Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions outline the rules and regulations for the use of the “CrowdEquality” platform (the Platform) located at http://www.CrowdEquality.eu.

Each Platform user must comply with the following terms and conditions.

The following terminology is used in this document. “User”, “You” or “Your” refers to you, the person accessing the Platform and accepting these terms and conditions. “The Department” refers to the Department of Information Systems at the University of Muenster (Muenster, Germany, www.wi.uni-muenster.de).


The Platform, like most modern interactive websites, uses cookies, some of which are essential for its smooth operation. By using the Platform, you agree with the use of cookies.

Cookies are small files that are transferred to the hard drive of your computer through your Web browser (if you allow). Cookies enable the Platform system to recognize your Web browser and capture and remember certain information, as well as to understand and save your preferences for future visits based on previous or current Platform activity. Cookies are also used to compile aggregated data about the Platform traffic and interactions, so that improved services can be offered to you in the future.

Through the settings of your Web browser, you can choose to receive a warning each time a cookie is being sent or you can disable all cookies. As each Web browser is different, please look at the Help menu of your Web browser to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you disable cookies, some of the Platform features might not be accessible or function properly, which might negatively affect your user experience.


Unless otherwise stated, the author possesses the intellectual property rights for the own material published on the Platform. You may view and/or print pages from the Platform for your own personal use, subject to restrictions set in these terms and conditions.

You are not allowed to use the Platform content for commercial purposes and redistribute it, unless the content is specifically made for redistribution.

If you belong to one of the research institutions forming the EQUAL-IST project consortium (https://equal-ist.eu/partners/) and access the Platform with your institution email address, you have a permission to submit to the Platform information about challenges and ideas relevant for your research institution. During the submission process, you will have an opportunity to select an image characterising your challenge/idea from the Platform image repository. You are allowed to use the images in this repository only for the content appearing on the Platform. Any use of these images outside the Platform, including download and further distribution, is prohibited.

Collection of Personal Data

Collected personal data will be stored in a secure way on the Department server.

Collected personal data might be displayed only in the private area of the Platform available only to registered and logged-in contributors.

Collected personal data will be anonymised before it is made available to any third party (inside or outside the European Union).

Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
According to the Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), operators of websites and online services do not take responsibility to protect privacy and safety online of children. The Platform target audience are adults of the full legal age.

User Content

  1. The Platform offers the opportunity for users with respective rights to post and exchange opinions, information, documents, and data (“Content”). This Content represents the views and opinions of the respective contributors submitting it and does not necessarily reflect the position of the Department, the EQUAL-IST project (https://equal-ist.eu), or the European Commission. The Department is not responsible or liable for any losses, damages or expenses caused by the use of the Platform or its Content.
  2. You are responsible for all the information you post on the Platform.

Hyperlinking to the Platform Content

  1. The following organisations may link to the Platform without prior written approval:
    • government agencies
    • search engines
    • news organisations.
  2. We may consider and approve in our sole discretion other link requests from the following types of organisations:
    • associations or other groups representing charities, including charity giving sites
    • online directory distributors
    • internet portals
    • accounting, law and consulting firms whose primary clients are businesses
    • educational institutions and trade associations.

We will approve link requests from these organisations if we determine that: (a) the link would not reflect unfavourably on the Platform and (b) the organisation does not have an identified unsatisfactory record.


Without respective administration rights, you are not allowed to create frames around the Platform web pages or use other techniques that alter the visual presentation or appearance of the Platform in any way.

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them and establishes penalties for violations. Your email address is being collected during the registration to the Platform to define your user rights (internal user vs. external user) and send you notifications in case you have subscribed to them. In line with the CAN-SPAM Act, at the bottom of each notification email, information is provided how you can unsubscribe from receiving future emails. All requests to unsubscribe from the Platform notifications will be processed in a timely manner.

Removal of Links from the Platform

We reserve the right to request that you remove all links or any particular link to the Platform at any time and in sole discretion, which you agree to do without an unjustified delay.

If you find any link on or to the Platform objectionable, please report it to us using the “Feedback” button on the Platform “Home” page. We will consider all such requests, but reserve the right to make the final decision and to not respond to you directly.

We do not warrant completeness or accuracy of the published Content, nor do we commit to ensuring that the Platform remains available or that the material on the Platform is kept up to date.

Amendment of the Terms and Conditions

We reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions and its linking policy at any time. You agree to be bound to the current version of these terms and conditions.


The information published on the Platform is liable to change at any time without notice.

The information presented in this document does not constitute legal advice and you should not rely or act solely on the basis of this information. Access to information on the Platform does not create either a relationship of solicitor/client or formulate a contract between the Platform hosts and visitors.

This Platform may contain links, frames, and references designed to assist in accessing related material. The Platform makes no warranty that the material contained in those sites is accurate or relevant. We cannot control the content of other sites, nor do we endorse the products and services from other sites.

It cannot be warranted that the information on the Platform is free from viruses. It is therefore recommended that an appropriate virus check is utilised prior to downloading any file from the Platform.

The Platform excludes, to the extent permitted by law, all liability to third parties who access information contained on the Platform either directly or indirectly and rely on or use such materials.

The Platform may restrict access of any user to the Platform at any time without warning and without the need for any prior notification.


This document was created using the http://termsandconditionstemplate.com/ generator. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a direct message using the “Feedback” button on the Platform “Home” page. Thank you for respecting these terms and conditions! We wish that you have fruitful and positive discussions on the Platform!

Further Policy Agreements

By logging in using your Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn account, you must also adhere to the terms and conditions of the respective social network, which you can check at the following webpages: