TEPHIConnect Terms of Use

Last updated on November 20, 2017.

TEPHIConnect is provided by Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) and is administered by the TEPHINET secretariat based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States at The Task Force for Global Health, Inc. TEPHIConnect is built on the community management software platform Hivebrite. Hivebrite’s contractual relationship with TEPHINET requires them to comply with all applicable laws and use industry standard security measures. TEPHINET processes information about you, including personal data, in accordance with the TEPHIConnect Privacy Policy.

These Terms of Use (“Terms of Use”) are effective as of August 7, 2017. By accessing or using the Community Website (the “Service”), or by logging into the site with your allocated User ID, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use.

Please review these Terms of Use carefully prior to using the Service.  If you do not agree with these Terms of Use, please do not use the Service. 

The Service comprises a suite of online services provided by TEPHINET, including but not limited to:

These Terms of Use govern your use of each component of the Service. 

1.       Copyright; Rules for Submission of Content.  

  1. The Service and any data, text, files, information, usernames, images, graphics, photos, profiles, audio and video clips, sounds, works of authorship, applications, links, and other content or materials (collectively, the “Service Content”) are protected by copyright, trademark and other laws.  As between you and TEPHINET, TEPHINET owns the intellectual property rights in the Service and the Service Content.  You may use the Service and the Service Content only in the manner and for the purposes specified in these Terms of Use.  Except as specifically permitted by these Terms of Use, you may not modify, transmit, produce, distribute, display, sell, license, broadcast, or otherwise make available in any form or by any means any part of the Service or the Service Content without the express written permission of TEPHINET.

  2. You retain ownership of all of your intellectual property rights in any content created, posted, or shared by you, on or through the Service and any personal data, (the “User Content”). TEPHINET does not claim ownership of your User Content.

  3. You represent and warrant that: (i) you own your User Content; (ii) the posting and use of your User Content on or through the Service will not violate, misappropriate or infringe on the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark and/or other intellectual property rights; (iii) you shall pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owed by reason of your User Content; and (iv) you have the legal right and capacity to enter into these Terms of Use in your jurisdiction.

2.         Rules of Conduct 

  1. You affirm that you are at least 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully competent, to use the Service and to enter into and comply with these Terms of Use.  

  2. You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, disturbing, pornographic, or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service.

  3. You may not defame, stalk, bully, abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate people or entities and you must not post private or confidential information via the Service, including, without limitation, your or any other person's credit card information, social security or alternate national identity numbers, non-public phone numbers or non-public email addresses.

  4. You may not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You agree to comply with all laws, rules and regulations (for example, federal, state, local and provincial) applicable to your use of the Service and your User Content, including but not limited to, copyright laws.

  5. You must not interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, including by transmitting any worms, viruses, spyware, malware or any other code of a destructive or disruptive nature. 

  6. You must not create accounts with the Service through unauthorized means, including but not limited to, by using an automated device, script, bot, spider, crawler or scraper.

  7. You must not attempt to restrict another user from using or enjoying the Service and you must not encourage or facilitate violations of these Terms of Use. 

  8. You may only make non-commercial uses of the Service and Service Content.  Use of Service or the Service Content for any commercial, public or political purpose is strictly prohibited.  Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to: (1) activities that are illegal or fraudulent; (2) use that inaccurately implies endorsement, approval, or sponsorship by TEPHINET (or any individual officer or employee of TEPHINET); (3) use that can be confused with official communications of TEPHINET or its officers or employees; and (4) print or electronic mass mailings (sometimes known as "spamming"), solicitations for commercial services.

  9. Certain areas of the Service provide tools for the exchange of ideas and information between users, including in the form of direct messaging. TEPHINET is not responsible or liable for any content, including User Content, that is posted or distributed pursuant to such user to user exchanges.  The views and opinions expressed by users are theirs alone, and are not endorsed by, and should not be ascribed to TEPHINET.  You are solely responsible for all User Content you post, and you assume all risks relating to its use by others and others’ reliance on its accuracy. 

  10. You acknowledge and agree that TEPHINET has no obligation to display, monitor, or take any action with respect to Service Content or User Content.  TEPHINET reserves the right, without the obligation, to edit the Service and to edit, remove, delete or refuse any User Content for any reason without notice to users.  If User Content violates the above standards or any other provision of these Terms of Use, TEPHINET reserves the right to terminate the applicable user’s account and right to use the Service, in addition to any other rights or remedies available.  TEPHINET does not approve or endorse any User Content, and you agree that TEPHINET will have no responsibility or liability in connection with your use of any User Content.  

3.        Privacy; Confidentiality.

  1. TEPHINET agrees to use your User Content in compliance with the privacy policy of the Service, together with any Service-specific data use policies, privacy statements and privacy notices (collectively, “Privacy Policies”). 

  2. TEPHINET will treat your User Content as confidential information in accordance with TEPHINET policies, and only use and disclose it in accordance with these Terms of Use and the Privacy Policies.  

4.                 Limitation of Liability; Indemnification.  




  1. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless TEPHINET and its officers, fellows, governing board members, directors, employees and agents, from and against all claims, actions, suits, damages, liabilities and costs (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees) arising from or relating to your use of the Service or any of the Service Content or your User Content, and/or your failure to comply any provision of these Terms of Use.

5.       User Accounts; Account Termination Policy

  1. You agree to provide accurate and complete information when creating or updating your account.  You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your user account, and you must keep your account password secure.  You agree to notify us immediately at secretariat@tephinet.org of any unauthorized use of your account or other breach of security.  You may not use another’s account without permission.  TEPHINET may terminate your account if you violate any provision of these Terms of Use or fail to comply with requests concerning your account.  User accounts may not be shared, transferred, or sold to other parties, nor are they to be used by or made available to any person or entity except the registered user.

  2. The rights granted to you hereunder will terminate automatically upon any breach by you of these Terms of Use, unless TEPHINET otherwise specifically agrees in writing, but the other provisions of these Terms of Use will survive any such termination.  TEPHINET reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to cease providing any Service Content, to change or discontinue any aspect or element of the Service, or to cease making the Service available.

6.              Miscellaneous

  1. Links to Other Services.  TEPHINET may provide links to websites operated by third parties, including but not limited to, websites operated by TEPHINET, as a convenience for our users. TEPHINET does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content or the use of third-party websites.  If you use third-party sites, you do so solely at your own risk. Links do not imply that TEPHINET is affiliated or associated with any linked site. 

  2. Linking to TEPHIConnect. You may link to the site, provided that you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage TEPHINET’s reputation or take advantage of it. The TEPHIConnect site must not be framed or embedded on any other site.

  3. Use of TEPHINET Names.  Except as specifically permitted by these Terms of Use, you may not use or register any name, logo or insignia of TEPHINET or any of its schools or subdivisions for any purpose except with our prior written approval and in accordance with any restrictions required by TEPHINET.

Governing Law.  These Terms of Use, and any claim or dispute that arises from or relates to your use of the Service, will be governed by the laws of the state of Georgia, without regard to its conflicts of laws principles.  You agree that all such claims and disputes will be heard and resolved exclusively in courts sitting in Dekalb County, Georgia. You consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts over you for this purpose, and waive and agree not to assert any objection to such proceedings in such courts (including any defense or objection of lack of proper jurisdiction or venue or inconvenience of forum).

  1. Change of Terms of Use.  Please note that these Terms of Use are subject to change without notice from time to time. Any changes will be posted to this page. Your use of this Service or any Service Content after any changes have been made will constitute your agreement to the modified Terms of Use.

  2. Severability; Entire Agreement.  If any provision of these Terms of Use is held to be invalid or unenforceable, that provision, to the extent unenforceable, shall be struck, and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions.  Your rights under these Terms of Use are personal, non-exclusive and non-transferable.  Headings are for reference purposes only and in no way define or limit the scope or extent of any provision of these Terms of Use.  TEPHINET’s failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.  Except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms of Use, nothing herein shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.  These Terms of Use set forth the entire understanding and agreement between you and TEPHINET with respect to the subject matter hereof.

