Terms of Use

Last Modified: September 15, 2022

Acceptance of the Terms of Use

These Terms of Use are between A-LIGN Compliance and Security, Inc. (“A-LIGN Compliance,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) and you (“You” or “Your”). These Terms of Use contain terms that apply to Your use of A-LIGN Compliance’s proprietary compliance management software system (“A-SCEND”) and are in addition to the terms set out in the Master Services Agreement between You and A-LIGN Compliance or Price and Associates CPAs, LLC, d/b/a A-LIGN ASSURANCE (“A-LIGN ASSURANCE”) or other agreement with ALIGN Compliance or A-LIGN ASSURANCE governing the provision of services to You (the “Agreement”). If You are entering into these Terms of Use on behalf of a company or entity, then You represent that you have the legal authority to bind that company or entity to these Terms of Use, in which case the terms “You” and “Your” in these Terms of Use shall refer to such company or entity.

By using A-SCEND or by clicking to accept or agree to the Terms of Use when this option is made available to You, You accept and agree to be bound and abide by these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy, found at https://www.A-LIGN.com/privacy-policy/, and our Cookie Policy, found at https://www.A-LIGN.com/cookie-policy/, incorporated herein by reference. If You do not want to agree to these Terms of Use or the Privacy Policy or the Cookie Policy, You must not access or use A-SCEND.

Changes to the Terms of Use

We may revise and update these Terms of Use from time to time in our sole discretion by notifying you of such changes by any reasonable means, including by posting a revised Terms of Use at this site. The “Last Modified” legend above indicates when these Terms of Use were last changed. All changes are effective the date on which we posted the revised Terms of Use incorporating such changes or otherwise notified You of such changes. Those changes will not apply to a dispute arising prior to the date on which we posted the revised Terms of Use incorporating such changes or otherwise notified You of such changes.  Your continued use of A-SCEND following the posting of revised Terms of Use means that You accept and agree to the changes.

Accessing A-SCEND and Account Security

We have the right to disable, suspend or modify A-SCEND, and any service or material we provide through the A-SCEND platform, in our sole discretion without notice. We will not be liable if for any reason all or any part of A-SCEND is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some or all of A-SCEND or to users.

You are responsible for both:

  • Making all arrangements necessary for You to have access to A-SCEND; and
  • Ensuring that all persons who access A-SCEND through Your internet connection are aware of these Terms of Use and comply with them. You agree that A-LIGN Compliance is not obligated to inquire as to the authority or propriety of any use or action taken under your password and will not be responsible to You or any third party for any loss that arises from such use or action.

You agree that all information You provide to register with A-SCEND or otherwise, including, but not limited to, through the use of any interactive features on A-SCEND, is governed by our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy, and You consent to all actions we take with respect to Your information consistent with our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

If You choose, or are provided with, a user name, password, or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, You must treat such information as confidential, and You must not disclose it to any other person or entity. You also acknowledge that Your account is personal to You and agree not to provide any other person with access to A-SCEND or portions of it using Your user name, password, or other security information. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of Your user name or password or any other breach of security. You also agree to ensure that You exit from Your account at the end of each session. You should use particular caution when accessing Your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record Your password or other personal information.

Prohibited Uses

You agree that when using A-SCEND or submitting any materials, content or information to A-SCEND, You will not:

a) except as expressly permitted by these Terms of Use or the Agreement, permit any third party to access or use A-SCEND or its content, or use it on behalf of any third party (which includes operating any form of facility on behalf of any third party or operating as a service bureau or similar service);

b) copy, translate, modify, adapt or create derivative works from A-SCEND or its content;

c) create Internet “links” to A-SCEND or any of its content, or “frame” or “mirror” A-SCEND or any of its content on any other server or wireless or Internet-based device;

d) attempt to discover or gain access to the source code for A-SCEND or reverse engineer, modify, decrypt, extract, disassemble or decompile the software it employs (except to the extent that You are permitted to do so under applicable law in circumstances under which A-LIGN Compliance is not lawfully entitled to restrict or prevent the same, provided A-LIGN Compliance is given prompt advance notice of Your intention to do so);

e) attempt to interfere with the proper working of A-SCEND and, in particular, must not attempt to circumvent security, license control or other protection mechanisms, or tamper with, hack into or otherwise disrupt A-SCEND or any associated website, computer system, server, router or any other internet-connected device;

