Service Terms and Conditions

Whitespace Technology Ltd Terms & Conditions

Use of any Whitespace Technology Ltd product or service is subject to our Acceptable Use Policy; and Privacy Policy

Which are hereby incorporated into these terms and conditions.

These Terms and Conditions are in effect from 01/09/2018

The Terms and Conditions of service are made up of this important information and the following terms (including any other document we refer to in those terms):

If any of these documents contradict each other, the terms will apply in the order set out above.

Important information

1.1 The contract begins on the date Whitespace Technology Ltd communicates its acceptance of the Customer’s order for the service and will continue until ended by the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd in accordance with this contract.

1.2 The service commences on the service start date.1.4.3 until title passes the Customer undertakes not to sell, charge, assign, transfer or dispose of or part with possession of or encumber the equipment in any way;

1.4.4 Whitespace Technology Ltd does not guarantee the continuing availability of any equipment and Whitespace Technology Ltd reserves the right to add to, substitute or to discontinue any equipment; and

1.4.5 it is the Customer’s responsibility to satisfy itself as to the suitability of the equipment for its needs.

1.5 If the Customer does not wish to use Whitespace Technology Ltd provided equipment with the service, the Customer can connect their own equipment once Whitespace Technology Ltd has

Provision of the service

2.1 Where Whitespace Technology Ltd sells equipment to the Customer, the equipment is designed for use with the service and includes 12-month manufacturer warranty. Please see manufacturer’s documentation for more information. If the equipment is faulty upon arrival please notify us that it is faulty and we will send you a replacement service as soon as possible. Whitespace Technology Ltd do not accept any liability for late deliveries or deliveries lost in the post. Whitespace Technology Ltd or the manufacturer will not accept liability for equipment damaged by the Customer in or outside of the 12-month warranty period.

2.2 Orders placed for Business services are business to business transactions to which the Consumer Contracts (Introduction, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 do not apply. Consumer contracts are unaffected by this clause and are subject to standard consumer protection legislation.

2.3 Where the Customer orders an additional option to be applied to the service provided under this contract, the terms and conditions applicable to that option will apply and will be incorporated into the Customer’s contract.

Site preparation, access and installation

2.4 The Customer agrees to prepare the site according to any instructions Whitespace Technology Ltd may give and to provide Whitespace Technology Ltd with reasonable access to the site for the purposes of the contract. The Customer agrees to provide at its expense a suitable place and conditions for Whitespace Technology Ltd equipment and, where required, a continuous mains electricity supply and connecting points.

2.5 The Customer will obtain any permission needed for Whitespace Technology Ltd to put Whitespace Technology Ltd equipment on the site.

2.6 The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd will meet each other’s reasonable safety and security requirements when on the site. The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd agree to look after each other’s equipment on the site. If the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd damages the other’s equipment it must pay for any repair or replacement needed. This does not apply where the damage results from normal use.

2.7 Whitespace Technology Ltd will try to provide the service by any date agreed with The Customer, but all dates are estimates, unless the Service schedule states otherwise.

2.8 The Customer will be responsible for making good the site, after any work has been undertaken by Whitespace Technology Ltd at the site, including putting items back and for re-decorating.

Faults and repair

2.9 Whitespace Technology Ltd will try to provide uninterrupted service, but the Customer understands and agrees that from time to time faults may occur.

2.10 If the Customer reports a fault in the service Whitespace Technology Ltd will repair the fault in accordance with the Service schedule. If Whitespace Technology Ltd agrees to work outside the hours specified in the contract or if The Customer reports a fault and Whitespace Technology Ltd finds there is none or that The Customer has caused the fault, Whitespace Technology Ltd may apply a charge. This charge will be as detailed in the contract or if not detailed in the contract based on Whitespace Technology Ltd’s reasonable costs.

Regulations and use of the service

3.1 Any customer equipment must be:

3.1.1. technically compatible with the service and not harm Whitespace Technology Ltd’s network or another customer’s equipment;

3.1.2. connected using the applicable Whitespace Technology Ltd network termination point, unless the Customer has Whitespace Technology Ltd’s permission to connect by another means, and used in compliance with any relevant instructions, standards or laws; and

3.1.3. adequately protected by the Customer against viruses and other breaches of security.

