Term of use

  1. Agree and accept the terms
  2. Welcome to enter, browse or use the services provided on this website/application (collectively referred to as “this Service”) . These "Terms of Use" applies to Hong Kong companies or publications of Sing Tao Corporation (including but not limited to the companies and publications listed in Annex 1, each "the Company" or "we"). When you (or referred to as "User" below) enter or browse the Company's website/ or application or use this Service, it means that you have read and agree to accept these "Terms of Use" and are bound by the following terms and conditions. If you are under the age of 18 or under the guardianship of your parent or legal guardian, only with the consent of your parent or legal guardian that you can use the subscription service, and it means that you and your legal guardian should have agreed to accept the relevant “Subscription Terms and Conditions”, these "Terms of Use" , the “Privacy Policy Statement” and “Copyright Policy”, and be subject to them.

  3. Changes to terms
    1. The Company reserves the right to modify these "Terms of Use" at any time without notice. The Company will publish the modified or updated "Terms of Use" on this page. Unless otherwise stated below, all revisions will automatically take effect when posted on this page and supersede any previous version of these “Terms of Use”. You agree to review the published “Terms of Use” periodically to ensure that you are aware of any revision. When you continue to use this Service, it means that you agree to accept the revised "Terms of Use". If you do not agree to the relevant changes in these "Terms of Use", please immediately stop using this Service.
    2. These "Terms of Use" are annexed to the license agreement between the User and the app store or publishing platform (including Google Play and App Store). In case of any conflict or discrepancy, these "Terms of Use" shall prevail.
    3. If the Company provides or sells individual services or products on separate terms ("Independent Terms"), Users need to simultaneously accept the relevant Independent Terms when using or purchasing such services or products. If there is a conflict between the Independent Terms and these "Terms of Use", the Independent Terms shall prevail.

  4. Use of service and registration
    1. In order to use any membership services or purchase any products services etc. on the Company's website or application, Users must register a member account on the Company's website or application, and on the submission of all online and offline registration forms and other documents to the Company, Users must provide all necessary information, and such information must be accurate, current and complete. Users shall be fully responsible for the submitted information, and Users are also responsible for updating from time to time to ensure that the latest relevant information is maintained. The Company reserves the absolute discretion to refuse to register or cancel any member account.
    2. You must keep your member account login password and registration information confidential and be responsible for its security, and shall not create additional accounts or allow any person to abuse this Service or intend to impersonate other Users, or engage in any behavior that endangers the security of member account. You agree that if your password or information is used or accessed by others without your authorization, you should immediately notify the Company. The Company will take all actions it deems appropriate to ensure the safety and integrity of the Company's website or application . Such actions include but are not limited to monitoring and recording internet activities and IP addresses, verifying User data, tracing and tracking the flow of data. You agree to be responsible to us and others for all activities that occur under your account. The Company will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your failure to comply with this Section or the actions of third parties not authorized by you.
    3. If a User is found to provide false information, or uses the same device to register more than one account with the Company's website or application, or registers with more than one account, the Company reserves all rights, including the right to terminate the User’s membership immediately, cancel and delete all his accounts on the Company's website or application, freeze the duplicate or irregular accounts of the User, without notification to the User.

  5. Published content
    1. Copyright of content published by Users
    2. You understand and aware that the Company may allow you to post or send, upload, submit, store, transmit or receive content (including information, material, text, data, image, photo, software, music, tag, video, message, recording and/or other material) (hereinafter referred to as "User Content") through our website or application. You agree, when you upload, submit, store, or send User Content to the Company's website or application, it means you agree, without the Company's prior notice to you, to grant the Company free of charge for use and hosting in any way or channel, save, reproduce, modify, reprint, edit, adjust, produce derivative works (such as translating, adapting or changing part or all of the content that you have published), disseminating, publishing, publicly displaying and disseminating such User Content. You agree that if your User Content is selected, the copyright of such content will be owned by the Company. If you do not agree to the above terms, you should immediately stop publishing or posting any User Content on the Company's website or application, and stop using this Service.

