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FICPA E-Commerce Business Policy
The Florida Institute of CPAs asserts the following for electronic commerce transactions on its website:
Deborah L. Curry, CPA, CGMA
Use of Mailing Lists
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A cookie cannot be used to get data from your hard drive, get your email address or steal sensitive information about you. The cookies used for all FICPA web services store very basic information in order to allow the web database to function within an application. This information includes the member's FICPA number and an encrypted computer code that can only be read by the FICPA web database. For security reasons and as part of FICPA policy, cookies do not store names, personal information, or credit card numbers.
You may set your browser to alert you every time a cookie is offered. Then you may decide whether to accept that cookie. However, refusal of certain cookies used in FICPA web applications will cause the web application not to work.
Copyright and Trademark Notice
The contents of all material available on this Internet site are copyrighted by the FICPA unless otherwise indicated. Copyright is not claimed as to any part of an original work prepared by a U.S. or state government officer or employee as part of that person's official duties. All rights are reserved by the FICPA and content may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, or transferred in any form or by any means, except with the prior written permission of the FICPA, or as indicated below.
Members of the FICPA may download pages or other content for their own use, consistent with the mission and purpose of the FICPA on a single computer. However, no part of such content may be otherwise or subsequently reproduced, downloaded, or disseminated, published, or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written permission of, and with attribution to the FICPA. Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law subject to criminal and civil penalties.
Legal Notice and Disclaimer
Any technical information contained herein provided to the FICPA by FICPA members makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this Internet site. The FICPA does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficacy, and timeliness. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the FICPA.
The FICPA (including its employees and agents) assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from the use of the information herein, or from use of the information obtained at linked Internet addresses, or in any respect for the content of such information, including (but not limited to) errors or omissions, the accuracy or reasonableness of factual or scientific assumptions, studies or conclusions, the defamatory nature of statements, ownership of copyright or other intellectual property rights, and the violation of property, privacy, or personal rights of others. The FICPA is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on such information. No guarantees or warranties, including (but not limited to) any express or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular use or purpose, are made by the FICPA with respect to such information.
Links to Other Websites
At certain places on this FICPA website, live 'links' to other Internet addresses can be accessed. Such external Internet addresses contain information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the FICPA. The FICPA does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external Internet addresses and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of information located at such addresses. Use of any information obtained from such addresses is voluntary, and reliance on it should only by undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficacy, and timeliness. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the FICPA.
FICPA website was created to share CPA-related information and experience with other FICPA members in a professional manner. This is not an area for posting job announcements, marketing products or soliciting resumes. There are no extra fees or charges associated with using this service.
Please remember: The FICPA website is a PUBLIC FORUM. Your comments/posts may be seen by Internet users around the world, and you are responsible for your comments/posts.
When posting comments on FICPA website, please keep in mind that YOU CAN BE HELD LEGALLY LIABLE FOR WHAT YOU WRITE. For example, if you post defamatory comments about someone, you may be held legally accountable for them.
The FICPA has sole discretion in determining which posts are appropriate for inclusion on its FICPA websites and reserves the right (but disclaims any obligation) to remove from the them any message the FICPA deems inappropriate and to exclude any participant the FICPA feels has posted inappropriate messages or materials.
Collecting email addresses from FICPA websites for the purpose of solicitation or "spamming" will not be tolerated. Persons found in violation of this policy may have their access to FICPA website blocked.
The FICPA website is designed to provide a forum for exchange and dialogue. Participants, however, are encouraged to report abuse to firstname.lastname@example.org if the abuse has occured in a group of FICPA Connect. Should you have a question or comment, please contact the FICPA directly. If needed, the Member Service Center (email@example.com) will provide contact information for the appropriate staff person.
By using the FICPA website, you accept these conditions and agree not to knowingly engage in any unauthorized or illegal discussions or violate the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and to adhere to FICPA policies when using this service, including but not limited to:
You agree to release Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its advertisers from any liability arising from messages posted by anyone on any FICPA website and you agree to release, hold harmless, indemnify and defend the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its advertisers from any and all legal or civil actions and penalties and costs, including without limitation attorneys’ fees, arising from messages you have posted on FICPA website.
WARNING: Files sent via the chat or through the board are not screened by anti-virus software. For your protection, you should not open attachments from users you do not know that you can trust. In addition, your computer should have anti-virus software to detect any Internet born viruses or malicious code.
Attribution: Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., Attorney, Kharasch, Morse & Garfinkle, P.C., is a member of the ASAE Finance & Administration and Legal sections.