3.2 The Customer will not permit or make any attempt to disassemble, deconstruct, break down, hack or otherwise interfere with any Whitespace Technology Ltd equipment.

Proper use

3.3 The service must not be used:

3.3.1. in contravention of any licence, code of practice, instructions or guidelines issued by a regulatory authority, third party’s rights or Whitespace Technology Ltd’s Acceptable Use Policy, or

3.3.2. fraudulently or in connection with a criminal offence or in any way that is unlawful and the Customer must make sure that this does not happen; or

3.3.3. to send, communicate, knowingly receive, upload, download or use any material or make any calls that are offensive, abusive, indecent, defamatory, obscene, menacing, cause annoyance, inconvenience, needless anxiety or are intended to deceive; or

3.3.4. in any way Whitespace Technology Ltd considers is or is likely to be detrimental to the provision of the service to the Customer or service to any of Whitespace Technology Ltd’s other customers.

3.4 The Customer will comply with Whitespace Technology Ltd’s reasonable instructions regarding health, security, safety or the quality of the service.

Security

3.5 If Whitespace Technology Ltd becomes aware of, or is made aware of, a malicious domain, it may take steps in its network to block access to that domain to protect the Customer from possible criminal threats associated with that domain.

3.6 The Customer acknowledges that Whitespace Technology Ltd does not guarantee to block access to all malicious domains.

3.7 The Customer is responsible for the proper use of user security details, if any, and must take all necessary steps to ensure they are kept confidential, secure and not made available to unauthorised persons.

3.8 If the Customer believes that any user security details are or are likely to be used in an unauthorised way, the Customer must inform Whitespace Technology Ltd immediately. The Customer must not change or attempt to change a user-name without Whitespace Technology Ltd’s prior agreement.

3.9 Whitespace Technology Ltd does not guarantee the security of the service against unauthorised or unlawful access or use. If Whitespace Technology Ltd believes there is or is likely to be a breach of security or misuse of the service Whitespace Technology Ltd may:

3.9.1. change and/or suspend the user security details (and notify the Customer that it has done this); or

3.9.2. require the Customer to change the user security details.

Internet access

3.10 The Customer understands and agrees that the use of the internet is at the Customer’s own risk. Whitespace Technology Ltd is not liable for tools, systems, sites or any other items the customer may access whilst online where those items are not and have not been provided, supplied, owned or maintained by Whitespace Technologies Ltd.

Content

3.11 Where Whitespace Technology Ltd provides the Customer with content, the Customer’s use of the content is at the Customer’s own risk. The Customer understands and agrees that:

3.11.1. the content may change from time to time;

3.11.2. the content can only be used for its own purposes and is protected by copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights. The Customer must not copy, store, adapt, modify, transmit, distribute externally, play or show in public, broadcast or publish any part of the content without the express permission of Whitespace Technology Ltd;

3.11.3. Whitespace Technology Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the content;

3.11.4. some of the content will have its own terms and conditions. These may be displayed online or elsewhere. If the Customer accesses this content the Customer must keep to these terms and conditions; and

3.11.5. access to any content provided on a subscription basis as part of the service will cease when this contract ends.

3.12 Depending on the service, Whitespace Technology Ltd may provide The Customer with the means of storing or uploading content. The Customer accepts that unless the Service schedule states otherwise Whitespace Technology Ltd has no obligation to store content or has any responsibility if stored content is lost or deleted. The Customer is advised to duplicate content it wishes to keep on other devices not connected to the service.

Operational changes

3.13 Occasionally, for operational reasons, including the provision of service enhancements and/or software upgrades, Whitespace Technology Ltd may:

3.13.1. change any codes or numbers given to the Customer, the performance or functionality of the service, or the way Whitespace Technology Ltd provides the service, provided that any change to the service or the way Whitespace Technology Ltd provides the service does not affect the performance or functionality of the service to The Customer’s significant detriment; or

3.13.2. interrupt or suspend service. If this happens Whitespace Technology Ltd will restore the service as quickly as possible.

Numbers

3.14 The Customer does not own any number or have any right to sell the number related to the service, excluding, but not limited to telephone number, IP address.

