Terms of Service

Welcome to The QED Group (“the Site”), owned and operated by The QED Group, LLC. This User Agreement between you and The QED Group, LLC (“We” or the “Company”) governs your access to and use of the Site. Your access to and use of the Site is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with this agreement.

User Agreement

The following agreement (“Terms”) describes the terms on which we offer you access to our Site and Services, defined below. Capitalized terms used in these Terms shall have the meanings set forth below under “Definitions” or in the text of these Terms. Our offer to allow you to access the Site and Services is conditioned on your agreement to all of the terms and conditions contained in these Terms, including your compliance with the policies and terms linked to (via URLs or hyperlinks) from this Agreement, such as our Privacy Policy and our Content Guidelines. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms in their entirety, you must cease accessing or otherwise using the Site and Services in any way. Your use of any of the Site or Services constitutes your agreement to these Terms.

We may amend these Terms at any time in our sole discretion, effective upon posting the amended Terms at this URL where the prior version of these Terms was posted or by communicating these changes through any written contact method we have established with you. Your use of the Site or Services following the date on which such amended Terms are published will constitute consent to such amendments. However, if you cease using the Site or Services upon such publication, your relationship with us will continue to be controlled by the previous version of these Terms. You agree that you will periodically check this page for updates to these Terms, and read the messages we send you to inform you of any changes.

Definitions

Company” or “The QED Group, LLC” or “We” shall mean “The QED Group, LLC”, and/or any of its affiliates, individually and collectively, doing business as “The QED Group, LLC” or otherwise.

Company Parties” shall mean the Company, its affiliates and subsidiaries, and any of their directors, employees, agents, attorneys, third-party content providers, distributors, licensees or licensors.

Service” or “Services” shall mean any of the internet based or other services offered by the Company, including, but not limited to, those described in this Agreement, through a website owned or controlled by the Company.

Site” shall mean any of the websites owned or operated by “The QED Group, LLC” including https://www.centerforglobaldata.org/.

User Contributed Content” or “Content” shall mean each and every item of content or other material (whether comments, ideas, images, links, documents, text, writings, photographs, graphics, videos, or files) uploaded by a user to the Site or otherwise integrated into the Sites by a user.

1. Using Our Site, User Conduct, and Your Content

Eligibility: You may use our Site only if you can form a binding contract with The QED Group, LLC in compliance with the Agreement. In order to become a “Registered User” (by creating an account), The QED Group, LLC requires an individual to be at least eighteen (18) years old and to not have a previous account terminated by The QED Group, LLC or otherwise have had his or her access to the Site terminated by The QED Group, LLC. It is a violation of the Agreement to provide false or misleading information to The QED Group, LLC. in connection with the creation of an account. If you would like to report an account registered for a minor, please email info@qedgroupllc.com.

User Responsibilities: You are solely responsible for your use of our Site, for any Content you submit to us, any interactions with other users, and for any consequences thereof. Content you submit may be viewable by other users of the Site and through third party services and websites.

User Conduct: In exchange for your being able to use the Site, you agree to be bound by the following obligations:

A.  No Changes to the Software/Prohibited Uses

You may not and may not allow any third party to:

  • modify, adapt, disassemble, decompile, translate, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to discover the source code or structure, sequence and organization of the Site or any portion of any website on which the Services are offered (except where the foregoing is required by applicable local law, and then only to the extent so required under such laws);
  • use the Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site or another user’s use of the Site;
  • submit any content or material that falsely express or imply that such content or material is sponsored or endorsed by the Company; or
  • use the Site or Services to violate the security of any computer network or transfer or store illegal material.

B.  Usage Rules

You agree that your use of and conduct on the Site (including any commenting feature), and your User Content Submissions shall be lawful and will not:

