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Unicom Systems (bidsUSA) Terms and Conditions

  • Terms and Conditions of Use
  • Privacy Policy
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By accessing this website, you are agreeing to be bound by the Unicom Systems Terms and Conditions of Use, Privacy Policy and Anti-spam and Unsolicited Commercial E-mail Policy below:

Unicom Systems (bidsUSA) Terms of Service and Conditions of Use

1. Your relationship with Unicom Systems

1.1 Your use of Unicom Systems' products, software, services and web sites (referred to collectively as the "Services" in this document and excluding any services provided to you by Unicom Systems under a separate written agreement) is subject to the terms of a legal agreement between you and Unicom Systems. "Unicom Systems" means Unicom Systems Inc., whose principal place of business is at 8011 Melburn Drive, Mission, British Columbia, Canada. This document explains how the agreement is made up, and sets out some of the terms of that agreement.

1.2 Unless otherwise agreed in writing with Unicom Systems, your agreement with Unicom Systems will always include, at a minimum, the terms and conditions set out in this document. These are referred to below as the "Universal Terms".

1.3 Your agreement with Unicom Systems will also include the terms of any Legal Notices applicable to the Services, in addition to the Universal Terms. All of these are referred to below as the "Additional Terms". Where Additional Terms apply to a Service, these will be accessible for you to read either within, or through your use of, that Service.

1.4 The Universal Terms, together with the Additional Terms, form a legally binding agreement between you and Unicom Systems in relation to your use of the Services. It is important that you take the time to read them carefully. Collectively, this legal agreement is referred to below as the "Terms".

1.5 If there is any contradiction between what the Additional Terms say and what the Universal Terms say, then the Additional Terms shall take precedence in relation to that Service.

2. Accepting the Terms

2.1 In order to use the Services, you must first agree to the Terms. You may not use the Services if you do not accept the Terms.

2.2 You can accept the Terms by:

(A) selecting an option to accept or agree to the Terms and then clicking, where this option is made available to you by Unicom Systems, in the user interface for any Service; or

(B) by actually using the Services. In this case, you understand and agree that Unicom Systems will treat your use of the Services as acceptance of the Terms from that point onwards.

2.3 You may not use the Services and may not accept the Terms if (a) you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Unicom Systems, or (b) you are a person barred from receiving the Services under the laws of Canada or other countries including the country in which you are resident or from which you use the Services.

2.4 Before you continue, you should print off or save a local copy of the Universal Terms for your records.

3. Language of the Terms

3.1 Where Unicom Systems has provided you with a translation of the English language version of the Terms, then you agree that the translation is provided for your convenience only and that the English language versions of the Terms will govern your relationship with Unicom Systems.

3.2 If there is any contradiction between what the English language version of the Terms says and what a translation says, then the English language version shall take precedence.

4. Provision of the Services by Unicom Systems

4.1 Unicom Systems has, or may have, subsidiaries and affiliated legal entities around the world ("Subsidiaries and Affiliates"). Sometimes, these companies will be providing the Services to you on behalf of Unicom Systems itself. You acknowledge and agree that Subsidiaries and Affiliates will be entitled to provide the Services to you.

4.2 Unicom Systems is constantly innovating in order to provide the best possible experience for its users. You acknowledge and agree that the form and nature of the Services which Unicom Systems provides may change from time to time without prior notice to you.

4.3 As part of this continuing innovation, you acknowledge and agree that Unicom Systems may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services (or any features within the Services) to you or to users generally at Unicom Systems' sole discretion, without prior notice to you. You may stop using the Services at any time. You do not need to specifically inform Unicom Systems when you stop using the Services.

4.4 You acknowledge and agree that if Unicom Systems disables access to your account, you may be prevented from accessing the Services, your account details or any files or other content which is contained in your account.

4.5 You acknowledge and agree that while Unicom Systems may not currently have set a fixed upper limit on the number of transmissions you may send or receive through the Services or on the amount of storage space used for the provision of any Service, such fixed upper limits may be set by Unicom Systems at any time, at Unicom Systems' discretion.

5. Use of the Services by you

5.1 In order to access certain Services, you may be required to provide information about yourself (such as identification or contact details) as part of the registration process for the Service, or as part of your continued use of the Services. You agree that any registration information you give to Unicom Systems will always be accurate, correct and up to date.

5.2 You agree to use the Services only for purposes that are permitted by (a) the Terms and (b) any applicable law, regulation or generally accepted practices or guidelines in the relevant jurisdictions (including any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from Canada or other relevant countries).

5.3 You agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the Services by any means other than through the interface that is provided by Unicom Systems, unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate agreement with Unicom Systems. You specifically agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the Services through any automated means (including use of scripts or web crawlers) and shall ensure that you comply with the instructions set out in any robots.txt file present on the Services.

5.4 You agree that you will not engage in any activity that interferes with or disrupts the Services (or the servers and networks which are connected to the Services).

5.5 Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement with Unicom Systems, you agree that you will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade or resell the Services for any purpose.

