Status: January 2016
There are no fees for parents and students for utilizing the Edufinder.com platform. There are no costs associated to opening, maintaining and closing of user accounts on Edufinder.com. This, of course, is independent of any registration and/or tuition fees which could be incurred at certain institutions—something that is outside the realm of Edufinder.com.
Coverage and Liabilities
As a service provider, according to Article 7, Section 1 of Telemediengesetz (TMG; German Telemedia Act), Edufinder.com takes responsibility for its own content on the platform. Though, as per Articles 8 to 10 TMG, Edufinder.com is not obligated to verify information and check content transmitted and/or saved on its platform by outside parties. Edufinder.com will immediately upon being informed remove any content from its site that has been deemed as infringing on the rights of others. Edufinder.com shall be liable only from the date of having acquired the knowledge of the presence of infringing material on its website.
Except in cases where damages might come about directly from or, through gross negligence on its part, Edufinder.com accepts no liability for content communicated. These include all kinds of damages, especially such damages which are caused by mistakes, delays, or disconnections in transmission, technical failures in equipment and servicing, incorrect material, loss or deletion of data, viruses or other matters that can come about during the use of this online platform.
Edufinder.com accepts no responsibility for content, correctness, lawfulness and functionality of websites of third parties linked to Edufinder.com. The linked websites were checked for any unlawfulness at the time of establishing the link, and no grounds for not linking them were found. Upon being informed of injurious or liable content, we shall immediately remove such links from our website. Clicking on links, however, will be done at one’s own risk.
The content offered on Edufinder.com website is copyrighted and protected. Its use is subject to copyrights laws. The website may not be altered, copied, re-published, transmitted, or saved without prior consent of Edufinder.com.
Edufinder.com will provide a simple, non-exclusive and non-transferable license for a one-time download of certain software, images, data and their content. All the rights, however, remain with Edufinder.com.
Edufinder.com bears no responsibility for problems in accessing the website that may be caused by force majeure, natural or man-made, or by any cause outside the realm of its control, including any breakdown in networks or gateways. Edufinder.com does not guarantee that the website will function uninterrupted or error free, or when failures and mistakes on it are not corrected. As well, Edufinder.com shall not be liable for the correctness of content on its website.
Permission to Use
In our mission to support education, we have limited the use of Edufinder.com platform to: students of all ages, parents who are looking for educational offers in foreign countries or for schools, language-schools, universities, educational institutions of all levels and standards, education counselors and agencies; faculties, lecturers, as well as governmental agencies and organizations.
For Pupils, Students and Parents
There is no minimum age requirement, nor any requirement for a minimum level of education to utilize the services offered on Edufinder.com. The use of Edufinder.com is free of charge.
For Schools, Universities, Educational Institutions, Agencies, Counselors, Faculties, Organizations, Governmental Agencies
The use of Edufinder.com is open to all persons and institutions in the educational sector, as long as these institutions are in possession of the necessary accreditation. Edufinder.com reserves the right to accept an accreditation. Agencies will have to provide additional references in certain cases. Edufinder.com reserves the right to check references, and the right to reject or delete registrations on its website, free of any liability.
Use of Content on Edufinder.com
Edufinder.com makes it possible for its users to have access to the available content on its website. Students and parents of students who are looking for education prospects domestically and/or in foreign countries may use such information solely for private purposes. Users who will be using the platform of Edufinder.com for professional purposes may do so solely for their professional purposes. The content on Edufinder.com and its software are protected by international copyright laws, have trademark protection, and protection through other rights. It is prohibited to change, duplicate, publish, transmit, send, gain commercially from, exhibit, or sell the content which is made available for users of Edufinder.com.
Usage Limitations on Edufinder.com
It is not permitted to have more than one user account on Edufinder.com, except where this has been explicitly agreed to by Edufinder.com. Multiple accounts can be deleted, with or without prior notice to account holders. Agencies, institutions and organizations in the education sector could be excluded from use of Edufinder.com services should there be grounds to doubt their trustworthiness or accreditations. Edufinder.com reserves the right to delete accounts of those mentioned above, with or without prior notification.
Users are prohibited from utilizing Edufinder.com for the purposes of communicating/transmitting content which is: illegal, in any shape or form injurious to intellectual property rights (including but not limited to trademark protection and copyrights), are injurious to personal rights and/or the public, in any way trespass the private sphere of another or constrain and harm it, are misused, inappropriate and violent in nature. Users are prohibited to endanger the security of Edufinder.com site, be this by way of unauthorized accessing of data, logging into servers or accounts for which they possess no access rights (Users have to create an account that is in accordance with their purposes and business: an agency has to be registered as an agency and an institution as an institution.), manipulating the authentication measures, limiting the services of another user, such as but not limited to introducing viruses, spamming or overloading the website so as to harm it.
Any action harmful to the website and its network security will be dealt with legally - criminally and/or civilly. Edufinder.com would follow up on any such harmful cases as mentioned above, and would cooperate with the appropriate authorities in prosecuting violators.
Registration and User Content
Should a registration be left uncompleted, Edufinder.com will make use of its right to delete the incomplete registration and whatever content it may hold at that point.
The user does not have an automatic claim on the services of Edufinder.com. Edufinder.com reserves the right to deny participation without having to offer grounds for such.
Edufinder.com accepts no liability for, and does not guarantee, the authenticity of a user’s identity; it is up to each user to convince himself of the authenticity of another user's identity. Edufinder.com, however, has the right to ask for necessary documentation in order to prove the authenticity of a user's identity and/or accreditation. If such supporting information is not forwarded within the expected period of time or is deemed to be false, the account of the user will be deleted.
All of the information included in the profile of a student, with the exception of last name (surname) and contact information, will be made visible to all educational institutions on Edufinder.com.
Users are solely responsible for all the information, messages and posts they enter, send or present through their accounts.
By posting content on Edufinder.com, the user acknowledges that he/she has the rights to the material. He/she also acknowledges that the content is not injurious to the privacy, rights, copyrights, contract rights, or any other rights of another.
Edufinder.com is not liable for the actions of users on its site, and will pursue a criminal prosecution in the event of any infringements. The user agrees he/she will bear the ensuing costs of any liability arising out of his/her actions on Edufinder.com.
Edufinder.com acts in the capacity of an online platform. It will look for commonalities between students and educational institutions based on the information provided by them, and may, therefore, suggest that the parties make contact with one another.
The following list contains some of the contents that are not allowed on Edufinder.com. This list is by no means exhaustive, and is presented as examples.
Contents are prohibited which:
infringe on intellectual property rights of another, or contain unauthorized use of copyrighted material,
contain restricted, or hidden pages and images,
contain or propagate objectionable or pornographic material,
are abusive, destructive, objectionable, or contain hate-speech, threats, encourage or associate with fanatical behavior toward groups or individuals,
harass, or contain insulting material against persons or groups of people,
propagate erroneous, defamatory or libelous information,
contain information about illegal activities, or encouragement thereof, such as harm to the private sphere of another person, media theft (piracy), spreading of computer viruses, sale and manufacture of weapons, or to ask for passwords and such other private information from other users,
send out Spam, bulk mailings, or junk mail,
encourage or approve of illegal activities
Consenting to Email Communications
By registering on Edufinder.com, the user agrees to receiving emails in connection to their account on Edufinder.com. Those users who do not wish to receive any emails from Edufinder.com, have to inform the same at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edufinder.com does not guarantee the correct operation of its website, nor that the Edufinder.com website or its servers will be free of viruses and other such harmful mechanisms. Edufinder.com functions on a “status-quo”basis and does not guarantee the completeness, correctness or sincerity of the content and services on its website, nor of the content provided by users.
No Unauthorized Commercial Use
Each user is entitled to cancel his/her membership and close their account, without having to give any reasons, and with immediate effect.
At the deadline of the termination notice, all personal data related to the user will be fully and irreversibly deleted. The irreversible deletion of all data may take a certain amount of time - a maximum of 48 hours - to complete. This does not apply to the longer storage of data pertaining to cases of misuse and criminal investigation.