Terms and conditions


Introduction

The MapIt API (“MapIt”, the “Service”) is operated by mySociety Ltd, company no. 5798215, of 483 Green Lanes, London N13 4BS (“mySociety”, “we” or “us).

By using MapIt or signing up for an account, you’re agreeing to these Terms, which form a legally binding agreement. Please read them carefully - they define the conditions under which you’re allowed to use MapIt.

In order to use MapIt, you must be at least 18 years old and legally able to enter into contracts. If you use MapIt on behalf of a company or organisation you warrant that you have the authority to accept these Terms on behalf of that company or organisation.

mySociety reserves the right to update and change these Terms from time to time without notice and at its sole discretion.

Usage

We reserve the right to block, without warning, usage which violates any of the following restrictions.

Rate limiting

The ‘rate limit’ is the speed at which you make calls on the API.

Anonymous usage of MapIt is permitted, but is rate limited to 50 calls per day, so we recommend that you create an account and use an API key.

With an account, the rate limit is an average of 1 call per second in a rolling 3 minute period. If you need more than this, we can set you up a dedicated service, which may have additional terms or restrictions; please contact us to discuss.

Call limits

The ‘call limit’ is the number of calls which can be made on the API in any one month.

Call limits are described on our pricing page. When creating an account you can pick the most appropriate plan for your needs. In any one month, if you reach the call limit associated with your current plan, you will have to cease your usage until the next month, or upgrade to the next pricing level.

Charitable use

Low-volume charitable use of MapIt is free. This means direct use by registered charities (not paid contractors working on behalf of a charity) or by individuals pursuing a non-profit project on an unpaid basis, with a volume of up to 10,000 calls per month. Higher volume charitable users get a 50% discount off our standard pricing.

You can request charitable status as part of the account creation process, and also at a later stage by updating your subscription (but we don’t provide the discount retroactively).

You will be asked to provide charity registration details (if you represent a charity), or (if you're an individual) enough about you and your project to show us you meet the conditions above: you agree to provide true and complete information, and inform us if your circumstances change.

Accounts

You must provide a valid email address in order to complete the signup process. This email address will be used if we need to contact you about anything relating to your MapIt account or usage - please ensure you keep your contact information up to date.

You’re responsible for all activity that takes place under your account, so you must keep your password secure. mySociety cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to maintain the security of your account and password. You should immediately notify us if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your account.

Termination, cancellation and suspension

You can terminate this agreement at any time and for any reason by ceasing use of MapIt and cancelling any subscription you have. You may also choose to ask us to close your account, if you have one.

mySociety may suspend your access to MapIt if:

We also reserve the right to modify or terminate MapIt for any reason, without notice at any time.

Payment

Our pricing is posted at https://mapit.mysociety.org/pricing/ and is subject to change upon 30 days notice from us.

Your plan is billed in advance on a monthly basis and is non-refundable. You must at all times ensure we are provided with valid credit or debit card information and authorise us to deduct the monthly charges against that card.

If we’re unable to process your payment we’ll try to contact you by email. We reserve the right to limit or suspend your account until we can take payment.

Licensing

mySociety believes that the data may be used in accordance with these licences given by third parties:

but mySociety cannot know whether those licences were validly given, and in consequence, gives no warranty as to the ownership of the data or the use to which it may be put.

You must comply with the licence or licences relevant to the data you use, and you are responsible for satisfying yourself that any use for which you employ the data is lawful and does not infringe anyone’s intellectual property rights.

Attribution

Please attribute us with the text “Powered by Mapit” and a link back to the MapIt front page. You must also give any appropriate attribution(s) required by the data licences.

SLA and support

mySociety offers no guarantee as to the availability of MapIt, and will not be liable if MapIt is unavailable for any reason.

If you need to contact us you can do so via our contact page.

Small print

These Terms are subject to the law of England and Wales. They constitute all the terms and conditions agreed upon between you and mySociety and supersede any prior agreements, whether written or oral.

You expressly understand and agree that to the maximum extent permitted by law mySociety excludes all liability and responsibility to you for any loss or damage resulting, directly or indirectly, from your use of or inability to use MapIt. In any event, our total liability for all claims made about MapIt in any month will be no more than what you paid us for the Service the month before.

mySociety shall not be deemed to have waived its right to enforce any of its rights under this agreement merely because it has previously failed to enforce its rights under this agreement, or permitted you to breach any term of this agreement on one or more occasions.

If a court, or other competent authority, finds that any term of this agreement is illegal or otherwise unenforceable, that term is to be treated as if it had been severed from this agreement. Its severance will be treated (as far as possible) as having no effect on the remainder of this agreement.

Privacy

You can read mySociety’s general privacy policy here: https://www.mysociety.org/privacy/.

In summary, we take your privacy seriously. We will use the personal data that you provide to us solely for the purpose of administering the service, and we will not disclose it to anyone else unless we are obliged to by law. We’ll only ever send you emails in relation to your use of MapIt. Whilst we sometimes use cookies and Google Analytics to help us make our websites better, you can block this if you want to, and we provide information about how to do so.

We use Stripe for processing payments. You can read about Stripe’s usage terms and privacy policy here: https://stripe.com/gb/privacy.