5.6 You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that Unicom Systems has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any breach of your obligations under the Terms and for the consequences (including any loss or damage which Unicom Systems may suffer) of any such breach.

6. Your passwords and account security

6.1 You agree and understand that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of passwords associated with any account you use to access the Services.

6.2 Accordingly, you agree that you will be solely responsible to Unicom Systems for all activities that occur under your account.

6.3 If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or of your account, you agree to notify Unicom Systems immediately at inquiries@bidsusa.net.

7. Privacy and your personal information

7.1 For information about Unicom Systems' data protection practices, please read the Unicom Systems Privacy Policy below. This policy explains how Unicom Systems treats your personal information, and protects your privacy, when you use the Services.

7.2 You agree to the use of your data in accordance with Unicom Systems' privacy policies.

8. Content in the Services

8.1 You understand that all information (such as data files, written text, computer software, music, audio files or other sounds, photographs, videos or other images) which you may have access to as part of, or through your use of, the Services are the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated. All such information is referred to below as the "Content".

8.2 You should be aware that Content presented to you as part of the Services, including but not limited to advertisements in the Services and sponsored Content within the Services may be protected by intellectual property rights which are owned by the sponsors or advertisers who provide that Content to Unicom Systems (or by other persons or companies on their behalf). You may not modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on this Content (either in whole or in part) unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by Unicom Systems or by the owners of that Content, in a separate agreement.

8.3 Unicom Systems reserves the right (but shall have no obligation) to pre-screen, review, flag, filter, modify, refuse or remove any or all Content from any Service. For some of the Services, Unicom Systems may provide tools to filter out explicit sexual content.

8.4 You understand that by using the Services you may be exposed to Content that you may find offensive, indecent or objectionable and that, in this respect, you use the Services at your own risk.

8.5 You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that Unicom Systems has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any Content that you create, transmit or display while using the Services and for the consequences of your actions (including any loss or damage which Unicom Systems may suffer) by doing so.

9. Proprietary rights

9.1 You acknowledge and agree that Unicom Systems (or Unicom Systems' licensors) own all legal right, title and interest in and to the Services, including any intellectual property rights which subsist in the Services (whether those rights happen to be registered or not, and wherever in the world those rights may exist). You further acknowledge that the Services may contain information which is designated confidential by Unicom Systems and that you shall not disclose such information without Unicom Systems' prior written consent.

9.2 Unless you have agreed otherwise in writing with Unicom Systems, nothing in the Terms gives you a right to use any of Unicom Systems' trade names, trade marks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features.

9.3 If you have been given an explicit right to use any of these brand features in a separate written agreement with Unicom Systems, then you agree that your use of such features shall be in compliance with that agreement and any applicable provisions of the Terms.

9.4 Other than the limited license set forth in Section 11, Unicom Systems acknowledges and agrees that it obtains no right, title or interest from you (or your licensors) under these Terms in or to any Content that you submit, post, transmit or display on, or through, the Services, including any intellectual property rights which subsist in that Content (whether those rights happen to be registered or not, and wherever in the world those rights may exist). Unless you have agreed otherwise in writing with Unicom Systems, you agree that you are responsible for protecting and enforcing those rights and that Unicom Systems has no obligation to do so on your behalf.

9.5 You agree that you shall not remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights notices (including copyright and trade mark notices) which may be affixed to or contained within the Services.

9.6 Unless you have been expressly authorized to do so in writing by Unicom Systems, you agree that in using the Services, you will not use any trade mark, service mark, trade name, logo of any company or organization in a way that is likely or intended to cause confusion about the owner or authorized user of such marks, names or logos.

10. License from Unicom Systems

10.1 Unicom Systems gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use the software provided to you by Unicom Systems as part of the Services as provided to you by Unicom Systems (referred to as the "Software" below). This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the Services as provided by Unicom Systems, in the manner permitted by the Terms.

10.2 You may not (and you may not permit anyone else to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the Software or any part thereof, unless this is expressly permitted or required by law, or unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by Unicom Systems, in writing.

10.3 Unless Unicom Systems has given you specific written permission to do so, you may not assign (or grant a sub-license of) your rights to use the Software, grant a security interest in or over your rights to use the Software, or otherwise transfer any part of your rights to use the Software.

11. Content license from you

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Unicom Systems a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Unicom Systems to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Unicom Systems to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Unicom Systems has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

11.3 You understand that Unicom Systems, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Unicom Systems to take these actions.

11.4 You confirm and warrant to Unicom Systems that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.

12. Software updates

12.1 The Software which you use may automatically download and install updates from time to time from Unicom Systems. These updates are designed to improve, enhance and further develop the Services and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions. You agree to receive such updates (and permit Unicom Systems to deliver these to you) as part of your use of the Services.

13. Ending your relationship with Unicom Systems

13.1 The Terms will continue to apply until terminated by either you or Unicom Systems as set out below.

13.2 If you want to terminate your legal agreement with Unicom Systems, you may do so by (a) notifying Unicom Systems at any time and (b) closing your accounts for all of the Services which you use, where Unicom Systems has made this option available to you. Your notice should be sent, in writing, to inquiries@bidsusa.net.

