TalkLife Terms of Service
Last Modified: May 15th 2018 (archived versions)
In order to provide our Services (as defined below) through our apps, services, features, software, or website, we need to obtain your express agreement to our Terms of Service (“Terms”). You agree to our Terms by registering, installing, accessing, or using our apps, services, features, software, or website.
Welcome to TalkLife. TalkLife Ltd (“TalkLife”, “we”, “our”, “us”) offers visitors (“you” or “your”) the ability to: (1) create personal questions and receive coaching for friends, family, and the public; and (2) coach, comment, discuss, and review results. This agreement (the “Agreement”) sets forth the terms and conditions which govern your use of http://talklife.co and its subsites (“our site”) and the TalkLife app (“our app”). It is TalkLife Ltd. (collectively, “TalkLife,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) that provides the services described below to you (collectively, “Services”):
Your Access. Without advance notice and at any time, we may, for violations of this agreement or for any other reason we choose: (1) suspend your access to TalkLife, (2) suspend or terminate Your Account, and/or (3) remove any of your User Content from TalkLife. We reserve the right to monitor TalkLife, and your use of the Service means you agree to such monitoring. At the same time, we do not guarantee we will monitor at all.
Connecting You With Other People. We provide ways for you to communicate with other TalkLife members through our peer to peer community. At TalkLife you can share the ups and downs of life in a safe environment. We started TalkLife with the belief in social connection and the power of evidenced-based peer to peer support. If you are in danger or require emergency support, please don’t hesitate to contact emergency services. TalkLife is not to be used if you are in danger or a crisis situation.
Posting and Commenting. At TalkLife, you can post whatever is on your mind as long as it stays within our Guidelines For Use. Members from around the world will then share advice or react and if they can, offer peer support. You can also support others through a peer-based community. At times, TalkLife volunteers or admins will post or comment in a non-clinical capacity. You will use TalkLife for entertainment or informational purposes only. You will not make critical decisions based on feedback from the TalkLife community or experts in the TalkLife community;
TalkLife is Not Intended To Replace Professional Support. We firmly believe in the power of peer support, however, in lots of situations peer support is not appropriate and should not be used as a replacement for professional support or information from your GP/medical professional.
Personal Use. Our site and our app are for your personal use only and shall not be used by you directly or indirectly in connection with any academic, commercial or governmental endeavour. If you would like to advertise, conduct market research or other survey or research activities for academic, commercial or political purposes please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; TalkLife does not have any affiliation with third-party mental health professionals using the service and it is strictly not intended as a marketplace to promote mental health services, therapeutic services, professional healthcare and support or any diagnostic services. TalkLife reserves the right to remove any such content without notice. We may at times promote third-party platforms or clinical interventions in line with our clinical governance.
Ways To Improve Our Services. We analyze how you make use of TalkLife, in order to improve all aspects of our Services described here. TalkLife uses the information it has and also works with partners, research partners, service providers, and affiliated companies to do this.
Safety And Security. We work to protect the safety and security of TalkLife by appropriately dealing with abusive people and activity and violations of our Terms. We prohibit misuse of our Services, harmful conduct towards others, graphic or explicit content and violations of our Terms and policies, and address situations where we may be able to help support or protect our community. We develop automated systems to improve our ability to detect and remove abusive people and activity that may harm our community and the safety and security of our Services. If we learn of people or activity like this, we will take appropriate action by removing such people or activity or contacting law enforcement. We share information with other affiliated companies when we learn of misuse or harmful conduct by someone using our Services.
Enabling Global Access To Our Services. To operate our global Service, we need to store and distribute content and information on servers and systems around the world, including outside your country of residence. This infrastructure may be owned or operated by our service providers.
Crisis Support. TalkLife is not a crisis support service and we cannot support users who are suicidal. If someone is in need of immediate support we urge them to contact the emergency services or one of the resources listed in our help centre. We are unable to provide crisis support through TalkLife. As such we do not allow posts that actively discuss suicide attempts or methodologies. We prominently provide resources on where to seek crisis support help in our ‘I need help’ section in app. We also provide pop up signposting to users when they have drafted content that suggests they’re in crisis.
Your TalkLife Account
Registration. To participate in TalkLife, you must create an account that includes a valid email address, username and password (“Your Account”), you can browse TalkLife without logging in or signing up.
