Terms of Use

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office “HCSO” operates this Web site to provide news data and information sharing. The terms and conditions set forth herein constitute a legally binding agreement between the HCSO and you regarding the terms on which we offer you access to this service. Your use of HCSONews.com is governed by the terms and conditions set forth herein. Please take the time necessary to review and understand these terms and conditions. By accessing and using this cite you agree to be bound by each of the Terms and Conditions and all applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing this cite. Agreement between you and HCSONews.com HCSONews.com (the “Site”) is comprised of various web pages operated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. And is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein (the “Terms”).  Your use of the Site constitutes your agreement to all such Terms.  Please read these terms carefully. HCSONews.com is a News and Information Site. The purpose of this site is to inform and educate the residents of Harris County with information pertaining to public safety and well-being. Disclaimer of Warranties: YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE TO ASSUME TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND THE SERVICE. WE MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, OR THE SERVICE. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NONINFRINGEMENT, WITH REGARD TO THE SITE, THE SERVICE, OR ANY INFORMATION OR CONTENT CONTAINED THEREIN (INCLUDING THIRD PARTY INFORMATION). WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM ANY USE OF THE SITE, THE SERVICE OR ANY INFORMATION OR CONTENT CONTAINED THEREIN (INCLUDING THIRD PARTY INFORMATION). IT IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS AND USEFULNESS OF ALL INFORMATION OR CONTENT PROVIDED BY THE SITE, OR THE SERVICE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THE SITE, OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SITE, OR THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. WE DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION OR CONTENT PROVIDED BY THE SITE, OR THE SERVICE, OR THAT ANY ERRORS IN THE INFORMATION OR CONTENT WILL BE CORRECTED. THE SITE OR THE SERVICE AND THE INFORMATION OR CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. Specific Disclaimer For Downloading of Files        ; We cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading through the Site will be free of infection by viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that manifests contaminating or destructive properties. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of the Site or the Service, the accuracy of any information or content provided through the Site or the Service, or quality of any file used in conjunction with the Site or the Service is solely and exclusively with you the user. Electronic Communications Visiting the Site or sending emails to Harris County Sheriff’s Office constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communication be in writing. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office does not knowingly collect, either online or offline, personal information from persons under the age of thirteen. No person under the age of 13 is authorized to access or use this site. If you are under 18, you may use the Site only with permission of a parent or guardian. Links to third party sites/Third party services The Site may contain links to other websites (“Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office of the site or any association with its operators. No unlawful or prohibited use/Intellectual Property All content included as a part of the Site, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof is the property of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, unless otherwise noted, and are protected by copyright. You agree that any Material you submit shall be submitted in the English language only. You certify that you are at least 13 years of age. If you are under the age of 18 but at least 13 years of age, you may submit Material only with the permission of, and under the supervision of, a parent or legal guardian. If you are a parent or legal guardian agreeing to these rules for the benefit of an individual at least 13 years of age but not 18 years of age, please be advised that you are fully responsible for his or her submission and any legal liability that he or she may incur. You certify that you have the permission of others who have contributed to or are featured in any Material you submit. If there are any individuals under the age of 18 in any photos; video; or other content that you submit, you must obtain the permission of each such individual's parent or legal guardian prior to submitting the Material. If you post anything on the Site, you guarantee to us that you have the legal right to post your material and that it will not violate any law or the rights of any person or entity. By posting Material on the Site, you give us the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to use, distribute, display and create derivative works from this Material, in any and all media, in any manner, in whole or in part, without any restriction or responsibilities to you. You also acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the content of any of your messages. Nevertheless, we reserve the right to delete, move, or edit messages in our sole discretion. You agree that any Material that you submit to the Service or Site may be edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted, and/or displayed by us, and you waive any and all rights you may have with respect to the alteration, modification, or removal of your Material. By using the Site, you understand and agree that we are not responsible for the truth, completeness, objectivity or usefulness of any third-party posting, nor do we endorse any posting. By viewing third-party postings, you assume the risk of believing or disbelieving any content contained therein. Although we have the right to do so, we generally do not, and assumes no obligation or duty to, screen, monitor, edit or review any third-party postings. We generally have the right to monitor or remove any third-party postings at any time and without notice pursuant to these Terms and Conditions of Use, our Privacy Policy or our agreements with third parties. From time to time, we receive requests to disclose the identities of users who post messages to the Site. If we disclose the identity of a user pursuant to the Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy, you understand and agree that we may do so. You also acknowledge that portions of the Site or App contain unedited materials, some of which may be offensive to you. You access such materials at your own risk. We have no control over and accept no responsibility whatsoever for such materials. Limitation of Liability: IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITE OR ANY CONTENT ON THE SITE, OR WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE, BY YOUR USE OF THE SITE, THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE HCSO BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, a. ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF DATA, PROGRAMS OR INFORMATION, AND THE LIKE) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR THE SERVICE, OR THE INFORMATION OR CONTENT PROVIDED THEREIN, b. ANY CLAIM ATTRIBUTABLE TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN THE SITE OR THE SERVICE AND/OR INFORMATION OR CONTENT CONTAINED THEREIN OR DOWNLOADED THROUGH THE SITE, c. UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, d. STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SITE OR THE SERVICE, OR e. ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SITE OR THE SERVICE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Indemnification: You understand and agree that you are personally responsible for your behavior on the Site and for your use of the Content. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the HCSO it’s employees, agents, and any third-party information providers to the Service from and against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs (including, but not limited to, direct, incidental, consequential, exemplary and indirect damages), and reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from or arising out of your use of the Site or the Service or your use of the Content, any violation by you of this Agreement, or any activity related to your user account (including negligent or wrongful conduct) by you or any other person accessing the Site or Service through your user account. User Conduct: You agree not to take any action that interferes with the proper working of the Site; imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Site's infrastructure; might compromise the security of the Site; render the Site or the Service inaccessible to others; or otherwise cause damage to the Site or any Content contained on the Site. You agree not to add to, subtract from, or otherwise modify the Content on the Site except as expressly authorized by the HCSO in these Terms and Conditions of Use or by a written agreement between you and the HCSO. On some parts of the Site, you can post messages or express your comments on a given topic to which others can respond. You agree not to upload, distribute, post or otherwise publish through the Site or the Service: a. any information, data, text, software, photographs, graphics, messages, comments, videos or other material ("Material") that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights or rights of privacy or publicity of any party; b. any libelous, defamatory, obscene, threatening, sexually explicit, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise illegal Material; c. any Material that you do not have the right to transmit under law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; d. any Material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; e. any Material that harms minors in any way; f. any Material that violates a person's right to privacy; g. any Material that contains or advocates illegal or violent acts; h. any Material that degrades others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or other classification; i. any Material that is predatory, hateful, or intended to intimidate or harass; j. any Material that contains advertising or solicitation of any kind; k. any Material that misrepresents your identity or affiliation; and/or l. any Material that impersonates others. Changes to Terms The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to change the Terms under which the Site is offered without prior notice. Your access and use of this cite after the HCSO has modified or changed any of the terms and conditions of the use of this cite constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the Terms and Conditions as modified or changed. For this reason we encourage you to review these Terms and Conditions whenever you use this cite. The most current version of the Terms will supersede all previous versions. Contact Us Harris County Sheriff’s Office 1200 Baker St. Houston, TX 77002 Mediarelations@harriscountyso.org  
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