SurveyEngine Software Platform Terms - SurveyEngine GmbH

SurveyEngine Software Platform Terms

SurveyEngine GmbH Terms & Conditions for the provision of Data Collection Platform Services
Last updated 27/7/2023

  1. Acceptance
    Subject to your compliance with these Terms and your payment of any applicable fees, SurveyEngine grants You a non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free, revocable license and lease to use the Services.
    Unless specifically agreed by SurveyEngine in writing, the use of the Services in this agreement, applies only to the Customer as per the Definitions Section below.
  2. Definitions
    1. Account: An online management interface into the SurveyEngine Platform accessed via login credentials and comprising all Customer content and respondent data.
    2. Commercial use: use of the platform where there is a potential material gain by any party, direct or indirect, as a result of using the platform. This includes use of panels and respondents where material incentives are used. 
    3. Customer: The entity or individual (interchangeably referred to as “You” or “Your”) accepting this agreement or receiving the benefit of the SurveyEngine Services or any person accessing the SurveyEngine Service by any method on behalf of that entity. This explicitly includes free and trial accounts.
    4. Customer Servers: A server or servers specifically owned or operated by the Customer running SurveyEngine Platform.
    5. Content: Any information including but not limited to questions, responses, panels, instructions, data, specifications, graphics, text, video (interchangeably referred to as “Materials”) produced by, uploaded to or related to provision of the Services.
    6. Online Presence: the domain and its subdomains, email addresses and social accounts.
    7. Platform: Refers to the functioning SurveyEngine Software delivered on servers and administered by SurveyEngine. In this context it specifically refers to the servers hosting the Customers’s account and content.
    8. Respondent: An individual who participates in an online survey by providing responses to questions in that survey.
    9. Pre-Approval Limits: Limits to certain functions or quantities, properly ordered, but for for which there may be potential security, compliance or other liability risks that require prior approval by SurveyEngine to verify the Customer identity and ensure the Customer is properly informed and agrees assume liability for those risks.
    10. Subscription Limits: Restrictions to certain functions or quantities such as number of respondents per survey, number of surveys and other usage limits imposed by the Platform and agreed to contractually upon ordering a subscription.
    11. Servers: A server or servers owned or operated by SurveyEngine running the Platform.
    12. Services: Any benefit provided by SurveyEngine including but not limited to the SurveyEngine Platform, Analysis, Interpretation, Reporting, Content, Training, Technical Support, Consulting or Advice.
    13. Subscription: An agreement to use the SurveyEngine Services which may involve provision of an online account and login to the Platform for either a fixed, or optionally, recurring period.
    14. SurveyEngine: The company SurveyEngine GmbH (referred to as “Us”, “We” or “The Provider”) providing the Services.
    15. Website: Refers explicitly to the corportate website at
  3. Intellectual Property
    1. Neither these Terms nor your use of the Services grants you ownership in the ‘Services or the content you access through the Services (other than your Content). Except as permitted by SurveyEngine’s Brand and Trademark Use Policy, these Terms do not grant you any right to use SurveyEngine’s trademarks or other brand elements.
    2. SurveyEngine is the licensor of all Software and documentation provided to allow use of the Services. Software title, interest and rights to the Software remain the property of SurveyEngine. All intellectual and technical concepts contained within the Service are proprietary to SurveyEngine and are protected by Copyright.
    3. SurveyEngine holds a license to the patent for Choice Modelling Process & Method, protected by International Patent Cooperation Treaties (PCT/AU2011/001405) in force in the United States and Australia and pending in the European Union.
    4. SurveyEngine owns all right, title and interest in and to the Services as delivered, all related software and technology, and all SurveyEngine content provided in connection with the Services, including all intellectual property rights. Nothing contained on the Platform or “Website” should be construed as granting any license or right to use any trademark without the prior written permission of SurveyEngine.