  • violate the contractual, personal, intellectual property or other rights of any party, or promote or constitute illegal activity;
  • be in violation of these Terms, any local, state, federal or international law, rule or regulation or the rules of conduct posted with respect to any individual feature of the Services;
  • create user accounts by automated means or under false pretenses or mislead others as to the origins of your communications;
  • trick, defraud or mislead the Company or other users, especially in any attempt to learn sensitive account information such as passwords;
  • make improper use of the Company’s support services or submit false reports of abuse or misconduct;
  • engage in promoting any pyramid schemes or other multi-tiered marketing schemes or engage in promoting any websites or services that are deemed spam, malware, or contain objectionable material in the Company’s sole discretion;
  • create or transmit unwanted electronic communications such as “spam,” to other users or members of the Site or otherwise interfere with other users’ or members’ enjoyment of the Sites;
  • disseminate or transmit viruses, worms, Trojan horses, RATs, keyboard loggers, time bombs, spyware, adware, cancelbots, passive collection mechanisms (“PCMs”), or any other malicious or invasive code or program or upload or transmit (or attempt to upload or to transmit) any material that acts as a passive or active information collection or transmission mechanism, including, without limitation, clear graphics interchange formats (“gifs”), 1×1 pixels, web bugs, cookies or other similar devices;
  • copy or adapt the Service’s software including but not limited to Flash, PHP, HTML, JavaScript or other code;
  • reverse engineer, decompile, reverse assemble, modify or attempt to discover any software (source code or object code) that the Service create to generate web pages or any software or other products or processes accessible through the Sites;
  • except as may be the result of standard search engine or Internet browser usage, use or launch, develop or distribute any automated system, including, without limitation, any spider, robot (or “bot”), cheat utility, scraper or offline reader that accesses the Service, or use or launch any unauthorized script or other software;
  • cover or obscure any notice, banner, advertisement or other branding on the Sites;
  • disguise the source of your User Content Submissions or other information you submit to the Sites;
  • interfere with or circumvent any security feature of the Service or any feature that restricts or enforces limitations on use of or access to the Site, Content or the User Content.

C.  Liability

You agree that you shall be responsible for any consequences (including a responsibility to indemnify the Company for damages it may suffer) arising in the event that any use of and conduct on the Service (including any commenting feature), and your User Content Submissions:

  • includes any offensive comments that are connected to race, national origin, gender, sexual preference or physical handicap;
  • includes profanity or any obscene, indecent, pornographic, sexual or otherwise objectionable content or language;
  • defames, libels, ridicules, mocks, disparages, threatens, harasses, intimidates or abuses anyone;
  • promotes violence or describes how to perform a violent act;
  • reveals any personal information about another individual, including another person’s address, phone number, e-mail address, credit card number or any information that may be used to track, contact or impersonate that individual;
  • attempts to impersonate any other party;
  • or uses tools which anonymize your internet protocol address (e.g. anonymous proxy) to access the Sites

D.  Disclaimer

The Company does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in User Content Submissions or external sites that may be linked to from such Content and, therefore, the Company specifically disclaims any responsibility with regard thereto.

E.  Advertising

The Site may contain or deliver advertising and sponsorships. Advertisers and sponsors are responsible for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion is accurate and complies with applicable laws. We are not responsible for the illegality or any error, inaccuracy or problem in the advertiser’s or sponsor’s materials.

2. Privacy

We care about the privacy of our users. You understand that by using the Site you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personally identifiable information (see “Information Sharing” below) and aggregate data as set forth in our Privacy Policy, and to have your personally identifiable information collected, used, transferred to and processed in the United States.

3. Information Sharing

We have technical, administrative and physical safeguards in place to help protect against unauthorized access to, use or disclosure of user information we maintain. Under our security practices and policies, access to personally identifiable information is authorized only for those who have a business need for such access, and sensitive records are to be retained only as long as necessary for business or legal needs and destroyed before disposal.

Although we work hard to protect personal information that we collect and store, no program is one hundred percent secure and we cannot guarantee that our safeguards will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use or disclose personal information. If you become aware of a security issue, please email us at info@qedgroupllc.com.

The Company reserves the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any comment or other content posted by you or where such information is otherwise relevant.

4. Advertisements

As part of the Service, we may include advertisements and/or content provided by The QED Group, LLC and/or a third party, which may be targeted to the Content or information on the Site, queries made through the Site, or other information. The types and extent of advertising by The QED Group, LLC on the Site are subject to change. In consideration for The QED Group, LLC granting you access to and use of the Site, you agree that The QED Group, LLC and its third party providers and partners may place such advertising on the Site or in connection with the display of Content or information from the Site whether submitted by you or others.

5. Third-Party Links Disclaimer

The Site may contain links to third-party websites, advertisers, services (such as payment processing), special offers, or other events or activities that are not owned or controlled by The QED Group, LLC. The QED Group, LLC does not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites, information, materials, products, or services. If you access a third party website from the Site, you do so at your own risk, and you understand that these Terms and The QED Group, LLC’s Privacy Policy do not apply to your use of such sites. You expressly release The QED Group, LLC from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website, service, or Content. Your dealings with or participation in promotions of advertisers found on the Site, including payment and delivery of goods, and any other terms (such as warranties) are solely between you and such advertisers. You agree that The QED Group, LLC shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any sort relating to your dealings with such advertisers or entities.

