1. Content Provided on the Site
Any content posted on the Site expresses only the views of the author of the content and does not necessarily reflect the views of IFA. While we use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up to date information on the Site, we do not make any warranties or representations regarding the accuracy of the Site’s content, including any content posted by users of the Site. You agree that IFA will not be held liable for the contents, accuracy, completeness or validity of any information posted on the Site.
You may apply to become a member of IFA by completing the membership application available at: http://www.franchise.org/join.aspx. The membership application will ask you to provide personal information including your name, company name, physical address, and email address. After you submit the membership application a username and password to access your account via the Site will automatically be generated and emailed to you. Please note that this does not mean that you have been granted membership in IFA. IFA will contact you separately regarding whether you have been granted membership. If you are not granted membership, IFA will cancel any pending orders; however, your online account will remain active.
You should take measures to protect your password. IFA is entitled to act on instructions received under your password and account, including any purchases made through your account, and IFA is not liable for losses that are incurred through the use of your password by any third party.
3. Termination of Membership
Membership fees are nonrefundable.
A member can terminate his or her membership at any time by contacting the membership department at 1-202-628-8000. If you chose to terminate your membership, membership fees that you have paid will not be refunded to you in whole or in part.
You may register to participate in any forum provided on the Site without registering to become a member of IFA. To register to participate in a forum you must provide your company name and physical address. A username and password will be automatically generated and emailed to you. You will not be permitted to access other member-only areas of the Site without becoming an IFA member.
Although IFA may from time to time monitor or review discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, and bulletin boards provided on the Site, IFA is under no obligation to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from any information posted via such forums, including any liability for defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger, or inaccuracy. You agree that you will not use the Site to post any material or links to any material, which include material, which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive or a person’s privacy or otherwise violate any law. You also agree that you will not post any copyrighted material without the express permission of the copyright holder. IFA will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials.
You grant IFA a perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free license to distribute, copy, adapt, reproduce, transmit and otherwise use content and information you post on the Site for any purpose and in any media now known or hereinafter developed. You expressly agree that IFA is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any posting or communication you send to IFA without compensation and for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing and marketing products and services using such information.
5. No Warranty
Your use of and browsing on the Site are at your risk. Neither IFA nor any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering the Site is liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising out or your access to, or use of, the Site. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the Site is provided to you “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. IFA makes no representations or warranties and assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for, any damages to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing on the Site or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from the Site or that the Site will be uninterrupted, secure, or free of errors.
6. Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT WILL IFA BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF, ACCESS TO, RELIANCE ON, INABILITY TO USE OR IMPROPER USE OF THE SITE OR ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS OR SERVICES AVAILABLE ON THE SITE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL OR REVENUE, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR LOSS OF DATA), EVEN IF ADVISED ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE.
Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain types of damages, so some of the above exclusions and limitations may not apply to you. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding the exclusion of implied warranties and the limitation of liability.
Software from this Site is further subject to United States Export Controls. No software from this Site may be downloaded or exported (i) into or to a national or resident of Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria, or any other country where the United States has embargoed goods; or anyone on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals; or the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Deny Orders. By downloading or using the software, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.
1. Collection and Use of Information
In order to operate the Site in an efficient and effective manner and to provide you with information that may be of interest to you, IFA collects personal information, such as name, company name, physical address, and email address when you apply to become a member of IFA and when you request to participate in a forum. Our collection of this information allows you to access the member sections of the Site when you are logged in to the Site, participate in forums and make purchases on the Site, as applicable. We also maintain a membership list which includes the name, physical address, phone number, and fax number of all IFA members.
We will also collect additional information from users who make additional requests via the Site, such as registering for events, making membership fee payments, or making other purchases. The information collected may include, in addition to the personal information otherwise collected via the Site (as discussed above) credit card information, company listing information that is published on our website and twice a year in the Franchise Opportunities Guide. .
You can always change any personal information that you submit to IFA by logging in to your online account and making changes.
2. Disclosure of Information
Please be aware that when you publicly display personal information (for example, via a forum provided on the Site), that information can be collected and used by others. IFA is not responsible for the collection or use of information that you publicly display.
IFA may also disclose the information it collects as necessary to comply with the law or to cooperate with or seek assistance from law enforcement or to protect the interests of IFA or other users of the Site. Such disclosures may be made with or without your consent or notice to you.
4. Third-Party Websites
The Site contains links to other websites not operated by or affiliate with IFA, including links to purchase goods and/or services. We are not responsible for the content, privacy practices, or security procedures of any websites linked to on the Site. We encourage you to be aware when you leave the Site and to read the privacy policies of any other site visited.
5. Security of Information
6. California Privacy Rights
California law permits its residents to request and receive information about a business’ disclosure of certain categories of personal information to other companies for their use in direct marketing. If you are a California resident and a user of this Site, you can request a copy of this information from IFA by sending an email to email@example.com or a letter to IFA at 1501 K Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005. Please include your name and email address in email requests, and your name and physical address in mail request.
IFA does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 13 and this Site is not directed to children under the age of 13.
Last revised: 09- -2010