    5. SurveyEngine reserves the right to include traffic generated by all Servers it hosts in its overall accounting of page views, unique users, and other usage measures. This includes providing web traffic measurement companies with all URLs hosted by SurveyEngine for use in their projection of SurveyEngine’ overall traffic.
    6. Certain content and information provided through the Platform, including, without limitation, instructions, presentations, demonstrations, documents, graphics, layouts, computational procedures, computer code, reports; collectively, the “SurveyEngine Materials”, are provided to you by SurveyEngine and are the copyrighted and/or trademarked work of SurveyEngine.
    7. SurveyEngine grants the Customer a limited non-exclusive and non-transferable license to use and to display the SurveyEngine Materials solely for the Customer in connection with the SurveyEngine Platform.
    8. This limited license terminates automatically, without prior notice to the Customer, if the Customer breaches any term of this Agreement. Except for the limited rights granted hereunder, you acknowledge that you have no right, title or interest in or to any SurveyEngine Content.
    9. Except as expressly permitted in these terms, the Customer has no right to modify, edit, copy, reproduce, create derivative works of, reverse engineer, alter, enhance or in any way exploit any of the SurveyEngine Content or Platform in any manner.
    10. The Website and the SurveyEngine Platform and all information and screens appearing on both, including documents, site design, text, graphics, logos, images and icons, as well as the arrangement thereof, are the sole property of SurveyEngine. Except as otherwise required or limited by applicable law, any reproduction, distribution, modification, retransmission, or publication of any copyrighted material is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of the copyright owner or license. SurveyEngine reserves all rights in the Website and the Platform that are not expressly granted.
    11. You retain ownership of all of your intellectual property rights in your Content used in connection with the Services. SurveyEngine does not claim ownership over any of your Content. These Terms do not grant SurveyEngine any licenses or rights to your Content except for the limited rights needed for SurveyEngine to provide the Services, and as otherwise described in these Terms.
    12. You own all rights, title and interest in all Content provided to SurveyEngine as part of the Services including the survey look-and-feel, textual and graphical content and response data. In addition, all reports and downloads derived from your Content and response data are also owned by you.
    13. You grant SurveyEngine a worldwide, royalty free license to use, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt, create derivative works, make publicly available, and otherwise exploit your Content, but only for the limited purposes of providing the Services to you and as otherwise permitted by SurveyEngine’s privacy policies. This license for such limited purposes continues even after you stop using our Services, though you may have the ability to delete your Content such that SurveyEngine no longer has access to it. This license also extends to any trusted third parties we work with to the extent necessary to provide the Services to you. If you provide SurveyEngine with feedback about the Services, we may use your feedback without any obligation to you.
    14. SurveyEngine responds to notices of alleged copyright infringement in accordance with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). If you believe that your work has been exploited in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify SurveyEngine for claims of copyright infringement.
    15. SurveyEngine may publish links in its Services to Internet websites maintained by third parties. SurveyEngine does not represent that it has reviewed such third party websites and is not responsible for them or any content appearing on them. Trademarks displayed in conjunction with the Services are the property of their respective owners.
    16. The Services display content provided by others that is not owned by SurveyEngine. Such content is the sole responsibility of the entity that makes it available. Correspondingly, you are responsible for your own Content and you must ensure that you have all the rights and permissions needed to use that Content in connection with the Services. SurveyEngine is not responsible for any actions you take with respect to your Content, including sharing it publicly. Please do not use content from the Services unless you have first obtained the permission of its owner, or are otherwise authorised by law to do so.
  4. Confidentiality
    1. Confidential Information includes these statements of work, license agreements, business and marketing plans and strategies, non-public business and technology information, trade secrets, know-how, Content included in surveys by you, any written materials marked as confidential and any other information, including visual and oral information, which reasonably should be understood to be confidential. SurveyEngine will use commercially reasonable technology and industry best practices to ensure the integrity and security of all confidential information with respect to theft, piracy, and unauthorised access.
    2. All such Content are deemed Confidential Information as described below and will not be utilised by SurveyEngine for any purpose other than to perform its obligations as the service provider.