You Are Responsible. You are responsible for everything you post in all areas, including to your profile, comments, and replies, which are publicly accessible;
Stick to the Guidelines. You will at all times while using our site or our app comply with our Guidelines for Use (which will be made available to you on our site and our app and may be updated by us from time to time) and will ensure that any post or other communication is compliant with these Guidelines for Use. You can read them here.
Don’t share your personal content. You will not share phone numbers, home addresses, email addresses or other personal information on the public areas of our site or our app.
Account Removals. We reserve the right to remove content and/or delete your account at our discretion, including if you violate any of the terms of this Agreement.
Age Restrictions. Although we welcome users from all walks of life, TalkLife is not intended or directed at individuals under the age of 16 years of age. Therefore, individuals under the age of 16 may not create an account. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 16 and if you are under this age you must not use our Services. If we become aware that you are under 16 and using our app or our site, we may terminate your user account and issue bans to your device.
Your participation on TalkLife
You also agree to follow the TalkLife Community Guidelines. These guidelines are intended to keep people safe, protect members, keep TalkLife running, and to encourage personal responsibility for what you do on TalkLife.
- You will not distribute or post spam or other unauthorised commercial communication on or through our site or our app;
- You will not impersonate anyone else on our site or our app or use another person’s account to gain access to our site or our app;
You won’t post inappropriate content, including graphic self-harm, suicidal means or descriptions of suicidal actions, graphic images containing self-harm or other explicit content.
- You will not use TalkLife as a dating service.
- You will not bully, threaten or harass any user or our site or our app;
- You will not post content that contains profanity or explicit images (including nudity or violence) or incites hatred or violence;
- Don’t mess with TalkLife. You agree not to interrupt the serving of TalkLife, You will not upload viruses or other malicious code;
- You will not use TalkLife to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious or discriminatory.
- If you notice any user acting in violation of these rules please report this immediately to our system administrators at email@example.com.
- We reserve the right to remove content and/or delete your account at our discretion, including if you violate any of the terms of this Agreement.
Although we monitor the use of our site and our app, TalkLife may contain explicit material uploaded by users. Please exercise caution when using TalkLife for yourself or if authorising the usage for others. We are not responsible for any direct or indirect exposure to explicit images or comments.
We reserve the right to remove any communication or post which is not in compliance with our Guidelines for Use or otherwise may in our absolute discretion be found to be inappropriate or offensive by any of our users.
If you get questions that make you feel uncomfortable, please ignore them or report them to the system administrators. Please do not engage in conversations with people that make you feel uncomfortable in any way.
If you are harassed in any way, please report it to our system administrators or other appropriate authorities immediately.
Please note that if we become aware of any incidents of cyber bullying or consider that any individual is likely to cause harm to themselves or other people we may report such incidents to the appropriate authorities or social workers at our sole discretion.
Harm To TalkLife Or Our Users. You must not (or assist others to) directly, indirectly, through automated or other means access, use, copy, adapt, modify, prepare derivative works based upon, distribute, license, sublicense, transfer, display, perform, or otherwise exploit our Services in impermissible or unauthorized manners, or in ways that burden, impair, or harm us, our Services, systems, our users, or others, including that you must not directly or through automated means: (a) reverse engineer, alter, modify, create derivative works from, decompile, or extract code from our Services; (b) send, store, or transmit viruses or other harmful computer code through or onto our Services; (c) gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to our Services or systems; (d) interfere with or disrupt the safety, security, or performance of our Services; (e) create accounts for our Services through unauthorized or automated means; (f) collect the information of or about our users in any impermissible or unauthorized manner; (g) sell, resell, rent, or charge for our Services in an unauthorized manner; (h) distribute or make our Services available over a network where they could be used by multiple devices at the same time, except as authorized through tools we have expressly provided via our Services; or (i) create software or APIs that function substantially the same as our Services and offer them for use by third parties in an unauthorized manner.
Keeping Your Account Secure. You are responsible for keeping your device and your TalkLife account safe and secure, and you must notify us promptly of any unauthorized use or security breach of your account or our Services.
Fees. The use of our site and our app is currently free of charge for personal use. However, where any telephony or data charges are incurred in relation to our app or our site, for example for the purpose of password retrievals or to communicate with friends and family that don’t have TalkLife installed, when you make requests these will be your responsibility and we will not be responsible for the costs of such telephony and data charges. These costs may be charged by your mobile phone carrier and will be solely at your cost based on your contract or arrangement with such mobile phone carrier.
Copyright and Trademark Ownership. As between you and us, you own all the content you post on our site and on our app, and give us a perpetual, royalty-free, freely sublicenseable right and license throughout the world to collect, reproduce, publish, distribute, display, transmit, modify and otherwise use your posted content on our site and our app, and for our own internal purposes. Aggregated and compiled content available through our site or our app is the property of TalkLife or its licensors and may be protected by English and/or international copyright laws. The collection, arrangement and assembly of all content is the exclusive property of TalkLife and protected by English and/or international copyright laws. We grant you permission to share this information via provided utilities (i.e. Facebook), electronically copy, and print copies of content for personal use only. Any other use, including the reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication, or display of the content is strictly prohibited. If you use material other than as permitted by the terms of this Agreement, you may be liable for infringement, misappropriation or other causes of action to the fullest extent of the law.
Do not post media (images, text, video, audio, or other) on our site or our app unless you have full ownership/rights in such media or are otherwise legally permitted to do so.
You may not copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile, or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the software for TalkLife’s web, mobile, or application experience, or any part thereof.
Other than the personal use licensed above, you may not reproduce any content in any form without first obtaining written permission.
All trademarks, logos, service marks and trade names are proprietary to TalkLife or third parties who have granted TalkLife the right or license to use such intellectual property. TalkLife does not grant, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark, service mark, trade name or logo displayed without our prior written consent.
Links to Other Sites. Our tools may contain links to other websites. The linked sites are not under TalkLife’s control, and we do not warrant, represent or assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information or software or other materials downloaded from or contained in any linked site or any site contained in a linked site.
Transactions with Others. TalkLife may enable third parties to ask questions or advertise their products or may otherwise describe certain third party services. You agree that any such content shall not be considered an endorsement by us of such products or services, and that we shall not be liable for: (i) your interactions with any entity and/or individual on or through our tools, including but not limited to interactions involving the payment and delivery of goods and services, or (ii) any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings. Any such dealings are solely between you and such entity and/or individual. You agree that TalkLife is not responsible for any damage or loss incurred as a result of any such dealings.
Disclaimer, Warranties and Liability. You acknowledge and agree that your use of our site and our app are at your sole risk. To the fullest extent permitted by law, neither TalkLife nor its officers, directors, employees, agents, successors or affiliates will be liable to any user of our site or our app or any other person or entity for any:
(a) indirect, special, incidental, punitive, consequential or exemplary damages;
(b) loss of profits;
(c) loss of data; or
(d) loss of use,
in each case, arising out of the use or inability to use our site or our app, even if TalkLife has been advised of the possibility of such damages, except where liability cannot be excluded in accordance with applicable law.
For any direct losses you or any other person may suffer in connection with your use or inability to use our site or app out liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law to £100.
To the extent permitted by applicable law, TalkLife disclaims any implied warranties of fitness for any particular purpose regarding our site or our app.
Please note that TalkLife does not provide professional support or counselling. Our support team and mentors are not medically qualified and you should not rely on their advice regarding any medical or related matter. If you think you may require professional or medical assistance please make sure that you contact appropriately authorised medical professionals. Although our support team and mentors may suggest or provide details of medical professionals these are just individual suggestions and you should make sure that you independently verify the suitability of such professionals for your particular needs. TalkLife will accept no liability for advice provided by any medical professionals.
We cannot always foresee or anticipate technical or other difficulties. These difficulties may result in loss of data, settings, or other service interruptions. For this reason, you agree that TalkLife services, including the services of our third-party service providers, are provided “as-is” and we do not guarantee the availability of the Talklife services or that any of the features or services will not be interrupted or will be error free.
Disputes; Venue. You agree that this Agreement is governed by the laws of England without regard to any conflict of law provisions. You agree to personal jurisdiction by and venue in the courts of England. However, nothing in this Agreement shall prevent you from bringing claims in your own jurisdiction where this is permitted by mandatory law provisions in your country.
Notices. Except as otherwise stated, any notice to us shall be given by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and any notice to you shall be given to the e-mail address that you provided us during the registration process. Notice shall be considered given the next business day after an e-mail has been sent.