Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR)

By using or accessing the website or platform of International Friends Community, you agree to this Statement, as updated from time to time in accordance with Section 11 below. Additionally, you will find resources at the end of this document that help you understand how International Friends Community works.

Because International Friends Community provides a wide range of Services, we may ask you to review and accept supplemental terms that apply to your interaction with a specific app, product, or service. To the extent those supplemental terms conflict with this SRR, the supplemental terms associated with the app, product, or service govern with respect to your use of such app, product or service to the extent of the conflict.

  1. Definitions
    1. By "International Friends Community" or ”platforms of International Friends Community” we mean the features and services we make available, including through (a) our websites at including sub-domains, international versions, widgets, and mobile versions; (b) our Platform;and (d) other media, brands, products, services, software (such as a toolbar), devices, or networks now existing or later developed. International Friends Community reserves the right to designate, in its sole discretion, that certain of our brands, products, or services are governed by separate terms and not this SRR.
    2. By "Platform" we mean a set of APIs and services (such as content) that enable others to provide data to us.
    3. By "information" we mean facts and other information about you, including actions taken by users and non-users who interact with International Friends Community.
    4. By "content" we mean anything you or other users post, provide or share using any of the services of International Friends Community.
    5. By "data" or "user data" or "user's data" we mean any data, including a user's content or information that you or third parties can retrieve from any of the platforms of International Friends Community or provide to International Friends Community through Platform.
    6. By "post" we mean put onto any of the platforms of International Friends Community or otherwise make available by using International Friends Community.
    7. By "use" we mean use, run, copy, publicly perform or display, distribute, modify, translate, and create derivative works of.
    8. By "application" we mean any application or website that uses or accesses Platform, as well as anything else that receives or has received data from us.  If you no longer access Platform but have not deleted all data from us, the term application will apply until you delete the data.
  2. Privacy
    1.  Your privacy is very important to us. We designed our Data Protection Policy so that it is in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Law, one of the tightest Data Protection Policies in the World. We encourage you to read the Data Protection Policy, and to use it to help you make informed decisions.  
  3. Sharing Your Content and Information
    1.  You own all of the content and information you post on platforms of the International Friends Community. Please note that as a default, all posts that you make are visible to everyone registered inside the same local platform as where you have made the comment as well as off International Friends Community. In addition:
      1.  For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy settings settable for each content: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on any of the platforms of International Friends Community. This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
      2.  When you delete IP content, it is deleted on the live sites as indicated by you. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (these will not be available to others).
      3.  When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of International Friends Community, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
      4.  We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about International Friends Community, but you understand that we may use your suggestions or advice without any obligation to offer compensation to you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).
  4. Safety
    1.  We do our best to keep International Friends Community platforms safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to keep International Friends Community platforms safe, which includes the following commitments by you:
      1.  You will not post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam),begging for or solicitation of cash/Donations for private or commercial use on any of the platforms of International Friends Community.
      2. You are prohibited to collect users' content or information, or otherwise access any of the platforms of International Friends Community, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers).
      3. You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.
      4. You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
      5. You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user. Any hate speech, which does not conform to the Rules and Regulations of Germany, will be deleted and the author prosecuted according to the laws of Germany.
      6. You will not post content that: is sexually, racial or otherwise discriminatory; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
      7. You will not use any of the platforms of International Friends Community for any actions that may violate your local laws or the laws of Germany (where the servers of International Friends Community are located)
      8. You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of any of the platforms of International Friends Community, such as a denial of service attack or any other Interference with the workings of any of the platforms of International Friends Community.
      9. You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement or our policies.
  5. Registration and Account Security
    1.  Users of any of the platforms of International Friends Community are free to provide whatever Username they like (no real name requirement). Please note that none of the informations that you put on your profile should be misleading so as to break the laws of Germany.
    2.  You will not create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
    3. You will not create more than one personal account.
    4. If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission.
    5. You will not use your personal Newsfeed primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a Business Directory Account for such purposes.
