Terms and conditions of use of the site

The website and its contents and services, hereinafter together referred to as the “Site”, is published by:

SPB

Société par actions simplifiée (simplified company limited by shares) with a share capital of 1,000,000 euros,
registered with the Le Havre Trade and Companies’ Register (RCS) under number 305 109 779 and with ORIAS (insurance intermediaries association) under number 07 002 642 (www.orias.fr) as an insurance broker,
Registered office: 71, quai Colbert – 76095 LE HAVRE Cedex

These general conditions of use of the Site, hereinafter referred to as “T & Cs” define the conditions applicable between the User and SPB as well as the rights and obligations of each relative to the use of the Site.

These general terms and conditions of use of the Site, hereinafter referred to as the “GTCU”, define the conditions applicable between the User and SPB as well as the rights and obligations of each party in relation to the use of the Site.

Any use of the Site implies the consultation and acceptance of these GTCU.

These GTCU are subject to French law.

1. Definitions

The terms listed below used in these GTCU and beginning with a capital letter shall be understood as follows, whether in the singular or plural, depending on the context of their use:

1.1. GTCU

Refers to these general terms and conditions of use intended to govern the terms of use of the Site by the User.

1.2. Content

Refers to all articles, photographs, illustrations, files, questionnaires, functionalities and more generally any element existing within the Site.

1.3. User space

Refers to the User’s personal space which the User can access after authenticating himself/herself.

1.4. Service

Refers to all the services offered and made available to Users within the Site. The Services are provided via the Site either by SPB or by third-party companies under their exclusive responsibility, which the User acknowledges and accepts.

1.5. Site

Refers to the website published by SPB and all the Services and Content that it makes available to Users.

1.6. User

Refers to the natural person having access to the Site.

2. Use of the site by the user

2.1. Acceptance of the GTCU

Access to and use of the Site by the User implies the knowledge, acceptance without reservation and compliance by the latter with these GTCU.

The GTCU can be accessed from the “General Terms and Conditions of Use” link on the Site.

SPB reserves the right to modify the terms of these GTCU at any time. In this case, the modified GTCU can be accessed from the “General Terms and Conditions of Use” link on the Site.

Access to the Site by the User shall constitute acceptance of the modified GTCU.

2.2. Access and Security

Access to the Site is non-transferable and temporary.

2.3. Rules for using the Site

The User undertakes to use the Site fairly and honestly, in accordance with its purpose and role, in compliance with the law and with the strictest confidentiality.

The User acknowledges and accepts that compliance with these GTCU is a substantial condition for continued access to the Site.

SPB may withdraw access to the Site or to certain features of the Site, without notice and without owing the User any compensation whatsoever, in the event of a breach by the User of the provisions of these GTCU making it impossible to maintain access to the Site, notwithstanding any damages that may be claimed by SPB.

3. Description of site functionality and interoperability

1. Main features:

Website presenting the news of the SPB Group

2. Fonctional features:

Language :
Website and instructions in English and French.

 

Data traceability:

The personal data are exclusively intended for SPB as data controller.

3. Interoperability:

Hardware & software:
Internet Explorer 10 or later (IE 8 and 9 with limitations), Chrome latest stable version, Firefox latest stable version, Safari MacOS latest stable version, Safari Mobile iOS 7.x and above, Android 4.x and above

4. Warning / technical constraints

The User is informed of the constraints and limits of the Internet network, particularly in terms of:

  • data transmission and possible data breaches;
  • continuity not guaranteed in accessing the Site or the various services offered by the Site;
  • technical constraints that are not under SPB’s control and responsibility.


Under no circumstances can SPB be held responsible for these risks and their consequences, which may be detrimental to the User to any extent.

It is the User’s responsibility to take all appropriate measures to protect his/her own data, software and hardware from contamination by viruses or other forms of attack that may be circulating through the Site.

The User may not take advantage of any difficulty in accessing the Site to access the information or services in breach of these GTCU.

Links may be provided to other applications, websites or other social networks or Services provided by third-party companies to SPB. SPB cannot be held liable if the content of said other applications, websites or social networks or services infringes the rights of third parties or any legal or regulatory provisions in force. These other applications, websites or other social networks or services are provided under the exclusive responsibility of the companies that publish them, which the User expressly acknowledges and accepts.

The User is informed of the unreliability of the Internet network, especially in terms of relative security in the transmission of data, of non-guaranteed continuity of access to the Site, of non-guaranteed performance in terms of volume and speed of data transmission and of the propagation of viruses.

In this respect, SPB cannot be held responsible for damage resulting from viruses of any kind, bugs, or any program or application that is incompatible with the infrastructure used by the User, nor for damage suffered by the User as a result of a breakdown, maintenance interruption, technical problem, interruption of the telephone network or telecommunications networks, overload, negligence or fault of a third party or the User, or an incompatibility of the User’s computer configuration.

The User is responsible for implementing a solution and security measures within his/her computer to prevent the spread of viruses.

It is the User’s responsibility to check the suitability of the services and content offered via the Site for his/her needs. The User is solely responsible for any decision of any nature whatsoever taken on the basis of information provided within the Content or the Services offered via the Site.

5. Responsibilities

5.1. Responsibility of the User

The User remains fully and personally responsible for the use of the Site under the conditions of common law.

It is the User’s responsibility to use the Site in compliance with the legal and regulatory provisions in force and in compliance with the stipulations of these GTCU.