    3. We do not sell or make available specific information about our Customers or their data, except in cooperation with law enforcement in regards to violations of applicable laws. We maintain a database of Customer information that is used only for internal purposes such as technical support, notifying Customer of changes, or enhancements to the Service.
    4. You acknowledge that, in order to ensure compliance with legal obligations, SurveyEngine may be required to review certain content submitted to the Services to determine whether it is illegal or whether it violates these Terms (such as when unlawful content is reported to us). We may also modify, prevent access to, delete, or refuse to display content that we believe violates the law or these Terms. However, SurveyEngine otherwise has no obligation to monitor or review any content submitted to the Services.
  5. Indemnity
    1. To the extent allowed by law, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless SurveyEngine against any and all claims and expenses, including reasonable legal fees, arising from the use of the Services and this web site. This indemnification expressly includes your responsibility for any and all liability arising from the violation or infringement of copyrights, trademarks or other proprietary rights and from the use of any libellous or unlawful material contained within your survey or web site.
    2. Where materials are used in the production of Surveys through the Platform the Customer shall be responsible for:
      1. Obtaining all necessary permission, authorisations, licenses and consents required as well as being responsible for the payment of all royalties or license fees associated with the use of the materials; and
      2. Ensuring that the material provided is not obscene, offensive, upsetting, defamatory, personally offensive or in any way unsuitable for people under the age of eighteen (18) years, and does not comprise and cannot be used for any purpose or activity of an illegal, fraudulent or defamatory nature.
    3. Where the Customer provides material it indemnifies SurveyEngine against the loss, costs, expenses, demands or liability, whether direct or indirect, arising out of a claim by a third party alleging infringement of its intellectual property rights or any other rights.
    4. The Customer shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless SurveyEngine, its affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, servants and agents from and against all claims, demands, damages, liabilities and costs (including legal fees on a full indemnity basis) arising out of or in connection with:
      1. The Customer’s use of the Services, including Customer’s use of or reliance on any information or materials including survey results or responses obtained through the use of the Services, any other use of the Services by a third party using Customer’s account (whether or not authorised by the Customer,
      2. The Customer’s breach of this Agreement, including any of the Customer’s representations and warranties under this Agreement, or
      3. The Customer’s contravention of any law applicable to the Customer.
  6. Liability
    1. SurveyEngine disclaims any liability for damages caused by its services or the contents of this web site, unless due to its intentional wrongdoing.
    2. In the event that, notwithstanding the foregoing exclusions of liability, SurveyEngine, any of its affiliates, or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, servants or agents is liable to the Customer for any amounts under this agreement under any theory of recovery, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, SurveyEngine’s (or such affiliates’, director’s, officer’s, employee’s, servant’s or agent’s, as applicable) total liability in respect of such amounts shall not exceed the fees the Customer has paid to SurveyEngine within the current contract.
    3. In no event shall SurveyEngine be liable for lost profits, lost data, interruptions of business, or any special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of or inability to use this web site or the services or products, regardless of whether SurveyEngine has notice of the potential for such loss or damage.
    4. SurveyEngine makes no guarantee of the accuracy, correctness, or completeness of any information on these web pages, surveys, databases, or results, and are not responsible for: any errors or omissions arising from the use of such information; any failures, delays, or interruptions in the delivery of any content or services contained on our servers; or losses or damages arising from the use of the content or services provided by SurveyEngine.
  7. Reasonable Use
    1. Acceptable Use
      1. The Platform is intended to be used for legitimate research purposes and willing survey respondents using a modern web browser/operating system and an Internet connection.
      2. Normal use of the Platform means operation by a single human user to create and preview surveys, invite respondents to participate, collect data and analyse and download the results.
      3. A vulnerability assessment or penetration test on the Service is permitted with permission from SurveyEngine. The results from any assessment or test are considered confidential information as defined in the terms.
      4. While technical provisions have been made to enforce Platform limits, It is the Customer’s responsibility to ensure they are not exceeding the agreed-to contractual Limits either intentionally or un-intentionally.
