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TERMS OF USE FOR MISSION CAMEROON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

Welcome to the Terms of Use for U.S. Embassy Cameroon’s (hereafter U.S. Embassy) social media accounts. For additional information regarding this site or about U.S. Embassy programs and services please see our official website https://cm.usembassy.gov

  1. Acceptance of Terms of Use

Users of U.S. Embassy social media accounts are subject to the provisions of this Terms of Use (“TOU”), which may be updated without notice. By using U.S. Embassy Cameroon social media accounts, users accept these TOU and agree to be bound by them, including the provision that the user, not the U.S. Embassy, is entirely responsible for all material posted. Significant changes may be posted on the U.S. Embassy website: https://cm.usembassy.gov. Users can review the current version of the TOU at any time at https://cm.usembassy.gov

  1. Purpose

The purposes of the U.S. Embassy social media accounts are, inter alia, to inform and educate U.S. citizens about travel information and services available for U.S. citizens abroad, as well as inform Cameroonians about the United States, its culture, travel policies and requirements, and U.S. foreign policy and the bilateral relationship.

  1. Description of Service

This section outlines the privacy notices, terms of use, and disclaimer for all social media sites run by U.S. Embassy, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

The U.S. Embassy manages their social media platforms as listed below:

U.S. Embassy provides users with a variety of features, including, but not limited to video and photo sharing, messaging, chat, and notifications of developments in the U.S.-Cameroon relationship. The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to alter the types of features provided at any time without notice.

  1. Social Media Platforms Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Users should be aware that each platform (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr) has its own Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This TOU policy applies only to U.S. Embassy Cameroon accounts, although by using U.S. Embassy accounts users are bound by the rules of the U.S. Embassy TOU and Privacy Policy and the platform TOU and Privacy Policy. The U.S. Embassy is not responsible for user violations of any platform’s TOU and Privacy Policy.

Users share content on the site at their own risk. Although these social media platforms may allow privacy settings to limit access to user information, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Furthermore, neither the U.S. Embassy nor social media platforms can control the actions of other users with whom users share their profile and information. Therefore, the U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee that content posted on the U.S. Embassy social media accounts will not be used improperly or viewed by other individuals.

  1. Security

Participation on U.S. Embassy social media accounts is voluntary. Users accept responsibility for maintaining the confidentiality of logins and for all activities that occur under user logins. Users should immediately notify the platform of any unauthorized use of logins or accounts or any other breach of security. Users agree that the U.S. Embassy is not liable in any way for any loss or damage arising from a user’s failure to comply with this Section. Users should also refer to the TOU for each social media platform referenced above for additional information on its security practices.

  1. Member Conduct

Users understand that all information, data, messages, or other materials (“content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person posting or transmitting such content. This means that users, and not the U.S. Embassy, accept full responsibility for content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the site.

The U.S. Embassy expects critical, yet civil, discussion and debate that is both supportive and critical of the United States and its policies. However, users agree not to use U.S. Embassy sites to:

  • make threats of violence or harm against any individual or group.
  • post any obscene, vulgar, or lewd content; including, but not limited to terms commonly understood to constitute profanity or abusive or degrading slurs or epithets.
  • make fraudulent statements or impersonate any actual person, entity, corporation, government or representative thereof.
  • post or otherwise make available any content that users do not have a right to make available, including but not limited to material restricted by intellectual property or other proprietary rights, material that is classified or otherwise legally protected, or material protected by contractual or fiduciary obligations.
  • post or otherwise make available information that could be misused, such as for identity theft, including visa application information (this restriction is intended to protect the user and others)
  • post or otherwise make available any advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation.
  • post or otherwise make available any malware or other material that contains software viruses, or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or designed to gather sensitive information or gain privileged access to private computer systems.
  • stalk, harass or otherwise harm another individual or group.
  • use any portion of the site for commercial gain, including its content, the use of the site, or access to the site, including by commercially reproducing, duplicating, copying, selling, or reselling.
  1. U.S. Embassy Content Management

The U.S. Embassy does not endorse any user-posted content or otherwise suggest or guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality. Users acknowledge that by visiting this site, users may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent, or objectionable. Users agree that under no circumstances is the U.S. Embassy liable in any way for any content not generated by the Embassy, including, but not limited to any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred because of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the site.