f) rent, lease, lend, pledge, or directly or indirectly transfer or distribute A-SCEND or any of its content to any third party,

g) obscure, modify, amend or remove any copyright notice, trade mark or other proprietary marking or notice on, or visible during the operation or use of, A-SCEND or any of its content;

h) use A-SCEND to upload, store, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any content that infringes any intellectual property rights or data protection, privacy or other rights of any other person, is defamatory or in breach of any contractual duty or any obligation of confidence, is obscene, sexually explicit, threatening, inciteful of violence or hatred, blasphemous, discriminatory (on any ground), or that does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

i) access data not intended for You or log onto an account that You are not authorized to use; or

j) use A- SCEND or any of its content in a manner that is inconsistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations.

Intellectual Property Rights

A-SCEND and its entire contents, features, and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof) are owned by A-LIGN Compliance, its licensors, or other providers of such material and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws. You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store, or transmit A-SCEND or any of the material on A-SCEND.

If You print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to any part of A-SCEND in breach of the Terms of Use, Your right to use A-SCEND will stop immediately and You must, at our option, return and/or securely destroy any copies of the materials You have made. No right, title, or interest in or to A-SCEND or any content on A-SCEND is transferred to You, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by the A-LIGN Compliance. Any use of A-SCEND not expressly permitted by these Terms of Use is a breach of these Terms of Use and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.

Third Party Content, Services and Websites

A-SCEND may enable You to link to, transfer Your content to, or otherwise access third parties’ websites, platforms, content, products, services or information (“Third Party Services”).  We do not control and are not responsible for such Third Party Services.  You are solely responsible for complying with the terms of access and use of Third Party Services.  If You transfer or cause the transfer of Your content from A-SCEND to a Third Party Service or other location, that transfer constitutes a distribution by You and not by us.

Feedback

You may, from time to time, provide suggestions, comments, feedback or other input (“Feedback”) with respect to A-SCEND.  For all Feedback, You hereby grant to A-LIGN Compliance and its affiliates a worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid-up, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable and fully sublicensable license, without additional consideration to You or any third party, to reproduce, distribute, perform and display (publicly or otherwise), create derivative works of, adapt, modify and otherwise use, analyze and exploit such Feedback, in any format or media now known or hereafter developed, and for any purpose. 

Third Party Advertising

We may permit third party online advertising networks to collect information about Your use of A-SCEND over time so that they may display ads that may be relevant to your interests on A-SCEND or our website(s) as well as on other websites or apps.

Information About You and Your Visits to A-SCEND

All information we collect on A-SCEND is subject to our Privacy Policy and our Cookie Policy. By using A-SCEND, You consent to all actions taken by us with respect to Your information in compliance with the Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Disclaimer

YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WE CANNOT AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THAT FILES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING FROM A-SCEND OR ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE CODE. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING SUFFICIENT PROCEDURES AND CHECKPOINTS TO SATISFY YOUR PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTI-VIRUS PROTECTION AND ACCURACY OF DATA INPUT AND OUTPUT, AND FOR MAINTAINING A MEANS EXTERNAL TO A-SCEND FOR ANY RECONSTRUCTION OF ANY LOST OR UNRECOVERABLE DATA. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR RECOVERING OR PROVIDING TO YOU ANY CONTENT UPLOADED OR POSTED ON A-SCEND.  YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE INTERNET MAY BE POTENTIALLY ACCESSED BY UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTIES AND THAT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTIES WILL NOT ACCESS THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON A-SCEND.   

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUSES, OR OTHER TECHNOLOGICALLY HARMFUL MATERIAL THAT MAY INFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA, OR OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIAL DUE TO YOUR USE OF A-SCEND, ITS CONTENT OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH A-SCEND OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON IT, OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT.

YOUR USE OF A-SCEND, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH A-SCEND OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. A-SCEND, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH A-SCEND ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER A-LIGN COMPLIANCE NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH A-LIGN COMPLIANCE MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY, INTEROPERABILITY, COMPATIBILITY OR AVAILABILITY OF A-SCEND, ITS CONTENT, OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH A-SCEND OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER A-LIGN COMPLIANCE NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH A-LIGN COMPLIANCE REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT A-SCEND, ITS CONTENT, OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH A-SCEND OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT (I) WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE, OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, (II) WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR (III) WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, A-LIGN COMPLIANCE HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.