Terms and Conditions

Welcome to the Security Multilogue Platform!

The Security Multilogue Platform (SMP) provides services that enable security experts, practitioners and people interested in International Security Management to connect with each other, build communities, and raise awareness. These Terms govern your use of the Security Multilogue Platform and its features, apps, services, technologies, and software, except where we expressly state that separate terms (and not these) apply. These items are provided to you by Fondazione FORMIT.

We do not charge you to use the Security Multilogue Platform or the other features and services covered by these Terms.

We do not sell your personal data to advertisers, and we do not share information that directly identifies you (such as your name, email address or other contact information).

Our Data Policy (see Section 5) explains how we collect and use your personal data to provide all of the services described below.

1. The services we provide

Our mission is to give people the power to build a community and foster high-level discussions within a qualified environment. To help advance this mission, we provide you with the services described below:

1.1 Connect you with experts and people involved in the Security domain:

We help you find and connect with people, experts, practitioners, and others that are interested to share their knowledge and experiences across the Security Multilogue Platform services you use.

1.2 Empower you to express yourself and communicate your point of view about relevant topics:

There are many ways to express yourself on the Security Multilogue Platform and to communicate with other users about what matters to you – for example, liking and commenting posts, uploading posts (only for authors), sharing post and comments on external Social Networks, inviting friends and colleagues to join the Security Multilogue Platform. We have also developed, and continue to explore, new ways for people to use technology, and to create and share more expressive and engaging content on the Security Multilogue Platform.

1.3 Combat harmful conduct and protect and support our community:

People will only build community on the Security Multilogue Platform if they feel safe. We guarantee a continuous monitoring to detect misuse of our services, harmful conduct towards others, and situations where we may be able to help support or protect our community. If we learn of content or conduct like this, we will take appropriate action – for example, offering help, removing content, blocking access to certain features, disabling an account, or contacting law enforcement.

1.4 Research ways to make our services better:

We engage in research to develop, test, and improve our services. This includes analysing the data we have about our users and understanding how people use our services, for example by conducting surveys and testing and troubleshooting new features. Our Data Policy explains how we use data to support this research for the purposes of developing and improving our services.

1.5 Enable global access to our services:

To operate our global service, we need to store and distribute content and data in our data centres and systems, including outside your country of residence. This infrastructure may be operated or controlled by Fondazione FORMIT.

2. Your commitments to the Security Multilogue Platform and our community

We provide these services to you and others to help advance our mission. In exchange, we need you to make the following commitments:

2.1 Who can use the Security Multilogue Platform

When people stand behind their opinions and actions, our community is safer and more accountable. For this reason, you must:

  • Use the same name that you use in everyday life. Different nicknames are not allowed.
  • Provide accurate information about yourself (e.g. first name, last name, age, nationality as reported in your identity card).
  • Create only one account (your own).
  • Not share your password, give access to your Security Multilogue Platform account to others, or transfer your account to anyone else (without our permission).

We try to make the Security Multilogue Platform broadly available to everyone, but you cannot use the Security Multilogue Platform if:

  • You are under 18 years old.
  • We have previously disabled your account for breaches of our Terms or Policies.
  • You are prohibited from using our services, or software under applicable laws.

2.2 What you can share and do on the Security Multilogue Platform

We want people to use the Security Multilogue Platform to express themselves and to share content in the interest of the International Security community, but not at the expense of the safety and well-being of others or the integrity of our community. You therefore agree not to engage in the conduct described below (or to facilitate or support others in doing so):

  1. You may not use our services to do or share anything:
  2. That breaches these Terms, and other terms and policies that apply to your use of the Security Multilogue Platform.
  3. That is unlawful, misleading, discriminatory or fraudulent.
  4. That infringes or breaches someone else’s rights, including their intellectual property rights.
  5. You may not upload viruses or malicious code or do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of our services.
  6. You may not access or collect data from our services using automated means (without our prior permission) or attempt to access data you do not have permission to access.

We can remove or block content that is in breach of these provisions.

If we remove content that you have shared for violation of our Community, we will let you know and explain any options you have to request another review, unless you seriously or repeatedly violate these Terms or if doing so may expose us or others to legal liability; harm our community of users; compromise or interfere with the integrity or operation of any of our services; where we are restricted due to technical limitations; or where we are prohibited from doing so for legal reasons.

To help support our community, we encourage you to report content or conduct that you believe breaches your rights (including intellectual property rights) or our terms and policies.

2.3 The permissions you give us

We need certain permissions from you to provide our services.

Permission to use content you create and share: Some content that you share or upload, such as photos or videos, may be protected by intellectual property laws.

You own the intellectual property rights (things like copyright or trademarks) in any such content that you create and share on the Security Multilogue Platform you use. Nothing in these Terms takes away the rights you have to your own content. You are free to share your content with anyone else, wherever you want.

However, to provide our services we need you to give us some legal permissions (known as a ‘license’) to use this content. This is solely for the purposes of providing and improving our services and software.

Specifically, when you share, post, or upload content that is covered by intellectual property rights on or in connection with our services, you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content. This license will end when your content is deleted from our systems.

You can delete content individually or all at once by deleting your account. 

When you delete content, it’s no longer visible to other users, however it may continue to exist elsewhere on our systems where:

  • immediate deletion is not possible due to technical limitations (in which case, your content will be deleted within a maximum of 90 days from when you delete it);
  • your content has been used by others in accordance with this license and they have not deleted it (in which case this license will continue to apply until that content is deleted); or
  • where immediate deletion would restrict our ability to:
  • investigate or identify illegal activity or violations of our terms and policies (for example, to identify or investigate misuse of our Products or systems);
  • comply with a legal obligation, such as the preservation of evidence; or
  • comply with a request of a judicial or administrative authority, law enforcement or a government agency;

In which case, the content will be retained for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it has been retained (the exact duration will vary on a case-by-case basis).

In each of the above cases, this license will continue until the content has been fully deleted.

2.4 Limits on using our intellectual property

If you use content covered by intellectual property rights that we have and make available in our services (for example, images, designs, videos, or sounds we provide that you add to content you create or share on the Security Multilogue Platform), we retain all rights to that content (but not yours). You can only use our copyrights or ask for our prior written permission. You must obtain our written permission (or permission under an open source license) to modify, create derivative works of, decompile, or otherwise attempt to extract source code from us.

3. Additional provisions

3.1 Updating our Terms

We work constantly to improve our services and develop new features to make the Security Multilogue Platform better for you and our community. As a result, we may need to update these Terms from time to time to accurately reflect our services and practices. We will only make any changes if the provisions are no longer appropriate or if they are incomplete, and only if the changes are reasonable and take due account of your interests.

We will notify you (for example, by email) at least 30 days before we make changes to these Terms and give you an opportunity to review them before they go into effect, unless the changes are required by law. Once any updated Terms are in effect, you will be bound by them if you continue to use our services.

We hope that you will continue using our services, but if you do not agree to our updated Terms and no longer want to be a part of the Security Multilogue Platform community, you can delete your account at any time.

3.2 Account suspension or termination

We want the Security Multilogue Platform to be a place where people feel welcome and safe to express themselves and share their thoughts and ideas.

If we determine that you have clearly, seriously or repeatedly breached our Terms or Policies, we may suspend or permanently disable access to your account. We may also suspend or disable your account if you repeatedly infringe other people’s intellectual property rights or where we are required to do so for legal reasons.

Where we take such action we will let you know and explain any options you have to request a review, unless doing so may expose us or others to legal liability; harm our community of users; compromise or interfere with the integrity or operation of any of our services, systems or software; where we are restricted due to technical limitations; or where we are prohibited from doing so for legal reasons.

If you delete or we disable your account, these Terms shall terminate as an agreement between you and us.

3.3 Limits on liability

We will exercise professional diligence in providing our services to you and in keeping a safe, secure and error-free environment. Provided that we have acted with professional diligence, we do not accept responsibility for losses not caused by our breach of these Terms or otherwise by our acts; losses that are not reasonably foreseeable by you and us at the time of entering into these Terms; and events beyond our reasonable control.

3.4 Disputes

We try to provide clear rules so that we can limit or hopefully avoid disputes between you and us. If a dispute does arise, however, it is useful to know up front where it can be resolved and what laws will apply.

If you habitually reside in a Member State of the European Union, the laws of that Member State will apply to any claim, cause of action, or dispute you have against us that arises out of or relates to these Terms (“claim”), and you may resolve your claim in any competent court in that Member State that has jurisdiction over the claim. In all other cases, you agree that the claim must be resolved in a competent court in Italy and that Italian law will govern these Terms and any claim, without regard to conflict of law provisions.

3.5 Other

These Terms (formerly known as the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities) make up the entire agreement between you and Fondazione FORMIT regarding your use of our services. They supersede any prior agreements.

If any portion of these Terms is found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect. If we fail to enforce any of these Terms, it will not be considered a waiver. Any amendment to or waiver of these Terms must be made in writing and signed by us.

You will not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms to anyone else without our consent.

You may designate a person (called a legacy contact) to manage your account if it is memorialised. Only your legacy contact or a person who you have identified in a valid will or similar document expressing clear consent to disclose your content upon death or incapacity will be able to seek disclosure from your account after it is memorialised.

These Terms do not confer any third-party beneficiary rights. All of our rights and obligations under these Terms are freely assignable by us in connection with a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, or by operation of law or otherwise.

You should know that we may need to change the username for your account in certain circumstances (for example, if someone else claims the username and it appears unrelated to the name you use in everyday life). We will inform you in advance if we have to do this and explain why.

We always appreciate your feedback and other suggestions about our services. But you should know that we may use them without any restriction or obligation to compensate you, and we are under no obligation to keep them confidential.

4. Other terms and policies that may apply to you

4.1 Cookies policy

Cookies are small pieces of text used to store information on web browsers. Cookies are used to store and receive identifiers and other information on computers, phones, and other devices. Other technologies, including data we store on your web browser or device, identifiers associated with your device, and other software, are used for similar purposes. In this policy, we refer to all of these technologies as “cookies.”

We can identify two types of Cookies:

  • Technical cookies. They are essential for the correct functioning of the website and are needed to provide the service offered and requested by a user. These cookies are session cookies. Rejecting these cookies means compromising the functionality of some services. Content available to the public remains accessible and usable.
  • Profiling cookies. They are permanent cookies used on the website to create user profiles based on personal choices and preferences, in order to send advertisement in line with the profile created.

Cookies used by this site are only technical.

The duration of the Cookies used by this site is limited to a user’s session. Either after being logged out or after an idle time, based on server settings, cookies will expire.

The following technical cookies are used:

  • Navigation cookies. They are managed by the Content Management System used to create the platform and are needed to optimise user experience.
  • Monitoring cookies. This website uses analytics tools which use some cookies to track users’ behaviour. This information is stored on the analytics server and are available to the website administrators who can access data concerning statistics about the use of the website. Analytics tools can transfer this information to third parties in a manner compliant with the law or in case such parties manage the above-mentioned data on behalf of the Analytics provider. This website sends IP data anonymously; therefore the analytics provider cannot link the IP address to any other information owned by the provider itself.  

4.2 Data policy

This policy describes the information we process to support the Security Multilogue Platform and the corresponding services offered by Fondazione FORMIT.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, you have the right to access, rectify, port and erase your data. You also have the right to object to and restrict certain processing of your data.

Public information can be seen by anyone, on or off our services, including if they do not have an account. This includes your nickname; any information you share with a public audience; information in of your profile you allow to be public (e.g. your short biography); and content you share on a page of the Security Multilogue Platform.

If the ownership or control of all or part of the Security Multilogue Platform changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner.

We may use aggregated statistics and insights to understand how people are engaging with our community, posts, pages, and other content on and off the Security Multilogue Platform.

We collect, use and share the data that we have in the ways described above:

  • as necessary to fulfil our Terms of Conditions;
  • consistent with your consent, which you may revoke at any time;
  • as necessary to comply with our legal obligations;
  • to protect your vital interests, or those of others;
  • as necessary in the public interest; and
  • as necessary for our (or others’) legitimate interests, including our interests in providing an innovative, personalized, safe, and profitable service to our users and partners, unless those interests are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms that require protection of personal data.

Data retention, account deactivation and deletion

We store data until it is no longer necessary to provide our services, or until your account is deleted – whichever comes first. This is a case-by-case determination that depends on things like the nature of the data, why it is collected and processed, and relevant legal or operational retention needs.

When you delete your account, we delete things you have posted, such as your posts (only for author) and comments, and you will not be able to recover that information later. If you do not want to delete your account but want to temporarily stop using the Security Multilogue Platform, you can ask us to deactivate your account instead.

We access, preserve and share your information with regulators, law enforcement or others:

  • In response to a legal request, if we have a good-faith belief that the law requires us to do so. We can also respond to legal requests when we have a good-faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction, affects users in that jurisdiction, and is consistent with internationally recognized standards.
  • When we have a good-faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud, unauthorized use of the Security Multilogue Platform, violations of our terms or policies, or other harmful or illegal activity; to protect ourselves (including our rights, property or services), you or others, including as part of investigations or regulatory inquiries.

We also retain information from accounts disabled for terms violations for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other term violations.

4.3 Community rules

Our main goal has always been to create a place for raising awareness and for give international security experts a qualified environment for discussion. This has not and will not change. Building community depends on people’s ability to share diverse views, experiences, ideas and information. We want people to be able to talk openly about the issues that matter to them, even if some may disagree or find them objectionable. We do this only after weighing the public interest value against the risk of harm and we look to international human rights standards to make these judgments.

Our commitment to expression is paramount, but we recognise the internet creates new and increased opportunities for abuse. For these reasons, when we limit expression, we do it in service of one or more the following values:

  • Authenticity. We want to make sure the content people are seeing on the Security Multilogue Platform is authentic. We believe that authenticity creates a better environment for sharing, and that is why we do not want people using the Security Multilogue Platform to misrepresent who they are or what they are doing.
  • Safety. We are committed to making the Security Multilogue Platform a safe place. Expression that threatens people has the potential to intimidate, exclude or silence others and is not allowed on the Security Multilogue Platform.
  • Privacy. We are committed to protect personal privacy and information. Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves, and to choose how and when to share on the Security Multilogue Platform and to connect more easily.
  • Dignity: We believe that all people are equal in dignity and rights. We expect that people will respect the dignity of others and not harass or degrade others.

Our Community rules apply to everyone, all around the world, and to all types of content. They are designed to be comprehensive – for example, content that might not be considered hateful may still be removed for violating a different policy. We recognise that words mean different things or affect people differently depending on their local community, language, or background. We work hard to account for these nuances while also applying our policies consistently and fairly to people and their expression.

People can report potentially violating content, including pages, posts, profiles, individual content, and comments. We also give people control over their own experience by allowing them to report people, posts, and comments to our team.

The consequences for violating our Community rules vary depending on the severity of the violation and the person’s history on the Security Multilogue Platform. For instance, we may warn someone for a first violation, but if they continue to violate our policies, we may restrict their ability to post on the platform or disable their account. We also may notify law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or a direct threat to public safety.

Our Community rules are a guide for what is and is not allowed on the Security Multilogue Platform. It is in this spirit that we ask members of our community to follow these guidelines.

In order to ensure a proper use of the Security Multilogue Platform, according to its functionality as exchange/knowledge platform, users have the responsibility to be compliant with the following guidelines, which are also published in the section “Discover the Security Multilogue Platform” available on the website homepage:

  • Only registered users are allowed to either publish or comment a post.
  • Each registered user has the responsibility of his/her words. However, the author of the post shall moderate and manage any comment to be published under his/her post in order to block inappropriate and negative comments, thus giving his/her authorization to publish them.
  • Insulting, condescending or offensive language are not allowed and tolerated and will be therefore removed.
  • Sensitivity is needed when discussing or dealing with topics such as race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  • Posts shall be original and consistent with the purpose of the SMP. According to this, they shall contain relevant information and substance in terms of either facts, figures, evidence, or literature.
  • Copyrighted content, advertisement or repetitive content are not allowed and tolerated and will be therefore removed.
  • Before writing a new post, users shall ascertain that no previous posts have been published for the same purpose, so they have the responsibility to avoid duplicate posts and eventually find the most appropriate topic thread to post in.
  • In order to be focused and enable the discussion forum to be easier to navigate, short and on-topic titles are required.
  • Given the purpose of the SMP as knowledge/exchange platform, a proper language and a professional tone is required.
  • When commenting a post, users are required to stay on topic and refrain from “I agree”, “I do not agree” or “Yes/no” replies, thus adding relevant opinions and information that could possibly foster discussion among participants.
  • Users are required to avoid multiple discussions under the same post and publish or comment a same post in more than one discussion forum.

5. Copyright

The Security Multilogue Platform is owned by Fondazione FORMIT. It is expressly forbidden to reproduce, publish or distribute material taken from this site, without prejudice to the possibility of using such materials for strictly personal use and, in any case, for non-commercial purposes. Its is therefore expressively forbidden to use what is contained in this website fur purposes other than private use and in particular for commercial purposes, as well as the reproduction, in hole or in part – of the materials reported on the site itself. Finally, please note that all the materials published on the present website is informative in nature and maybe subject to changes and/or additions. The web pages are subject to continuous updates and therefore any liability on the part of the authors is excluded in case of errors and or mistakes.

*Note: We will notify you before we make changes to this policy and give you the opportunity to review the revised policy before you choose to continue using our Security Multilogue Platform.