not submit any personal information or data without first reading of TISG’s Privacy Policy which explains our data use and privacy practices in detail. TISG Privacy Policy applies to all information collected by PPL and/or TISG and/or its related entities, affiliates and subsidiaries (individually and collectively, “TISG“) under Clause below.For the purpose of this Policy, “we” and “our” shall refer to TISG and PPL.

9.1.1 When is information collected from you?
1.1 When you register for or use any of our services on websites owned and/or operated by us.
1.2 When you take part in any contest, survey or promotion conducted by us and/or our business partners.
1.3 When you register as a member of websites owned and/or operated by us, or hosted by us on behalf of our business partners or use services on such websites.
9.1.2. What is the information used for?
2.1 Information which you provide to us may be used and disclosed by us and our affiliates, business partners and contractors (who may be based outside Singapore) for the following purposes:
2.1.1 to respond to your requests and queries;
2.1.2 to provide goods and services to you;
2.1.3 to verify and process your personal particulars and payments;
2.1.4 to communicate with you;
2.1.5 to enforce contractual and legal rights and obligations;
2.1.6 for marketing research, user profile and statistical analysis;
2.1.7 to send you information, promotions, updates, and marketing and advertising materials in relation to our goods and services and those of third party organisations;
2.1.8 complying with law, the requests of law enforcement and regulatory officials, or orders of court; and
2.1.9 for any other purposes for which we have obtained your consent, including during the registration process under our Terms and Conditions.
2.2 In the event that you participate in contests or other promotional programs on our websites sponsored or organized by third parties or purchase goods and services offered by third parties or offer goods and services to third parties on our sites, your information may be disclosed to and used by such third parties.
9.3. Use of cookies
3.1 TISG uses “cookies”, where a small data file is sent to your browser to store and track information about you when you enter our websites.  The cookie is used to track information such as the number of users and their frequency of use, profiles of users and their preferred sites.
3.2 Like many web site operators, TISG may use an independent company (the “Third Party Market Research Company”) to measure and analyse the Internet usage across TISG web sites.  TISG uses the Third Party Market Research Company’s services to collect the following core information on the usage of our web sites, including:
3.2.1 The number of page views (or page impressions) that occur on TISG web sites;
3.2.2 The number of unique visitors to TISG web sites;
3.2.3 How long these unique visitors (on average) spend on TISG web sites when they do visit; and
3.2.4 Common entry and exit points into TISG web sites.
3.3 This information is collated by the Third Party Market Research Company and provided to  TISG to assist in analysing the usage of TISG web sites. Such data is also accessible by media organizations and research companies, for the purpose of conducting industry comparisons with other Internet portals.
3.4 Pages on TISG web sites may be coded with software which enables the Third Party Market Research Company and TISG to track visitors to our web sites.
10. Termination
10.1 You agree that TISG has the right in its sole and absolute discretion and without notice to restrict, suspend, or terminate your Account and/or your access to all or any part of the Site or Services, without assigning any reason.
11. Notification of Infringement
11.1 TISG reserves the right to investigate notices of copyright, trademark and other intellectual property infringement (“Infringement”) in respect of TISG Content, User Content and other material on the Site (“Infringing Material”) and take appropriate action.  If you believe that your work has been used or copied in a way that constitutes Infringement and such Infringement is occurring on this Site, please notify TISG in writing immediately in the form and containing the information prescribed by the Singapore Copyright Act (Cap. 63) (“Infringement Notice”).
11.2 All Infringement Notices shall be sent to TISG addressed as follows:The Company Secretary
883 North Bridge Road

#07-01 Southbank

Singapore 198785
+65 65095915

legal@theindependent.sg

11.3 TISG will duly consider all Infringement Notices submitted in the above manner.  In return, you agree that you shall not take any legal action or exercise any legal remedy you may have against TISG in respect of any Infringing Material, unless you have first given TISG the Infringement Notice and sufficient opportunity to remove the Infringing Material, and thereafter TISG refuses or fails to remove the Infringing Material within a reasonable time.  Where TISG removes the Infringing Material in response to your Infringement Notice, you agree not to exercise and you hereby waive, any right of action against TISG under applicable law which you may have in respect of any Infringing Material appearing on the Site prior to such removal by TISG.
11.4 You acknowledge and agree that TISG has no control and cannot undertake responsibility or liability in respect of Infringing Material appearing on Linked Sites or other third party sites.
12. Jurisdictional Issues
12.1 This Site is owned and operated by TISG in Singapore.  TISG makes no representation that the Contents of the Site are appropriate or available for use in your location.  Those who choose to access this Site from any location do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.
13. Indemnity
13.1 You agree to indemnify and hold TISG, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, partners, and employees, harmless from all claims, demands, actions, proceedings, liabilities (including statutory liability and liability to third parties), penalties, and costs (including without limitation, legal costs on a full indemnity basis), awards, losses and/or expenses, due to or arising out of:
13.1.1 any use of the Site or any Service;
13.1.2 your connection to the Site;
13.1.3 your breach of any terms and conditions of TISG Website Conditions;
13.1.4 your violation of any rights of another person or entity; or
13.1.5 your breach of any statutory requirement, duty or law.
14. Severability
14.1 If any provision of TISG Website Conditions is found to be illegal, void or unenforceable under any law that is applicable hereto or if any court of competent jurisdiction in a final decision so determines, these Website Conditions shall continue in force save that such provision shall be deemed to be deleted.
15. Relationship of Parties
15.1 Nothing in these Website Conditions shall constitute or be deemed to constitute an agency, partnership or joint venture between TISG and you and neither party shall have any authority to bind the other in any way.
16. Waiver
16.1 No waiver of any rights or remedies by TISG shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by an authorised representative of TISG.
16.2 A failure by TISG to exercise or enforce any rights conferred upon it by TISG Website Conditions shall not be deemed to be a waiver or variation of any such rights or operate so as to bar the exercise or enforcement thereof at any subsequent time or times.
17. Rights of Third Parties
17.1 Except as provided for in Clause 13, a person or entity who is not a party to this Agreement shall have no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act (Cap. 53B) to enforce any term of this Agreement, regardless of whether such person or entity has been identified by name, as a member of a class or as answering a particular description.
18. Force Majeure
18.1 No party shall be liable for any failure to perform its obligations under this Agreement if the failure results from a Force Majeure Event (defined below), provided always that whenever possible, the affected party will resume that obligation as soon as the Force Majeure Event occasioning the failure ceases or abates.
18.2 For purposes of this Agreement, a “Force Majeure Event” is an event which is a circumstance or event beyond the reasonable control of a party which affects the general public in that party’s country or in the territory, and which results in the party being unable to observe or perform on time an obligation under this Agreement.  Such circumstance or event shall include industrial action or labour disputes, civil unrest, war or threat of war, criminal or terrorist acts, government action or regulation, telecommunication or utility failures, power outages, fire, explosion, natural physical disasters, epidemic, quarantine restrictions, and general failure of public transport.
19. Governing Law & Jurisdiction
19.1 These Website Conditions and all matters relating to your access to, or use of, this Site and the Services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Singapore including without limitation the provisions of the Singapore Evidence Act (Chapter 97) and the Electronic Transactions Act (Cap. 88), without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law.
19.2 You hereby agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Singapore courts.

(Last updated on 5 August 2013)