IFA Website Terms of
The International Franchise Association (“IFA”) maintains
this site (the “Site“) for your personal entertainment, information, education,
and communication use. By browsing the Site, you agree that you have read and
including any updates that may be posted on the Site from time to time. IFA
discretion, by updating this posting. The revised terms will take effect the
date they are posted on the Site. Your continued use of the Site shall be
If you need assistance with the Site, or if you have any
1. Content Provided
on the Site
You should assume that everything available on the Site is
copyrighted unless otherwise noted and may not be used except as provided by
IFA-owned materials that are displayed on the Site for your non-commercial,
personal use provided you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices
contained on the materials. Please note that some of the materials provided on
the Site are materials provided and owned by third parties. If you would like
to download or otherwise use any of these third-party materials, you must
obtain consent from the owner of those materials. Except as otherwise provided
transmit, use, or re-post any of the content provided on the Site, including
any part of the Site’s text, images, audio, and video, for any purposes,
without IFA’s or the third-party owner’s written permission.
Any content posted on the Site expresses only the views of
the author of the content and does not necessarily reflect the views of IFA.
While we use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up to date information
on the Site, we do not make any warranties or representations regarding the
accuracy of the Site’s content, including any content posted by users of the
Site. You agree that IFA will not be held liable for the contents, accuracy,
completeness or validity of any information posted on the Site.
The trademarks, trade names, logos and service marks
(collectively the “Intellectual Property”) displayed on the Site, including all
registered and unregistered Intellectual Property, are owned by us and by third
parties. Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting by
implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any
Intellectual Property displayed on the Site without our written permission or
the written permission of the proper third party. Your misuse of the
Intellectual Property displayed on the Site, or any other content on the Site,
prohibited. You are also advised that we will aggressively enforce our intellectual
property rights to the fullest extent of the law, including by seeking of
You may apply to become a member of IFA by completing the
membership application available at: http://www.franchise.org/join.aspx. The
membership application will ask you to provide personal information including
your name, company name, physical address, and email address. After you submit
the membership application a username and password to access your account via
the Site will automatically be generated and emailed to you. Please note that
this does not mean that you have been granted membership in IFA. IFA will
contact you separately regarding whether you have been granted membership. If
you are not granted membership, IFA will cancel any pending orders; however,
your online account will remain active.
You should take measures to protect your password. IFA is
entitled to act on instructions received under your password and account,
including any purchases made through your account, and IFA is not liable for
losses that are incurred through the use of your password by any third party.
3. Termination of
Membership fees are nonrefundable.
A member can terminate his or her membership at any time by
contacting the membership department at 1-202-628-8000. If you chose to
terminate your membership, membership fees that you have paid will not be
refunded to you in whole or in part.
IFA reserves the right to terminate the account of members
who infringe copyright or any other intellectual property right, who violate
appropriate in IFA’s sole discretion. If IFA terminates your account,
membership fees that you have paid will not be refunded to you in whole or in
4. No Warranty
Your use of and browsing on the Site are at your risk.
Neither IFA nor any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering
the Site is liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or
punitive damages arising out or your access to, or use of, the Site. Without
limiting the foregoing, everything on the Site is provided to you “AS IS”
WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. IFA makes no representations or warranties and
assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for, any damages to, or
viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account
of your access to, use of, or browsing on the Site or your downloading of any
materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from the Site or that the Site
will be uninterrupted, secure, or free of errors.
5. Limitation of
IN NO EVENT WILL IFA BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR
DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF, ACCESS TO, RELIANCE ON,
INABILITY TO USE OR IMPROPER USE OF THE SITE OR ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT,
MATERIALS OR SERVICES AVAILABLE ON THE SITE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR
DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL OR REVENUE, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR
LOSS OF DATA), EVEN IF ADVISED ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND
REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE.
Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the
exclusion of implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain types
of damages, so some of the above exclusions and limitations may not apply to
you. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding the
exclusion of implied warranties and the limitation of liability.
You agree to indemnify and hold IFA harmless from any claim
or demand, including reasonable attorney’s fees, made by any third party due to
or arising in any way out of your use of the Site, any violation of these Terms
Site using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any
person or entity, or claims arising out of any threatening, libelous, obscene,
harassing or offensive material contained in any of your postings or
Software from this Site is further subject to United States
Export Controls. No software from this Site may be downloaded or exported (i)
into or to a national or resident of Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran,
Syria, or any other country where the United States has embargoed goods; or
anyone on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated
Nationals; or the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Deny Orders. By
downloading or using the software, you represent and warrant that you are not
located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country
or on any such list.