13.3 Unicom Systems may at any time, terminate its legal agreement with you if:

(A) you have breached any provision of the Terms (or have acted in manner which clearly shows that you do not intend to, or are unable to comply with the provisions of the Terms); or

(B) Unicom Systems is required to do so by law (for example, where the provision of the Services to you is, or becomes, unlawful); or

(C) the partner with whom Unicom Systems offered the Services to you has terminated its relationship with Unicom Systems or ceased to offer the Services to you; or

(D) Unicom Systems is transitioning to no longer providing the Services to users in the country in which you are resident or from which you use the service; or

(E) the provision of the Services to you by Unicom Systems is, in Unicom Systems' opinion, no longer commercially viable.

13.4 Nothing in this Section shall affect Unicom Systems' rights regarding provision of Services under Section 4 of the Terms.

13.5 When these Terms come to an end, all of the legal rights, obligations and liabilities that you and Unicom Systems have benefited from, been subject to (or which have accrued over time whilst the Terms have been in force) or which are expressed to continue indefinitely, shall be unaffected by this cessation, and the provisions of paragraph 20.7 shall continue to apply to such rights, obligations and liabilities indefinitely.

14. EXCLUSION OF WARRANTIES

14.1 NOTHING IN THESE TERMS, INCLUDING SECTIONS 14 AND 15, SHALL EXCLUDE OR LIMIT UNICOM SYSTEMS' WARRANTY OR LIABILITY FOR LOSSES WHICH MAY NOT BE LAWFULLY EXCLUDED OR LIMITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT OR BREACH OF IMPLIED TERMS, OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, ONLY THE LIMITATIONS WHICH ARE LAWFUL IN YOUR JURISDICTION WILL APPLY TO YOU AND OUR LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

14.2 YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND THAT THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE."

14.3 IN PARTICULAR, UNICOM SYSTEMS, ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, AND ITS LICENSORS DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT TO YOU THAT:

(A) YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS,

(B) YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR FREE FROM ERROR,

(C) ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY YOU AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, AND

(D) THAT DEFECTS IN THE OPERATION OR FUNCTIONALITY OF ANY SOFTWARE PROVIDED TO YOU AS PART OF THE SERVICES WILL BE CORRECTED.

14.4 ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER DEVICE OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.

14.5 NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM UNICOM SYSTEMS OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TERMS.

14.6 UNICOM SYSTEMS FURTHER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

15. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

15.1 SUBJECT TO OVERALL PROVISION IN PARAGRAPH 14.1 ABOVE, YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT UNICOM SYSTEMS, ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, AND ITS LICENSORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR:

(A) ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES WHICH MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU, HOWEVER CAUSED AND UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY. THIS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, ANY LOSS OF PROFIT (WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY), ANY LOSS OF GOODWILL OR BUSINESS REPUTATION, ANY LOSS OF DATA SUFFERED, COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, COSTS OF RESPONDING (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RESEARCH AND PREPARATION) TO SOLICITATIONS, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSS;

(B) ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE WHICH MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OR DAMAGE AS A RESULT OF:

(I) ANY RELIANCE PLACED BY YOU ON THE COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY OR EXISTENCE OF ANY ADVERTISING, OR AS A RESULT OF ANY RELATIONSHIP OR TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND ANY ADVERTISER OR SPONSOR WHOSE ADVERTISING APPEARS ON THE SERVICES;

(II) ANY CHANGES WHICH UNICOM SYSTEMS MAY MAKE TO THE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY CESSATION IN THE PROVISION OF THE SERVICES (OR ANY FEATURES WITHIN THE SERVICES);

(III) THE DELETION OF, CORRUPTION OF, OR FAILURE TO STORE, ANY CONTENT AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS DATA MAINTAINED OR TRANSMITTED BY OR THROUGH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES;

(III) YOUR FAILURE TO PROVIDE UNICOM SYSTEMS WITH ACCURATE ACCOUNT INFORMATION;

(IV) YOUR FAILURE TO KEEP YOUR PASSWORD OR ACCOUNT DETAILS SECURE AND CONFIDENTIAL;

15.2 THE LIMITATIONS ON UNICOM SYSTEMS' LIABILITY TO YOU IN PARAGRAPH 15.1 ABOVE SHALL APPLY WHETHER OR NOT UNICOM SYSTEMS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH LOSSES ARISING.

16. Copyright and trade mark policies

16.1 It is Unicom Systems' policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable international intellectual property law and to terminating the accounts of repeat infringers.

17. Advertisements

17.1 Some of the Services may be supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be targeted to the content of information stored on the Services, queries made through the Services or other information.

17.2 The manner, mode and extent of advertising by Unicom Systems on the Services are subject to change without specific notice to you.

17.3 In consideration for Unicom Systems granting you access to and use of the Services, you agree that Unicom Systems may place such advertising on the Services.

