The team of TECoL reminds you that the tool is not a direct and conclusive evidence for cartel presence by its own, however, it could indicate a level of probability for cartel presence in the investigated market or industry.
When generating username and password:
You will receive a password and an account designation upon completing the TECoL registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and the account and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify TECoL of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session.
You agree to not use the TECOL to:
- upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable
- Harm minors in any way
- Impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a TECoL official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity
- upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements)
When generating reports :
TECoL work under the presumption that when you have chosen a report to generate, you believe the result of the TECoL process indicates the possibility of the presence of a cartel in the investigated market/industry.
There are two major parties interacting in the TECoL Process – the team developing the TECoL (Model, Process, Software, Reports, Web Site, Promotion of the Tool, etc) and the User.
- The team is responsible for:
1.1 The reliability of the Process foundation. That includes:
1.1.1 The scientific Model (Approach) chosen as basis for the markers and combinations covered by TECoL
1.1.2 The translation of the respective Model (Approach) to the “language” of the User. This translation:
184.108.40.206 Relates to the changes imposed by the different access to information that the scientific researcher and the TECoL User have
220.127.116.11 Is necessary because of the different targets of the researcher and the User
18.104.22.168 Reflects the different levels of education and training of the researcher and the User
22.214.171.124 Follows the different time and material resources of the researcher and the User.
1.2 The User Friendliness of the Process that should account for the needs and possibilities of the real TECoL User
1.3 The adequate orientation and support needed by the User regarding the possible sources of data and information required for the proper functioning of the Process.
1.4 The correct functioning of the software that should combine the data and information supplied by the User so that TECoL can really fulfill its agenda to bring the User’s insight of eventual cartel to considerably higher level of objectivity and reliability.
1.5 The explanation of the place that TECoL can have in the anti-cartel activities so that the User can have a clear idea of why should (or should not) engage in its Process.
1.6 The orientation of the User as to what can be done with the reports developed through the TECoL Process.
1.7 Consulting and promoting TECoL in the world of the anti-cartel activities (actual and eventual) so that the User:
1.7.1 Can get support from organizations, dealing with data and information – Statistics, Business Registers, Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, University Databases, Private Databases etc.
1.7.2 Find well-informed response and support from the authorities and organizations within the area of anti-cartel activities if he/she decides to report the case supplemented by the TECoL reports.
- The User’s responsibilities include:
2.1 The correctness and reliability of the information supplied to the software.
2.1.1 The User is the one that has to make his/her best to find the objective data and information needed.
126.96.36.199 It will consume time, efforts, it will need some resources – professional support, facilities, money, etc. to get in touch with the Statistics and other institutions and organizations that can be sources of data and information but there is nobody but the User that can pass this part of the road.
2.1.2 It is the User that should utilize the knowledge and information acquired during the years of experience passed in the respective market/industry. And nobody but him/her can bear the responsibility for its correctness and its fair usage.
2.2 The adequate operation with the software. Whatever the level of user friendliness the software presents some challenges to the language, computer and information-dealing skills of the User.
2.3 The decision whether the reports developed through the TECoL Process are providing sufficient support for the insight of cartel existence is altogether responsibility of the User.
2.4 The decision how to proceed with the results of the TECoL Process is explicitly User’s responsibility.
2.5 The fair intentions in using TECoL for the purpose of anti-cartel activities
When you register we ask for information such as your name, email address, address, city and country.
TECoL does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or companies.
There are no grounds the project members (the team) and a person using the tool (the user) to face responsibility when the platform is operative on the Internet as it applies recognized scientific methods. Such problems might occur in cases where the platform is used as a base of media companies, etc., only if the person or the entity that relies on the platform is not able to prove a cartel before the court of law.