    3. Rules for publishing content
      1. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, this Agreement and/or any other rules applicable to the operation and/or use of this Service at all times.
      2. If you violate, including but not limited to, the following terms, the Company has the absolute discretion to terminate your access, browsing, or terminate your account and other related offers on the Company's website or application without notice to you, and would not assume legal responsibility or recourse of the same to you:
        1. Strictly prohibited to post any content that contains unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, offensive, defamatory, vulgar, pornographic, racially hateful, immoral, or otherwise objectionable materials.
        2. Strictly prohibited to post any content that infringes patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, or other rights of others.
        3. Strictly prohibited to provide pirated software or infringing content for netizens to download.
        4. Strictly prohibited to publish personal data of others or yourself, including photos, phone numbers and addresses.
        5. Strictly prohibited to forward the contents of third party’s copyrighted materials without authorization.
        6. Strictly prohibited to publish any direct or indirect advertising or any promotional content without consent.
        7. Strictly prohibited to collect or use other people's personal data.
        8. Strictly prohibited to forge identities to spread messages.
        9. Strictly prohibited to hinder, interfere with, or destroy the server or network that provides the service to affect the normal operation of the Company's website or application.
        10. Strictly prohibited to interfere with other Users' enjoyment of the services provided by the Company.
        11. Strictly prohibited to copying, printing, reverse engineering, selling, licensing, translating, decompiling or disassembling, validating, publishing and otherwise exploiting any part of this Service, software and/or content or using it for any purpose not expressly permitted by the Company.
        12. Strictly prohibited to use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other manual or automatic device or process to access, monitor, retrieve, retrieve, index, "data mine," or in any way copy, disrupt, copy or circumvent any browsing structure or presentation of this Service, content and/or software.
        13. Strictly prohibited to falsifying titles or otherwise manipulating identifying tags to impersonate the origin of any content transmitted via the Company’s website or application.
        14. Strictly prohibited any illegal or immoral use of the Company’s website or application, content, software and/or this Service.
        15. Strictly prohibited to upload, publish or disseminate any content or information that offends or violates the laws or regulations currently in force in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (“HKSAR”). Such content or information includes but not limited to: (i) According to Part 4 of the "Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance" (Chapter 371), no one may display or cause to be displayed or, for purpose of display, to publish or distribute any form of tobacco advertisement. At the same time, it is also prohibited to display tobacco advertisements in print publications, public places, movies and the internet etc. Please refer to the Laws of Hong Kong "Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance" (Chapter 371) for details of the "Ordinance". (ii) According to the "Undesirable Medical Advertisements Ordinance" (Chapter 231), advertising or content that is harmful to public health is prohibited. Please refer to the Laws of Hong Kong (Chapter 231) for details of the "Ordinance". (iii) According to Chapter 109 of the Laws of Hong Kong, the "Dutiable Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2018", it is not allowed to sell or supply intoxicating alcohol to minors in the course of business, such as through remote means (such as the Internet or the telephone) to sell or supply intoxicating alcohol, then before the alcohol is sold, the prescribed notice must be displayed in an online store in a reasonably readable manner or read out the content of the prescribed notice. Please refer to Chapter 109 of the Laws of Hong Kong, the "Dutiable Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2018", for details of the "Ordinance". (iv) Prohibit the publication of the " "Trade Descriptions Ordinance" (Chapter 362) and the "General Guidelines on Fair Trading Sections in the Ordinance" issued by the Commissioner of Customs and Excise and the Communications Authority", prohibiting merchants from adopting unfair trade practices against consumers (including but not limited to false trade descriptions, misleading omissions and bait advertising), please refer to the Laws of Hong Kong (Chapter 362) and the above guidelines for details of the "Ordinance".
        16. Trading is prohibited, unless our prior written consent is obtained, no User can conduct at the Company's website or application, or use any part of the Company's website or application for commercial or other kinds of transactions. Any transaction that has been authorized by us in accordance with the terms of the procedure shall comply with these terms and the specific terms and conditions of our relevant contracts, agreements and authorization letters at all times.
      3. If any person commits any irregular/illegal or suspected irregular/illegal acts on the Company’s website or application, the Company will hand over the offender's information for future investigation purposes upon request from law enforcement agencies. If the Company is subject to any legal proceeding or claim as a result, the Company reserves the right to pursue all losses and claims against the offender.
      4. You agree that the information published by other Users on the Company's website or application does not represent the Company's position and opinion. The Company will not be responsible for the content.
      5. The Company reserves the right to delete any content on the Company's website or application without notice.
      6. You understand that when you enter a discussion forum, you may be exposed to content from different sources or other Users' opinion or criticism of you, and such content, opinion or criticism may be unfair, inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable to you; we are not responsible for such content. You agree to waive any claim (whether legal or equitable) against us or to seek remedies with respect to such content.
      7. This Section 4 shall survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement and/or your use of this Service.

  6. Payment, order confirmation and use or redeem vouchers
    1. Payment
    2. All product prices on our website or applications are denominated in Hong Kong dollars. Products or services can only be delivered within Hong Kong (unless the merchant has other instructions). User agrees to pay for the order in accordance with the payment method provided by us, and understands that the Company is not obligated to process or execute the order before the payment is officially completed.

