Using the website of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) implies that you have read and accepted the terms and conditions as they stand when you access it. These terms and conditions are described below. Furthermore, using certain services that are made available on this official site may be subject to conditions, disclaimers or special instructions that users must read and accept fully.
Using the official UPC website is free of charge. Nonetheless, some of the services that are made available on this website may be subject, currently or in the future, to a fee that will be duly published.
User credentials are to be used exclusively by their owner, who is responsible for storing them, protecting their confidentiality and using them appropriately.
The UPC shall not be responsible for any damages resulting from the use of these credentials by third parties, whether the owner of these credentials is aware of this unauthorised use or not.
Modifications by users
In general, users are not allowed to modify any of the web pages that make up the UPC website or any of their content.
Restrictions on access and use
Using the official UPC website is subject to the general conditions outlined herein and any applicable legal provisions.
2. Intellectual and industrial property rights
The name Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, as well as other distinctive signs (whether image or text) that appear on this website, are the exclusive property of the UPC and are registered as such. In accordance with Art. 34 of Law 34 of Law 17/2001, of 17 December, on trademarks, and any other national legislation that may be applicable, this ownership implies the exclusive right to use these distinctive signs in the course of trade. Unauthorised use of these signs by third parties is therefore not permitted.
Any use on this website of distinctive signs subject to a different ownership to that indicated in the preceding paragraph must be authorised by their legitimate owners, and any exclusivity rights must be respected.
As outlined in the preceding section, the domain names “.upc.edu”, “.upc.es” and “.upc.cat” and any that are used to access this official website directly are the exclusive property of the UPC. Unauthorised use of these domain names in the course of trade is an infringement of the rights conferred by their registration and will be prosecuted by the means provided by law.
Content, text, photographs, designs, logos, images, sounds, videos, animations, recordings, computer software, source code and, in general, any intellectual creation on this official website, as well as the website as a multimedia artwork, are protected by intellectual property laws.
Freeware that is not owned by the UPC that users can download from various web pages belonging to this site is exempt from this protection. Furthermore, this freeware is in the public domain in accordance with the authors’ wishes.
The user is expressly authorised by the UPC to view, print, copy and store, in any form, on a hard drive or other physical drive, the protected intellectual creations and any other content or asset, whether or not subject to exclusivity rights, on this website, provided that these actions are taken for personal, private or non-commercial purposes, and without the intention to distribute any of the material or to modify, alter or decompile said rights and content. This right to personal use is recognised as long as the warnings about intellectual and industrial property rights outlined in these conditions are kept intact and the award of a licence is not involved.
Furthermore, museums, libraries, sound libraries, film libraries and archives, whether publicly owned or belonging to cultural or scientific institutions, are not required to request the UPC’s authorisation to reproduce any of the content or, in general, any intellectual creation or asset on this official website, whether or not protected by exclusivity rights, when this is done for non-commercial reasons and solely for research purposes.
Any other use requires the express written authorisation of the UPC.
Right to take legal action
Users of this website shall respect the aforementioned rights and avoid any action that might violate those rights.
For the purposes outlined herein, unauthorised use of the UPC’s industrial and intellectual property rights associated with this website, as well as any violation of the peaceful possession and ownership of said rights, will be prosecuted according to the provisions of Spanish and international law.
The UPC may take any action, whether civil or criminal, to protect its legitimate intellectual and industrial property rights.
Users of the website may encounter links leading to independent web pages. The sole purpose of these links is to facilitate access to other sources of information on culture and education, and their inclusion in this website respects any intellectual property rights that may be held by the authors. The UPC declines any responsibility for their content or the services offered, or for the integrity or veracity of that content.
Other websites that wish to link to the UPC website must request authorisation for this link and meet the following conditions.
a) The link must identify the source.
b) The result of clicking on the link must be communication with the UPC website or any of its web pages but not the incorporation of their content in the web page in question.
c) The UPC’s intellectual and industrial property rights must be respected; therefore, the web page is question must not incorporate distinctive symbols, logos, search engines, etc. that belong to the University.
d) The UPC must reciprocally be able to link to the web page in question from its web page if it so wishes.
If these conditions are breached, or for other reasons, the UPC may revoke its authorisation without being liable for compensation.
4. Exemption from liability
Information: information on the website “www.upc.edu” is provided “as is” with no warranty that it is exact or up to date, except when the prevailing legislation so requires. As a result, the UPC shall not be held responsible for any harm that may result from the use of this information. Similarly, it shall not be held responsible for the lawfulness of content provided by suppliers, users and other third parties in their use of the website. In any event, the UPC shall be diligent in its efforts to counter the appearance of illegal content on its website, and should it become aware of such content it shall delete it or prevent access to it.
