1.1 “VITAMIN G” and the associated website VITAMIN G.com and/or its subpages are operated by VITAMIN G Germany (hereinafter also referred to simply as “VITAMIN G”, “we”, “us” or similarly). Persons who have registered on the website of VITAMIN G by setting up a Profile (see 1.3) are hereinafter referred to as “Users”, “you”, or similarly.
1.2 “VITAMIN G” is an Internet portal allowing people to contact each other and make arrangements in order to realize projects and other enterprises together or talk about common hobbies. We put the main emphasis on international making of contact. VITAMIN G considers itself to be a “Connection Platform on the Internet”. The Users of VITAMIN G have the option of finding people in order to realize a common interest. This means that people (Users) registered at VITAMIN G can themselves make contact with other appropriate Users and make all further arrangements themselves. VITAMIN G offers a limited range of support during this process. More detailed information is provided in Sections 4 and 5 of these Terms of Service.
1.3 “Profile” within the meaning of these Terms of Service refers to a personal page at VITAMIN G, which each User may design using their own texts. The User has the opportunity to present him- or herself there and to put down what he/she expects from the desired potential Contact Partner.
1.4 “Standard Messages” and “Personal Messages” within the meaning of these Terms of Service are electronic messages, which can be exchanged between Users using the VITAMIN G messaging system. Standard Messages consist of pre-formulated messages. These can be used by a User to indicate to another User whether he/she is in principle interested in connecting to another User. Personal Messages consist of messages where the User is supported in designing their content through standardized components, but is additionally able to personalize them.
2.1 These Terms of Service apply to the use of VITAMIN G. By registering, the User accepts these Terms of Service. However, individual arrangements between you and us always have priority before the Terms of Service. Deviating terms of service that have not been expressly acknowledged by us in writing are not binding for us.
3.1 Registration as a User at VITAMIN G is free of charge. However, if there is an infringement of these Terms of Service, VITAMIN G reserves the right to exclude the user concerned from further use.
3.2 Each registration must be carried out personally by the relevant User. Registration on behalf of a third party is not permitted.
3.3 The data requested during registration is to be provided in full and correctly, in other words first name and surname and a valid e-mail address.
3.4 Registration is permitted only by natural persons of legal age.
3.5 Registration is permitted only for the purposes of contacting people involving the registered person. Registration for other purposes (e.g. for direct or indirect commercial placement of adverts promoting services or products etc.) is expressly forbidden.
3.6 VITAMIN G reserves the right to refuse or delete registrations without any prior discussion and without indicating any reasons.
4. Features available to all Users
4.1 All Users may currently for example:
customize their Profile independently to suit their requirements and personalize it with text and photos.
4.2 The “EasyFind” feature provides all Users with a constantly updated, personalized recommendation list of other matching Users. In addition, all Users are notified on a regular basis by e-mail (“Daily Update”) about other matching Users who have recently registered.
4.3 The offer of VITAMIN G is however not static, but is continuously being developed further and adjusted. This means that new features can be introduced or existing ones removed at any time. Naturally the User will be notified of the planned shut-down of major features with an appropriate notice period by e-mail.
5. Code of Conduct for registered Users
5.1 All the services provided by VITAMIN G are exclusively intended for the personal use of the relevant User. Passing access to the use of the services on to a third party (passing on access data, the password etc.) is forbidden.
5.2 Data made accessible to the relevant User (in particular contact data and personal information) of au pairs or host families is to be treated in the strictest confidence and must not be published elsewhere (in particular on other websites or in other media) or disclosed to a third party in another form. Transmitting the contact information to other Users or a third party is not permitted.
5.3 Every User is obliged to comply with the rules described in the Code of Conduct.
5.4 Every User must ensure that the content of his/her Profile does not violate statutory provisions or any restrictions imposed by public authorities or offend morality.
5.5 The User is solely responsible for the content, in particular the accuracy and legal permissibility of the latter, of the Profiles displayed on VITAMIN G as well as the text entered or pictures uploaded. Any inaccuracies or negligence in the Profiles published on VITAMIN G are exclusively the responsibility of the relevant User. The User is also solely responsible for the conversations held via the messaging system with others. The User is obliged to protect the rights and interests of other Users or other third parties, in particular their personal rights. VITAMIN G can never be held responsible for the accuracy of any information regarding a person displayed here.
5.6 The use of VITAMIN G is permitted only for the purpose referred to in Section 3.5 The data acquired through use must be used only for the purpose referred to in Section 3.5.
5.7 The use of the services provided by VITAMIN G can be tied by VITAMIN G to certain conditions, e.g. verification of the registration data or contact and address data through submission of the relevant documentation. Furthermore VITAMIN G retains the right in general, in particular in the event of a complaint by a User, to request the User to make a statement. VITAMIN G may decide to no longer display the Profile of the User concerned to other Users and restrict or completely exclude the options for use for this User. If a requested statement is not provided, VITAMIN G will usually prohibit the further use of VITAMIN G by this User on a permanent basis.
