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LEGAL NOTICES Rev 12.17

ART 1 - SITE OWNERSHIP

All materials displayed or otherwise accessible through this Equinor / IMR Ocean Observatory (the “Web site”), including, without limitation, data, news articles, text, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, computer software and code (collectively, the “Materials”) are protected under Norwegian laws, and are owned by Equinor. Equinor keeps and provides metadata on ALL aspects of the data, including instrument details, configurations, calibrations, deployment locations and quality status. These metadata are available on our system and usually are provided with any downloaded data product.

ART 2 - TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

The Materials on this site are covered by the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA license in conformity with the creative commons by 3.0 no.

In addition to such license terms, the following conditions apply to publication of work based on the use of the Material:
  • Equinor and IMR must be briefly informed of any planned publication. Please address publication plan to Equinor’s webmaster at: fg_oceanobservatory_hovden@equinor.com and to IMR’s contact person olav.rune.godoe@imr.no, with the phrase “Planned publication”.
  • Publication shall be in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Published Material shall be cited as suggested under. It is important to include the download date in citations since data may be subject to later re-calibration.

Example:

Equinor / IMR Ocean Observatory Archive, http://love.statoil.com/, x data from 15 December 2013 to 15 December 2015, downloaded on 15 January 2016. Users in for-profit enterprises are asked to contact Equinor’s webmaster at: fg_oceanobservatory_hovden@equinor.com with the phrase “Classified or commercial research” in the subject line to discuss the conditions for data access outside the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA license.

ART 3 - DISCLAIMER

Although the greatest care has been taken in recording and compiling the Material contained in this the “Web site”, Equinor does not and cannot guarantee its accuracy. Anyone using the information from this Web site does so at his or her own risk; any loss arising from the use of information on this Web site is the sole responsibility of the user. Equinor will not be responsible for any injury or damage arising from its use. Please contact Equinor’s webmaster at: fg_oceanobservatory_hovden@equinor.com with the phrase “Data quality assurance and quality control” in the subject, if you have noticed and would like to report any irregularities or poor data quality.

Equinor/IMR underline that access delays due to data quality or technical issues might be experienced, particularly during the initial period of operation.

Art 4 - ACCESSIBILITY

The Material are recorded and compiled by Equinor for the purpose of providing visitors and users with direct access to information about natural processes in the LoVe marine ecosystem, in order to increase knowledge and understanding of these. Equinor has an equal access policy, promoting equal access to the Material in near real time, including its Web site, for everyone. “Near real time” in that context shall mean access to the Material with 24 hours delay on data downloads (not on current conditions as is). However, Equinor may withhold some data from the public for specific reasons:

  • Preliminary data with quality issues still under review;
  • Commercial data

The exceptions to near real time are:

  • Testing and development of new technology for the purpose of real time integrated environmental monitoring of E&P activities
  • Technology qualification of prototypes for industrial use
  • Some complex data are only ingested once a day and therefore may experience a delay;
  • Hydrophone data may in some periods be subject to screening by the Norwegian navies for national security reasons and may be diverted prior to archiving. Most diverted data are later returned.

If you encounter access issue, please contact Equinor’s webmaster at: fg_oceanobservatory_hovden@equinor.com

Art 6 - INFORMATION GATHERED AUTOMATICALLY

The server log some information about Internet traffic on its web pages. While Equinor makes no attempt to link the information captured to the identity of individual visitors, these logs capture aggregate, generic, non-personal identifying information about visitors such as:

  • The Internet domain and Internet Protocol (“IP”) address from which you access its website;
  • The type of browser and operating system used;
  • The date and time you accessed our websites;
  • The uniform resource locator (URL) of the pages you visit;
  • If you linked to its website from another website, the address of that website; and
  • Your general geographical location.

Equinor uses this information to help it make its website more useful to users by learning about the number of visitors, and by monitoring traffic patterns and the types of technology used. The statistical information may also be collected for audit purposes. Equinor does not track or record information about specific individuals and their visits unless voluntarily agreed upon. In some cases, the Internet domain or IP address of visitors could allow for individual identification, depending on the naming standards followed by your Internet service provider. If this concerns you, you may wish to ask them about their policies and practices. Visitor information is not disclosed to anyone except to Equinor personnel who need the information for legitimate business purposes such as responding to a request, to deal with attempts to damage the site, or to respond to inappropriate behaviour on the part of a user.

