Terms of Service


If you are 17 years of age or younger, you must get your parent or guardian to read these terms and agree to them for you, before you use Wayfinder Society or engage in any associated Wayfinder Society activities.  Please review this agreement with your parent or guardian so that you both understand how Wayfinder Society works and what restrictions apply to your use of our website and service. Remember, always get an adult’s permission before going online.

These Terms of Service are a binding contract between you and Algalita (the makers of Wayfinder Society).  You must agree and accept all of the Terms, or you don’t have the right to use the Services. Your using the Services in any way means that you agree to all of these Terms, and these Terms will remain in effect while you use the Services.  When we use the word “Services,” we mean not only the algalita.org/wayfinder website, but also all the other websites, products, services and applications made available by Wayfinder Society.

Algalita reserves the right to withdraw or change the content of the site and these Terms of Service at any time without notifying you and without having any legal responsibility towards you.

Algalita takes the privacy of its users very seriously. For the entire current Wayfinder Society Privacy Policy, please click here, but we’ve included some information below related to the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (“COPPA”).

COPPA requires that online service providers obtain parental consent before they collect personally identifiable information online from children who are under 13.  If you are a youth participant under 13, please do not send any personal information about yourself to us unless your parent has provided consent, and please do not send any personal information other than what we request from you in connection with the Services. 

If we learn a youth participant under 13 has provided us personal information beyond what we request from him or her, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a youth participant under 13 may have provided us personal information in violation of this paragraph, please contact us at wayfinder@algalita.org.

What are the basics of using Wayfinder Society?  First, you have to sign up for an account, and select a password and username. You don’t have the rights to use or another person’s name with the intent to impersonate that person.  You may not transfer your account to anyone else.

You agree that you will not contribute any content or user submission or otherwise use the

Services or interact with the Services in a manner that:

    1. Infringes or violates the intellectual property rights or any other rights of anyone else (including Algalita);
    2. Violates any law or regulation;
    3. Is harmful, fraudulent, deceptive, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable.
    4. Jeopardizes the security of your Wayfinder Society account or anyone else’s (such as allowing someone else to log on as you on the Services);
    5. Attempts, in any manner, to obtain the password, account, or other security information from any other user;
    6. You must get your parents approval before registering to become a member of Wayfinder Society or before you start any Waymarks.

Anything you post in the Forum are subject to the Wayfinder Society Privacy Policy.  The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) allows Algalita to remove material that we believe in good faith violates someone’s copyright.

Any content posted on the Wayfinder Society Forum is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content originated, and you access all such information and content at your own risk.  We cannot control and have no duty to take any action regarding how you may interpret and use the Content or what actions you may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content, and you hereby release us from all liability for you having acquired or not acquired Content through the Forum.  If you see an inappropriate post within the Forum, please click REPORT at the top right corner of the post and we’ll remove it as soon as possible.

Some Forum posts may contain links or connections to third party websites or services that are not owned, operated, or controlled by Algalita. When you access third party websites or use third party services you accept that there are risks in doing so and that Algalita is not responsible for such risks.  By participating in the Forum, you release and hold us harmless from any and all liability arising from your use of any third party website or service.

Your interactions with organizations and/or individuals found on or through Wayfinder Society are solely between you and such organizations and/or individuals.

If there is a dispute between participants on this site, or between users and any third party, you agree that Algalita is under no obligation to become involved. In the event that you have a dispute with one or more other users, you release Algalita from claims, demands, and damages of every kind or nature, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and/or our Services.

Algalita is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the site including any databases that hold relevant information about the site. They are protected by copyright or trademark registration and you may only use any such material and the documents in line with these Terms and Conditions and this paragraph specifically. If you do not use the materials in line with these Terms and Conditions and this paragraph specifically, you lose your right to use our site, and must destroy or return any copies of documents you have made of it or any part of it. We reserve all our rights conferred to us by law to remedy any such breach. 

We do not guarantee the accuracy of material on our site or the materials uploaded by our users, and you are responsible for the way you use its content. 

We shall not limit or exclude our liability for:

  • death or personal injury;
  • fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
  • any act, omission or matter, liability for which may not be excluded or limited under any Applicable Law.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of California. Any matters arising in connection with this agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the state of California.


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