1. Collection and Use of Information
In order to operate the Site in an efficient and effective
manner and to provide you with information that may be of interest to you, IFA
collects personal information, such as name, company name, physical address, IP
address and email address when you apply to become a member of IFA and when you
request to participate in a forum. Our collection of this information allows
you to access the member sections of the Site when you are logged in to the
Site, participate in forums and make purchases on the Site, as applicable. We also maintain a membership list, which
includes the name, physical address, phone number, and fax number of all IFA
We will also collect additional information from users who
make additional requests via the Site, such as registering for events, making
membership fee payments, or making other purchases. The information collected
may include, in addition to the personal information otherwise collected via
the Site (as discussed above), and company listing information that is
published on our website and twice a year in the Franchise Opportunities Guide.
You can always change any personal information that you
submit to IFA by logging in to your online account and making changes or
contacting our membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You agree that IFA may use your personal information to
contact you and to provide you with information that may be of interest to you,
including print publications and email newsletters. By accepting these Terms of
you do not wish to receive these communications, you can opt-out of any further
receipt by following the opt-out procedures provided in such communications or
by calling us at 1-202-628-8000.
2. Disclosure of Information
IFA does not sell the information that it collects to any
third parties for any reason. IFA may disclose the information that it collects
to third parties in order to perform services on IFA’s behalf, fulfill a
request that you have made via the Site, such as a purchase made on the Site,
IFA provides a copy of its membership list, which includes the name, physical
address, phone number, and fax number of all IFA members, to any IFA member
Please be aware that when you publicly display personal
information (for example, via a forum provided on the Site), that information
can be collected and used by others. IFA is not responsible for the collection
or use of information that you publicly display.
IFA may also disclose the information it collects as
necessary to comply with the law or to cooperate with or seek assistance from
law enforcement or to protect the interests of IFA or other users of the Site,
or to an entity that is a successor organization to IFA. Such disclosures may
be made with or without your consent or notice to you.
IFA uses various technologies to track user’s activity on
our Site. We use those technologies to: provide
useful features to simplify your experience when you return to our sites and
applications; deliver relevant content
based on your preferences, usage patterns and location; monitor and evaluate
the use and operation of our Site and applications, and analyze traffic on our sites and on the sites
of third parties.
IFA may store non-personally identifiable information about
you such as a session ID in a cookie that it places on your computer. Cookies
are pieces of information that the Site places on the hard drive of your
computer when you visit the Site. Cookies
enable IFA to serve secure pages to a user without requiring the user to sign
user’s behavior on the Site, including when a user is logged in to his or her
account, changes that are made to a user’s account information, and purchases
made by a user via the Site.
IFA participates in the Bizographic Targeting Network
(Bizo), an online B2B advertising network. When you visit our website,
Bizo places a bizographic (business demographic) cookie on your browser. This cookie contains no Personally
Identifiable Information (PII). It
identifies your professional bizographics and allows Bizo advertisers to
display professionally relevant advertising on our pages. To learn more about how Bizo targets ads,
visit their web site at http://www.bizo.com/business_audience/privacy_policy. If you wish to ‘opt out’ of the targeted
advertising delivered by Bizo, please click http://www.bizo.com/business_audience/opt_out
to visit the Bizo opt out page. Or, you
may opt out of multiple ad targeting cookies, including Bizo, via that National
Advertising Initiative opt-out page: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
You may have the ability to set your browser to refuse all
cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent; however, some of the Site’s
features or services may not function properly without cookies.
4. Third-Party Websites
The Site contains links to other websites not operated by or
affiliated with IFA, including links to purchase goods and/or services (“Linked
Sites”). We are not responsible for the content, privacy practices, or security
procedures of any such Linked Sites. We encourage you to be aware when you
leave the Site and to read the privacy policies of any other site visited.
5. Security of
IFA uses appropriate industry practices to safeguard the
confidentiality of your account information and to prevent unauthorized access,
maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information as described
Internet is 100% secure. Accordingly, while IFA makes reasonable efforts to
protect your personal information, any information that you provide to IFA is
transmitted at your own risk and you assume all responsibility and risk for
your use of the Site, the Internet generally, and the information you may post
or access and for your conduct on and off the Site.
6. California Privacy
California law permits its residents to request and receive
information about a business’ disclosure of certain categories of personal
information to other companies for their use in direct marketing. If you are a
California resident and a user of this Site, you can request a copy of this
information from IFA by sending an email to email@example.com or a letter
to IFA at 1501 K Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005. Please include
your name and email address in email requests, and your name and physical
address in mail request.
IFA does not knowingly collect personal information from
anyone under the age of 13 and this Site is not directed to children under the
age of 13.