Terms and Conditions for CSPL blog site

By submitting a comment to this website you agree to abide by the following terms and conditions.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this website is accurate. However the CSPL cannot accept any liability for the accuracy of information published by the author.  Visitors who rely on this information do so at their own risk.

CSPL may use, reproduce or modify any content posted on this website.

Length of comments
Comments should be kept short and relevant to the topic under discussion – we won’t generally publish contributions longer than 500 words, or we may ask you to summarise your comments.

Personal identification
Anonymous comments will not be accepted.  All comments submitted to this site must include your name and a genuine email address.

Conduct and use of language
Your comment should be within the scope of the topic under discussion.  Comments should be civil and tasteful, and must not be malicious or designed to offend.  Swear-words and profanity will not be accepted.  No reference should be made to the personality of other participants nor should attacks be made on an individual’s character.

Legal liability
You should remember that you are legally responsible for what you write.  By submitting a comment you undertake to indemnify the CSPL against any liability arising from breach of confidentiality or copyright, or any obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable statement you may make.

Advertising, spamming and research
No advertising or promotion is allowed except where it is for an event, publication or similar item that has direct relevance to the subject of discussion.  Information about locating and sharing knowledge and expertise is welcomed, but within the specific discussion provided.

Propriety and moderation
No comments made for party political purposes are allowed.

We encourage open, lively debate but the decision to retain comments received via this site remains at the CSPL’s discretion.

The CSPL reserves the right not to publish comments or to remove comments that contravene any of these terms and conditions.

Virus protection
The CSPL makes every effort to check and test material at all stages of production.  It is always wise for users to run an anti virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet.

The CSPL cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material from the CSPL website.

Your privacy
The CSPL website does not capture or store personal information from site visitors, other than to log the user’s IP address and session information such as the duration of the visit to the site and the type of web browser used.

Cookies are only used on the website if you choose to have your details remembered when posting a comment.  Cookies are pieces of data that are often created when you visit a website and are stored in the cookie directory of your own computer.  Cookies do not create a record on this website and the site does not contain any personal information about you.

When submitting a comment to this website you are required to enter an email address.  The CSPL respects your email privacy and will not store, display or share for any purpose.  Be aware however that WordPress is a third party provider of the comment mechanic.

Other websites linked from this site are not covered by this privacy policy.

Links to and from other websites
The CSPL is not responsible for the contents or reliability of the external websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.  Links to external sites should not be taken as endorsement of any kind.  We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

The CSPL encourages users to establish hypertext links to the site. You do not have to ask permission to link directly to pages hosted on the CSPL website.  However, we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site.  The CSPL pages must load into the user’s entire window.

If you have any objections to the posts or comments on this site please send them to public@standards.gsi.gov.uk