18. Other content

18.1 The Services may include hyperlinks to other web sites or content or resources. Unicom Systems may have no control over any web sites or resources which are provided by companies or persons other than Unicom Systems.

18.2 You acknowledge and agree that Unicom Systems is not responsible for the availability of any such external sites or resources, and does not endorse any advertising, products or other materials on or available from such web sites or resources.

18.3 You acknowledge and agree that Unicom Systems is not liable for any loss or damage which may be incurred by you as a result of the availability of those external sites or resources, or as a result of any reliance placed by you on the completeness, accuracy or existence of any advertising, products or other materials on, or available from, such web sites or resources.

19. Changes to the Terms

19.1 Unicom Systems may make changes to the Universal Terms or Additional Terms from time to time. When these changes are made, Unicom Systems will make a new copy of the Universal Terms available at http://www.bidsusa.net/Default.CFM?Page=120 and any new Additional Terms will be made available to you from within, or through, the affected Services.

19.2 You understand and agree that if you use the Services after the date on which the Universal Terms or Additional Terms have changed, Unicom Systems will treat your use as acceptance of the updated Universal Terms or Additional Terms.

20. General legal terms

20.1 Sometimes when you use the Services, you may (as a result of, or through your use of the Services) use a service or download a piece of software, or purchase goods, which are provided by another person or company. Your use of these other services, software or goods may be subject to separate terms between you and the company or person concerned. If so, the Terms do not affect your legal relationship with these other companies or individuals.

20.2 The Terms constitute the whole legal agreement between you and Unicom Systems and govern your use of the Services (but excluding any services which Unicom Systems may provide to you under a separate written agreement), and completely replace any prior agreements between you and Unicom Systems in relation to the Services.

20.3 You agree that Unicom Systems may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms, by email, regular mail, or postings on the Services.

20.4 You agree that if Unicom Systems does not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy which is contained in the Terms (or which Unicom Systems has the benefit of under any applicable law), this will not be taken to be a formal waiver of Unicom Systems' rights and that those rights or remedies will still be available to Unicom Systems.

20.5 If any court of law, having the jurisdiction to decide on this matter, rules that any provision of these Terms is invalid, then that provision will be removed from the Terms without affecting the rest of the Terms. The remaining provisions of the Terms will continue to be valid and enforceable.

20.6 You acknowledge and agree that each member of the group of companies of which Unicom Systems is the parent shall be third party beneficiaries to the Terms and that such other companies shall be entitled to directly enforce, and rely upon, any provision of the Terms which confers a benefit on (or rights in favor of) them. Other than this, no other person or company shall be third party beneficiaries to the Terms.

20.7 The Terms, and your relationship with Unicom Systems under the Terms, shall be governed by the laws of the Province of British Columbia, Canada without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. You and Unicom Systems agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the City of Vancouver in the Province of British Columbia, Canada to resolve any legal matter arising from the Terms. Notwithstanding this, you agree that Unicom Systems shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive remedies (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction.

Questions regarding this agreement should be directed to Unicom Systems at e-mail address inquiries@unicom-systems.com.

This Agreement was last modified on January 15, 2012.

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Unicom Systems (bidsUSA) Additional Terms

To use the bidsUSA service, which is owned and operated by Unicom Systems Inc., you must agree to the following terms and conditions. This User Agreement must be accepted "As Is" and must not be altered. In this Agreement, "We", "Us", "Our" and "You" means any person or other entity using the bidsUSA service as a casual browser, subscriber or paid subscriber.


1.0  Definitions

1.1  "Casual Browser" means an individual or entity that has not registered for the bidsUSA Service by providing Saved Search Criteria and has not paid for a subscription.

1.2  "Subscriber" means an individual or entity that has registered for the bidsUSA Service by providing Saved Search Criteria and has not paid for a subscription, or an individual or entity that has registered for the bidsUSA Service by providing Saved Search Criteria and has paid for a subscription and the end date of the subscription is earlier than the current date.

1.3  "Paid Subscriber" means an individual or entity that has registered for the bidsUSA Service by providing Saved Search Criteria and has paid for a subscription and the end date of the subscription is the current date or later than the current date or an individual or entity that has received a complimentary subscription and the end date of the subscription is the current date or later than the current date.

1.4  "Bid Solicitation" means a document in paper or electronic form that contains Information for a Casual Browser, a Subscriber or a Paid Subscriber to prepare and submit a proposal to an Issuing Organization for an intended procurement.

1.5  "Information" means procurement information an Issuing Organization distributes through a public website.

1.6  "Unicom Systems" means Unicom Systems Inc., operating the bidsUSA Service.

1.7  "Unicom Systems Inc. Service" means the electronic commerce service owned and operated by Unicom Systems Inc., which supports the distribution of Information about the procurement of goods and services for both public and private organizations.

1.8  "Partial Bid Solicitation Summaries" means Information in electronic form relating to one or more Bid Solicitations and includes descriptions, closing dates and the regions of the Issuing Organizations.