Indemnity

3.15 The Customer will indemnify Whitespace Technology Ltd against any claims or legal proceedings that are brought or threatened against Whitespace Technology Ltd by a third party because the service is or has been used in breach of clauses 3.1 to 3.4, 3.7, 3.8, 3.11.2 and 3.14. Whitespace Technology Ltd will notify the Customer of any such claims or proceedings and keep the Customer informed as to the progress of such claims or proceedings.

Monitoring and recording calls

3.16 Whitespace Technology Ltd may monitor and record its communications with the Customer, including e-mails and phone conversations. Information collected by Whitespace Technology Ltd may be used for training purposes, quality assurance, to record details about the services ordered by the Customer, and in order to meet Whitespace Technology Ltd’s legal and regulatory obligations generally.

Customer consent

3.17 Unless the Customer advises Whitespace Technology Ltd otherwise, the Customer consents to receive marketing messages from Whitespace Technology Ltd via electronic means, telephone and direct mail. Details on how to tell Whitespace Technology Ltd to stop sending such messages can be found in Whitespace Technology Ltd’s Privacy Policy.

WEEE regulations

3.18 The Customer is responsible under Regulation 9 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (‘the WEEE regulations’) for the costs of collection, treatment, recovery, recycling and environmentally sound disposal of any equipment supplied under the contract that has become waste electrical and electronic equipment (‘WEEE’). Whitespace Technology Ltd and the Customer acknowledge that for the purposes of Regulation 9 this clause is an agreement stipulating other financing arrangements for the collection, treatment, recovery, recycling and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE. The Customer is responsible for any information recording or reporting obligations imposed by the WEEE regulations. The Customer will indemnify Whitespace Technology Ltd against any claims or legal proceedings that are brought or threatened against Whitespace Technology Ltd by a third party which would not have been caused or made had the Customer fulfilled its express or implied obligations under this clause or in connection with the WEEE Regulations. Whitespace Technology Ltd will notify the Customer of any such claims or proceedings and keep the Customer informed as to the progress of such claims or proceedings.

Charges and payments

General

4.1 Charges for the service are as detailed in the Service schedule and calculated using the details recorded by Whitespace Technology Ltd. Unless otherwise stated in the Service schedule or order form, Whitespace Technology Ltd will bill charges in pounds sterling and The Customer will pay all charges in pounds sterling.

4.2 The Customer is responsible for and must pay the charges for the service whether the service is used by the Customer or someone else.

4.3 Whitespace Technology Ltd will publish bills online at the Customer Portal. Unless otherwise stated in the Service schedule, Whitespace Technology Ltd will make its first bill available online at the Customer Portal shortly after providing the service, and then at regular intervals, usually every month. Sometimes Whitespace Technology Ltd may send The Customer a bill at a different time.

4.4 The Customer will be liable for charges for the service from the service start date, unless otherwise stated in the Service schedule.

4.5 Unless otherwise stated in the Service schedule The Customer agrees to pay:

4.5.1. in advance for subscription, rental, and other recurring charges (including inclusive usage charges); and

4.5.2. in arrears for usage (excluding inclusive usage charges), connection and any other non-recurring charges. Where possible the charges will appear on the Customer’s next bill but sometimes there may be a delay.

4.6 All charges are inclusive of VAT which is chargeable at the applicable rate, unless otherwise provided in the Service schedule. Early termination charges will not be subject to VAT.

4.7 If payment of any charges becomes subject to withholding tax, levy or similar payment obligation imposed by a foreign tax authority on sums due to Whitespace Technology Ltd under the contract such withholding tax amounts will be borne and paid for by the Customer in addition to the sums due to Whitespace Technology Ltd. The Customer will provide Whitespace Technology Ltd without charge the appropriate certificate(s) from the relevant authorities confirming the amount of the withholding taxes, levies or similar payments borne and paid for by the Customer.

4.8 As part of its credit management procedures, Whitespace Technology Ltd may at any time:

4.8.1. require the Customer to pay a deposit or provide a guarantee as security for payment of future bills by the means requested by Whitespace Technology Ltd; and/or

4.8.2. carry out a credit check of the Customer. The Customer agrees to provide Whitespace Technology Ltd with any information Whitespace Technology Ltd may reasonably require for this.

4.9 Payment is due on the date specified on the bill, unless otherwise stated in the Service schedule.

4.10 The Customer must pay all charges by direct debit or debit or credit card, unless otherwise advised by Whitespace Technology Ltd. The Customer is responsible for advising Whitespace Technology Ltd promptly of any changes to its bank details that may affect payment of the charges.

4.11 If the customer does not pay by Direct Debit they will pay the fee detailed in the Charges schedule for payment collection and processing services.

4.12 Where Whitespace Technology Ltd has agreed that the service can be included within a standard Whitespace Technology Ltd pricing package or scheme, The Customer agrees that while the service is included within the pricing package or scheme the charges specified in the Service schedule may be amended by the terms of the pricing package or scheme. Upon termination of the pricing package or scheme, the charges will revert to those specified in the Service schedule.

Disputed bills

4.13 If the Customer disputes any charge on a bill The Customer will notify Whitespace Technology Ltd online using the Help Desk ticket system in writing within 30 days of the date of the bill with all relevant information. Where the disputed amount is:

4.13.1. less than 5% of the total bill, the Customer will pay the full amount of the bill; or

4.13.2. more than 5% of the total bill, the Customer must pay the amount not in dispute.

Any disputes will be resolved promptly and the resolved amount if any is payable immediately.

Late payment

4.14 If Whitespace Technology Ltd does not receive payment by the due date, Whitespace Technology Ltd may charge the Customer daily interest on late payments at a per annum rate equal to 7% above the base lending rate of the European Central Bank, compounded daily, for the period beginning on the date on which payment is due and ending on the date on which payment is made.

4.15 We will generally not suspend or end the service or the agreement until 14 days after your payment was due, unless the service or charges schedule say otherwise. However, sometimes we may take this action earlier. For example, when you reach your credit limit where applicable.

4.16 If the Customer does not pay a bill, Whitespace Technology Ltd may instruct a debt collection agency to collect payment (including any interest and/or late payment charges) on its behalf. If Whitespace Technology Ltd instructs an agency, the Customer must pay Whitespace Technology Ltd an additional sum. This will not exceed the reasonable costs Whitespace Technology Ltd has to pay to the agency, who will add the sum to the Customer’s outstanding debt on Whitespace Technology Ltd’s behalf.

4.17 If any sum owed by the Customer to Whitespace Technology Ltd under the contract or any contract with Whitespace Technology Ltd is not paid by the due date, Whitespace Technology Ltd may deduct this sum from any payment or credit due to the Customer under the contract or any other contract with Whitespace Technology Ltd.

Fraud prevention

4.18 Whitespace Technology Ltd may check the Customer’s details with a fraud prevention agency. If the Customer provides information that Whitespace Technology Ltd reasonably believes to be false or incorrect and Whitespace Technology Ltd suspects fraud, Whitespace Technology Ltd may record this information with a fraud prevention agency. Whitespace Technology Ltd and other organisations may use and search this information.

Changing the contract

5.1 Whitespace Technology Ltd can change the contract (including the charges) at any time and will publish any change in line with clause 5.2.

5.2 Unless otherwise stated in the Service schedule, Whitespace Technology Ltd will publish any changes to the contract (including the charges) online at www.whitespacetechnology.net (or any other online address that Whitespace Technology Ltd may advise The Customer) as follows.

5.2.1. for changes that are to the Customer’s significant detriment, at least one month before the change is to take effect. Such changes will also be notified directly to the customer by email at least one month before the change is due to take effect; and

5.2.2. for all other changes, at least one day before the change is due to take effect.

Ending the contract

6.1 The Customer may cancel the contract or the service at any time before Whitespace Technology Ltd provides the service. The Customer will pay Whitespace Technology Ltd the cancellation charge specified in the Service schedule.

6.2 Unless otherwise stated in the Service schedule, Whitespace Technology Ltd can stop providing the service to the Customer by giving the Customer 30 days’ written notice. The Customer may tell Whitespace Technology Ltd to stop providing the service at any time by either:

6.2.1. giving 30 days’ notice to Whitespace Technology Ltd. The Customer may provide notice to Whitespace Technology Ltd in writing or by phone; or

6.2.2. giving 30 days’ notice where the Customer is switching its provider. Whitespace Technology Ltd will accept that provider’s order notification as the Customer’s notice.