    2. Customer Responsibilities
      1. The Customer acknowledges and agrees that they, and not SurveyEngine, are responsible for all activities occurring in connection with the use of that account, whether or not the Customer authorises such activities.
      2. The Customer is responsible for controlling access to their account by creating a strong password, protecting that password and to prevent unauthorised account usage or users.
      3. The Customer warrants that the contact information (name, email, telephone number) provided for the use of the account is complete and accurate and that such information is kept up to date.
      4. The Customer is responsible for creating backups of any Content entered, uploaded, collected or received through the use of the Services. SurveyEngine shall not be liable for any removal, deletion or failure to retain any such Content.
      5. All survey questions, information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, images, video, survey responses, messages or other materials communicated, submitted or transmitted by the Customer or Respondents of Customer’s surveys through the Services, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the Customer. The Customer may be held legally liable for survey(s) or for the manner in which Customer Content is distributed to third parties.
      6. When emailing surveys or invitations to surveys, the Customer is responsible for ensuring that the recipients have opted-in to, or otherwise validly consented to, receiving communications from you or another sender on whose behalf you may be acting.
      7. The Customer must comply with all other rules or regulations applicable to the Customer, including, among other things, securities regulations.
      8. The Customer must comply with the current SurveyEngine privacy policy ( and all privacy policies or similar policies or procedures to which the Customer may be bound that are related to these of the Services; or that comprises or includes any “junk mail”, “spam”, “chain letters”, “pyramid schemes”, or any similar form of solicitation.
    3. Furthermore The Customer acknowledges that:
      1. SurveyEngine may withdraw from the Account any content which in SurveyEngine’s reasonable opinion is likely to subject or has subjected SurveyEngine to unfavourable regulatory action, violate or has violated any law or has been subject to errors or omissions in transmission or transcription.
      2. SurveyEngine may disable the Customer’s account and Customer’s access to use the Services and SurveyEngine may recover from the Customer any losses, damages, costs or expenses incurred by SurveyEngine resulting from or arising out of the Customer’s non-compliance with any provision of these Terms.
      3. By using the Platform, the Customer may be exposed to User Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, libellous, vulgar, obscene, offensive, indecent, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
      4. SurveyEngine does not monitor Customer Content. However, we reserve the right to remove any Content from our Service that we determine is in violation of our Terms.
      5. SurveyEngine does not control the Customer Content originating from the Customer, Respondents to Customer’s surveys or other users of the Services, and does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, SurveyEngine may, but is not obligated to, review all Customer Content and block, modify, terminate access to, or remove any such Customer Content that SurveyEngine, in its sole discretion, considers to be non-compliant with any of the requirements of these terms.
      6. SurveyEngine reserves the right to remove Customer Content from its databases at any time and from time to time without notice.
      7. The Customer, and not SurveyEngine, is responsible for all Customer Content that Customer or Respondents of the Customer’s surveys upload, post, email, distribute, communicate, transmit, or otherwise make available using the SurveyEngine Platform or that is otherwise made available through the use of Customer’s account, whether or not authorised by the Customer.The legal basis for processing data under the terms of the GDPR is contractual. By subscribing you acknowledge that we hold your data in order to provide the services you have subscribed to.
      8. From time to time SurveyEngine may contact you in order to fulfil your subscription and maintain service quality. This may include but is not limited to investigating bug reports or user experience issues, notification of changed operations, changed or new functionality, service outages or changes to account management.
    4. Unacceptable Use
      1. SurveyEngine may suspend accounts or terminate any aspect of Service at any time without notice for conduct that violates these Terms. Additionally, Users who violate these Terms or have knowledge of misuse in their surveys or accounts are subject to legal liability and prosecution. The following is a non-exhaustive list of content and behaviours that are UNACCEPTABLE to SurveyEngine.
      2. Customer may not:
        1. Reverse engineer or tamper with the security or operations of any aspect of the SurveyEngine Platform or Servers;
        2. Remove, obscure or alter copyright information obtained from SurveyEngine Content, the Platform or the Website;
        3. Make unauthorised copies of any content in the SurveyEngine software;
        4. Except for valid research purposes, upload Content that contains or contains links to for example but not limited to: nudity, pornography, adult content, sex, profanity, or foul language;
        5. Upload Content that condones, promotes, contains, or links to warez, cracks, hacks, their associated utilities, or other piracy related information, whether for educational purposes or not;
        6. Upload Content that infringes any copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets or other intellectual property;
        7. Upload Content that is racist or otherwise extremely offensive to others, including content that aggravates, harasses, threatens, defames or abuses others;
        8. Upload binary files or executable code to the Platform;
        9. Use the Services to send SPAM nor to send SPAM in any connection to the Services. The Customer must comply with all local and international laws applicable to the Customer and a a minimum, Customers must comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (USA);
        10. Use the Services to send surveys, polls, or other materials to individuals under the age of majority in his or her place of residence (“minors”) unless the Customer is permitted to do so under all applicable laws, or to harm minors in any way, and shall not send surveys, polls, or other materials to minors that would subject SurveyEngine to any local or international law, rule or regulation governing children’s privacy, rights of personality or otherwise related to protecting minors;
        11. Interfere with or disrupt the Services or Servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Platform;
        12. Engage in excessive usage of the Services, as determined by SurveyEngine in its sole discretion, including usage that adversely affects the speed, responsiveness, or functionality of the SurveyEngine Platform, or disrupts the availability of the Services for other the Customer
        13. Use the SurveyEngine Platform to create surveys that would generate an amount of Bandwidth unreasonable for a standard survey, specifically, no single survey should generate in total and (inbound plus outbound) more than 10Mb bandwidth for a single Respondent;
        14. Attempt to damage, deny service to, hack, crack, reverse engineer, or otherwise interfere with the Services in any manner;
        15. Upload, post, email, distribute, communicate, transmit, or otherwise make available Content that:
        16. contains viruses or similar malicious software that may damage the operation of a computer using the Services;
        17. is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, libellous, vulgar, obscene, offensive, indecent, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
        18. infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual property right of any party;
        19. that the Customer does not have the right to make available by reason of any law or contractual or fiduciary relationship (including inside information, and proprietary or confidential information obtained or disclosed in connection with an employment relationship or pursuant to a confidentiality agreement).
  8. False Representation
    1. The Customer shall not impersonate any other person or entity, including SurveyEngine, or a SurveyEngine official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent the Customer’s affiliation with any other person or entity;
    2. The Customer shall, if a Customer uses the Platform to send a survey, not mislead the recipients of that survey that the Customer may have the ability to associate individual responses to that survey with the individual email addresses to which that survey was sent by stating that the Customer has no such ability (unless the Customer has requested SurveyEngine to disable such feature).
    3. The Customer shall not upload survey links to message boards or newsgroups that are not relevant to the subject matter of the survey, or that prohibit such uploading without SurveyEngine’s prior written consent.
    4. The Customer further acknowledges and agrees that SurveyEngine may cooperate with any governmental authority in connection with any investigation into the Customer’s use of the Services, including use in contravention of applicable laws, and may, in accordance with applicable laws, disclose any the Customer Content, and any other information pertaining to the Customer or to the Customer’s use of the Services, to such governmental authority in connection with any such investigation.
  9. Termination
    1. SurveyEngine reserves the right to suspend or terminate the Customer’s use of the Services at any time, without notice, if the Customer is found in violation of these terms.
    2. This Agreement commences upon registration on the Provider’s Online Presence by a Customer and, as the case may be, through an online order for services placed by him/her, or by the date indicated in a separate agreement, whichever is the sooner and continues indefinitely until it is terminated.
    3. Unless otherwise agreed, Subscriptions to the Platform will have a default period of 12 months from the first Customer login.
