1. Introduction

1.1 Purpose and Scope

Welcome to FrontPage Guardian, a subsidiary of FrontPage News Media. The purpose of these Terms of Use (“Terms”) is to govern your access to and use of our various services, including but not limited to our website, mobile applications, and any other platforms we operate (collectively, “Services”). These Terms provide important information to you, including your legal rights, remedies, and obligations.

1.2 Definitions and Terminology

“User,” “You,” and “Your” refer to the individual or entity that creates an account and uses our Services. “We,” “Us,” and “Our” refer to FrontPage Guardian and its parent company, FrontPage News Media. “Content” refers to text, graphics, images, music, software, audio, video, and all other forms of data or communication. “User Content” refers to Content that users submit or transmit to, through, or in connection with the Services.

1.3 Contact Details

For any questions about these Terms, please contact us at:
Email: [Your Contact Email]
Phone: [Your Contact Phone Number]
Address: [Your Physical or Mailing Address]

1.4 About FrontPage Guardian

FrontPage Guardian is a media company specializing in investigative reporting on critical issues such as child abuse and organized crime. We also offer a platform for grants and support for victims. We are headquartered in Málaga, Spain, and operate under both Spanish and international laws.

2. Acceptance of Terms

2.1 Agreement to Terms

By accessing or using our Services, you confirm that you can form a binding contract with FrontPage Guardian, that you accept these Terms and that you agree to comply with them. Your access to and use of our Services is also subject to our Privacy Policy, the terms of which can be found directly on our website.

2.2 Changes to Terms

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to make changes to these Terms at any time. Any changes will be posted on this page with the “Last Updated” date at the top. You should revisit these Terms regularly to ensure that you are aware of any changes. Your continued use of our Services constitutes your agreement to such changes.

2.3 Continued Use of Services

Your continued use of the Services following the posting of revised Terms means that you accept and agree to the changes. You are expected to check this page from time to time so you are aware of any changes, as they are binding on you.

3. Services Provided

3.1 Types of Services

We offer a variety of services, including but not limited to:
Investigative Reporting: In-depth articles and reports on subjects like child abuse, organized crime, etc.
Victim Support: A platform where victims can find resources, support, and apply for grants.
Community Forums: Spaces for public discussion and sharing of information related to our reporting topics.

3.2 Limitations and Disclaimers

While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee that the Services will always be available, or that the information provided is complete or accurate. Our Services are provided “as is” and “as available” without any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.

3.3 Fees and Charges

Some of our Services may require payment of fees. All fees are stated in the currency of the United States unless expressly stated otherwise. You shall pay all applicable fees, as described on the website in connection with such Services selected by you.

4. Eligibility

4.1 Age Restrictions

While our Services are generally designed to be accessible to users of all ages, certain sections of our platform may contain content that is not suitable for minors. In such cases, age restrictions will be clearly indicated.

4.2 Geographic Restrictions

Our Services are available globally but may be restricted or unavailable in certain jurisdictions due to local laws or other constraints. It is your responsibility to ensure that your use of our Services complies with all local laws and regulations.

4.3 Verification Process

For certain Services, particularly those involving grants or financial transactions, we may require you to undergo a verification process. This may include submitting personal identification or other documentation to confirm your identity and eligibility.

5. User Responsibilities

5.1 Account Security

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account credentials, including your username and password. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security.

5.2 Content Submission

You are solely responsible for any content you submit to our Services, including but not limited to articles, comments, and forum posts. You agree not to post content that is illegal, harmful, or violates the intellectual property rights of others.

5.3 Compliance with Laws

You are responsible for ensuring that your use of our Services complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. Failure to comply may result in immediate termination of your account and legal action.

6. Intellectual Property Rights

6.1 Licensing

We offer various licensing options for our content, including the sale of intellectual property rights to the subjects of our stories. Specific terms and conditions will be provided at the time of any such transaction.

6.2 Copyright Infringement

We take claims of copyright infringement seriously. If you believe that any content on our Services infringes upon your copyright, please contact us immediately following the procedures outlined in our Copyright Policy.

6.3 User Content Licensing

By submitting User Content to our Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, modify, and distribute your content. This license ends when you delete your content or your account.

7. Data Protection and Privacy

7.1 Data Retention

We will retain your personal data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set
out in our Privacy Policy. We maintain reasonable safeguards to protect the security,
confidentiality, and integrity of the data we collect.

7.2 Third-Party Services

We may use third-party services for analytics, advertising, or other functionalities that
help us improve our Services. These third-party services may collect data in accordance
with their own privacy policies, which we recommend you review.

7.3 User Rights

You have the right to request access to, correction of, or deletion of your personal data. For more information on how to exercise these rights, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

8. Dispute Resolution

8.1 Arbitration

Any disputes arising out of or in connection with these Terms or your use of our Services that cannot be resolved through negotiation will be settled through arbitration in Spain, in accordance with Spanish law.

8.2 Governing Law

These Terms are governed by the laws of Spain, without regard to its conflict of law principles. Any legal action against us must be commenced in Spain.

8.3 Alternative Dispute Resolution

We encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation,
to amicably resolve any disagreements. Details of these mechanisms will be provided
upon request.

9. Updates to Terms

9.1 Versioning

Each update to these Terms will be versioned and dated for clarity. Past versions will be archived and made available for reference.

9.2 User Notification

We will notify users of any changes to these Terms via email and through notifications on our website. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information up to date.

9.3 Effective Date

Changes to these Terms will become effective immediately upon posting unless otherwise stated. Your continued use of our Services after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of the updated Terms.

10. Termination

10.1 Consequences

Termination of your account may result in the forfeiture of any content, data, or other benefits accrued during your use of our Services.

10.2 Right to Appeal

Users have the right to appeal a termination decision by contacting our support team. The appeal process and timeline will be provided at the time of termination.

10.3 Termination by User

You may terminate your account at any time by following the procedures outlined in our platform. Upon termination, you will lose access to any premium or paid features of our Services.

11. Grant Application and Funding

11.1 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for grants, applicants must meet specific criteria outlined during the grant application process. These may include age, geographic location, and the nature of the need or project.

11.2 Application Process

The grant application process involves multiple steps, including, but not limited to,
submitting an application form, providing necessary documentation, and undergoing an
evaluation process. Deadlines for each step will be clearly communicated.

11.3 Funding Disbursement

Upon approval, grant funds will be disbursed according to the terms specified in the grant agreement. This may include lump-sum payments or installment-based disbursements.

12. Law Enforcement Cooperation

12.1 Legal Obligations

We may share data with law enforcement agencies when legally obligated to do so, in compliance with both Spanish and international laws.

12.2 User Notification

If it’s not against the law, we’ll let the users who have had their data shared with law enforcement know.

12.3 Data Preservation

If necessary to comply with the law or as part of an ongoing investigation, we may keep data for a specific period of time.

13. Legal Recourse and Penalties

13.1 Penalties for Non-Compliance

Failure to comply with these Terms may result in various penalties, including but not limited to account termination, legal action, and financial penalties.

13.2 Legal Fees

In the event of legal action, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover all legal fees and costs incurred during the dispute.

13.3 Indemnification

Focus on the sale of investigative news stories, explaining the selection process for stories, the pricing model, and how these sales support the site’s investigative journalism efforts. Reassure users of the ethical considerations in choosing which stories are sold, ensuring transparency and integrity in the process.

14. Miscellaneous

14.1 Severability

If any provision of these Terms is found to be unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render these Terms unenforceable or invalid as a whole. The unenforceable provision will be replaced with one that is valid and enforceable and which achieves, to the extent possible, the original objectives and intent.

14.2 Entire Agreement

These Terms, along with any additional agreements or policies referenced herein, constitute the entire agreement between you and FrontPage Guardian, superseding all prior agreements between you and FrontPage Guardian regarding the Services.

14.3 Force Majeure

FrontPage Guardian shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations where such failure results from any cause beyond FrontPage Guardian’s reasonable control, such as natural disasters, acts of God, or government actions.

15. Accessibility Features

15.1 Compliance Standards

Our Services are designed to be accessible in accordance with applicable laws and standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

15.2 User Assistance

We provide various methods of assistance to make our Services accessible, including but not limited to, text-to-speech functionality, alternative text for images, and customer support trained in accessibility issues.

16. User-Generated Content

16.1 Content Moderation

We reserve the right to review, edit, or remove any user-generated content that violates our community guidelines, which include prohibitions on hate speech, harassment, and other forms of abuse.

16.2 Reporting Abuse

Users can report abusive content through a designated reporting mechanism within the Services. Reports will be reviewed by our moderation team, and appropriate action will be taken, which may include removal of content or account termination.

17. Payment and Refund Policy

17.1 Payment Methods

We accept various forms of payment, including credit cards, debit cards, and digital wallets. All payment information is securely processed and stored in compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards.

17.2 Refund Conditions

Refunds may be issued under specific conditions outlined in our Refund Policy, which is available on our website. This may include situations where the purchased service was not delivered as described.

18. Limitation of Liability

18.1 Exclusions

FrontPage Guardian shall not be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages, including but not limited to loss of profits, data, use, goodwill, or other intangible losses, resulting from your use or inability to use the Services.

18.2 User Acknowledgment

By using our Services, you acknowledge that FrontPage Guardian shall not be liable for any content posted by users or third parties, or for any damages or losses you may incur as a result of using the Services.

19. Contact for Ethical Concerns

19.1 Reporting Mechanism

If you have ethical concerns or complaints about our Services, you can contact our Ethics Committee via a designated email address or hotline. All reports are confidential and will be thoroughly investigated.

19.2 Whistleblower Protection

We adhere to whistleblower protection laws and assure that no retaliation will be taken against employees or users who report ethical concerns in good faith.

20. Transparency Reports

20.1 Frequency

We publish transparency reports on a bi-annual basis to disclose information about government and law enforcement requests for user data, content removals, and other compliance-related matters.

20.2 Data Categories

Our transparency reports categorize data according to the type of request, the requesting entity, and the outcome of the request. This is part of our commitment to uphold user privacy and inform the public about how we handle sensitive issues.