Legal notice

Date: 20/09/2017
Version: 1.1

This Legal Notification regulates the use of the web portal http://www.iac.es.

This website belongs to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (CIF Q3811001A), located at Calle Vía Láctea, s/n, 38205 - La Laguna (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and electronic mail address secadm [at] iac.es  (telephone: +34 922 605 200).

Some of the services offered by this portal are provided directly by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, but the services of the electronic site https://iac.sede.gob.es are provided via the ACCEDA platform of the Ministerio de Hacienda y Función Pública (Spain’s national tax authority).

General terms of access and use

Navigating via this portal attributes to the user the condition of user of the portal and implies unreserved acceptance of each and every condition (always subject to modification)  outlined in this Legal Caution. The user is under obligation to make correct use of the website in accordance to the law, good faith, public order, correct use of traffic, and this Legal Caution. The user is answerable to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and third parties for any damage or harm that might arise as a consequence of non-compliance with the aforementioned obligation.

Access to and use of this portal, together with the services and content obtained therefrom, as well as through our electronic site, are subject to the terms stipulated in this Legal Caution.

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias reserves the right to make changes to the portal without prior notice with the aim of altering, updating, adding to or removing content in order to maintain the quality of the information provided, and avoiding and minimizing possible errors.  

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias disclaims all responsibility for any damage or harm caused by decisions taken on the basis of the information provided; for any inexactness, omissions or errors given in that information; for any problems that could arise from the use of this website or any external connection; or for any damage or harm to any user software or hardware deriving from access to this website.

The content and services offered by the portal are updated regularly. Since the updating of information is not immediate, we suggest that you always check that the information, content, and services provided by the website are valid and correct.

The website and its services are freely accessible without charge, although some of the content are available only upon prior registrations as a user, or dependent upon your identification via your electronic identity document or digital certificate. Access is without charge, although, on occasion, you might be required to pay a corresponding access charge, in which case you will previously be informed of the cost.

The user guarantees the authenticity and validity of all information provided to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and will be solely responsible for the consequences arising from any false or inexact statements.

The user expressly undertakes to make proper and suitable use of the content and services offered and not to use them to:

 

  • Spread content that is criminal, violent, pornographic, racist, xenophobic, offensive, supportive of terrorism, or any other content generally contrary to the law or to public order.

  • Introduce into the site computer viruses or carry out any activities liable to alter, damage, interrupt or generate errors or cause damage to electronic documents, data, or physical or logical systems of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias or third parties; or prevent access to the website and its services by other users.

  • Attempt to access or retrieve data from restricted areas of the data systems of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias or third parties.

  • Infringe the intellectual or industrial property rights, or violate the confidentiality of information of the Astrofísica de Canarias or third parties.

  • Falsely assume the identity of another user, public administrative authorities, or a third party.

  • Reproduce, copy, distribute, make available in any form, publicly communicate, transform, or modify site content without obtaining permission from the owner of the corresponding rights, or unless such action is permitted by law.

  • Claim data for the purposes of publicity and submit any kind of publicity or communication for sale or for any other commercial end without having applied for and obtained prior consent.

Rules governing the use and confidentiality of passwords

Users can access their accounts by means of a username and password, which they must retain in their custody for their exclusive use, taking care to observe the strictest and most absolute confidentiality. Users are responsible for any damage, costs or detrimental consequences deriving from revealing their password, or from any ill use by a third party arising from such a breach of confidentiality.

To prevent any third party from improper use of personal passwords, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias recommends that users do not reveal their passwords to third parties and not to access their accounts from public or multi-user computers. Users suspecting improper use of their password by a third party should immediately change their password or communicate the breach to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias by email to web [at] iac.es.

In the case of any negligent use of a password or account on the part of the registered user or a third party, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias reserves the right, without giving prior notice, to modify, suspend or revoke any password or active account.

Procedure to be followed in the case of detection of illicit activities

Any users or third parties who consider that there exist facts or circumstance demonstrating an improper use of any content and/or the carrying out of any activity in the web pages should notify the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, duly identifying themselves, specifying the suspected infractions, and expressly assuming responsibility for the truth of the information provided.  

Privacy policy

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias  is committed to the fulfilment of current legislation governing the treatment of personal data, particularly with regard to Organic Law 15/99 of 13 December concerning Protection of Personal Data (hereafter LOPD), or any future modification thereof. Further information regarding our privacy policy may be found via the following link privacy policy.

Cookies policy

The website of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias uses its own and third party cookies to gather statistical information in order to improve its website and services. More information in our cookies policy.

Notifications

All notifications and communications between users and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias are considered to take effect when sent via postal services, electronic mail or telephone. Users should address the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias via:

Postal services to:

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Calle Vía Láctea, s/n
38205 – La Laguna - Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Electronic emails to: web [at] iac.es.

Industrial property and intellectual property

The entire content of the web portal (texts, photographs, graphics, images, icons, technology, software, as well as graphic design and source codes) constitute a work that is the property of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. It must not be construed that rights of exploitation of this property, beyond those outlined in this section, is in any way conceded to any user.