5.2. SPB’s liability

The Site is used under the sole responsibility, control and direction of the User. SPB cannot under any circumstances be held liable for any direct or indirect damage whatsoever arising from the use by the User of the Site and the Services in any capacity and under any circumstances whatsoever.

In this respect, the User undertakes to validate the suitability of the Site and the Services for his/her needs, and to use the Site and the Services under normal conditions and in accordance with its purpose.

SPB is in no way responsible for the quality, timeliness, completeness and truthfulness of the data entered by the User, under its sole control, responsibility and direction.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DOES SPB VERIFY OR CHECK THE CONSISTENCY OR RELEVANCE OF THE DATA ENTERED BY THE USER WITHIN THE SITE WHEN USING THE SERVICES.

The User is therefore informed that SPB shall not be liable for any damage resulting from:

  • the use made by the User of the Content made available to him/her on the Site and through the Services and in particular the interpretation that the User will make of it and the consequences of its use;
  • the recording by the User of incomplete or erroneous information.


SPB shall not be liable for any non-performance or delay in the performance of the Services caused by events beyond its control or force majeure as defined in the Code civil (French Civil Code).

The execution of these GTCU will be suspended for as long as the case of force majeure lasts and the performance deadlines of the Service will be extended accordingly. SPB will use its best endeavours to put an end to the case of force majeure or to find a solution that enables it to fulfil its contractual obligations despite the case of force majeure.

6. Limits of liability concerning the site

The information provided on the Site is for general and documentary purposes only. SPB disclaims all responsibility for the use and interpretation of the information published on the Site and its possible consequences.

It is specified that SPB cannot be held responsible for direct or indirect damage, material or immaterial, resulting from the use of the Site or the impossibility of accessing it, or from a malfunction, an interruption, a virus, or a connection or system problem, acts of third parties, cases of force majeure or unforeseen events, preventing access to the Site or to one of its functions.

The equipment used by the User to connect to the Site remains under the User’s sole responsibility. S/he must take all appropriate measures to protect his/her equipment and his/her own data, particularly in the event of virus attacks via the Internet. The User is also solely responsible for the sites and data s/he consults.

SPB cannot be held responsible for any legal proceedings against the User:

– as a result of using the site or any service accessible via the Internet;

– as a result of non-compliance with these GTCU.

SPB is not liable for any damage caused to the User, third parties and/or their equipment as a result of connecting to or using the Site.

7. Intellectual property rights

7.1. Site Content and Services

All Content and Services accessible through the Site and Services are protected by intellectual property rights, owned or claimed by SPB, its related entities or used by SPB with the permission of the owners of such rights.

These Services and this Content are exclusively intended for the information and personal use of the User who benefits from a private, non-collective and non-exclusive right of use.

Unless expressly authorised in advance by SPB, all reproductions, representations and uses by the User other than those referred to above are prohibited, in particular:

  • any adaptation, making available to the public at its request or not, distribution, rebroadcasting in any form whatsoever, networking, public communication, whether free of charge or for a fee, of all or part of the works, services, trademarks and all elements protected or likely to be protected by intellectual property law reproduced on the Site and in the Services;
  • any link, access, modification, addition or deletion that affects the automated processing system of the online edition and modifies the publication conditions or editorial policy.


Any failure by the User to comply with these obligations shall constitute an infringement punishable under Articles L.335-2 et seq. of the Code de la propriété intellectuelle (French Intellectual Property Code).

7.2. Databases

In accordance with the provisions relating to the protection of databases, SPB is the producer and owner of all or part of the databases making up the Site.

By accessing this Site, the User acknowledges that the data it contains is legally protected; the User is prohibited from extracting, reusing, storing, reproducing, representing or preserving, directly or indirectly, on any medium whatsoever, by any means and in any form whatsoever, all or part of the qualitatively or quantitatively substantial content of the databases appearing on the Site to which s/he has access, as well as from repeatedly and systematically extracting or reusing qualitatively and quantitatively insubstantial parts of the content, when these operations clearly exceed normal conditions.

7.3. Trademarks and distinctive signs

Unless otherwise specified, all trademarks used on the Site are the property of SPB or its partners.

Unless expressly authorised in advance by SPB and/or its partners, any use of this trademark and any other trademarks, whether figurative or not, displayed belonging to SPB or to third parties exposes the User to legal proceedings.

8. Cookies

Information about the cookies used on the Site is set out in the Privacy Policy.

9. Hyperlinks

Any information accessible via a link to other sites is not under the control of SPB, which disclaims all responsibility for their content.

10. User's personal data

The data communicated to SPB in the context of the use of the Site are processed in the sense of and in compliance with the law of 6 January 1978 as amended by the law of 20 June 2018 known as “Informatique et Libertés” (French Data Protection Act), in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations. In this context, the data controller is SPB. All information concerning the processing of the User’s data, their purposes, the rights of the User and SPB’s obligations are detailed in the Privacy Policy published on the Site.

11. Complaints - Dispute resolution

In the event of a complaint, the User may contact SPB:

  • by post: 71 Quai Colbert, 76 600 Le Havre

The GTCU are governed by French law. Any dispute as to their validity, interpretation or execution shall be submitted to the competent French courts.

12. Supervisory authority

SPB’s supervisory authority is the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (French Prudential Control and Resolution Authority), at the following address:

ACPR
4 Place de Budapest
CS 92459
75436 PARIS CEDEX 09