    4. On the lapsing of a Subscription period, SurveyEngine will at its sole discretion cancel that subscription and terminate this agreement.
    5. SurveyEngine may cancel the any Subscriptions and automatically terminate this Agreement immediately by notice to the Customer in the event that the Customer breaches any of Customer’s representations, warranties, or obligations under this Agreement (including any of the Customer’s obligations or contravenes any applicable law.
    6. The Customer may cancel any Customer’s Subscription and terminate this Agreement by written notice to SurveyEngine in the event that SurveyEngine materially breaches any of its obligations under this Agreement, if such breach is not cured within sixty days of SurveyEngine’s receipt of notice of breach from such the Customer.
    7. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason, the Customer shall immediately cease all use of the Platform, and the Customer acknowledges and agrees that SurveyEngine may, in its sole discretion, take any measures SurveyEngine reasonably deems necessary or desirable to prevent further use by the Customer of the Platform, including by blocking the Customer’s IP address.
    8. The Customer acknowledges and agrees that upon termination of this Agreement, SurveyEngine shall not be obliged to retain any the Customer Content (including survey or poll results or responses) or to provide the same to the Customer, but may elect to do so in its sole discretion.
    9. Termination of this Agreement for breach shall not entitle the Customer to a refund of any unearned Subscription fees previously paid by the Customer.
    10. The Customer may terminate this agreement early by providing 30 days written notice prior to your required termination date to SurveyEngine, and by immediately paying 50% of all future monthly payments due.
  10. Provision of Platform and Servers
    1. SurveyEngine reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify, suspend, or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Platform or any part thereof, or the Customer’s access thereto, and to modify, suspend or delete the Platform or any part thereof, and SurveyEngine will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide reasonable advance notice of changes that significantly impact the Services in a negative manner.
    2. In the case of changes that significantly impact the Services in a negative manner, the Customer is entitled to cancel the Customer’s Subscription, if any. The Customer acknowledges and agrees that SurveyEngine shall not be liable to the Customer, or to any third party, for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Services or any modification, suspension or deletion of the Platform.
    3. If the Customer engages in excessive usage of the Platform as per the provisions of the Reasonable Use Section, SurveyEngine may take such action as it considers necessary to prevent such excessive usage and to restore the availability of the Platform to other the Customerd, including by limiting or suspending the Customer’s access to the Platform, or by cancelling any Subscription and terminating this Agreement.
    4. The Customer acknowledges and agrees that the Platform are provided “as is,” “where is,” “as available,” and “with all faults,” and that, SurveyEngine has no responsibility or liability for the loss or deletion of, or failure to receive, process, or store any the Customer content (including survey or poll results or responses) maintained or transmitted using the Services.
    5. The Customer acknowledges and agrees that the information, software, products, and services contained in or available through the Platform, including information, software, products and services made available by other Customerd of the Platform, may include inaccuracies or errors.
    6. The Customer further acknowledges and agrees that the Customer, and not SurveyEngine, is responsible for evaluating the accuracy, reliability, completeness, and usefulness of any information obtained through the use of the Platform.
    7. SurveyEngine makes no representations or express warranties, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, regarding the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness, quality, or lack of viruses, or other harmful components of the Platform, or the accuracy of such information, software, products and services.
    8. SurveyEngine does not make any warranties, representations or conditions with respect to any third party content, express or implied.
    9. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, SurveyEngine, its affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, servants and agents hereby disclaim all warranties, express or implied, with regard to such information, software, products or services, including any warranty of non-infringement of third party rights, and the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for purpose.
    10. In the case where the Customer operates the SurveyEngine Platform on their own servers, the Customer:
      1. Is responsible for all aspects of server management including but not limited to suitability; CPU, RAM and bandwidth capacity; payment; upgrades; domain name and IP records.
      2. Is expressly forbidden from reselling the any component Services without written consent from SurveyEngine.
      3. Allows SurveyEngine administrator access to the Customer Servers.
      4. Informs SurveyEngine as to any changes in the location, state, operation, access, authorisation, capacity or termination of the Customer Servers.