6. Scope of services
6.1 The options for use mentioned in these Terms of Service apply subject to technical availability and according to the current state of the art. VITAMIN G will provide an online service meeting the standard state of the art. However, the User is aware that completely error-free programs are not possible according to the present state of the art. In addition, Users are aware that the desired data might not always be available, or possibly not be available at all.
6.2 There is no entitlement to the options for use described. The registered User is not entitled to use VITAMIN G in the event of a system failure. This also does not give rise to any claims for damages.
7.1 VITAMIN G is responsible for providing the technical means required to establish contact between Users in general. We do not guarantee that Users are registered on VITAMIN G that will match each other when the search criteria are compared. VITAMIN G assumes no liability for the accuracy of the data provided by Users or the availability of Users. VITAMIN G will therefore not be liable if no contact is established within the period of use.
7.2 VITAMIN G is not obliged to verify the Profiles of Users for any adverse effects on the rights of a third party. As soon as legal infringements become known to us, we will exclude from our website the User who infringes the rights of others.
7.3 VITAMIN G points out that all data published on the Internet can be copied. VITAMIN G will make every effort to make this as difficult as possible. VITAMIN G will however not be liable if Profile data published on VITAMIN G is copied and published elsewhere. The User is obliged to release and hold harmless VITAMIN G from any claims by third parties arising in any manner from the publication of the User’s Profile.
7.4 The User is obliged to compensate VITAMIN G for any damage or loss which is and/or will be incurred by VITAMIN G in any manner from the display and/or use of his/her Profile, unless the User is not responsible for this damage or loss.
8.1 The liability of VITAMIN G is excluded and/or limited from damages from the injury to life, limb or health, inasmuch as these do not arise from a wilful or negligent contractual breach by VITAMIN G or a wilful or negligent contractual breach by the legal representatives or agents of VITAMIN G.
8.2 Our liability is excluded and/or limited for other damages, inasmuch as these do not arise from a wilful or grossly negligent contractual breach by VITAMIN G or a wilful or grossly negligent contractual breach by the legal representatives or agents of VITAMIN G.
8.3 You are obligated to take all actions that are necessary and can reasonably be expected of you to prevent and minimize damages. The breach of this obligation can be classified as contributory negligence and lead to a corresponding reduction of any claim to compensation that you may have (see Section 254 of the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, BGB).
8.4 Please note that VITAMIN G only provides a platform, on which Users can enter into contact with each other. VITAMIN G will in particular make texts available thereby which express the relevant valid regulations and legislation as far as VITAMIN G is aware. The sole purpose of this is to provide information to Users. VITAMIN G does not assume any liability or provide any guarantees that this information is complete, correct or accurate.
8.5 We emphasize that we do not personally know the Users. Lacking our own knowledge, we cannot give any guarantees that the Users are trustworthy and keep their promises. Each User must decide for his-/herself when and with whom the respective User would like to make contact. We cannot influence whether the associated contact between Users will then proceed satisfactorily, develop positively or – in contrast – cause damages to either side.
8.6 Furthermore, VITAMIN G may not be held responsible if an relationship between Users does not come about or not in the manner originally desired.
9. Termination/Cancellation of use
9.1 Each User may deactivate his/her Profile at any time and in doing so remove it from being displayed to all the other Users. Deactivated Profiles are deleted automatically and irretrievably if no use of such Profiles is made for a period of several weeks. This also applies to any conversations in the messaging system stored under these Profiles.
10. Exclusion from use by VITAMIN G
10.1 In the event of an infringement of these Terms of Service, the Code of Conduct, morality, the rights and statutory provisions applicable in the European Union, or the rights of a third party, or if VITAMIN G has another justified interest, VITAMIN G may exclude individual Users from use of the services at any time without stating any reasons. The same applies if the User does not agree to the data privacy declaration or cancels this at a later date.
10.2 As soon as a User has been excluded, this User may no longer use VITAMIN G. The excluded User may not register again.
11. General notes
11.1 Noticing and correcting input errors
An effective and technically available means of noticing input errors is, for example, the enlargement function on your browser’s display. This enlargement function is also called the “Zoom” function in some browsers. When entering information, please check whether what you have entered also corresponds with what you intend on entering. In the case of doubt, please simply cancel the procedure. In the case of erroneous entry, please correct your entry. Please contact us at any time, should you have any questions. We will gladly help you in noticing and correcting input errors.
11.2 No subjection to codes of conduct
We are not subject to any codes of conduct.
12. Final provisions
12.1 VITAMIN G reserves the right to amend these Terms of Service at any time without stating any reasons. Any amendments to the Terms of Service will be indicated to the User before every log-in and made accessible to him. The amended sections of the Terms of Service will be clearly indicated by VITAMIN G for at least two weeks. At every log-in the User accepts the Terms of Service valid at that time.
12.2 Should one of the above-mentioned provisions be invalid, the validity of the remaining provisions remains unaffected. The User undertakes in this case to agree to a stipulation as close as possible to the ineffective clause in terms of its economic purpose and intention.
The website contains links directing to other websites. As a User You can also set your own links. However, we are not responsible for contents of those linked websites. That also concerns our Website, where we give the User the opportunity to design contents and to modify them.