6.3 The Customer may end the contract if:

6.3.1. Whitespace Technology Ltd materially breaches the contract and, if the breach is capable of remedy, fails to put right the breach within a reasonable time of being asked by the Customer to do so; or

6.3.2. Whitespace Technology Ltd ceases to do business; or has bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings brought against it; or makes an arrangement with its creditors (other than where solely for solvent amalgamation or solvent reconstruction); or a receiver, administrative receiver or administrator is appointed over any of its assets; or it goes into liquidation; or a notice is given, a petition is issued, a resolution is passed or any other step is taken to commence any of the foregoing procedures; or there is a corresponding event under Scottish law.

6.3.3. The connection is unable to meet the minimum guaranteed speed quoted during the signup process and Whitespace Technology Ltd have been unable to improve the speed of the service within 28 days.

6.4 Whitespace Technology Ltd may suspend the service or end the contract, or both, at any time without notice if:

6.4.1. the Customer breaches the contract or any other contract that The Customer has with Whitespace Technology Ltd and, if the breach is capable of remedy, fails to put right the breach within a reasonable time of being asked by Whitespace Technology Ltd to do so. In this clause breach includes non-payment of any valid invoice by the due date; or

6.4.2. Whitespace Technology Ltd reasonably believes that the service is being used in a way forbidden by clauses 3.1 to 3.4, 3.7, 3.8, 3.11.2 and 3.14. This applies even if the Customer is unaware that the service is being used in such a way; or

6.4.3. the Customer ceases to do business; or has bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings brought against it; or makes an arrangement with its creditors (other than where solely for solvent amalgamation or solvent reconstruction); or a receiver, administrative receiver or administrator is appointed over any of its assets; or it goes into liquidation; or a notice is given, a petition is issued, a resolution is passed or any other step is taken to commence any of the foregoing procedures; or there is a corresponding event under Scottish law.

6.5 The Customer will continue to pay the charges during any period of suspension.

Consequences of ending the contract

6.6 If the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd ends the contract or the service during the minimum period The Customer will pay Whitespace Technology Ltd the termination charges set out in the Service schedule by way of compensation. This clause will not apply if:

6.6.1. the Customer ends the contract or service during the minimum period because Whitespace Technology Ltd is in material breach of this contract; or

6.6.2. the Customer gives notice to end the contract in accordance with clause 6.2.1 within 30 days of Whitespace Technology Ltd notifying The Customer of an increase to the charges or changes to the conditions in either case to The Customer’s significant detriment; or

6.6.3. Whitespace Technology Ltd ends the contract or the service during the minimum period for convenience; or

6.6.4. the contract ends because either clause 8.6 or 9.2.2 applies.

6.7 If the contract ends Whitespace Technology Ltd will refund any money owed to the Customer after first deducting any money due to Whitespace Technology Ltd under this contract or any other contract that Whitespace Technology Ltd has with the Customer.

6.8 If the contract ends and unless the Service schedule states otherwise Whitespace Technology Ltd may delete all content including emails stored on the service. Whitespace Technology Ltd recommends that The Customer saves copies of information The Customer wishes to keep on other devices not connected with the service.

Limitation of liability

7.1 Neither the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd excludes or restricts in any way its liability under or in connection with the contract for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or to any extent not permitted by law.

7.2 Subject to clauses 7.1 and 7.3, The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd’s liability to the other under or in connection with the contract for all and any direct loss or damage arising from any one incident or series of connected incidents in any period of 12 months is limited to the amounts specified in the Service schedule.

7.3 Neither the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd will be liable to the other (whether in contract, tort, under statute, for misrepresentation or otherwise (including in each case negligence) and whether or not the party concerned was advised in advance of the possibility of such loss or damage, for:

7.3.1. any of the following types of loss or damage whether direct, indirect or consequential howsoever arising under or in connection with the contract or any part of it: loss of profit, loss of revenue, loss of anticipated savings, loss of opportunity, loss of business, wasted expenditure, loss from business interruption, loss or destruction of data, loss of contracts, loss from expenditure of time by managers and employees, liability to third parties, pecuniary losses arising from goodwill, or loss of or damage to goodwill; or

7.3.2. any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever.