Art 7 - INFORMATION COLLECTED ON REGISTERED USERS

To use certain features of the Web site (including getting access to data), you may be asked to register with the Web site. You agree: (i) to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by any registration form; and (ii) to maintain and promptly update the information you provide to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If Equinor has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Equinor has the right to suspend or terminate your access to and use of its Web site (or any portion thereof). Equinor’s use of any personally identifying information you provide as part of the registration process is governed by the terms of Equinor’s Privacy Policy set in Article 5. The personal information is collected directly from registered users either through email or an online form. The personal information provided by registered users is related to and is necessary for the operating program of Equinor. Equinor may collect and use this information to:

  • customize some of the content displayed,
  • respond to inquiries and requests,
  • contact users regarding events or new services available,
  • improve information,
  • identify (with the user’s name) any contributions made to the Web site, such as forum comments, video or data annotations, file uploads etc,
  • compile aggregate reports to funding agencies on website and data usage (without including any personal information in these reports).

Equinor does not sell, rent or lease user information to third parties. Equinor does not collect sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations. Equinor may access and/or disclose volunteered personal information if required to do so by law. Equinor may also access and/or disclose personal information under the following circumstances:
(a) to comply with a legal requirement including but not limited to one imposed by a warrant, subpoena, court order or like instrument;
(b) where Equinor has reasonable grounds to believe that such access or disclosure is necessary to prevent or investigate any breach of an agreement or contravention of a law; or
(c) in urgent circumstances to protect the life, health or security of any person.

Art 8 - PASSWORDS

To use certain features of the Web site, you may also need a username and password, which you will receive through the Web site registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to notify Equinor immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and to ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. Equinor cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from Equinor’s failure or your failure to protect your password or account information.

Art 9 - REVISING PERSONAL INFORMATION

Registered users can access, revise and delete their personal information via the Login web. This page also allows Equinor to specify which types of personal information can be shared with other users. If you wish to delete your account, send an email to Equinor’s webmaster at: fg_oceanobservatory_hovden@equinor.com with the phrase “Delete My Account” in the subject line. Your account will be deleted within 48 business hours.

Art 11 - DELETING ACCOUNTS

Equinor may terminate your rights as a registered user of the Web site (or any portion thereof) if you breach any term or condition of these Legal Notices. Deleting an account consists in removing all data that would allow tracing a particular profile to a specific individual. Fields such as first name, last name, email address, and optionally introduced contact information such as the street address are removed from the database. For statistical purposes and to maintain a link between contributed content (such as forum comments, video or data annotations, file uploads etc) and its source, Equinor will keep an anonymous identification number in lieu of a name for input received from individuals who have elected to delete their account.

Art 12 - LINKS TO OTHER SITES

The Web site contains links to third party web sites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by Equinor of the contents of such third-party sites. Equinor is not responsible for the content and the privacy practices of other web sites, nor does it make any representation or warranty of any kind regarding any third-party site including, without limitation, (i) any representation or warranty regarding the legality, reliability, completeness, timeliness, suitability of any content on any third-party web site; (ii) any representation or warranty regarding the mechantability or fitness for a particular purpose of any material, content, software, goods or services located at or made available through such third-party web sites; or (iii) any representation or warranty that the operation of the third-part web sites will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects or errors in such third-party websites will be corrected or that such third-party web sites will be free from viruses or other harmful components. While Equinor encourages links to its Web site, it does not wish to be linked to or from any third-party web site which (i) contains, posts or transmits any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent information of any kind, including, without limitation, any content constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, provincial, national or international law, regulation which may be damaging or detrimental to the activities, operations, credibility or integrity of the Web site or which contains, posts or transmits any material or information of any kind which promotes racism, bigotry, hatred, or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual, could be harmful to minors, harasses or advocates harassment of another person, provides material that exploits people under the age of 18 in a sexual or violent manner, provides instructional information about illegal activities, including, without limitation, the making or buying of illegal weapons; or (ii) contains, posts, or transmits any information, software or other material which violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights, or which is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights. Equinor reserves the right to prohibit or refuse to accept any link to its web site, including, without limitation, any link which contains or makes available content or information of the foregoing nature, at any time. You agree to remove any link you may have to its web site upon the request of Equinor.

13 – COOKIES

A cookie is a small piece of text information that is sent to your browser when you access a web site. Your browser will return this cookie information to the domain where the cookie originated. The Web site uses cookies to track how visitors use its site. As such, cookies must be enabled. Cookies are also used to help you fill in forms within the Web site.

Art 14 - WEB-BASED ANALYTICAL TOOLS

The Web site makes use of Google analytics in addition to the Microsoft to assist in monitoring traffic patterns and the types of technology our visitors use.

Art 15 – CHOICE OF LAW AND LEGAL VENUE

These legal notices shall be governed and construed in accordance with the Norwegian law and any dispute shall be decided by Stavanger tingrett

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