    3. Third Party Payment Service Provider
    4. The Company uses third-party payment service provider for online transactions. When a User purchases a product or service, it means that the User agrees and accepts its terms and conditions. The User's payment information will be collected, processed and retained by the payment service provider. If any loss is incurred during the transaction, the User agrees and accepts that the Company shall not be liable for any relevant loss under any circumstance. Unless otherwise specified, we will not collect or retain User's credit card information. If User chooses to store the credit card information for quick checkout, it means that User agrees and accepts that the relevant information will be encrypted and retained by the third-party payment service provider.

    5. Order confirmation
    6. After the payment is officially completed, User will receive an order confirmation notification via the registered email, which contains the order number and order details, indicating that we have confirmed your order.

    7. Use or redeem voucher
    8. Voucher will be automatically stored in User's "My E-Voucher" in the Company's website or application, and the individual voucher will list the redemption or usage details. User must redeem with the merchant according to the instructions, and the merchant has the right to request User to provide the required supporting documents, such as personal data, order number, redemption voucher, etc., during the redemption. If User fails to provide the required supporting documents, or fails to redeem within the expiration date or is not eligible for redemption, the merchant has the right to refuse to provide the service without making a refund. If you have any questions about the details of the services provided by the merchant, you can directly inquire with the merchant, or through the Company.

    9. Additional charge
    10. User understands and agrees that the individual services provided by any merchant may incur additional costs depending on the actual situation, and User may need to pay the relevant fees directly to the merchant. The Company has requested merchants to provide the latest and correct information about their products or services, including but not limited to prices, conditions of use, and product or service descriptions etc. We try our best to ensure the accuracy of all instructions displayed on our website or application, but we cannot guarantee that the content displayed on our website or application is correct at all times.

    11. Unable to successfully use or redeem the voucher
    12. If User has used or redeemed the voucher with the merchant as instructed, but ultimately cannot successfully use or redeem it, please contact us via email enquiry@singtaonewscorp.com, and we will try to contact the merchant to find a solution.

    13. Loss of voucher
    14. If User loses the voucher or the voucher is damaged, neither the Company nor the merchant shall be responsible, nor shall it be refunded.

    15. Changes to prices and information
    16. The Company reserves the right to change the price and other information of the products at any time, the revised information will be updated directly on the relevant webpage without notice. If User continues to purchase after the information is changed, it means that the User agrees and accepts those changes. Products and prices are subject to the information published at the time of the actual transaction.

  7. Return and refund policy
    1. The Company is not responsible for the discounts, product or service quality, post-use response, use, customer experience, safety and service terms provided by the merchants, and will not issue refunds for the above reasons. User agrees to pursue the merchants' responsibilities on their own.
    2. If the merchant, due to bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency, dissolution or liquidation, fails to perform its liabilities (including but not limited to), or due to the bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency, dissolution or liquidation of its service provider, fails to perform its liabilities (including but not limited to), User agrees to claim related compensation from the merchant only.
    3. After the payment is completed, we usually will not accommodate any cancellation or change of any confirmed order for User. If User requires a refund, please contact the merchant directly.

  8. Application of QR Code
    1. If Users need to use QR Code to browse the content provided by the Company's website or application, please install the "QR Code Decoder" on your mobile device, and then use the "Network Testing Video" function, to make sure that both your mobile telecommunications network provider and mobile device are used support network video streaming and the video specifications.
    2. Users receiving information and services provided by the Company may be affected or interrupted due to network conditions. The Company does not guarantee that the various services provided by QR Code are stable and error-free; if due to errors in the network system of service providers, telecommunication companies or other cooperative units, causing service delay, temporary interruption, transmission or access to information of QR Code, the Company will not take any responsibility. The Company will not be responsible for any errors in the QR Code service caused by a third party hacking the mobile device system, or damage to the User's mobile device system.
    3. Services such as software downloads, mobile device authentication, and browsing of QR Code information content are provided by the User's telecommunication service provider, and the telecommunication service provider will charge you a fee; if there is a dispute about the relevant charge, it has nothing to do with the Company, please inquire with your telecommunication service provider.