1.9  "Full Bid Solicitation Summaries" means Information in electronic form relating to one or more Bid Solicitations and includes the names of the Issuing Organizations, descriptions, closing dates, the provinces or regions of the Issuing Organizations and links to public websites for additional information.

1.10  "Automatic E-mail Notification With Partial Bid Solicitation Summaries" means electronic mail notifications including Partial Bid Solicitation Summaries based on Saved Search Criteria.

1.11  "Automatic E-mail Notification With Full Bid Solicitation Summaries" means electronic mail notifications including Full Bid Solicitation Summaries based on Saved Search Criteria.

1.12  "Personal Web Page With Partial Bid Solicitation Summaries" means a private web page that displays Partial Bid Solicitation Summaries based on Saved Search Criteria.

1.13  "Personal Web Page With Full Bid Solicitation Summaries" means a private web page that displays Full Bid Solicitation Summaries based on Saved Search Criteria.

1.14  "Partial Search Capability" means the ability to search by keywords.

1.15  "Full Search Capability" means the ability to search by keywords states and provinces.

1.16  "Issuing Organization" means a public sector organization or any other public or private organization that has posted procurement information on a public website.


2.0  Rates and Charges - Paid Subscribers

2.1  We agree to register with the bidsUSA Service by providing Saved Search Criteria, and to pay the appropriate subscription fee for the subscription period we select. We will receive access to Full Bid Solicitation Summaries, Automatic E-mail Notification With Full Bid Solicitation Summaries, Personal Web Page With Full Bid Solicitation Summaries and Full Search Capability for the subscription period we select.

2.2  If we opt to pay on-line, we understand that we will receive instant and full access to the bidsUSA Service and we agree that Unicom Systems Inc. is authorized to charge our valid credit card or bank account for all charges. If we opt to be invoiced, we understand that we will not receive full access to the bidsUSA Service until full payment is received and processed by Unicom Systems Inc.

2.3  We acknowledge that Unicom Systems Inc. may terminate or suspend our use of the bidsUSA Service for non-payment, and that such termination or suspension may include suspension of all services.

2.4  We agree all subscriptions are final. Unicom Systems Inc. is not obligated to refund or exchange for services charged herein.


3.0  Rates and Charges - Subscribers

3.1  We agree to register with the bidsUSA Service by providing Saved Search Criteria. We will receive access to Partial Bid Solicitation Summaries, Automatic E-mail Notification With Partial Bid Solicitation Summaries, Personal Web Page With Partial Bid Solicitation Summaries and Partial Search Capability.

3.2  Unicom Systems Inc. will provide the bidsUSA services defined in 3.1 free of charge.

3.3  We acknowledge that Unicom Systems Inc. may terminate or suspend our use of the bidsUSA Service for any reason, and that such termination or suspension may include suspension of all services.


4.0  Ownership and Use of Information

4.1  We acknowledge that any Bid Solicitation that we receive through the bidsUSA Service is owned by the Issuing Organization. We agree that we will not use, store, copy, or reproduce the Bid Solicitation, or distribute or disclose it to any third party, except for the sole purpose of having such third party assist us in evaluating a Bid Solicitation or preparing a response to a Bid Solicitation. We agree that we will not sell to any third party, or make available for the purpose of resale to any third party, any Bid Solicitation received through the bidsUSA Service without the prior written consent of the Issuing Organization.

4.2  We understand and acknowledge that some of the Information that we receive through the bidsUSA Service is freely available from other public websites and that the Information is the property of the respective Issuing Organizations. 

4.3  We understand and acknowledge that the bidsUSA Service may only provide links to Information or Bid Solicitations and may not store or distribute Bid Solicitations directly.

4.4  We understand and acknowledge that the bidsUSA Service is offered solely as a specialty search engine and e-mail notification service for the convenience of those wishing to do business with Issuing Organizations. 

4.5 We understand and acknowledge that the bidsUSA Service should not be relied upon as a comprehensive, complete, timely, accurate or a sole resource for Information. We should contact Issuing Organizations directly for comprehensive Information regarding new or amended Bid Solicitations and for instructions on responding to those solicitations.

4.6 We understand and acknowledge that e-mail is not a reliable method of communication and that the sending and/or receipt of messages is not guaranteed for any service provided by Unicom Systems Inc., including the bidsUSA Service. We agree that Unicom Systems Inc. shall bear no responsibility or liability for failing to communicate with us using e-mail even if we provide a current, valid and active e-mail address to Unicom Systems Inc. through any service, including the bidsUSA Service.

We also understand and acknowledge that in order to comply with the strict policies of many major e-mail and network service providers, Unicom Systems Inc. is obligated to disable accounts with e-mail addresses that result in undeliverable messages or "hard bounces" after messages are sent to those e-mail addresses from Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service. A failure on the part of Unicom Systems Inc. to comply with these strict policies carries the risk of having all e-mail messages to all users being blocked by the service providers.

If Unicom Systems Inc. receives undeliverable notices after sending messages to you, your bidsUSA account may be suspended. Please note that Unicom Systems Inc. may receive undeliverable notices for a variety of reasons including but not limited to temporary problems with your network or e-mail server, your inbox is over quota, your e-mail address is no longer active, and/or your e-mail service provider or anti-spam software is blocking messages from Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service.