      5. May not remove or alter any SurveyEngine attribution, logos or contact information from webpages produced by the SurveyEngine software.
  11. Subscriptions & Registration
    1. For the use of functions of the Platform, registration by means of the entry of a user name of the Customer’s own choosing and a password, as well as a name, contact telephone number and email address is required. The Customer affirms that the information provided during the course of registration is accurate. The customer shall immediately notify the Provider of any changes to the data required by editing the relevant fields in their user account.
    2. Trial use of the Platform. In the case of trialling the Platform, ordering takes place by means of subscription by the Customer or, in the event of prior registration, logging in and making the appropriate selection. The Customer then is granted use of the platform for evalaltion purposes only. Trial subscriptions may not be used for commercial or academic purposes. Trial accounts are granted for one month and expire automatically at the end of the period.
    3. Paid Subscriptions: Registered Customers can make a binding order for paid services either during registration or once logged in through order form. Details of the service sare shown to the Customer during the ordering process and confirmed via email on the completion of an order. Paid Subscriptions are required for Commercial Use.
    4. Pre-Approval Limits. Certain functions, such as respondent limits or panel integrations, properly ordered by the Customer are initially limited pending review and approval by SurveyEngine. These limits are placed where a there may be substantial risk through improper use may exist to either the Customer, SurveyEngine, Respondents or other parties. The approval process may involve Customer verification, explanation and/or explicit waivers depending on the function. Following approvalthe limits are permanently removed.
    5. Email orders: In individual cases, orders can also be made via remote communication (email), on request. The Provider has the right to collect an expenses fee for this, once the Customer has been advised to that effect.
    6. Conclusion of the contract: The contract for the relevant subscription ordered takes effect immediately following successful payment by the Customer either online or on receipt of all funds against invoices properly raised.
    7. Scope of orders: The scope of the service ordered depends on the subscription and/or services made by the Customer and can be viewed online at any time within their account page on the platform.
    8. Saving option and viewing the text of the contract. The Customer can view thesePlatform Terms on the SurveyEngine website. Terms may also be printed or saved using the usual browser functions or from their email confirmation.
    9. Order Data. All order data will be stored by the Provider, but for security reasons may not be directly accessed in full by the Customer. For each registered Customer, the Provider provides a password-protected user account where the Customer may view completed and open orders, billing history invoices, and manage their account data.
    10. Features and limits of the subscribed product are as described on the subscription product page at
  12. Prices
    1. The prices for the paid services are based on the information provided when ordering and are effective for the respective term of the contract. All prices on the Platform should be understood as including the currently applicable VAT unless otherwise specified.
    2. Price changes. In the event of automatic extension of the term of the contract, the previously agreed price applies, with the proviso that the Provider has the right to adjust the respective prices and or features for ongoing services monthly at the Provider’s discretion. In such situations, the Provider shall notify the Customer to that effect in writing beforehand with the option to decline the extension.
    3. Furthermore, price changes for orders which are to be released in the future are possible at any time and shall be communicated on the Platform and/or when the order is placed.
  13. Payment Terms
    Unless expressly outlined in a separate agreement, payment terms are as follows:
    1. Monthly Subscription Fees, must be paid immediately and advance of period the order is billed for.
    2. Ad-hoc consulting and support fees must be paid in advance or within of 7 days of receipt of Invoice.
    3. Unless agreed separately, project invoices require a 50% upfront payment before work can begin. At the end of the project the remaining 50% will be invoiced along with variations incurred or deducted.
    4. Technical or Consulting will be charged at an hourly rate of 200 Euros unless agreed otherwise
    5. Unless specified, use of the Platform will incur a subscription fee of 1,500 Euros per month
    6. Payments may be made by direct debit, electronic transfer, cheque or money order.
    7. Payments for Services may be liable for Value Added Tax (VAT) in addition to any amounts quoted.
    8. Failure to meet payment terms will result in termination of this agreement with SurveyEngine within 7 days of the date payment was originally due.