Questions or Concerns – Contact Details

If you have any questions about TEPHIConnect, these terms of use, or any concerns about material appearing on TEPHIConnect, or if you would like to make use of such material other than that set out in these terms of use, please contact TEPHINET at secretariat@tephinet.org.

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TEPHConnect Privacy Policy (Last updated on November 20, 2017)

This is the privacy policy for users of the TEPHIConnect website (also referred to within this statement as “the website” or “the site”), tephiconnect.org. TEPHIConnect is provided by Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) and is administered by the TEPHINET secretariat based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States at The Task Force for Global Health, Inc. TEPHIConnect is built on the community management software platform Hivebrite. Hivebrite’s contractual relationship with TEPHINET requires them to comply with all applicable laws and use industry standard security measures.

The purpose of the TEPHIConnect website is to connect field epidemiology training program (FETP) alumni around the world on a private networking platform where they can share information, resources, and opportunities.

The policy covers:

  1. What personally identifiable information TEPHINET collects from authorized users

  2. What personally identifiable information do third parties collect on authorized users through the website

  3. What organization collects the information

  4. How TEPHINET uses the information

  5. With whom TEPHINET may share user information

  6. What choices are available to users regarding collection, use and distribution of the information

  7. What types of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under TEPHINET's control

  8. How users can correct any inaccuracies in the information

If TEPHIConnect users have questions or concerns regarding this statement, they should first contact TEPHINET at secretariat@tephinet.org.

General Statement on Privacy

Please be mindful of the fact that sharing your personal information over the Internet always carries a risk. Exercise judgment and caution when providing sensitive and personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your name, contact information, and educational and employment histories. Do not share information that you are not comfortable with other TEPHIConnect members accessing. Do not share your passwords and login credentials with others.

Information Collection and Use

Information Collection
TEPHINET collects information from our users at different points on TEPHIConnect. Only users who have established an account on TEPHIConnect are able to post information onto the site. TEPHIConnect users must provide the data marked as “Required” in order to complete to complete their user profiles:

Personal Data


First and last name


Maiden name




Countr(y)(ies) of citizenship


City and country of residence


FETP affiliation


Professional skills


Language skills




Professional area(s) of expertise


Whether or not you’re looking for a mentor


Whether or not you’re looking for a mentee




Whether or not you’re a member of EpiCore


Your publications


Your outbreak investigations


Your date of FETP graduation


The highest level of FETP you’ve completed


Work experience including company, job function and date


Education including educational establishment, degree/diploma and dates


Curriculum vitae


Primary and secondary email addresses


Social media handles


Personal and professional phone numbers


Postal addresses


Only users who have established an account on TEPHIConnect are able to post information to the site and view the members-only sections of the website (including the user directory, activity feed, jobs and opportunities page, member projects page, groups, and forums).

In order to establish a TEPHIConnect user account, a user must first complete the invitation request form wherein he/she will be required to provide their name, email address, FETP affiliation, FETP graduation date, and highest level of FETP completed. TEPHINET uses this information to contact the user to activate his/her account and password and to verify whether the user is eligible to join TEPHIConnect. All other information collected is optional. We never require the disclosure of sensitive information such as income or social security number.

Information Use
The purpose of the TEPHIConnect website is to connect field epidemiology training program (FETP) alumni around the world on a private networking platform where they can share information, resources, and opportunities. TEPHINET encourages collaboration, sharing of knowledge and effective practice to improve public health in the areas of surveillance accuracy and effectiveness, public health event management responsiveness, awareness of emerging trends and capabilities, and opportunities for professional growth and job development for members.

Among the information that TEPHINET shares is a catalog of degree and certificate programs offered by a wide range of regionally accredited member institutions, an effective practices database, conference and workshop proceedings, articles from our newsletter, articles from volumes of applied research studies, and research, surveys and forums to inform academic, government and private sector audiences.

TEPHINET does not link information that we collect through cookies, log files, and/or third parties to create profiles of our users. Collected information is not tied to the user's information except in aggregate form.

