The changes to the Terms of Service recognize that members can now contribute to content outside of iCSP communities; make more explicit the expectations on members when they do contribute; set out the sanctions that may be applied if the Terms of Service are breached.
Below, for your information, are the clauses that have changed significantly.
Clause 15.3 - Registered user Responsibilities
Registered users with permissions to contribute content to the website must do so in accordance with the Community Rules, the CSP Code of Professional Values and Behaviour and the HCPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics, specifically your duties as an HCPC registrant (as appropriate to your personal status). You acknowledge in particular that appropriate communication is key to how you demonstrate and maintain your professionalism. To this end you will:
- uphold the interests of service users and respect the confidentiality of both service users and colleagues
- maintain high standards of personal conduct and act with integrity and honesty
- ensure that the content and style of your communication do not damage the reputation of, or public confidence in, the profession or any of its members.
For non-physiotherapy users the equivalent rules and/or standards that cover your profession will apply. For online communities managed by a particular clinical interest group the professional rules and standards pertaining to that group shall also apply.
Clause 15.4 - Content (sub-clause 15.4.4)
You agree that your content will be accurate where it states facts, will be genuinely held beliefs where it states opinions, will be appropriate to a professional website in tone and focus, will be directly relevant to the subject to which it pertains and will comply with the points set out in section 3.1 of these terms.
Clause 17 - General (paragraph 1)
If you breach these Terms and Conditions we reserve the right to remove your access to the site and to CSP email services for a period that is deemed appropriate to the breach and taking into account any previous breaches of the Terms and Conditions.