Website Terms of Use

Last modified:  November 1, 2012

Your use of the DirectTrust.org website is subject to these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy.  When you visit our website, submit any information to DirectTrust.org, Inc. (“DirectTrust.org”) online, or submit comments or a post to the DirectTrust.org blog, you are agreeing to the provisions of our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.  If you do not agree, you may not use the website, and should not submit any information or other material to us online.    

These Terms of Use explain the acceptable uses of our website, and our policies regarding unacceptable uses, and may be modified from time to time, so please check back for updates.  Your continued use of our website after any update to these Terms of Use constitutes your agreement to the revisions.    

We also encourage you to review the Terms of Use of our website host Squarespace, which can be found at this link: SquareSpace Terms of Service

Acceptable Uses of the DirectTrust.org Website

The DirectTrust.org Mission:  This website is provided as public service, in furtherance of the non-profit mission of DirectTrust.org, which is to serve as a forum, for persons and entities involved with or interested in Directed exchange over the Internet of electronic health information as part of the Nationwide Health Information Network, to:

  • share information;
  • engage in education;
  • identify best practices;
  • develop standards;
  • facilitate security, interoperability and trust among Directed exchange participants;
  • foster public confidence; and
  • promote the adoption and success of Directed exchange, consistent with state and federal law governing the Nationwide Health Information Network.

Acceptable Uses:  Acceptable uses of the DirectTrust.org website are those compatible with our mission, as stated above. 

Unacceptable Uses, and the DirectTrust.org Takedown Policy

Uses Incompatible With The DirectTrust.org Mission:  Use of the DirectTrust.org website for purposes incompatible with the non-profit mission of DirectTrust.org as set forth above, including any commercial use of our website or its content, is prohibited.

Offensive or Infringing or Content May Be Removed:  DirectTrust.org reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove from its website any content or link deemed by DirectTrust.org to be incompatible with its mission, false, offensive, or potentially infringing on the copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights of any party. 

Limited License

Temporary Use License Granted:  Visitors to the DirectTrust.org website are granted a temporary, limited license for the duration of their website visit to view the content on the website and use any interactive features provided, including information, comment, survey, or sign-up forms, all of which are subject to the DirectTrust.org Privacy Policy.  Content may be copied or downloaded from the DirectTrust.org website only if explicitly designated on the website for copying or downloading by users, only for the user’s non-commercial use in furtherance of the DirectTrust.org mission, and subject to DirectTrust.org’s reservation of rights, below.

Linking to the DirectTrust.org Website:  You may provide a link to the DirectTrust.org website on your website or blog or in a published article, provided the purpose of the link is non-commercial and consistent with the acceptable uses of the DirectTrust.org website, as stated above.  Links from the DirectTrust.org website to third party websites, including in blog posts, may be posted only with the permission of DirectTrust.org.

Reservation of Rights:  DirectTrust.org reserves to itself and does not waive any and all applicable copyrights, trademarks, and other proprietary rights it may possess in its website and all content, logos, forms, and other material present on the website.  Your use of the DirectTrust.org website remains subject to all such rights, except to the extent of the limited license granted above.

Website Provided “As Is”

While we make reasonable efforts to ensure the reliability of our website, DirectTrust.org makes no representations or warranties regarding its website or website content, which is made available to users for use at their own risk, and we cannot warrant that the website is free from malware or other defects.

 Limitation of Liability and Indemnification of DirectTrust.org By User

In consideration of using the DirectTrust.org website, you waive any claim for damages against DirectTrust.org arising out of your use of or reliance on our website.  In addition, in the event your use of the DirectTrust.org website, including your use of interactive features and/or posts to the DirectTrust.org blog, results in any claim, demand, liability, loss, costs (including attorneys’ fees) or damages to DirectTrust.org, you agree to fully indemnify and hold DirectTrust.org, its directors, officers, and employees harmless.

Website Not Intended For Use By Minors

Please note:  This website is not intended for use by persons under the age of 18, and DirectTrust.org does not knowingly collect information from persons under the age of 18.  If you are a minor, please do not submit information to DirectTrust.org online or post to our blog.

Third-Party Websites

The DirectTrust.org website may contain, for your convenience, links to third party websites.  Please note that DirectTrust.org is not responsible for the privacy practices of these third parties or their website terms of use.  We encourage you to review the policies for each website you visit.

Blog Posts

Information and comments you submit for posting to the blog on the DirectTrust.org website are considered public information.  Do not submit to the DirectTrust.org blog any information that you consider private or proprietary, or any copyrighted or trademarked material. 

Surveys

DirectTrust.org may, from time to time, post surveys (or links to surveys) on its website, consistent with its mission.  Participation in such surveys is voluntary and subject to these Terms of Use. 

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding our Terms of Use, please contact us.