7.4 Nothing in this clause 7 or in the contract excludes or limits the Customer’s liability to pay (without set off) the charges.

7.5 The limitations of liability referred to in clauses 7.2 and 7.3 above will not apply in respect of claims brought under clauses 3.15 and 8.5.

7.6 Each part of this clause 7 operates separately. If any part of the clause is held by a Court to be unreasonable or inapplicable the rest of the clause will continue to apply.

7.7 The Customer is advised to obtain its own business continuity insurance.

Intellectual property and confidentiality

Intellectual property

8.1 All intellectual property rights whether pre-existing or created by the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd during or arising from the performance of the contract will remain the absolute property of that party or its licensors.

8.2 If software is provided to enable the Customer to receive and use the service, Whitespace Technology Ltd will grant the Customer a, non-transferable and non-exclusive licence to use the software in object code form solely as necessary for receipt of the service and solely in accordance with the contract and the applicable documentation. The term of any licence granted by Whitespace Technology Ltd under this clause is co-terminous with the term of the service with which the software is associated.

8.3 If the service provides the Customer with software licensed by third parties who require the Customer to accept their terms of use, the Customer must keep to those terms.

8.4 Except as permitted by applicable law or as expressly permitted under the contract the Customer agrees not to copy, de-compile or modify any software, or knowingly permit anyone else to do so.

8.5 Whitespace Technology Ltd will indemnify the Customer against all claims and proceedings arising from infringement of any third party’s intellectual property rights by Whitespace Technology Ltd’s provision of the service to the Customer. This indemnity will not apply to claims or proceedings arising from:

8.5.1. use of the service or any software in conjunction or combination with other equipment or software or any other service not supplied by Whitespace Technology Ltd; or

8.5.2. any unauthorised modification of the service or any software; or

8.5.3. content, designs, specifications or software supplied by or on behalf of the Customer; or

8.5.4. use of the service or any software other than in accordance with the contract.

In relation to any claim or allegation of infringement the Customer will promptly notify Whitespace Technology Ltd in writing and must not make any admission without Whitespace Technology Ltd prior written consent. The Customer will allow Whitespace Technology Ltd sole conduct of all negotiations and proceedings and give Whitespace Technology Ltd all reasonable assistance in doing so. Whitespace Technology Ltd will pay the Customer’s reasonable expenses for such assistance.

8.6 If the service becomes, or Whitespace Technology Ltd believes it is likely to become, the subject of a claim of infringement of any intellectual property rights Whitespace Technology Ltd, at its option and expense, may:

8.6.1. secure for the Customer a right of continued use; or

8.6.2. modify or replace the service so that it is no longer infringing, provided that modification or replacement must not materially affect the performance of the service.

If the indemnity in clause 8.5 applies and none of the remedies in this clause is available to Whitespace Technology Ltd on reasonable terms, Whitespace Technology Ltd may notify the Customer and terminate the service without liability to the Customer.

8.7 The indemnity in clause 8.5 sets out the Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy for infringement of intellectual property rights.

Confidentiality

8.8 Subject to clause 8.9, Whitespace Technology Ltd and the Customer will keep in confidence all confidential information, obtained under or in connection with the contract and will not disclose it to any party other than in confidence to:

8.8.1. their employees or employees of their group companies;

8.8.2. their professional advisers; or

8.8.3. in the case of Whitespace Technology Ltd, employees of their subcontractors who have a need to know such confidential information and to the extent necessary for performance of the contract or use of the service.

8.9 Clause 8.8 will not apply to information which is:

8.9.1. in the public domain other than through a breach of the contract;

8.9.2. in the possession of the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd without confidentiality restriction before disclosure under the contract;

8.9.3. obtained from a third party who has a lawful right to disclose it; or

8.9.4. developed by the receiving party independently of and without access to confidential information obtained under the contract.

8.10 If either Whitespace Technology Ltd or the Customer receives a demand from a lawful authority, regulatory authority or court to disclose any confidential information provided to it by the other, it may comply with such demand if it has:

8.10.1. satisfied itself that the demand is lawful;

8.10.2. given the other party the maximum written notice permissible under the demand in which to make representations; and

8.10.3. marked the required information as the confidential information of the other party.

