26 July 2017

Guidance and conditions when using the Hotelwatch website

The Metropolitan police and Facewatch (to be known as London Hotelwatch in this disclaimer) consider Internet user privacy and data protection to be of paramount importance. London Hotelwatch complies with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to all processing of personal data supplied to us by users and other personal data in our possession for any reason.

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by several sources within the Metropolian police, Facewatch and while London Hotelwatch endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will London Hotelwatch be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of London Hotelwatch. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. 

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, London Hotelwatch takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.


London Hotelwatch does not share personal information with third-parties or store information it collected about your visit for use other than to analyze content performance through the use of cookies, which you can turn off at anytime by modifying your Internet browser’s settings. The owner is not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without permission.

Use of the online web log (blog)

Rules have been devised to help ensure that the Hotelwatch website is a friendly and constructive place for discussion.

You must comply with these rules in relation to your conduct when using the London Hotelwatch blog and in relation to the content of any contributions you may post to the site or communicate via the private message facility. 

The Rules must be complied with in spirit as well as to the letter. We will determine, in our sole discretion, whether a contribution breaches the rules. 

These rules form part of the terms and condition of use of the London Hotelwatch site, including the conditions that govern your use of the member’s blog. 

All users should be aware that failure to comply with any of the rules will constitute a breach of the London Hotelwatch conditions and may result in your contribution being removed, your account being suspended or cancelled and/or you facing legal action. 

We reserve the right to revise the rules at any time. You are expected to check this page and our site from time to time to take notice of any changes London Hotelwatch make, as they are legally binding on you. 

London Hotelwatch site rules

All Contributions made to the blog or sent using the private message facility must:

  • Be accurate (where any facts are stated) 
  • Be genuinely held (where any opinions are stated) 
  • Comply with the law applicable in the UK and in any country from which it is posted 
  • Be relevant to the topic under which the contribution is posted. 

Specific guidance

You must ensure that the contributions you make to the blog or that you send using the private message facility, and that your conduct when using the Forum, complies with the guidance below.

Defamatory Statements

Contributions must not contain any statements that could be untrue or defamatory in relation to any other person or organisation.

In the UK, the law of defamation protects individuals and organisations from the publication of statements which may "tend to lower the claimant in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally".  If a claimant is able to show that a statement is defamatory, the onus lies on the person making the statement to prove that the statement was in fact true. 

You should therefore ensure that any statement you include in a contribution is factually accurate.  You should also avoid exaggerations, drawing unfair conclusions or making unfair implications in the text of your contribution.  Please note that including the word "allegedly" does not protect you from being sued for defamation. 

You should be aware that posting or sending an untrue or potentially defamatory contribution exposes you to the same risk of being sued for defamation as if you had made the statement in a newspaper, magazine or other medium. 

We will take a strict approach when moderating and/or dealing with complaints in relation to potentially defamatory statements included in contributions, and you should be aware that we will generally err on the side of caution. 

Offensive or Abusive Statements

Contributions must not contain any statements that are obscene, offensive, hateful, abusive or inflammatory or that could be likely to harass, upset, embarrass alarm or annoy any other person.

In particular, Contributions must not: 

  • Include any sexist, racist, bigoted, homophobic, disablist, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable statements or material. 
  • Include any swear words (including abbreviations or alternative spelling); 
  • Include any other language that is likely to offend any other person 
  • Be "flaming" or "trolling", i.e. contain an angry and mean-spirited statement or a statement that is designed simply to provoke an argument; 

Disruption of the blog

You must not post contributions or otherwise use the blog in such a manner as to disrupt or prejudice any other persons use or enjoyment of the Forum.

In particular, you must not:

  • Make multiple contributions or use multiple accounts for any purpose that is inconsistent with the spirit of the site, including to disrupt the blog, irritate other users or avoid compliance with any of the conditions. 
  • Make Contributions in any manner that causes technical difficulties for theblog or otherwise disrupts the operation of the website. 
  • Cause or permit "spamming" of the blog, i.e. the submission of the same or very similar contributions a number of times. 
  • Create or use your user name that is posted beneath your contributions to promote any other website, services, products or campaigns, or in any other way that is inconsistent with the terms or spirit of the rules. 

Personal Details

Contributions must not disclose any personal details in relation to you or any other person, for example any details of the name, address, telephone, mobile or fax number, e-mail address or any other personal data.

Infringement of Copyright or other Intellectual Property Rights

Contributions must not contain any text or materials that risk infringing the copyright or any other intellectual property rights owned by another person.

The law of copyright protects the rights of the copyright owner against a third party who seeks to take the owner's work and pass it off as their own.  You should be aware if your contribution infringes the copyright of a third party, that third party could take court action against you. 

You will be solely responsible for ensuring that your contributions do not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of a third party, however some practical steps that you could take to minimise the risk of a Contribution infringing copyright include the following: 

  • You should not paste large sections of text from a third party document, website or other source; 
  • Any quotes or text you paste into a contribution should include attribution of that quote or statement to the relevant author 
  • If you wish to refer to an external source, you should generally include a link to the relevant website, subject to complying with the rules below in relation to links to external websites. 

Breach of laws or legal duties

You must ensure that the content of your contributions do not breach, or risk being in breach of, any UK law or any other legal duty or obligation owed by you. 

In particular, you must ensure that your contributions do not: 

  • Breach any contractual duty or a duty of confidence that you owe to another person or organisation; 
  • Be in contempt of court 
  • Advocate, promote, incite any third party to commit, or assist any unlawful or criminal act 
  • Contain a statement which you know or believe, or have reasonable grounds for believing, that members of the public to whom the statement is, or is to be, published are likely to understand as a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism 
  • Include any statements that could endanger any other users. 


Contributions must not impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person.  In particular, contributions must not give the impression that the contribution emanates from us if this is not the case. 


Contributions must not contain any form of marketing, advertising, sales or promotion of any products or services offered by you or any other person or organisation. 

This policy is subject to change at anytime.  E&OE © London Hotelwatch 2011/12