Once your account has been suspended, Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service will cease sending any further messages to you and you will be unable to log in to the bidsUSA Service. If your account has been suspended, you will need to contact Unicom Systems Inc. at inquiries@bidsusa.net to have your account reactivated.

4.7  We understand and acknowledge that Unicom Systems Inc. is not an agent or representative of the Issuing Organizations.
  

5.0  Confidentiality and Security

5.1  We acknowledge that Unicom Systems Inc. cannot ensure the privacy and authenticity of any information that we send or receive through the Internet, and we agree that Unicom Systems Inc. will not be responsible for any damages that we incur if we communicate confidential information to Unicom Systems Inc. over the Internet, or if Unicom Systems Inc. communicates such information to us at our request.

5.2  We agree not to disclose our bidsUSA Service password to any third party. We agree that we are solely responsible for all use of our password and we agree to put reasonable security procedures in place regarding its use and to notify Unicom Systems Inc. immediately of any unauthorized use.

5.3  We agree not to distribute any information received from the bidsUSA Service that may serve to circumvent the bidsUSA Service subscription process or expose Saved Search Criteria in any way. This includes but is not limited to posting links or information regarding links received from the bidsUSA Service to public websites or any other public forums.

5.4  We acknowledge that links to other websites through the bidsUSA Service do not imply any endorsement or approval by Unicom Systems Inc.

  
6.0  Use of Internet

6.1  We acknowledge that if we access the bidsUSA Service through the Internet or other online access methods, we are responsible for reading and complying with any notices, warnings or disclaimers posted on the bidsUSA website or contained in the IMPORTANT NOTICES TO ALL USERS OF THE bidsUSA WEBSITE page that follows.


7.0  Consent - Use of Name

7.1  We authorize Unicom Systems Inc. to make our name available at any time and in any format for the purpose of meeting the requirements of the bidsUSA Service, including potential partnering opportunities with other Subscribers, but excluding the provision of our name to other third parties for the purpose of mailing lists or any other purpose not related to the bidsUSA Service.

  
8.0  Change of Address

8.1  We agree that we are responsible for providing a current, valid and active e-mail address to Unicom Systems Inc. for the bidsUSA Service. We will immediately notify Unicom Systems Inc. of any change of e-mail address through the bidsUSA website.

We also understand and acknowledge that in order to comply with the strict policies of many major e-mail and network service providers, Unicom Systems Inc. is obligated to disable accounts with e-mail addresses that result in undeliverable messages or "hard bounces" after messages are sent to those e-mail addresses from Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service. A failure on the part of Unicom Systems Inc. to comply with these strict policies carries the risk of having all e-mail messages to all users being blocked by the service providers.

If Unicom Systems Inc. receives undeliverable notices after sending messages to you, your bidsUSA account may be suspended. Please note that Unicom Systems Inc. may receive undeliverable notices for a variety of reasons including but not limited to temporary problems with your network or e-mail server, your inbox is over quota, your e-mail address is no longer active, and/or your e-mail service provider or anti-spam software is blocking messages from Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service.

Once your account has been suspended, Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service will cease sending any further messages to you and you will be unable to log in to the bidsUSA Service. If your account has been suspended, you will need to contact Unicom Systems Inc. at inquiries@bidsusa.net to have your account reactivated.

  
9.0  Changes to Service and Agreement

9.1  We acknowledge that, from time to time, and at its discretion, Unicom Systems Inc. may amend the provisions of the bidsUSA Service, including pricing or any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Unicom Systems Inc. will provide us with sixty (60) days notice of any such changes in writing or on-line through the bidsUSA Service.

9.2  We acknowledge that that an Issuing Organization and/or the respective Information related to an Issuing Organization may be temporarily or permanently added to, removed from or changed in the bidsUSA Service without notice and agree that Unicom Systems Inc. is not obligated to provide notice of any kind should this occur.

9.3  We acknowledge that that an Issuing Organization and/or the respective Information related to an Issuing Organization may be temporarily or permanently added to, removed from or changed in the bidsUSA Service without notice and agree that Unicom Systems Inc. is not obligated to refund or exchange for services should this occur.


10.0  Termination

10.1  We acknowledge that Unicom Systems Inc. may terminate this Agreement with us and suspend our use of the bidsUSA Service at any time and for any reason, including where we fail to pay the subscription fee or any other charges incurred by us.

10.2  We may immediately terminate this Agreement with Unicom Systems Inc. upon providing electronic notice to Unicom Systems Inc. We agree to comply with all reasonable electronic procedures established by Unicom Systems Inc. in providing such electronic notice (as such procedures may be amended from time to time at Unicom System's sole discretion) and which procedures shall be made available to us through the bidsUSA Service. Upon termination, we acknowledge our password and access to the bidsUSA Service will be terminated.

  
11.0  Liability

11.1  We acknowledge that Unicom Systems Inc. assumes no responsibility for the availability, accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any of the Information, or for the fitness of such Information for any particular purpose.

11.2  We acknowledge that Unicom Systems Inc. and its owners, officers, directors, employees, agents and subcontractors will not, under any circumstances, be liable to us for damages, including direct, indirect, special or consequential damages, even if Unicom Systems Inc. has been advised of or could have foreseen such damages, arising out of our use of or reliance on the bidsUSA Service, unless caused solely by the gross negligence of Unicom Systems Inc. For greater certainty, such damages shall include, without limitation, damages in respect of loss of profit, loss of business revenue, failure to realize any expected savings, and any claim made against us by a third party.

11.3  We agree that we will indemnify and hold harmless Unicom Systems Inc. and its owners, officers, directors, employees, agents and subcontractors for any loss, damage, cost, expense, liability or claim suffered or incurred by, or made against, Unicom Systems Inc. arising out of our breach of this Agreement, or our fraud, misrepresentation, negligence or willful misconduct in our performance or non-performance under this Agreement, but our liability in any one year under this Agreement will be limited to the value of the charges incurred by us for the bidsUSA Service in the twelve (12) months preceding Unicom System's claim or demand against us.

  
12.0  Laws of Application

12.1  We agree that this Agreement will be governed by the laws of British Columbia and those of Canada applicable therein.
  

13.0  Assignment

13.1  We agree that Unicom Systems Inc. may assign this Agreement, in whole or in part, without our consent, and we may not assign this Agreement in whole or in part.


14.0  Prior Agreements

14.1  We agree that this Agreement supersedes any prior versions of this Agreement governing the bidsUSA Service.


IMPORTANT NOTICES TO ALL USERS OF THE bidsUSA WEBSITE

Confidentiality and Security
Unicom Systems Inc. cannot ensure the privacy and authenticity of any information or instructions you send to Unicom Systems Inc. or Unicom Systems Inc. sends to you over the Internet. Unicom Systems Inc., including the bidsUSA Service, will not be responsible for any damages you may incur if you communicate confidential information to Unicom Systems Inc. over the Internet, or if Unicom Systems Inc. communicate such information to you at your request.

Non-responsibility
Unicom Systems Inc. is not responsible in any manner for direct, indirect, special or consequential damages, howsoever caused, arising out of use of this website, the bidsUSA Service, or the reliance on the information it contains.

Available Only Where Permitted by Law
The products and services described in pages of websites of Unicom Systems Inc., including the bidsUSA Service, are only offered in jurisdictions where they may be legally offered for sale or use.

Applicable Agreements
All products and services of Unicom Systems Inc., including the bidsUSA Service, are subject to the terms of the applicable agreements.

Use of Information
The information contained on this website and pages within is not intended to provide specific legal, accounting, financial or tax advice for any individual and should not be relied upon in that regard.

Accuracy and Changes
Facts and information provided by Unicom Systems Inc., including the bidsUSA Service, are believed to be accurate when placed on this website but the bidsUSA Service should not be relied upon as a comprehensive, complete, timely, accurate or a sole resource for Information. Changes may be made at any time to the material or information at this website without prior notice.

E-mail is not a reliable method of communication and the sending and/or receipt of e-mail messages is not guaranteed even if you provide a current, valid and active e-mail address to Unicom Systems Inc. through any service, including the bidsUSA Service.

Software Backup
While every effort is made to ensure that all software provided at this website is suitable for use on a wide variety of computer systems, you should take reasonable and appropriate precautions to scan for computer viruses, and ensure compatibility of the software with your specific computer system. You should also ensure that you have a complete and current backup of the information contained on your computer system prior to installing such software. 

Hyperlinks are Not Endorsements
Links to other websites or references to products, services or publications other than those of Unicom Systems Inc., including the bidsUSA Service, do not imply the endorsement or approval of such websites, products, services or publications.

Trademarks Belonging to Unicom Systems Inc. or Other Entities
Certain names, graphics, logos, icons, designs, words, titles or phrases at this website may constitute trade names, trademarks or service marks of Unicom Systems Inc. or other entities. Trademarks may be registered in Canada and in other countries as applicable. The display of trademarks on pages at this website does not imply that a license of any kind has been granted. Any unauthorized downloading, re-transmission or other copying or modification of trademarks and/or the contents herein may be a violation of federal or common law, trademark and/or copyright laws and could subject the copier to legal action.

Copyright
All Information at this site is protected under the copyright laws of Canada and in other countries. In addition, certain information may be copyrighted by others. Unless otherwise specified, no one has permission to copy, redistribute, reproduce or republish in any form, any information found at this website. Inquiries about permission should be directed to Unicom Systems Inc. at e-mail address inquiries@bidsusa.net.

This Agreement was last modified on January 15, 2012.

Unicom Systems (bidsUSA) Privacy Policy 

Unicom Systems Inc., which owns and operates the bidsUSA service, has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. This Privacy Policy must be accepted "As Is" and must not be altered. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the bidsUSA service. 