  9. Disclaimer
    1. The Company will make every effort to provide the latest and accurate information, but will not make any statement or guarantee on the accuracy, validity or completeness of the information provided. All content on the Company’s website or application (including but not limited to text, pictures, clips and graphics, collectively referred to as "Content") is provided "as is" and "as provided". To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we make no representations or warranties of any kind (implied or expressed) with respect to the Content provided, and such Content should not be construed as specific commercial, financial, business or legal advice. You agree to access the Content only for your reference and personal, non-commercial use as permitted by these “Terms of Use”. Unless otherwise expressly authorized, we and related Content providers reserve all rights to the service and Content.
    2. The Company has not made any statement on the quality or suitability of any products sold through the Company's website or application.
    3. The Company will not be held legally liable for any losses incurred by Users logging in or unable to login the Company's website or application, or relying on any information provided in the website or mobile application.
    4. The User shall solely assume and be responsible for any losses incurred in dealing with other Users of the Company's website or application, including advertising and transactions. The communication or transactions between you and other Users and/or advertisers through our website or application, including payment and delivery of relevant products or services and any information, terms, guarantees or declarations related thereto, are purely a matter of yours and other Users and/or between advertisers. The Company will not be responsible for the services and content provided by other third party providers, online merchants or advertisers that link to the Company's website or application, and will not be responsible for the existence or not of the third party providers, online merchants or advertisers that link to the Company's website and application.
    5. The Company does not guarantee or assure that the data or files downloaded from the Company's website or application are free of viruses or other destructive materials. The Company will not be responsible for any loss or damage caused by such destructive materials.
    6. User agrees that the Company and its officers, directors, shareholders, employees or representatives will not be liable to User or anyone because of Company’s promoting, combining, interpreting, editing, reporting or distributing any Content (regardless of whether the Content is or is not inappropriate, defamatory, infringement of others, immoral or contain illegal content) which causes direct or indirect, overall or partial loss or liability.
    7. Please refer to the "Disclaimer" section in the "Subscription Terms And Conditions" (where applicable) and the “Copyright Policy” in relation to this Service.
    8. This Section 8 will survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement and/or your use of this Service.

  10. Third Party Materials
    1. This Service may contain third party material and/or hyperlink to third party websites. Your use of third party websites and/or materials linked to this Service may be subject to additional or separate terms and conditions. The additional terms and conditions of these web pages and programs may apply to you; if there is any conflict between the additional terms and terms and these “Terms of Use” in respect of the use of those web pages and programs, the additional terms and conditions shall prevail.
    2. We do not and have not made any representations about any software, materials, programs, media platforms, devices or services of any third parties (such as our data providers, advertisers, sponsors or promotional partners) accessed through this Service, nor can we exercise any control over the performance or reliability of the aforementioned items. We have not endorsed any software, materials, programs, media platforms, devices or services of any third parties, and you agree that use of such software, materials, programs, media platforms, devices or services is at your own risk. You expressly release us from any and all liability arising from your use of or link to any third party sites or materials.
    3. We also have no control over any third party websites linked to the Company’s website or application, nor are we responsible for any off-site pages or any other third party website content or other quasi-nature (including but not limited to, via the website to which the ad is linked). Some links to the Company’s website or application are automatically generated and may be offensive or inappropriate to some individuals. The inclusion of any link does not imply that we believe that the linked site is feasible, and you agree that browsing such links is at your own risk. We shall not be responsible or in any way liable for any loss or damage arising from your reliance on, use of, sale of, or any loss or damage arising from the links and advertisements that exist on this Service, whether direct or indirect.

  11. Privacy Policy
  12. The Company is committed to protecting and maintaining the security of Users' personal data, and promises to do its best to implement and abide by the rules of the "Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance" (Cap 486) of the laws of HKSAR to protect your privacy rights. Users must agree to and abide by the terms of the Company’s "Privacy Policy Statement". For details, please click here to read the Company's “Privacy Policy Statement”.

  13. Intellectual Property
    1. All Intellectual Property Rights related to the Company and the Company's website or application belong to the Company, or have been authorized to the Company for use on the Company's website and application. User agrees to abide by all Intellectual Property Laws ("IP Laws") of the HKSAR. User agrees that it will not engage in any activities that violate IP Laws or infringe on the Intellectual Property Rights and/or other proprietary rights of any information on the Company's website or application, or cause it to be infringed, and will not link any part of the Company's website or application to any website that may carry out the above-mentioned infringing activities. Such infringement activities include: infringement of any party's copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property or proprietary rights ("Intellectual Property Rights"); violation of any measures to protect Intellectual Property Rights, including falsification of serial numbers or registration numbers, or the use of hackers tools; without the authorization or consent of others, copy, extract or use the content of other people's webpages in any way; provide pirated files or links to such files.
    2. This Section 11 will survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement and/or your use of this Service.