Users acknowledge that the U.S. Embassy does not pre-screen or otherwise control user-generated Content, but that the U.S. Embassy shall have the right (but not the obligation), in their sole discretion, to delete or move any content, in whole or in part, that violates these TOU.

Users acknowledge and agree that the U.S. Embassy may keep a record of user violations of these TOU to detect patterns of such violations and to ensure that the community remains an open forum for dialogue.

Users acknowledge and agree that the U.S. Embassy may preserve content and may also disclose content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) comply with Department records retention policies; (c) enforce the TOU; (d) respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties; or (e) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the U.S. Embassy, its employees, the U.S. Embassy’s online community members, and/or the public. The U.S. Embassy may report violent or threatening content to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Users agree that the U.S. Embassy has no responsibility or liability for the deletion of or failure to store any messages and other communications or other content maintained or transmitted by the site.

  1. Special Caution for International Use

Users agree to accept responsibility for all personal conduct associated with use of this site, including all content posted or otherwise made available.

Users must evaluate and bear all risks associated with the transmission or use of content on this site. Compliance with these TOU and with each social media platform’s terms does not guarantee compliance with local and national laws of the country in which you reside. The U.S. U.S. Embassy cannot protect individual users from the consequences of violations of the laws of other nations.

  1. Intellectual Property Rights to Content Submitted or Made Available for Inclusion on the Site

The U.S. Embassy does not claim ownership of content posted or made available for inclusion on social media platforms. Unless the content explicitly states otherwise, all user-generated content uploaded to this site is provided pursuant to, and accompanied by, a restricted license as follows: user-generated content that is uploaded to the site will not be used for commercial purposes; no derivative works will be made; and full attribution will be given. This license is valid internationally. Users specifically agree that content is provided pursuant to this license to the U.S. Embassy. Users agree that the use of other users’ content will be in accordance with this license.

U.S. Embassy-generated content, however, may be used or reproduced, provided that it is not used for commercial gain. As an exception, Associated Press (AP) copyrighted images used on social media sites through an agreement with the U.S. Department of State does not enter them into the public domain. AP maintains the ownership and copyright. Users agree not to copy, download, or redistribute any AP image found on this or any other State Department social media site.

  1. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the U.S. Embassy, officials, agents, grantees or other partners, and the employees thereof, from any claim or demand, made by any third party due to or arising out of content you submit, post, transmit or make available through the site; your use of the site; your connection to the site; or your violation of the TOU or any rights of a third party and to compensate them for reasonable attorneys’ fees in connection with such claims or demands.

  1. Modifications to Service

The U.S. Embassy reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the social media community (or any part thereof). You agree that the U.S. Embassy shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the community.

  1. Termination 

You agree that the U.S. Embassy, in its sole discretion, may terminate your access to the community, and remove and discard any content within the community, for any reason, including, without limitation, if the U.S. Embassy believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with these TOU (see paragraph 6, Member Conduct). You acknowledge and agree that any termination or suspension of your access to the community under any provision of these TOU may take place without prior notice. Further, you agree that the U.S. Embassy shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the community.

  1. Links to External Sites

The U.S. Embassy official website and social media platforms listed above may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other websites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that the U.S. Embassy does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, malware or other software, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. These third-party sites operate under separate TOU and Privacy Policies. You are encouraged to read the privacy statements of each website that collects information from you. You further acknowledge and agree that the U.S. Embassy shall not be responsible or liable for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly, by or in connection with use of the content, software, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource.

  1. Third Party Applications

Due to the nature of this social media platform, the U.S. Embassy may use third-party applications to provide the community with additional functionality. Each application has its own TOU and Privacy Policies. The U.S. Embassy is not responsible for the collection of any information conducted by these third-party applications. Applications in use on this site that have separate Terms of Use and Privacy Policies include: hootsuite.com.

  1. Language

U.S. Embassy social media content is primarily posted in English and French.

  1. Contacting the Community Manager

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact the U.S. Embassy Cameroon Social Media Community Managers: ydewebmgr@state.gov

Also, be sure to check out our official website at https://cm.usembassy.gov for additional information, resources, and services.

  1. Appendix

Terms of Use of social media platforms that Mission Cameroon use:

  • Twitter’s Terms of Use:

https://twitter.com/tos?lang=en

  • Facebook’s Terms of Use:

https://www.facebook.com/terms.php

  • Flickr’s Terms of Use:

https://www.flickr.com/terms.gne

  • YouTube’s Terms of Use:

https://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms