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Terms & Privacy


1. Introduction

This is the official Website of the Design Business Association (“the DBA”) The terms and conditions set out below govern the use by you of the Website. The DBA reserve the right to change the terms of use of the Website at any time and you are requested to check the terms of use from time to time to ensure that you have seen the latest version.

2. Copyright and Trademark

The copyright in all content, graphics, tables, images and underlying codes of the Website other than the materials submitted by visitors (“Visitor Materials”), belongs to the DBA and is hereby asserted. The DBA name and logo is a trademark of the Design Business Association.

3. Data Protection and Privacy

The personal data that you provide (?the Data?) to us is collected for the purpose of:

  1. researching the type of users which browse our list of members and visits our website.
  2. enabling DBA improve the facilities and services that the DBA offers to its members
  3. informing you of any forthcoming events and to advertise the services provided by DBA
  4. enabling the members to advertise their services on the DBA website

We do not disclose any Data to any third parties, other than to the DBA professional support providers, or if required by law . We will not use the Data for any other purpose than that indicated in this statement. Please notify the DBA immediately by emailing the DBA on: or writing to: The DBA, 35-39 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX if any of your details alter or are incorrect or if you wish to enquire what Data we are holding of you. If you wish us to amend or erase any part of the Data relating to you, we will do so, subject to compliance with any statutory requirements.

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and other supporting regulations for the time being force, we have implemented security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the Data from unauthorised access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorised modification and unlawful destruction or accidental loss.

4. Use of cookies

The DBA Website uses cookies for record keeping purposes and to improve the service to you, but none of the data collected through cookies can be used to identify you. You can set your Internet Browser so that it does not accept cookies. However this will mean that you will be limiting the scope of services provided to you and you will not be able to take full advantage of the Website. If you require assistance with this, please contact us on

5. Mailings

Newsletters and occasional mailings are made by the DBA to those of it’s members, who given their prior consent to it. If you do not wish to continue to receive such mailings or would like to subscribe to them, please contact

6. Storage and processing of confidential financial information (which includes credit card and payment details) (“Confidential Financial Information”)

When on-line services are provided, security measures are taken so that your Confidential Financial Information is collated, encrypted and stored on a secure server. A limited number of DBA personnel have access to your Personal and Confidential Financial Information in order to progress orders placed by you etc.

7. Visitors use of the Website

The Visitors Materials submitted by members of DBA are displayed for the convenience of visitors to our Website and DBA do not endorse or confirm the contents of any such Visitor Materials. The submitted Visitor Materials including any personal information that has been submitted to the Website may be used by the DBA at our reasonable discretion. When submitting Visitor Materials, you are required to respect our Website and you must comply with these terms of use of the Website. Visitors Material must not include offensive or defamatory material and DBA accept no liability or responsibility for the contents or the use of Material and the DBA will not be responsible for inadvertently publishing such material. Visitors must take reasonable care in this respect.

8. Disclaimer

You and the DBA will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that the Visitors Material and the contents of the Website are truthful, accurate and correct, but nothing on the Website shall be considered a representation by the DBA and no reliance should be placed upon any information contained on the Website unless it has been confirmed in writing by DBA to be correct.

The DBA HR & Legal Resources are intended to provide general information about developments which may be of interest to business managers / owners or in-house HR professionals, in relation to the law and HR policy.

Where possible, they will highlight legal or regulatory employment issues which we believe are important to design agencies in the UK. Although we aim to keep them up-to-date, we do not guarantee their accuracy. The HR Resources are not intended as statements of law and their contents do not constitute specific legal advice and should not be acted or relied upon as doing so.

Members should always obtain professional advice from the DBA’s Legal Partner Humphries Kirk, our HR support helpline or their own legal and/or HR service providers.  

9. Monitoring

Visitors Material (including chat) and e-mails are monitored. Every effort is taken to ensure that the Website is secure, however the internet should be treated as being an insecure means of communication.

10. Compliance

All parties are required to comply with UK legislation relating to websites and e-commerce.

11. Unauthorised Use of the Website

The following uses are unauthorised, a breach of these conditions and may be an infringement or even a crime:

(a) Any unauthorised use or copying of our name, trading style, get-up, confidential information or data (being information of a confidential nature the misuse of which will foreseeably damage our business reputation or goodwill) or copyright material.
(b) Unauthorised entry to any non-public part of the Website, including its underlying codes, or into any private computer system of the DBA.
(c) Unauthorised copying, downloading or framing of any part of the Website.
(d) Unauthorised covert or overt linking of any part of our Website with another or interception of visitors or potential visitors.
(e) Any action which is intended or has the effect of deceiving or misleading us or third parties, whether for gain or otherwise.
(f) Submission of Visitors Material which is defamatory or offensive or amounts to infringement of third party rights.

12. Links to other websites

The Website contains links to other websites. The DBA do not endorse or confirm the contents of any such website and accept no liability or responsibility for the contents or the use of such website. Please read the privacy statements upon entry to a linked website, as a matter of practice.

13. Virus Disclaimer

Reasonable steps have been taken to protect this Website by anti virus software but all visitors are advised to take all necessary steps to ensure that no virus contamination occurs. No responsibility can be accepted for any loss or damage sustained as a consequence of any virus transmission.

14. English law

The Website and its contents are governed by English law.

Last updated: June 2004 © 2004.
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