If you subscribe to the bidsUSA service, we require you to give us contact information such as your name, company name, state or province or country, and e-mail address. We use your contact information to send you e-mail notifications that include bid solicitation summaries based on your saved search criteria. We also use your contact information to send you general announcements, service announcements and other communications related to the bidsUSA service such as potential partnering opportunities with other subscribers. We DO NOT provide your contact information to other third parties for the purpose of mailing lists or any other purpose not related to the bidsUSA Service. Please see our Anti-spam and Unsolicited Commercial E-mail Policy below for more information specifically related to our e-mail address management practices.

We use PayPal for secure on-line payment processing. We do not have access to the credit card information collected by PayPal and do not store credit card numbers or other financial information. Unicom Systems Inc. is Purchase Card Industry (PCI) compliant.

PayPal has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under their control. All sensitive information collected is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). PayPal requires that Cookies are enabled to use their service. Please refer to PayPal's security and privacy policy for more information on their practices.

We use Cookies and/or Javascript/ActiveScript to provide you with additional functionality when using the bidsUSA service. We also use Cookies and/or Javascript/ActiveScript for conversion tracking of our advertisements placed through Google and Microsoft. If you want to disable conversion tracking cookies, you can set your browser to block cookies.

We use your Internet Protocol (IP) address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website. Your IP address is used to help identify you and to gather broad demographic information. 

This website contains links to other sites. Unicom Systems Inc. is not responsible for the security practices, privacy practices or the content of such websites.

This Privacy Policy was last modified on January 15, 2012.

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Unicom Systems Inc. Anti-spam and Unsolicited Commercial E-mail Policy

Unicom Systems Inc., which owns and operates bidsUSA, has a strict Anti-spam and Unsolicited Commercial E-mail Policy. In order to ensure high quality communications that you genuinely value, we employ the following double opt-in/opt out and list management standards: 

Double opt-in means that: 
- You submit your information, including your e-mail address, to us through an on-line form. In order to successfully submit your information you must agree and express consent to receive e-mail messages from Unicom Systems (bidsUSA) by clicking a checkbox in that on-line form.
- We send an e-mail message to the address you submitted requesting that you click a link in that message to confirm that the e-mail address is bona fide, belongs to you and that you wish to receive automatic e-mail notifications from us. 

Opt out means that: 
- Every notification from bidsUSA provides instructions for deactivating automatic notifications from us. If you deactivate notifications, we still maintain your account information and saved search criteria which allows you to reactivate automatic e-mail notifications in the future and also to use some other features of bidsUSA.  You can log in to bidsUSA at any time to deactivate or reactivate e-mail notifications. After logging into bidsUSA, simply click the "Update your account information including name, organization, e-mail address, password and whether or not you wish to receive e-mail notifications" link, set the "E-mail notification" field to "ON" or "OFF" as desired and then Submit your changes. 

- Every notification from bidsUSA provides instructions to unsubscribe from the bidsUSA mailing list and have your account information and saved search criteria flagged for complete removal and deletion from the bidsUSA database. If you unsubscribe from the bidsUSA mailing list and flag your account and saved search criteria for complete removal and deletion from the bidsUSA database, you will be unable to log in to your account and we will cease sending messages of any kind to you. You can also log in to bidsUSA at any time to unsubscribe from the bidsUSA mailing list and have your account information and saved search criteria flagged for complete removal and deletion from the bidsUSA database. After logging in to bidsUSA, simply click the "Unsubscribe from the bidsUSA mailing list and flag your account information and saved search criteria for complete removal and deletion from the bidsUSA database." link and then follow the on-line instructions.

- In order to comply with the strict policies of many major e-mail and network service providers, Unicom Systems Inc. is obligated to disable accounts with e-mail addresses that result in undeliverable messages or "hard bounces" after messages are sent to those e-mail addresses from Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service. A failure on the part of Unicom Systems Inc. to comply with these strict policies carries the risk of having all e-mail messages to all users being blocked by the service providers.

If Unicom Systems Inc. receives undeliverable notices after sending messages to you, your bidsUSA account may be suspended. Please note that Unicom Systems Inc. may receive undeliverable notices for a variety of reasons including but not limited to temporary problems with your network or e-mail server, your inbox is over quota, your e-mail address is no longer active, and/or your e-mail service provider or anti-spam software is blocking messages from Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service.

Once your account has been suspended, Unicom Systems Inc. and/or the bidsUSA Service will cease sending any further messages to you and you will be unable to log in to the bidsUSA Service. If your account has been suspended, you will need to contact Unicom Systems Inc. at inquiries@bidsusa.net to have your account reactivated.

- If you are receiving spam or Unsolicited Commercial E-mail messages that appear to be from Unicom Systems Inc. or bidsUSA, please report it to abuse@unicom-systems.com. 

This Anti-spam and Unsolicited Commercial E-mail Policy was last modified on June 30, 2014.

Contacting Us 
If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, Unsolicited Commercial E-mail Policy or the practices of our company you can contact: 
Administration Manager
Unicom Systems
8011 Melburn Drive
Mission, British Columbia
Canada    V2V 7B6
E-mail: inquiries@unicom-systems.com


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