  14. Suspension and Termination
    1. If in our sole discretion, you violate, or may violate, or fail to comply (or your behaviour shows that you do not intend or fail to comply) with any provision of this Agreement, or if we need to comply with legal requirements, or the continuance performance of this Agreement by both parties may no longer be commercially beneficial, we may suspend, restrict or terminate your user account at any time, or refuse you to access any part or all of this Service without further notice or legal liability or compensation to you.
    2. If User is found to have violated the IP Laws or these Terms of Use, the Company has the right to remove any post, content or material that the Company believes to be infringing under the IP Laws or in violation of these Terms of Use, and terminate User’s registration or account, without issuing a notice and without having to bear legal liability or compensation to User. The Company expressly reserves its right to take legal action against User and to pursue all claims and losses against the User.
    3. When your User account is suspended or terminated:
      1. any rights we have under this Agreement will survive; and
      2. all authorizations, rights and privileges granted to you by your registration of the Company’s services, access to this Service, content and software and these “Terms of Use” will be terminated.

  15. Indemnity
    1. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from all claims, costs or demands (including reasonable attorneys' fees) made by third parties against us based on or in connection with:
      1. any breach by you of this Agreement;
      2. your use of the Company’s website or application, this Service services, software and/or content;
      3. information submitted by you;
      4. any and all use of your user account, whether or not such use is expressly authorized by you;
      5. any transactions with you through this website or application or its services; and/or;
      6. any claim, cost or demand (including reasonable attorneys' fees) made by such third party for your infringement of any rights.
    2. This Section 13 will survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement and/or your use of this Service.

  16. Others
    1. These "Terms of Use" are governed by the laws of the HKSAR and in accordance with its interpretation, both User and the Company agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the HKSAR.
    2. Except for the parties to these "Terms of Use", any third party/person/group has no right to compulsorily enforce these "Terms of Use" in reliance on the "Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance"(Cap 623) of the laws of the HKSAR.
    3. If certain terms of these "Terms of Use" are found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable by a court or a tribunal with jurisdiction, those terms shall be severed, and the remaining terms of these "Terms of Use" will continue to be valid and enforceable. The terms in these "Terms of Use" are independent and separate terms.
    4. Our delay or failure to enforce any right or provision of these “Terms of Use” will not be deemed a waiver of such right or provision.
    5. We reserve the right to appoint an agent, assign or outsource to any person or entity at any time all or any part of the rights and/or obligations contained in these “Terms of Use”. You may not assign, transfer, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of your rights, obligations and/or responsibilities under these “Terms of Use” to any person or entity without our prior written consent.
    6. All notices and communications we send to you will be sent in the form and manner we deem appropriate: If sent by email, SMS, WhatsApp or fax, it will be deemed to have been officially sent after sending; If the website is published, it will be deemed to have been officially sent on the day of publication; if it is mailed to the address you last notified us, it will be deemed to be received on the third working day.
    7. Our interpretation of these “Terms of Use” is at our sole discretion.
    8. You acknowledge that we have given you a reasonable opportunity to review these “Terms of Use” and that you have agreed to them.
    9. If User has any questions about the Company's services or these “Terms of Use”, please email to enquiry@singtaonewscorp.com, or the email provided by individual services to contact us.

Annex 1: Publications applying the Privacy Policy Statement (including but not limited to those listed below)

  1. 星島新聞集團官方網站 (Sing Tao News Corporation Official Website)
  2. 星島頭條 (Stheadline)
  3. stheadline.com 星島頭條網
  4. 頭條Blog City (Stheadline Blog City)
  5. 星島電子報 (Stepaper)
  6. 星島日報 (Sing Tao Daily)
  7. 頭條日報 (Headline Daily)
  8. 頭條POPnews (Headline POPnews)
  9. 星島網 (www.singtao.com)
  10. 星島地產網 (Stp.stheadline.com)
  11. 星島教育網 (Stedu.stheadline.com)
  12. 頭條金融網 (Hdfin.stheadline.com)
  13. 星島虎報海外地產 (Singtao Oversea Property)
  14. 英文虎報 The Standard
  15. 親子王 (Smart Parents)
  16. Oh! 爸媽 (Ohpama.com)
  17. 頭條揾工 (Headlinejobs)
  18. JobMarket
  19. EDU 進修生活 (EDUplus.hk)
  20. A-Performers A級人才
  21. 東周 (East Week)
  22. 東Touch (East Touch)
  23. JET
  24. PCM
  25. 車買家 (CAZBuyer)
  26. 星島出版 (Singtao Books / Sing Tao Publishing)
  27. East Touch Publishing Limited
  28. Plug Media Services Limited
  29. Sing Tao New Media Business Limited

Note: The above-mentioned list may be revised and/or updated from at any time by the Company with or without notice.

This Statement is last updated on: 30 June 2023