8.11 The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd acknowledge that breach of clauses 8.8 to 8.10 may cause irreparable harm for which damages may not be an adequate remedy and that injunctive relief may be available for such breach.

8.12 Information Whitespace Technology Ltd holds about the Customer may be used for fraud prevention and credit vetting purposes and this may include Whitespace Technology Ltd sharing such information with third party companies including other communication companies.

8.13 Where the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies to the Customer and the Customer receives a request under the Act that includes any information held by the Customer that was provided by Whitespace Technology Ltd in connection with the contract the Customer will:

8.13.1. notify Whitespace Technology Ltd immediately of the request; and

8.13.2. give Whitespace Technology Ltd at least five working days to make representations.

General terms

Matters beyond reasonable control

9.1 If The Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd is prevented, hindered or delayed from performing any obligation under the contract because of something beyond its reasonable control including: act of God, natural disaster, lightning, flood, subsidence, earthquake, weather conditions, epidemic, pandemic, fire, explosion, war, civil disorder, acts of terrorism, something beyond the reasonable control of its suppliers, industrial disputes, acts or omissions of local or central government or other competent authorities, or acts or omissions of parties for whom the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd is not responsible, change of law or any other cause whether similar or dissimilar that is outside its reasonable control, then it will have no liability to the other for any resulting failure, delay, defect or omission in performing its obligations under the contract.

9.2. Whitespace Technology Ltd will not be liable for failure to or delay in supplying the service if:

9.2.1 another supplier delays or refuses the supply of an electronic communications service to Whitespace Technology Ltd and no alternative service is available at reasonable cost; or

9.2.2 legal or regulatory restrictions are imposed that prevent Whitespace Technology Ltd from supplying the service.

9.3. If any of the events detailed in clauses 9.1.1 or 9.1.2 materially affects the performance of the contract and continues for more than three months then the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd may terminate the contract in whole or part by written notice to the other.

Escalation and dispute resolution

9.4 Whitespace Technology Ltd will try to work through any dispute that the Customer may have with Whitespace Technology Ltd. If this does not resolve the dispute then the Customer may refer the matter to the relevant dispute resolution service where appropriate, in accordance with the details set out in Whitespace Technology Ltd Code of Practice.

Transfer of rights and obligations

9.5 The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd may not transfer any of their rights or obligations under the contract without the written consent of the other, except that:

9.5.1. The Customer may transfer its rights or obligations or both to a group company with the written consent of Whitespace Technology Ltd, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed; and

9.5.2. Whitespace Technology Ltd may transfer its rights or obligations or both to a group company without consent provided that it notifies the Customer that it has done so.

Severability

9.6 If any term of the contract is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, it will be severed and the remaining terms will continue in full force as if the contract had been made without the invalid, illegal or unenforceable terms.

Survival

9.7 Clauses 4.13, 4.14, 7, and 8.8 to 8.13 will survive the termination or expiry of this contract for two years.

Entire agreement

9.8 The contract contains the entire agreement between the Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd and supersedes all previous understandings, commitments, representations, agreements, draft agreements, arrangements, undertakings, or prior collateral contracts of any nature made by the Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd, whether written or oral relating to its subject matter.

9.9 The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd each agree that in entering into the contract they have not relied upon and have no rights or remedies (whether in tort, under statute or otherwise) in respect of any statements, collateral or other warranties, assurances, undertakings or representations (whether innocently or negligently made) of any party (whether party to the contract or not) in relation to the subject matter of the contract, except for those contained in the contract.

9.10. Nothing in this clause 9.19 excludes or restricts the liability of either the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd to the other arising out of pre-contract fraudulent misrepresentation or fraudulent concealment.

Waiver

9.11 A failure or delay by the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd to exercise any right or act upon a breach under the contract will not be a waiver of that right or breach. If the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd waives a right or breach of the contract, that waiver is limited to the particular right or breach.

Rights of third parties

9.12 The contract does not create any right enforceable by any party who is not the Customer or Whitespace Technology Ltd (a ‘Third Party’) under the contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 but this does not affect any right or remedy of a Third Party which exists or is available apart from that Act.