A cookie is a piece of data stored on a user's computer tied to information about a user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. We use only session ID cookies, once a user closes the browser, the cookie simply terminates. We do not use persistent cookies, a small text file stored on the user's hard drive for an extended period of time.

We use cookies so, for example, a user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site.

No business partners or other third parties use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers).

Third Party Advertising
TEPHINET does not host or use any third party advertising system or software on the www.tephiconnect.org site.

Date of Last Visit
TEPHIConnect tracks users’ date of last visit, and this information is available to TEPHIConnect admins in the “back office” (administrator dashboard). This information, in aggregate form, can help TEPHINET see how engaged the community is with the platform and how frequently members use it.

Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)
TEPHINET does not employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs).

HTML-based emails
HTML-based emails sent by TEPHINET often contain images (gifs or jpegs) that are located on our web server. The loading of these images when the HTML-based email is opened is logged as part of our normal web-logging process. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. If users would like to opt-out of these emails, please see the Opt-out section.

Communications from the Site

Special Offers and Updates
TEPHINET sends all new members requesting invitations emails reminding them to activate their accounts. Established members will occasionally receive information on new features, content, and other platform updates. Out of respect for our users' privacy we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please see the Choice and Opt-out sections.

If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and email address. Out of respect for our users' privacy we provide a way to opt-out of these communications. Please see the Choice and Opt-out sections.

Service Announcements
On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users emails. These communications are not promotional in nature. Users may not opt-out of these communications. Please see our Choice and Opt-out section.

Customer Service
TEPHINET communicates with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account. We reply via email or phone, in accordance with the users’ wishes.


Legal Disclaimer
Though TEPHINET makes every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information without notifying the user when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our web site.

Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
TEPHINET shares aggregated demographic information with our members, sponsors, and the general public. This is not linked to any personally identifiable information. Examples of the type of information we may share include the aggregated results of a survey or a report on the number of TEPHIConnect users per country or region.

Third Party Advertisers
TEPHINET does not share web site usage information about users with any third parties for the purpose of targeting Internet banner advertisements on this site and other sites. We DO NOT Share Personal Information with Third Party Advertisers.

These are the instances in which we will share users' personal information:

Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletters and promotional communications may opt-out of receiving these communications by changing their notification settings in their user profile settings and/or by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link contained within promotional emails.

User Account Deletion

TEPHIConnect users who no longer wish to be part of the community should submit an account deletion request to the admin, who currently has the ability to delete a user account. Users can expect their accounts to be deleted within one week under normal circumstances, barring any office closures due to inclement weather, emergencies, etc. 

TEPHIConnect contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, TEPHINET, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected through TEPHConnect.

From time-to-time, the TEPHINET program requests information from users via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and email address), and demographic information (such as country). Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. Users' personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties.

User Invitations
If a current TEPHIConnect user elects to invite others to join the platform using the user invitations feature, they will be required to share the invitees’ names and email addresses with TEPHIConnect. TEPHIConnect admins have access to this information in the “back office” (admin dashboard) as well as the date the invitation was sent to each person. TEPHINET may send the invitees a separate email inviting him/her to register on the site. TEPHINET stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this invitation email and tracking the success of the user referral program.


This web site takes every precaution to protect our users' information.

When our registration form and user profile fields ask users to enter sensitive information, that information is encrypted and protected with encryption software - SSL. While on a secure page, , the lock icon on web browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when users are just 'surfing'.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also protect user-information off-line. All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices and the secure location of our server-hosting provider. Only employees who need the information to administer the website are granted access to personally identifiable information. ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Finally, the servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment, in a locked facility.

If users have any questions about the security of our website, they can contact TEPHINET using the contact information provided below.

Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users' personally identifiable information. Procedures for correcting this information are provided in our user guide.

Notification of Changes

If TEPHINET decides to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the TEPHIConnect homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

If TEPHINET is going to use users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated, we will notify users via email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our web site notifying users of the change. In some cases, when we post a notice, we will also email users, who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices.

Contact Information

If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at:

Email address: secretariat@tephinet.org

Postal address: TEPHINET
A program of The Task Force for Global Health
325 Swanton Way
Decatur, GA 30030
United States of America

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