6. Copyright Policy

If The QED Group, LLC receives notice that Content posted is unlawful or not in keeping with the Terms or the intended use of the Site, we reserve the right to remove the material. Please note that we will respond only to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). The text of the Act can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site.

To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide a written communication (by email with an attached and signed PDF or by U.S. mail) that sets forth the items specified below.

In all cases, if you do not hear a response from us within 10 days of submitting a complaint, please telephone us at 703-678-4700 to confirm that we received your original complaint. Spam blockers sometimes devour important emails from strangers! To enable us to address your concerns, please provide the following information:

  • For each allegedly infringing image, video, music, or piece of text that you wish to have removed from one of our sites, provide the exact permanent URL for the page containing the material.
  • Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you: an email address is preferred, as well as a telephone contact number.
  • For images, provide the following information detailing your claim to ownership of the copyright in the allegedly infringing image, video, music, or piece of text: Proof of copyright in the image, video, music, or piece of text concerned, namely proof of registration; OR, absent such registration, a detailed description and evidence to support your claim that you own the copyright in the image, video, music, or piece of text. We will not comply with requests to remove an image, video, music, or piece of text where the complainant cannot prove that they own the copyright in the Content in question.
  • Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
  • Sign the document and send it to info@qedgroupllc.com with subject line: Legal / DMCA Complaints, or send it via mail to Legal Department, The QED Group LLC, 2461 Eisenhower Ave, Suite 200
    Alexandria, VA 22314, with subject line: Legal / DMCA Complaints.

Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that any material on our sites is infringing your copyrights. We also reserve the right to publish your letter on the The QED Group, LLC site(s).

7. Termination of Agreement

You may discontinue your use of the Site at any time without informing us. Subject to the provisions in the The QED Group, LLC Privacy Policy, we may retain and continue to use any Content that you have submitted or uploaded to the Sites.

The QED Group, LLC may, without prior notice, change the Site, stop providing access to the Site or features of the Site to you or to users generally, or create usage limits for the Site. We may permanently or temporarily terminate or suspend your access to the Site without notice and liability for any reason, including if, in our sole determination, you violate any provision of these Terms. In particular, The QED Group, LLC may immediately terminate or suspend accounts that have been flagged for repeat copyright infringement, in accordance with the DMCA and other applicable laws.

Upon termination of your access to or ability to use the Site, including but not limited to suspension of your account, your right to use or access that Service and any Content will immediately cease. All provisions of this Agreement that by their nature should survive termination, shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, and limitations of liability. Termination of your access to and use of the Site shall not relieve you of any obligations arising or accruing prior to such termination or limit any liability which you otherwise may have to The QED Group, LLC or any third party.

On termination of your Account or upon your deletion of particular pieces of your Content from the Site, you acknowledge and agree that: (a) caching of, copies of, or references to the Content may not be immediately removed; (b) such removed Content may persist in backups (not available to others) for a reasonable period of time; and (c) such removed Content may be available (and stored on our servers) through the accounts of other users, because of liking. You agree to release and indemnify The QED Group, LLC from all claims related to the retention of deleted content.

8. Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The QED Group, LLC and its subsidiaries, agents, licensors, managers, and other affiliated companies, and their employees, contractors, agents, officers and directors, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Site, including any data or Content transmitted, submitted, viewed, or received by you; (ii) your violation of any provision of these Terms, including without limitation your breach of any of the representations and warranties above; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any right of privacy or intellectual property rights; (iv) your violation of any applicable law, rule or regulation; (v) any claim or damages that arise as a result of any of your Content or any that is submitted via your account; or (vi) any other party’s access and use of the Site with your unique username, password or other appropriate security code.

9. Warranty, Disclaimer, and Limitations of Liability

Your access to and use of the Site or any Content is at your own risk.

THE SITE ARE AVAILABLE “AS IS”: YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE SITE ARE PROVIDED TO YOU ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE QED GROUP, LLC DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

The QED Group, LLC makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the Site, including any representation or warranty that the use of the Site will (a) be timely, uninterrupted or error-free or operate in combination with any other hardware, software, system or data, (b) meet your requirements or expectations, (c) be free from errors or that defects will be corrected, or (d) be free of viruses or other harmful components. The QED Group, LLC also makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to Content; user Content, in particular, is provided by and is solely the responsibility of the users providing that Content. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained from The QED Group, LLC or through the Site, will create any warranty not expressly made herein.

