Terms of Use - Pendect

Terms of Use for pendect.com

Terms of Service

Dated: March 2020 

Welcome to Pendect! Pendect is a community-driven news platform that depends on active users (hereinafter “Pentributors”) to help build, grow and define its content.

We, the Pendect GmbH (hereinafter “we”, “us” or “Pendect”), operate an online platform where users (hereinafter “you” or “user”)  have the possibility to inform themselves about news or help to create news content. Pendect uses its own website www.pendect.com and a mobile application (hereinafter collectively “platform”) for this purpose.

These Terms of Service (hereinafter “Terms”) apply to your access to and use of the online services of Pendect in particular our website and our mobile application (collectively, the "services") provided by Pendect.

You can view and print out the current Terms on the platform.

  1. Our service

    1. Our services are available to you free of charge.

    2. Pendect is a technical platform for the exchange of information and relies on content created by the community. We are not obliged to double-check or edit any content, may however do so at our own discretion. Pendect does not guarantee that the content created by the Community is truthful or reliable.

    3. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, Pendect will not offer own content on the platform. Content of Pendect is marked with a small "T" for "Team" after the "alias". In addition, the profile information of the alias contains more information about the fact that it is an account related to Pendect.

    4. Pendect offers the users the possibility of an own account on the platform.

    5. Pendect shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the platform operates without interruption. This is naturally limited to services that are under Pendect's control. Pendect is free to partly or completely, temporarily or permanently restrict access to the platform due to maintenance work, capacity issues and other events beyond its control.

  2. Access to the services

    1. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to create an account or otherwise use the services.

    2. If you are accepting these Terms on behalf of another legal entity, including a business or a government, you represent that you have full legal authority to bind such entity to these terms.

  3. Account

    1. You can also create a user account ("Account") with us. When you register, you will choose a password and a user name ("alias"). Pendect reserves the right to block individual aliases if Pendect believes that the alias violates the rights of third parties or the law. Furthermore, the creation of an account is only possible by providing a current e-mail address of the user. You can find more information on how we handle your data in our privacy information.

    2. You are solely responsible for the information associated with your Account and anything that happens related to your Account. You are not allowed to communicate the login data to third parties and/or to allow third parties to access the account by bypassing the login data.
    3. You are entitled to add further information to your account, such as your full name, a profile picture, links to your social media profiles, a bio and your location.

  4. Obligations of use

    1. You may use our service as made available to you, as long as you comply with these Terms and applicable law.

    2. The user may only use the services within the scope of the agreed purposes. Use for other purposes, in particular misuse of the functionalities contrary to the intended purpose, is not permitted. In particular, the services may not be used by the User for illegal, obscene, offensive or fraudulent acts, such as deliberately causing or promoting damage, interfering with or violating the integrity or security of a network or system, bypassing filters, sending unsolicited, abusive or misleading messages (including messages of advertising content and spam), spreading viruses or harmful software, or violating the rights of third parties.

    3. The User must refrain from any activity that could impair and/or excessively burden the operation of the platform or the technical infrastructure behind it. This includes in particular:

      - the use of software, scripts or databases in connection with the use of the platform;

      - blocking, overwriting, modifying, copying data and/or other content,

      insofar as this is not necessary for the proper use of the services of the platform.

  5. Limitation of Liability

    1. Pendect cannot assume any guarantee for the accuracy, topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information displayed and the information provided.

    2. Pendect is not liable for any damage caused by the use of any information provided, including any kind of information which is incomplete or incorrect, unless Pendect has acted wilfully or grossly negligent.

  6. Copyright and trademark law

    1. The website may contain data, texts, graphics, images and other information that are protected by copyright and trademark law in favour of Pendect. Any duplication, modification or any other interference with these rights is only allowed with written permission, unless the use is privileged under copyright legislation.

    2. The website may also contain data, texts, graphics, images and other information that are protected by copyright and trademark law in favour of a third party. Any duplication, modification or any other interference with these rights is only allowed with written permission of the rights owner, unless the use is privileged under copyright legislation.

    3. In derogation of sections 1 and 2, an additional possibility to use the Content is that certain Content is licensed under separate license terms, such as different Creative Commons licenses or the GNU Free Documentation License ("GFDL"). The respective license is indicated next to the specific content.  The license conditions stated there apply to these contents.

  7. Termination of use and deletion of the Account 

    1. Pendect and the user can terminate the use of the platform and services at any time without giving reasons. If you terminate the use of the platform and services, you should remove all personal information from your account and not log in again.

    2. In addition, Pendect and the user may terminate without notice if there is a good cause. There is a good cause, if the terminating party, taking into account all the circumstances of the specific case and weighing the interests of both parties, cannot reasonably be expected to continue the contractual relationship until the expiry of the legal notice period. A good cause for Pendect is in particular,

    3. - if the user violates legal regulations or

    4. - if the user violates contractual obligations.

    5. Pendect will delete the stored personal data after termination.

    6. The user can delete their account at any time. To do so, they must click on the "Delete Account Permanently" button in the account settings and confirm the command again.

  8. Data Protection

    The user can find all information on the processing of personal data in Pendect's privacy policy. This is available at privacy policy.

  9. Change of Terms

    1. Pendect is entitled to change or amend these Terms at any time with effect for the future, provided that this is required due to legal or functional adaptations of the website, for example in case of technical changes.

    2. The registered user shall be notified of any changes or amendments by e-mail at least six weeks before they take effect, without having to send the changed or amended terms and conditions in detail or the new version of the Terms as a whole; it is sufficient to inform the user of the changes or amendments made. Pendect will provide a link in the announcement under which the new version of the Terms can be viewed in its entirety.

    3. If the registered user does not object to the change or amendment within 30 days of the announcement of the change or amendment and continues to use the services, this shall be deemed to be consent to the change or amendment; Pendect will separately point this out in the announcement.

    4. If the registered user objects, Pendect shall have the right to terminate the user relationship.

  10. Applicable law

    1. If these Terms contain invalid terms, the validity of the remaining terms shall remain unaffected.

    2. These Terms of Use are governed exclusively by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany.