1. General terms and definitions
 
The Lutheran Academy websites are owned and operated by the Lutheran Academy ("the Academy"), which is an institution under Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("HKSAR") law whose office is at 25 Lam Hau Tsuen Road, Yuen Long, New Territories, HKSAR. The Academy can be reached by electronic mail at info@luac.edu.hk, by telephone on +852 820 820 92 and by fax on +852 2443 1400.

The Academy owns and operates various websites and web pages, including the general site accessed under http://www.luac.edu.hk that is accessible to the public (collectively the "LA websites"). A number of LA websites are strictly reserved for the use of persons duly authorized by the Academy, who have been provided with personal identifications and/or passwords. For the purpose of the present terms and conditions, the Academy staff intranet shall not be considered to be an LA website.

Access to the LA websites is offered to you solely upon condition of your acceptance, without modification, of the terms and conditions of use contained herein (the "terms and conditions"). Your accessing, browsing and/or use of any LA website constitutes your acceptance of all such terms and conditions.

The terms and conditions may be updated and/or revised from time to time by the Academy without individual notice to you. The Academy may change the terms and conditions at any time by posting changes online. Please be aware that you are responsible for regularly reviewing them.

The Academy may suspend or vary the whole or any part of the service offered on the LA websites for any reason, at any time, at its sole discretion. 

2. Links to third party websites

The LA websites may contain links to third party websites ("linked sites").

The Academy has no means of control at its disposal for such linked sites and it is not responsible for the contents or availability of any linked site, including without limitation any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to a linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by the Academy of the linked site or any association with its operator. The Academy does not guarantee that a linked site will work appropriately and will not contain computer viruses or other bugs that could harm your Internet-access device.

You are responsible for viewing and abiding by the terms and conditions of use posted at the linked sites.

3. No unlawful or prohibited use

As a condition of your use of the LA websites, you agree to the following:
3.1 Not to cause nor allow others to cause any offence or nuisance, whether to the Academy or its clients or to users of the LA websites by any means.
   
3.2 Not to use any LA website to transmit or post any material that: 
  • may be defamatory, offensive, obscene or of threatening character
  • may, in the opinion of the Academy, cause a nuisance to the organization, its staff or any other person
  • is illegal or infringes upon the intellectual property rights of the Academy or of a third party
  • contains reference to commercial postings or postings that advertise commercial services
  • is prohibited by the terms and conditions. 
   
3.3 Not to use nor allow others to use any LA website in a manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any LA website (or the network(s) connected to any LA website) or interfere with any other party's use of any LA website.
   
3.4 Not to use nor allow others to use any LA website to gain unauthorized access to facilities or services nor for any activity with any of the following objectives or consequences:
 
  • corruption or destruction of data belonging to the Academy or a third party
  • violation of the privacy of another person
  • continued use of an item of hardware after the Academy has requested that the use cease
  • any other deliberate misuse of any LA website.
   
3.5 Not to attempt to gain unauthorized access to any LA website or to restricted sections of such website or to other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any LA website, through hacking, password mining or any other means. 
   
3.6 Not to attempt to obtain materials or information not intentionally made available through an LA website. 
   
4. Passwords 

You agree that you will keep any identification and/or password issued to you confidential and will not disclose it to any third party. In the event of any misuse of the password or breach of this condition, you agree to notify us immediately via info@luac.edu.hk.
If a user is in breach of any of these terms and conditions, the Academy may withdraw access to any account and cancel any password issued.

5. General liability disclaimer 

The information, software, products and services included in or available through the LA websites may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. The Academy reserves the right to make changes to any LA website and to the information therein.

The Academy does not guarantee that documents available on its websites exactly reproduce the latest version of said documents.
The Academy makes no representations or warranty about the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness, lack of viruses or other harmful components and accuracy of the materials, information, software, products, services and graphics contained within the LA websites for any purpose. All such information is provided "as is" without any warranty.
It is a condition of your use of the LA websites that the Academy has no liability for any action you may take in reliance on the information on the LA websites. Further, you agree that the Academy will not be liable if your use of any LA website results in the need for servicing, repair or correction of equipment or data.
You agree that the Academy shall not be responsible for your transmissions of data, nor for any material or data sent or received through an LA website. As a result, the Academy will not be liable for any unauthorized access to or loss or alteration of such data.

You agree that the Academy shall not be responsible for any threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive or illegal content or conduct of any third party or any infringement of another's rights, including but not limited to intellectual property rights by such third party. You agree that the Academy is not responsible for any content sent via and/or included in the LA websites by a third party.
In no event shall the Academy be liable to you (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) for any injury, death, damage or direct, indirect or consequential loss (all three of which terms include, without limitation, loss of data, pure economic loss, loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and like loss) howsoever caused arising out of or in any way connected with the access to, the use or performance of any LA website, with the delay or the inability to use any LA website, the provision or the failure to provide services or for any information, software, products, services and graphics obtained through any LA website, or otherwise arising out of the use of any LA website.

6. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold the Academy and its directors, managers, employees or agents harmless from any costs (including legal costs), claims, losses and expenses arising from or related to your breach of these terms and conditions.

7. Trademarks 

You are prohibited from copying or using any trademarks or logos that appear on the LA websites without prior written consent from their owner.

8. Copyright:

Content of and materials on the LA websites:
Materials included on the LA websites, such as photographs, illustrations, images, text, audio clips, video clips and software are the copyright of the Academy or are reproduced with permission of other copyright owners. The content of the LA websites are copyright of the Academy or third parties. All rights are reserved.

You may not reproduce (in whole or in part), modify, transfer, republish, distribute, transmit (by electronic means or otherwise), create derivative works from, sell or otherwise exploit the content of or materials on the LA websites without prior written consent from the Academy, unless such content or material carries a specific mention to the contrary. In particular, you may not include or allow third parties to include in any other publication, website or product the content of the LA websites or the materials posted thereon. The content of and materials posted on the LA websites may be retrieved only for your personal use and may be downloaded and stored on your hard disk or similar storage device or sent to a printer solely for that purpose.

To request permission to use any content of or materials on the LA websites in a way not permitted under the present terms and conditions, email info@luac.edu.hk. Any prohibited use may result in civil and criminal penalties.

9.  Licence disclaimer

Nothing on the LA websites shall be construed as conferring any licence under any of the LA or any third party's intellectual property rights.

10. Treatment of personal data by the Academy

"Personal data" is any data that identifies a person or that, together with any other available data, makes any person identifiable to another.
When accessing and/or using certain LA websites or sections or services of such websites, you will be asked to provide personal data, such as name, email address, postal address and other related information. In addition, the LA websites use cookies.
Your personal data may be collected, processed and/or stored by the Academy for the following purposes: 
  • for identification purposes when you apply for a password, when you access password-protected websites or areas of a website and when you send information to the Academy in any form
  • to enforce claims arising out of your breach of the terms and conditions
  • for a statistical analysis of the LA websites' user structure
  • for promotional purposes, if you expressly agree to receive LA promotional materials.
     
While the Academy will use its reasonable endeavours to protect the personal data submitted to it from access, misuse, dissemination or alteration by non-authorized persons, it does not accept responsibility for such acts committed while such data is in transit through the Internet or stored on the LA's Internet servers. By submitting personal data to the Academy you agree not to hold the Academy, its directors, staff and affiliates responsible for any such breach of confidentiality or integrity of your personal data.
The Academy may disclose personal data if it believes, in good faith, that such disclosure is necessary to comply with applicable law, enforce or apply the terms and conditions, or to protect the property, rights or safety of the Academy, its websites' users or others.

11. Use of personal data found on the LA websites


You may not use any personal data found on the LA websites except to: 
  • communicate with LA staff concerning matters related to their work at the Academy
  • communicate with other persons concerning their LA-related activity
  • fulfill your own or your employer's contractual obligations toward the Academy.  
In particular, you undertake not to use or allow third parties to use any personal data shown on a LA website to send unsolicited commercial mailings or emails.