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias authorizes the use of multimedia (images, videos, animations) from the multimedia gallery and educational resources with due accreditation to the  Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, also including the texts of press notices and any multimedia material associated with them, without the need to request prior permission from the IAC, provided that:

  • Their use is for (non-commercial) educational or informative purposes*

  • Due accreditation is included  

  • The user has read and accepted the conditions and limitations pertaining to the use of such matter  

(*) In the case of printed or digital matter, a copy must be sent (preferably in digital format) or a website address supplied to the addresses given at the bottom of the page.   

In all cases it is necessary to specify:  

  • the address of the IAC web page from which the material has been downloaded  

This general permission does not extend to use of any of the variants of the logo of the Astrofísica de Canarias. Trademarks commercial names and distinctive symbols of any kind that appear on the web portal are the property of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias or their owners, with no attribution of any rights whatsoever concerning them being granted to users. The logo of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias can be used only on products sponsored by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.  

For any other materials not covered in this section it is necessary to request authorization from the address indicated in this section, except in cases covered by Articles 31 and 34 of Royal Legislative Decree 1/1996 of 12 April and/or in the current legislation.  

Advertising and commercial uses  

If it is required to use images, videos or other materials of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias for any kind of advertisement or commercial product, permission must be sought from the IAC’s Science Communication and Education Unit (UC3, from its Spanish abbreviation) by sending an electronic mail to secUC3 [at] iac.es, describing to what use the material will be put, and including, where possible, a design or storyboard.  

In the case that permission is granted, the applicant must abide by the conditions and limitations attached and to send a physical or digital copy of the product to the address indicated below.


Website links to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

It is permitted to link to web pages of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias from other web pages or digital applications, always provided that it be done in a manner that the IAC approves, promotes, or forms part of the goods or services concerned.

Conditions and limitations  

It is the intention of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias to promote the use of materials provided by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. These materials are subject to the following conditions of use:  

  • Material of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias cannot be used to indicate or imply approval by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias or any of its employees of products, services, or activities not originating from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias; neither can IAC material be used in a manner to produce erroneous results.  

  • The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias must be recognized as the source of IAC material, except for the purposes of publicity.  

  • The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias does not grant exclusive rights to IAC material.  

  • If a recognizable person appears in material produced by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, permission must be sought from the person concerned, except in the case of use of the material by communications media.  

  • Some IAC audiovisual material might incorporate music or images protected by copyright and/or with authorization granted to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. Any editing or other modification of the work in question would need permission from the authors or copyright owners. The same is applicable to in the case that the authors are employees of the IAC.  

  • Only press release texts may be used and adapted without the need for further permissions. For all other texts, permission must be sought from the authors (check with web [at] iac.es).  

  • Any product derived from an adaptation of IAC materials may in turn be further adapted by the IAC or others.

  • Any credits must be given in full form (as indicated) and must be placed in a manner that associates them with the product concerned. Any IAC web material not duly accredited must be reported to web [at] iac.es.  

  • When using IAC material relating to a press release, a link will be provided to the press release concerned with a view to aiding access to the complete information.  

  • The IAC does not indemnify or provide legal support to users of material obtained from the IAC website; neither does it IAC release users from any consequences deriving from infringement of authors’ rights.

(**) Press release texts, unless otherwise indicated. The correct way to indicate IAC authorship is “IAC”.  

If you require further information on our intellectual and industrial property rights, please contact:  

(General conditions of access and use)

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias  
Unidad de Comunicación y Cultura Científica (UC3)  
C/ Vía Láctea s/n
38205 La Laguna - Santa Cruz de Tenerife Tenerife, España  

Correo-e: secUC3 [at] iac.es

Links to other websites

If you choose to abandon our website via links to other sites not belonging to our entity, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, the IAC accepts no responsibility for the privacy policies of such websites or for any cookies that these sites may use for the purpose of storing data on the user’s computer.  

 

Exemption from liability and modifications to this Legal Notification

The information provided on this website is solely and exclusively for informative purposes, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias reserving the right to eliminate or suspend completely its diffusion, either totally or partially, and to modify the structure and content of this website without giving prior notice. The IAC also reserves the right to limit or deny access to the said information. The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias tries to maintain the quality and topicality of this information, and to avoid and minimize possible errors of content, but the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias cannot be answerable for any damage or harm caused by decisions based on the information provided, nor for inaccuracies, errors or omissions contained therein; neither does it accept responsibility for any problems originating  from the use of this website or any connections to an external site, or for any damage and/or harm to the software or hardware of the user deriving from access to this site.

Users expressly accept that the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias is not responsible for any unauthorized access to, or alteration of, its transmission or data of any material or data sent or received, or not sent or received, nor for any transaction carried out via its web page.

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias reserves the right to modify the present Legal Notification unilaterally and without prior warning according to any terms and conditions that it deems fit with the sole obligation to inform users of the modifications effected through its own website.  

Applicable laws and appropriate tribunals

The present website remains subject to the established principles of Spanish law. Any dispute arising from or bearing relation to use of the portal will be duly submitted to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of Spanish courts and tribunals.