    6.  You will not use any of the platforms of International Friends Community if you are under 18, unless the account is clearly marked to be available to persons aged 18 and under.
    7.  You will not use any of the platforms of International Friends Community with an account marked for persons under 18 years old if you are a convicted sex offender.
    8. You will not share your password, let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.
    9. You will not transfer your account (including any Business Directory Account to anyone without first getting our written permission.
    10. If you select a username or similar identifier for your account or Business Directory Account, we reserve the right to ask you to change the name (in case we receive complaints). 
  6. Payments
    1. If you make a payment on any of the plattforms of International Friends Community, you accept the Payment Terms of International Friends Community.
  7. Protecting Others
    1. One of the main tenets of the platforms of International Friends Community is that they are made for people to find friends. Please follow the rules set out below.
      1. You will not post content or take any action on any of the platforms of International Friends Community that infringes or violates someone else's rights or otherwise violates the law.
      2. We can remove any content or information you post on any of the platforms of International Friends Community if we believe that it violates this Statement or our policies.
      3.  Please report any infringement of your copyright directly to us by either opening up a support query in the ticket system or by contacting us directly.
      4.  If we have removed your content for infringing someone else's copyright, and you believe we removed it by mistake, please contact us over the ticket system and we will consider your appeal.
      5.  If you repeatedly infringe other people's intellectual property rights, we will disable your account at a given time.
      6.  You will not post anyone's Identification Documentation or other personal items on any of the platforms of International Friends Community.
      7.  You will not tag users or send email invitations to non-users without their consent.
  8. Special Provisions Applicable to Advertisers 
    1. If you use our advertisement creation interface, you agree to our Ad Creation Interface Terms.
  9. Special Provisions Applicable to Business Directory Account
    1. If you create or administer a Business Directory account, you agree to our Business Directory Account Terms.
  10. Special Provisions Applicable to our Apps
    1. If you download or use our apps, you agree that from time to time, the software may download and install upgrades, updates and additional features from us in order to improve, enhance, and further develop the software.
    2. You will not modify, decompile, or otherwise attempt to extract source code from us, unless you are expressly permitted to do so under an open source license, or we give you express written permission.
  11. Changes to the Terms and Conditions
    1. We will notify you before we make changes to these terms and give you the opportunity to review and comment on the revised terms before continuing to use our Services.
    2. The changes to the Terms and Conditions will be effective 10 days after you have been notified of the changes. In case you do not accept the Terms and Conditions, you should delete your account. We will explicitly make you aware of the 10 day limit in the notifications that we will send out.
    3.  If we make changes to any of the policies mentioned in this form, we will inform you only if you have opted in to the relevant updated policies.
    4.  Your continued use of any of the platforms of International Friends Community, following notice of the changes to our terms, policies or guidelines, constitutes your acceptance of our amended terms, policies or guidelines.
  12. Termination
    1. If you violate any terms of this agreement or otherwise create risk or possible legal exposure for us, we can stop providing all or part of any platforms of International Friends Community to you (We would inform you via email if that were the case). Such a termination of agreement from our side is only possible if given a reasonable notice period after the timepoint of knowledge of above circumstances. You can also delete your user account. In both cases, this statement will terminate. Only 2.1  will survive.
  13. Disputes
    1. Any claim towards International Friends Community will be resolved at the courts of Munich. The governing law of this agreement is the German law.
    2. If anyone brings a claim against us related to your actions, content or information on any of the platforms of International Friends Community, you will indemnify and hold us harmless from and against all damages, losses, and expenses of any kind (including reasonable legal fees and costs) related to such claim. Although we provide rules for user conduct, we cannot control all and every action of our users cannot be held responsible for the content or information users transmit or share on any of the platforms of International Friends Community. We cannot be responsible for any offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful or otherwise objectionable content or information of any of the users of International Friends Community. We cannot be held responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of any platform of International Friends Community. Please bring any disrespectful behavior to the attention of our staff.
    3.  We try to keep all the platforms of International Friends Community up, bug-free, and safe, but you use it at your own risk. We are providing it as is without any express or implied warranties including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We do not guarantee that any of the platforms of International Friends Community will always be safe, secure or error-free or that any of the platforms of International Friends Community will always function without disruptions, delays or imperfections. International Friends Community is not responsible for the actions, content, information, or data of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties
  14. General etiquette
    1. As International Friends Community stands for a friendly social network that enables Internationals to find their social circle and help them to settle in their new city, the behaviour expected from you when using any of the platforms of International Friends Community are:
      1. No sexual, racial or discriminatory post. The exact definition lies within the remit of the group moderator or the platform administrators.