Errors: in relation to the foregoing paragraph, documents published on the website may inadvertently contain technical inconsistencies or typographic errors, for which the UPC shall not be held responsible; it will, however, endeavour to correct these errors as soon as it becomes aware of them.
Hyperlinks: the links featured on this website, whether or not for advertising purposes, allow users to leave the UPC website. The pages linked to are not, unless otherwise specified, related to the UPC, nor shall the UPC be held responsible for their content, any modification of this content, their use or their technical availability. In any event, the UPC shall endeavour to prevent any links on its website to illegal content, content promoting illegal activities or, in general, content that may undermine principles of human freedom and dignity or violate the values and rights recognised in the Spanish Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If it becomes aware of the existence of links to sites containing illegal content, the UPC shall act immediately to remove them.
Debating forums: the UPC will not be held responsible for the views expressed in the various permanent forums and occasional online gatherings that take place on the site. It is in any case the aim of the UPC to ensure that they are used properly, respecting the principles of human dignity and freedom of expression enshrined in the Spanish Constitution.
Modification of content: the information, presentation and services offered on this website may change, periodically or occasionally, and the UPC is free to make any changes without being obliged to inform users.
Privacy: the UPC does not guarantee absolute privacy in the use of this website, because of the possibility that unauthorised third parties may be aware of the information and the circumstances in which it is put together.
Security and viruses: the UPC shall not accept any responsibility for any harm caused by authorised access, attacks, intrusions or computer viruses, the absence of which is not totally guaranteed by the security measures taken by the UPC.
Technical faults: the UPC shall not be held responsible for the malfunction of the website and its services resulting from accidental circumstances, force majeure, essential maintenance or other causes that cannot be attributed to it.
Although most browsers accept cookies automatically, users can configure their browsers to prevent access to their computers.
Proxy cache server
The UPC informs users that it may have implemented a service known as proxy cache server, the aim of which is the intermediate storage of web pages and ftp files to improve network performance and to check that they pose no threat to the corporate network. Log files for this service, which contain only the URLs requested by IP addresses, are deleted regularly in accordance with computer security regulations. The UPC shall not hand over the information contained therein except in the case that it is legally required to do so.
Monitoring and logging
The UPC informs users that it has monitoring systems in place that register users’ IP addresses and their activities on the UPC network. The aim of these monitoring systems is to manage services, provide statistics and ensure the security of information systems. In high-risk situations they identify the affected computers and allow them to be isolated from the network until normal functioning is resumed.
When a user decides to follow the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya on the social networks Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., or when they share our content on these networks, they accept not only the privacy policies of our university in this area but also those of the social network service provider, including those relating to the processing of personal data under the laws and jurisdiction of the provider’s country.
6. Personal data protection
The UPC hereby informs users of this website that it may create an automated file of the personal details provided as a result of using this website, in strict accordance with data protection law.
Users must guarantee the veracity and authenticity of the information and personal details that they provide while using the website. Users must keep their information and personal details up to date at all times. Any false or inaccurate statement made as a result of the information and personal details given, and any liability that results therein, are the responsibility of the users.
In accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/99, of 13 December, on personal data protection, users are hereby informed that personal data are collected and filed in a database, for which the rector of the UPC is responsible.
Users may at any time exercise the right to access, rectify, cancel or object to the personal details collected and stored by the UPC by writing to the person in charge of personal data security at the UPC. Exercising this right will not affect your access to the web page and any associated membership conditions.
The data stored may be used to feed statistics and market research, provide users with scientific and academic information and deal with any computer problems that might arise, in addition to the specific purposes for which they may have been collected.
If necessary, personal information provided by users can be communicated to a third party for the purposes outlined above, in accordance with the provisions of articles 11 and 21 of Organic Law 15/1999 on personal data protection, for which the interest party’s consent must be sought.
By providing the UPC with personal information, users accept, fully and without reservations, the processing of this information by the UPC.
The UPC shall meet its obligation to protect the secrecy of the personal information it processes, and hereby expresses its intention to take technical and organisational measures to guarantee the security of this information and prevent it from being altered, lost, processed or accessed without authorisation, considering the state of the technology involved, the nature of the information stored and the risks to which it is exposed, whether as a result of human action or the physical or natural medium.
7. Termination of services
Although the duration of this website is, in principle, indefinite, the UPC reserves the right to suspend or finalise the provision of some or all of its services without being obliged to inform users.
8. Applicable laws and jurisdiction
Any dispute relating to the UPC website must be tried by the Spanish jurisdiction and the parties must submit to the courts and tribunals of Barcelona and to their superiors, expressly waiving their right to any other jurisdiction.