Release From Liability: You release, to the fullest extent permitted by law, The QED Group, LLC, its affiliated entities, parent companies, subsidiaries, directors, officers, shareholders, employees, representatives, consultants, agents, suppliers, and/or distributors from responsibility, liability, claims, demands, and/or damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with the following: (i) Disputes between users, including those between you and other users; (ii) Third party sites and services, including Content found on such sites and services; (iii) Disputes concerning any use of or action taken using your account by you or a third party; (iv) Claims relating to the unauthorized access to any data communications or Content stored under or relating to your account, including unauthorized use or alteration of such communications or your Content.

Limitation of Liability: TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, The QED Group, LLC ITS AFFILIATED ENTITIES, PARENT COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS, AND/OR DISTRIBUTORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR: (A) ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER; (B) LOSS OF: PROFITS, REVENUE, DATA, USE, GOOD-WILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES; (C) DAMAGES RELATING TO YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SITE; (D) DAMAGES RELATING TO ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY OR SUBSCRIBER USING THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OR CONTENT; AND/OR (E) DAMAGES IN ANY MANNER RELATING TO ANY CONTENT. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES TO ALL CLAIMS, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT The QED Group, LLC HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, AND FURTHER WHERE A REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF The QED Group, LLC AND ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS, AND/OR DISTRIBUTORS, FOR ANY CLAIM UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING FOR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, IS LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF FIFTY DOLLARS (USD$50) OR THE AMOUNT YOU PAID US TO USE THE APPLICABLE SITE(S).

10. Waiver, Severability & Entire Agreement

Waiver: The failure of The QED Group, LLC to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be deemed a waiver of such right or provision.

Severability: In the event that any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, then that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary, and the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect.

Entire Agreement: These Terms and our Privacy Policy are the entire and exclusive agreement between The QED Group, LLC and you regarding use of the Site (excluding any services for which you have a separate written agreement with The QED Group, LLC that is explicitly in addition or in place of these Terms), and these Terms supersede and replace any prior agreements between The QED Group, LLC and you regarding use of the Sites.

11. Legal Disputes

Applicable Law. You agree that the laws of State of Virginia, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Terms and any claim or dispute that has arisen or may arise between you and The QED Group, LLC, except as otherwise stated in these Terms.

Binding Arbitration. If you and the Company are unable to resolve a Dispute through informal negotiations, either you or the Company may elect to have the Dispute (except those Disputes expressly excluded below) finally and exclusively resolved by binding arbitration. Any election to arbitrate by one party shall be final and binding on the other. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ABSENT THIS PROVISION, YOU WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL. The arbitration shall be commenced and conducted under the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and, where appropriate, the AAA’s Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (“AAA Consumer Rules”), both of which are available at the AAA website www.adr.org. The determination of whether a Dispute is subject to arbitration shall be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act and determined by a court rather than an arbitrator. Your arbitration fees and your share of arbitrator compensation shall be governed by the AAA Rules and, where appropriate, limited by the AAA Consumer Rules. If such costs are determined by the arbitrator to be excessive, the Company will pay all arbitration fees and expenses. The arbitration may be conducted in person, through the submission of documents, by phone or online. The arbitrator will make a decision in writing, but need not provide a statement of reasons unless requested by a party. The arbitrator must follow applicable law, and any award may be challenged if the arbitrator fails to do so. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, you and the Company may litigate in court to compel arbitration, stay proceedings pending arbitration, or to confirm, modify, vacate or enter judgment on the award entered by the arbitrator.

Judicial Forum for Legal Disputes. Unless you and we agree otherwise, in the event that the Binding Arbitration provision above is found not to apply to you or to a particular claim or dispute, either as a result of your decision to opt-out of the Terms or a court order, you agree that any claim or dispute that has arisen or may arise between you and The QED Group, LLC must be resolved exclusively by a state or federal court located in the State of Virginia. You and The QED Group, LLC agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within the State of Virginia for the purpose of litigating all such claims or disputes.

12. Statute of Limitations

You and the Company both agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Site, Terms or Privacy Policy must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

13. Notification of Changes to Terms of Service

Whenever we change our Terms, we will post those changes to this Terms of Service page, and other places we deem appropriate so that our users are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. By continuing to use the Site, you agree and accept the changes and agree to the Terms.

14. International Users

The Site and Services are based in the United States. We make no representations that they are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Site and Services from other countries do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.

15. Effective Date

These Terms of Service are effective March 25, 2021 and shall be updated from time to time.