      2. No sharing of events from outside the platforms of International Friends Community. Either create a community event or get a business directory account.
      3. All events that are created without a business account meet the following criteria:

        1. You yourself are going to the event and you are not part of the organising team of the event
        2. You want to go there together with others
      4. No sales/Advertising on the home page or inside the groups of any platforms of International Friends Community. Please use the marketplace for selling second hand items. Use the Shopify solution of the Business Directory Account if you want to act as a merchant on International Friends Community.

      5. No aggressive posts

      6. English only

      7. Housing offers need to go under the Housing menu in "Useful Stuff".

      8. No Spamming,scams,begging for or solicitation of cash/Donations for private or commercial use.

  15. Other
    1.  This Statement makes up the entire agreement between the parties regarding International Friends Community, and supersedes any prior agreements.
    2. If any portion of this Statement is found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect.
    3. If we fail to enforce any of this Statement, it will not be considered a waiver.
    4.  You will not transfer any of your rights or obligations under this Statement to anyone else without our consent.
    5.  All of our rights and obligations under this Statement are freely assignable by us in connection with a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, or by operation of law or otherwise.
    6.  Nothing in this Statement shall prevent us from complying with the law.

By using or accessing any of the platforms of International Friends Community, you agree that we can collect and use such content and information in accordance with the Data Protection Policy as amended from time to time. You may also want to review the following documents, which provide additional information about your use of the platforms of International Friends Community:

Widerrufsbelehrung Widerrufsrecht

 Sie haben das Recht, binnen vierzehn Tagen ohne Angabe von Gründen diesen Vertrag zu widerrufen. Die Widerrufsfrist beträgt vierzehn Tage ab dem Tag der Bestellung der Dienstleistung.

 Um Ihr Widerrufsrecht auszuüben, müssen Sie uns (International Friends Community UG, Hermann-Lingg Str 16, 80336 München, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) mittels einer eindeutigen Erklärung (z. B. ein mit der Post versandter Brief, Telefax oder E-Mail) über Ihren Entschluss, diesen Vertrag zu widerrufen, informieren. Sie können dafür das beigefügte Muster-Widerrufsformular verwenden, das jedoch nicht vorgeschrieben ist. Zur Wahrung der Widerrufsfrist reicht es aus, dass Sie die Mitteilung über die Ausübung des Widerrufsrechts vor Ablauf der Widerrufsfrist absenden.

Folgen des Widerrufs:

Wenn Sie diesen Vertrag widerrufen, haben wir Ihnen alle Zahlungen, die wir von Ihnen erhalten haben, einschließlich der Lieferkosten (mit Ausnahme der zusätzlichen Kosten, die sich daraus ergeben, dass Sie eine andere Art der Lieferung als die von uns angebotene, günstigste Standardlieferung gewählt haben), unverzüglich und spätestens binnen vierzehn Tagen ab dem Tag zurückzuzahlen, an dem die Mitteilung über Ihren Widerruf dieses Vertrags bei uns eingegangen ist. Für diese Rückzahlung verwenden wir dasselbe Zahlungsmittel, das Sie bei der ursprünglichen Transaktion eingesetzt haben, es sei denn, mit Ihnen wurde ausdrücklich etwas anderes vereinbart; in keinem Fall werden Ihnen wegen dieser Rückzahlung Entgelte berechnet. Wir können die Rückzahlung verweigern, bis wir die Waren wieder zurückerhalten haben oder bis Sie den Nachweis erbracht haben, dass Sie die Waren zurückgesandt haben, je nachdem, welches der frühere Zeitpunkt ist.