    9. Termination of this agreement will result in the immediate deactivation of the Account.
  14. Other Terms
    1. These Terms and any other relevant terms, conditions, policies or agreements constitute the entire agreement and understanding between you and SurveyEngine. If there is a conflict or contradiction between the provisions of these Terms and any other agreement, the relevant section of the agreement shall prevail in the following order:
      1. SurveyEngine License Agreement or other valid agreement between SurveyEngine and your organisation;
      2. SurveyEngine Statement of Work;
    2. You are not permitted to sub-license the Services in whole or in part to third parties without prior written permission of SurveyEngine.
    3. In the event that any one or more of these provisions should be held invalid, illegal or unenforceable, such provisions will be modified, if possible, to the minimum extent necessary to make them valid and enforceable, or if they cannot be so modified, then severed, and the remaining provisions contained herein will not in any way be affected or impaired.
    4. SurveyEngine’s failure to enforce strict performance of any provision of these Terms does not constitute a waiver of the right to subsequently enforce such provision.
    5. These Terms create no rights for third party beneficiaries.
    6. In no event shall SurveyEngine, its affiliates, or their respective directors, officers, employees, servants or agents be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special or consequential damages whatsoever, including damages for lost profits, lost revenue, loss of use or data, or costs of cover, arising out of or in any way connected with this agreement, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or any other legal theory, even if SurveyEngine has been advised of the possibility of such damages, including damages arising out of:
      1. the use or performance of, the delay in providing, the failure to provide, or the inability to use, the SurveyEngine Platform or the services, or
      2. any information, software, products or services contained in or available through the SurveyEngine Services, including information, software, products and services made available by other the Customers of the Platform.
      3. Unauthorised access to or alteration of any transmissions or data, any material or data sent or received or not sent or not received, or any transactions entered into through the Site or the services or in reliance upon any information obtained through the use of the Services,
      4. any threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive or illegal content or conduct of any other party or any infringement of a third party’s rights, including intellectual property rights, or any content sent using, or included in, the Site or the services by any third party.
    7. If the Customer is dissatisfied with any portion of the Services, The Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy is to terminate this agreement and discontinue using the Services.
    8. The Customer acknowledges and agrees that without the foregoing exclusions and limitations of liability, SurveyEngine would not be able to offer the Site or the services, and that such exclusions and limitations of liability shall apply, even if they would cause the Customer’s remedies under this agreement to fail of their essential purpose.
  15. Severability
    If a provision of this agreement is or becomes legally invalid or if there is any gap that needs to be filled, the validity of the remainder of the agreement shall not be affected thereby. Invalid provisions shall be replaced by common consent with such provisions which come as close as possible to the intended result of the invalid provision. In the event of gaps such provision shall come into force by common consent which comes as close as possible to the intended result of the agreement, should the matter have been considered in advance. Any changes of or amendments to this Agreement must be in writing to become effective.
  16. Governing Law
    This Agreement, and the respective rights and obligations of the parties hereunder, shall solely be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, protection laws, excluding the UN Sales Convention.
  17. Force Majeure
    ​If performance by either party is prevented, restricted or delayed due to any cause arising from or attributable to acts, events, non-happenings, omissions, accidents or acts of God beyond the reasonable control of the party due to perform, the party so affected shall be excused from performance to the extent of such prevention, restriction or delay. No party shall have any liability to any other party for delay or non-delivery in the performance of its obligations under this Agreement, when attributable to acts of God, compliance in good faith with any applicable foreign or domestic governmental regulation or order whether or not it proves to be invalid, fires, war, riots, labour disputes such as strikes or lockouts, sabotage, unusually severe weather or any other cause beyon the reasonable control of such Party.
  18. ​Provision of Technical Support & Consulting
    Unless otherwise agreed, SurveyEngine will provide technical and consulting support at the rate specified under the Payment section. Except by other arrangement, SurveyEngine provides support weekdays during business hours (CET).
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