Notices

9.13 Notices given under the contract must be in writing and delivered by hand, email or first class post to the following addresses unless otherwise stated in the contract.

9.13.1. to Whitespace Technology Ltd at the address shown on the bill or any address which Whitespace Technology Ltd provides to the Customer for this purpose; or

9.13.2. to the Customer at any one or more of the following: the address to which the Customer asks Whitespace Technology Ltd to send bills or the address of the site or the Customer’s primary email address or if the Customer is a limited company, its registered office.

9.14 This clause does not apply to notices given under clauses 1.1 and 5.1.

9.15 A notice will be duly served.

9.15.1 if delivered by hand, at the time of delivery;

9.15.2. if sent by first-class post, three (3) working days after the date of posting; or

9.15.3. if sent by e-mail, at the time of successful transmission.

9.16 The Customer must inform Whitespace Technology Ltd immediately if there is any change to any of the contact information the Customer provided to Whitespace Technology Ltd.

Law and jurisdiction

9.17 The contract is governed by the law of England and Wales and is subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Data protection

9.18 The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd will comply with their respective obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and any data protection, privacy or similar laws that apply to any personal data processed in connection with the contract. The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd will provide such help and co-operation as is reasonably necessary or requested by the other to enable compliance with this clause.

Customer’s instructions

9.19 Whitespace Technology Ltd may take instructions from a party whom it thinks, with good reason, is acting with The Customer’s permission.

Definitions

10.1 In the contract the following terms (whether capitalised or not) have the meanings shown next to them.

Whitespace Technology Ltd

Whitespace Technology Ltd is an Internet Service Provider based at 217 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP

Whitespace Technology Ltd equipment    

Any equipment, including any software, owned or controlled by Whitespace Technology Ltd and placed on the site to provide the service.

Content

Applications, data, information, video, graphics, sound, music, photographs, software or any other material.

Contract

This agreement between Whitespace Technology Ltd and The Customer comprising the following documents and, unless otherwise stated in the service schedule, in the following order of precedence:

  • the order/registration form;
  • the Service Schedule;
  • the Whitespace Technology General Terms;
  • the Charges Schedule;
  • the customer requirements form (if any); and
  • any other documents expressly incorporated by any of these documents or by agreement between the Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd.

The Service schedule & Charges schedule

These documents operate independently to each other. Any change to any service specific service or charges schedule will not affect other schedules or the business general terms.

Customer

The person with whom Whitespace Technology Ltd contracts to provide the service (or, where applicable, a Whitespace Technology Ltd pricing package).

Customer equipment

Any equipment, including any software, for use with the service that is not part of Whitespace Technology Ltd’s network and which is owned or controlled by The Customer.

Customer requirements form

The Whitespace Technology Ltd form that sets out the requirements for the service agreed between The Customer and Whitespace Technology Ltd.

Group company 

A subsidiary or holding company including a holding company, or a subsidiary of any such holding company, all as defined by Section 736 of the Companies Act 1985 and as amended by the Companies Act 1989.

Intellectual property rights

Any patent, petty patent, registered design, copyright, design right, database right, rights in designs, invention, semiconductor topography right, know-how, or any similar right exercisable in any part of the world and including any applications for the registration of any patents or designs.

Minimum period

The intended minimum period over which the service will be provided as stated in the service schedule, or the order/registration form, and measured from the service start date.

Service

The service or part of the service specified in the service schedule.

Service level

The standard of service set out in the service schedule.

Service schedule

The schedule to these General Business Terms that describes the service to be provided by Whitespace Technology Ltd or where applicable the terms of a Whitespace Technology Ltd pricing package.

Service start date

The date on which the service is first made available to the Customer unless otherwise stated in the service schedule. This may sometimes also be referred to as the Operational service Date.

Site

The place(s) at which Whitespace Technology Ltd provides service.

Software

Any software and associated written and electronic documentation and data provided by Whitespace Technology Ltd under the contract.

User

Anyone who is permitted by the Customer to use or access the service.

User security details

Any IDs, user names, personal identification numbers and passwords.

Working day

Any day between Monday and Friday, excluding bank and public holidays.

Working hours

Working hours are defined as 09.00 to 1730 Monday to Friday, excluding bank and public holidays.