TERMS & CONDITIONS
You (the Client) engage The Data Hospital. (“The Data Hospital”) and/or its suppliers to: inspect, evaluate, and identify the problem (if not already identified); and/or retrieve, or minimise the damage to, the equipment/data/media; and/or provide other services as may be requested by the Client from time to time.
Where requested and applicable, The Data Hospital can arrange for a collection on behalf of you the Client. In such instances we agree to pay the courier companies charges on behalf of the client. The carriage agreement remains between the Client and the courier company which The Data Hospital may use from time to time. The Data Hospital will not be held responsible for any loss, damages or consequential losses whilst your device is in transit using a pre-arranged service.
The Data Hospital operates a free courier collection service, the client understand that this service is only ‘free’ and not chargeable should the client agree to The Data Hospital quotation for data recovery services. The client understands that should they decline their fixed price quotation that they must pay The Data Hospital £24.99 for the courier collection.
The Data Hospital will use any information contained in the data, media and/or equipment provided to The Data Hospital by Customer (“Customer Information”) only for the purpose of fulfilling the Engagement, and will otherwise hold such Customer Information in the strictest confidence.
Any Confidential Information disclosed by Customer under this agreement will remain the owner’s sole property, and The Data Hospital shall employ reasonable measures to prevent the unauthorised use of Customer Information, which measures shall not be less than those measures employed by The Data Hospital in protecting its own confidential information. The Data Hospital will not disclose Confidential Information except to employees or consultants reasonably requiring such information (and who have secrecy obligations to The Data Hospital and not to any other party except as required by law. The Data Hospital will employ appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard any Customer Information, including personal data, and will act only on the instruction of the Customer with respect to such information.
Customer agrees to The Data Hospital all sums authorised from time to time by the Client, which will typically include charges for The Data Hospital services, reasonable travel and per diem expenses for on-site work, shipping (both ways), and actual expenses, if any, for parts, media, and/or off-the-shelf software used in the Engagement.
The client understands that full payment is required if a recovery is completed. A recovery consist of at least 70% of the required data, or over 1000 Digital Photographs, or Over 200 Office Files. If The Data Hospital recovers these quotas then all fees are payable by the client. Unless otherwise agreed to in advance by The Data Hospital, all such sums are due and payable via BACS transfer.
Any consent required of either party will be effective if provided in a commercially reasonable manner, which includes without limitation, verbal authorisation if followed by written confirmation by The Data Hospital at the earliest possible opportunity, and/or facsimile.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF EXISTING CONDITIONS
Customer acknowledges that the equipment/data/media may be damaged prior to The Data Hospital receipt, and Customer further acknowledges that the efforts of The Data Hospital to complete the Engagement may result in the destruction of or further damage to the equipment/data/media. The Data Hospital regrets that it will not assume responsibility for additional damage that may occur to the Customer’s equipment/data/media during The Data Hospital efforts to complete the Engagement.
NO WARRANTIES; DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES
The Data Hospital, MAKES AND CUSTOMER RECEIVES NO WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS FOR ANY GOODS OR SERVICES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR IN ANY COMMUNICATION WITH CUSTOMER, AND THE DATA HOSPITAL SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ARISING FROM USAGE OF TRADE OR COURSE OF DEALING OR PERFORMANCE.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; LIMITATION OF DAMAGES
In no event will The Data Hospital be liable for any indirect damages whatsoever. The total liability of The Data Hospital to Customer under this Agreement shall in no event exceed the total sums paid by the Client to The Data Hospital. In cases where no payment has been made for a recovery service The Data Hospital.’s liability will not exceed the cost of the hardware sent for data recovery. The Data Hospital accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to customer property before or after it leaves our workshops.
CUSTOMER’S REPRESENTATION AND INDEMNIFICATION
Customer warrants to The Data Hospital that it is the owner of, and/or has the right to be in possession of, all equipment/data/media furnished to The Data Hospital, and that its collection, possession, processing and transfer of such equipment/data/media is in compliance with data protection laws to which Customer is subject; and Customer will defend, at its expense, indemnify, and hold The Data Hospital harmless against any damages or expenses that may occur (including reasonable legal fees), and pay any cost, damages, or legal fees awarded against The Data Hospital resulting from Customer’s breach of this section.
Unless advised The Data Hospital offer free diagnostics on all devices, this means we will not apply a diagnostic fee to your data recovery quote, however if the quote is declined then the diagnostic fee becomes payable. A diagnostic fee of £115 is payable by the client for any declined quotations. The Data Hospital reserve the right to charge an upfront diagnostic fee where a drive has been opened and the warranty seals broken or where the required data has been damaged in some way which may prevent a successful recovery. This fee is £129.99.
OVERWRITTEN DATA, ENCRYPTION AND DATA OBFUSCATION
The Data Hospital take on all recovery work based upon the information provided at the point of quotation. If it transpires that the data is protected in some way that may prevent recovery using standard recovery procedures all quoted fees will be payable providing that we are able to create and make available a cloned image of the hard drive. Where information regarding data protection, obfuscation or encryption is provided at the point of quotation a suitable price will be quoted that takes this into consideration.
Where data has been overwritten by a process such as reinstallation of the operating system, formatting, data overwriting or secure erasure processes has been carried out without our prior knowledge all quoted recovery fees will be due regardless of the ability to produce the original data.
Please make a sales or technical representative aware of any information that may prove relevant to your case prior to shipping the failed media to us, this way an accurate quote can be provided.
The Data Hospital hereby acknowledges that all information of any kind whatsoever whether prior to after or on the date of this Agreement in whatever form including but not limited to oral visual, pictorial, written, in machine-readable form (including electronic form on disc or tape or the like in whole or in part (the “Confidential Information”) is to be kept strictly secret and confidential If in any doubt as to whether any particular information constitutes Confidential Information the Company should obtain written confirmation from you.
DISPUTES REGARDING RETURNED DATA
The Data Hospital as a matter of policy retains a copy of your data for ten working days subsequent to the data being returned to you. Any queries or disputes regarding the integrity or completeness of this data must be notified within this time period.
RETURN OF YOUR DATA AND PROPERTY
Where return carriage of recovered data or original equipment is required, unless included in a quoted price, and where the item weighs 8 Kilograms or less; a charge of £24.99 will be made to cover courier carriage and any packaging required to achieve this. Items weighing more than 8KG will be quoted for on a case by case basis.
The client understands that should they provide a computer item which contains a hard drive, The Data Hospital will remove the hard drive without warning in order to complete their diagnostic and assessment. If a removal is required from any device, a removal fee of £79.99 is payable by the client.
The parties agree that this Agreement shall be governed by English Law in every particular including formation and interpretation and shall be deemed to have been made in England. The parties agree that if any provision of this Agreement is held unenforceable, the validity of the remaining portions or provisions of the Agreement shall not be affected. Any revision or modification of this Agreement shall be effective only if it refers to this Agreement, is in writing, and is signed by an authorised representative of each party. Facsimile signatures for this Agreement and any subsequent exhibits are effective to bind the signing party and admissible in any court and/or for any lawful purpose. This Agreement, together with any exhibits or other attachments, constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties in relation to this subject matter. No provisions in either party’s purchase orders or in any other standard business forms employed by either party will apply even if accepted by the other party.