Website terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for using the Caisse des Dépôts website

In accordance with the provisions of Article L518-2 of the Monetary and Financial Code, Caisse des Dépôts et consignations or ‘Caisse des Dépôts’ performs missions in the public interest to support the public policies of the State.

The purpose of these terms and conditions (hereinafter these ‘Terms’) is to define the terms and conditions under which Caisse des Dépôts makes its website, the secondary websites that it contains and the services offered (collectively referred to as the ‘Website’) available to users, as well as the conditions under which said users (the ‘User(s)’) access and use the Website.

In this respect, it is stated that the websites, and are respectively published by the association Presse et Pluralisme, CDC Informatique and SCET. As such, they are not governed by these Terms. For further information on these three websites, Users are invited to consult their respective legal information, terms and conditions of use, and personal data processing and protection policy.

By accessing and using the Website, Users automatically and unconditionally accept these Terms and agree to comply with the legal and regulatory provisions in force.

Article 1: Requirements to access and use the Website

Website Users acknowledge that they have the skills and means required to access and use this Website. They shall also ensure that any person accessing the Website via their Internet connection has read and accepts these Terms.

Users acknowledge that they have checked that the computer configuration they use contains no viruses and is in perfect working order.

To access and use the Website, Users must have, as a minimum, the following computer configuration:

Internet Explorer versions 9 and later;

Firefox versions 22 and later;

Chrome versions 25 and later;

Safari versions 6 and later.


Article 2: Agreement to the Terms - Duration

These Terms take effect on the date that they are published online and are enforceable against any User browsing the Website.

Users who do not wish to comply with the Terms when using the Website are invited to discontinue browsing the Website.


Article 3: Website features

3.1 – Subscribing to Website newsletters

The Website contains subscription services for newsletters on various topics.

To subscribe, Users must follow the online subscription procedure provided for the relevant newsletter.

Subscriptions to Website newsletters are active for an indefinite period and may be terminated at any time without prior notice and without completing any formality other than the latest subscription cancellation procedure indicated to the subscribed User in the newsletter emails and on the Web pages relating to the newsletter subscription in question. Subscriptions become active as soon as possible once Caisse des Dépôts has received the User’s subscription request.

3.2 – Private areas

The Website contains several private areas (hereinafter referred to as ‘Private Area(s)’). Subscription to Private Areas may be open to all Users or reserved for specified persons.

To access Private Areas, Users must accept these Terms as well as the special conditions governing access to and use of the Private Area in question (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Special Terms of Use’ or ‘Special Terms’).

3.3 – Discussion forums

Access to and use of the Website discussion forums are subject to prior acceptance of the Special Terms pertaining to the relevant Private Area.

3.4 – Content sharing

Some pages on the Website have share buttons, enabling you to share content from the Website on social networks (Viadeo, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).

To share content, Users need to click on a share button such as ‘Share’ or an icon representing the social network preceded by ‘Share on’. By clicking on this type of button, Users will open the web page of the relevant social network, which will prompt you, if you are not already logged in to that network, to log in (using your login and password) or register.

Caisse des Dépôts is not responsible for any actions carried out by Users on the social network website. Should Users encounter any problems, they should contact the social network publisher or the person identified on the social network website.

Users are informed that they may be identified by the social network providing a share button via this button, even if the User did not use it when browsing the Website. Caisse des Dépôts does not have access to this information. For more information, Users can consult the terms of use and privacy protection policies of these social networks.

3.5 – Hyperlinks

The Website may contain hyperlinks to other websites, including those of Caisse des Dépôts partners.

However, in no circumstances shall Caisse des Dépôts be responsible for any third-party website accessed by the User via the Website that contains illegal or inaccurate content. Caisse des Dépôts has no control over the content of third-party websites. The decision to click on these hyperlinks is therefore solely that of the User.

Similarly, the Website Publisher cannot be held responsible for the availability or malfunction of any of these third-party sites.

Any person is authorised, without prior consent, to link to the information published on the Website. However, pages from the Website must not be embedded within the web pages of another website.

3.6 – Social media wall (hereinafter ‘Social Wall’)

The Website contains a Social Wall showing publications from the website of the social network identified for each publication. Caisse des Dépôts is not responsible for these publications. They are not hosted nor published by Caisse des Dépôts.

For any question or complaint regarding these publications, Users should contact the author of the publications or the website of the social networks hosting them directly.

3.7 – Forms and surveys

The Website contains forms and surveys that Users are free to use depending on the Website features that they would like to access.

The forms and surveys are used by Caisse des Dépôts to collect information and/or reviews entered online by Users. They consist of text boxes, drop-down menus and tick boxes. Forms are primarily used to manage information requests, registrations and User searches. Surveys are primarily used to collect data for analysis and estimation purposes.

Personal data collected through Website forms and surveys are collected in accordance with the Website’s Personal Data Protection Policy. Users are therefore responsible for consulting the Website Personal Data Protection Policy before using any forms or surveys found on the Website.


Article 4: Intellectual property rights

The Website and all content contained therein, including programs, data, text, images, sounds, drawings, graphics, etc., are the property of Caisse des Dépôts or are subject to a concession granted to it. The right to copy, reproduce, represent, adapt or distribute the Website, in whole or in part, by any process and in any form whatsoever, is subject to the prior written consent of Caisse des Dépôts, subject to the exceptions provided for in the Intellectual Property Code.

Users are authorised to view, download and print the documents and information provided according to the following conditions:

The documents are for personal use and information purposes only and may only be used in a strictly private setting, in compliance with Article L122-5, second paragraph, of the Intellectual Property Code.

The documents and information must not be modified in any way.

The documents and information may not be distributed outside the Website, except via the sharing buttons provided for that purpose.

Any unauthorised use of Website content or information, in particular for commercial use, may give rise to legal proceedings on the basis of an action for infringement and/or unfair competition and/or free riding from the holders of the rights in question.


Article 5: Personal data protection and cookies

In order to make it easier for Users to access information on the management of their personal data on the Website, Caisse des Dépôts has produced a document laying down its Personal Data Protection Policy for the Website.

It is the responsibility of Users to consult the Personal Data Protection Policy, which informs Users in particular about the processing of personal data carried out by Caisse des Dépôts, about the cookies used by the Website, and which defines the terms of Users’ consent to the use of these cookies.


Article 6: Reporting illegal content

Any User who, while accessing the Website or a Private Area, discovers or is aware of any illegal content, is invited to report it to Caisse des Dépôts according to the procedure described below.

The following are considered illegal content, regardless of the medium and format used:

content advocating war crimes, crimes against humanity or crimes against the State (terrorism, etc.);

content inciting hatred towards people on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or disability;

content encouraging paedophilia or any pornographic activity;

content infringing the intellectual property rights of third parties;

content generally characterising illegal or illicit activity.

To make a report, Users shall:

use the ‘Contact us’ form available on the Website;

specify the Website page (http://) on which the illegal content was identified. Users may copy and paste the URL address of the page in question;

share any comments they may have;

send the form.

Caisse des Dépôts will then process the report as soon as possible.


Article 7: Website availability

Caisse des Dépôts will endeavour, within the limits of the latest technology, to make sure that the Website is available and functional 24 hours a day, with the exception of crashes and maintenance operations (preventive and corrective maintenance or upgrades).


Article 8: Liability

In light of the nature of the missions carried out by Caisse des Dépôts as described in the introduction and the services offered on the Website, it was agreed that a clause would be provided limiting the contractual liability of Caisse des Dépôts.

Caisse des Dépôts takes care to ensure that the information provided on the Website is accurate. The information processed may nevertheless contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors.

It is stated that in no circumstances shall Caisse des Dépôts be liable for any errors on the Website, or for the completeness or relevance of the information and data processed.

Caisse des Dépôts strives to provide the Website in accordance with the latest developments in security and confidentiality. Considering the complexity of the Internet, however, it cannot guarantee absolute security.

For the purposes of using the Website, Users must have the skills, hardware and software required for using the Internet. Users acknowledge that the characteristics and constraints of the Internet do not guarantee the security, availability and integrity of data transfers when transmitted over the Internet.

Caisse des Dépôts reserves the right to temporarily or permanently modify or discontinue all or part of the Website, without providing any prior notice or compensation, which the User accepts. Similarly, Caisse des Dépôts cannot be held liable for any errors, interruptions, lack of availability of information and/or the presence of viruses on its Website.

Caisse des Dépôts is not liable in the event of malfunctions, lack of access to or poor conditions of use of the Website due to unsuitable equipment, internal malfunctions of the User’s Internet service provider, Internet network congestion, or due to any other reasons beyond the control of Caisse des Dépôts.

In general, Users and Caisse des Dépôts may only be liable to pay financial compensation for both direct and foreseeable harm suffered by the other party, provided that the other party i) has complied with all the provisions of these Terms and any applicable Special Terms and ii) demonstrates that said harm is the result of a breach attributable to the opposite party.

Caisse des Dépôts cannot under any circumstances be held liable in the event of indirect or unforeseeable harm suffered by the User. Indirect or unforeseeable harm includes, but is not limited to, damage to their image, financial loss, inaccuracy or corruption of files or of data, and loss of an opportunity.


Article 9: Force majeure

Caisse des Dépôts cannot be held liable should it fail to fulfil or only partially fulfil its obligations for the Website where said partial or non-fulfilment results from a case of force majeure as defined in the case law of the French and European Union courts and tribunals.


Article 10: Contract documents

The contract documents governing the relationship between the User and Caisse des Dépôts and forming the Contract are, in order of decreasing priority:

- this document;

- if applicable, the Special Terms.

In the event of a contradiction or inconsistency between one or more provisions contained in any of these documents, the higher ranking document shall prevail. Except as otherwise stated in the Special Terms, in the event of any inconsistency between these Terms and the Special Terms, the Special Terms shall prevail.


Article 11: Updates to contract documents

Caisse des Dépôts reserves the right to update these Terms and the Special Terms at any time according to changes to the content, the Website features and any additional protection requirements.

Caisse des Dépôts therefore invites Users to read this page carefully each time they visit the Website.


Article 12: Applicable law

These Terms are subject to French law. This is the case for both substantive and formal rules.

All challenges and disputes concerning the acceptance, fulfilment or interpretation of these Terms shall be referred to the competent court within the jurisdiction of the second-instance courts of Paris.


Article 13: Credits

A credit is an acknowledgement stating the name of the creator of a photograph, illustration, video or any creation in the broad sense of the word, or, where relevant, the name of the company (e.g.: photography agency, publishing house, etc.) that holds the rights to the published creation, particularly photographs, illustrations, sounds, images and videos. Credits are commonly referred to as ‘photo credits’ or ‘illustration credits’ but apply more widely.  Publishing credits therefore makes it possible to identify the creator of the piece and thereby respect their moral rights for their work, as well as to recognise the owner of the creation.

For the main website, the photo credits are:

Archives Caisse des Dépôts, Bibliothèque Forney, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Georges Fessy, Caisse des Dépôts (Jean-Marc Pettina, Olivier Londe), Egis (Denis Darzacq), (Maksym Yemelyanov, Jan Prchal, pressmaster, Catty, Astock, los tenacos d). For secondary websites, the credits are published on the relevant website either:

in a dedicated ‘credits’ section; or adjacent to the work created or owned by the third party mentioned in the credit.