Terms of use

Editors of TheChinaCompanion (henceforth: TCC) are keenly aware of their responsibilities in ensuring that users' personal data are handled in the most proper manner. We hereby wish to clarify the ways in which we collect, store, and use personal information in offering our services. It is important to state clearly from the very beginning that we do not share any personal information with third parties for commercial or advertising purposes.


In order to access the TCC website, first-time users are requested to complete a registration form, creating a username and password. During registration they are required to indicate an email address. We will not use such email address for any kind of communication in the absence of specific consent on part of the user (e.g. in case the user signs up for a newsletter service).

Access to and removal of personal information

You may correct/delete your personal information e-mailing Ray Hervandi at the following email address: tcc[at], or by contacting TheChinaCompanion staff via post.

Newsletters and other products

Should a user subscribe to any of our electronic newsletter(s) or wish to receive other materials, we will use the e-mail address provided to communicate with them. We always provide a way to unsubscribe.

Log files and cookies

TCC staff may use these pieces of information (log files, IP addresses, ISP, browser type, operating system, date/time, etc.), which by themselves do not identify individual users, to analyze trends, administer the website, track users' movements around the website, and gather demographic information about our users base as a whole.

We save cookies with information enabling users' authentication; we use Google services for the sign-up procedure (ReCaptcha) and to monitor activity on the website (Analytics).

Legal disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose users' personal details as required by the Italian law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding.

Links to Other Websites

The TCC website contains links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by TCC editors. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other websites.

Changes in this privacy statement

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time.


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at:

    c/o T.wai, Torino World Affairs Institute
    Via Ponza 4/e
    10121 Torino (ITALY)
    Tel: +39 011 5591628
You may also contact Ray Hervandi at the following email address: tcc[at]


As a registered user of this website, you hereby agree to (a) provide accurate current information about yourself as prompted by the TCC registration form; (b) maintain the security of your password and identification; (c) maintain and update the Registration data; and (d) be fully responsible for all use of your account and for any actions that take place using your account. TheChinaCompanion is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of this website. This website is available for personal, non-commercial use only. Every user warrants and agrees that no materials of any kind submitted through his or her account or otherwise posted, transmitted, or shared through the website will violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other personal or proprietary rights; or contain libelous, defamatory or otherwise unlawful material. In addition, every user agrees not to use the TCC to: collect email addresses or other contact information of other users by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited communications; use the website in any unlawful manner or in any other manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the TCC services;
upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available any content that the TCC staff may deem to be harmful, threatening, unlawful, defamatory, infringing, abusive, inflammatory, harassing, vulgar, obscene, fraudulent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; intimidate or harass other users. TCC editors reserve the right to remove any texts or other materials posted by users which are deemed in contrast to the above rules. In case of repeated violation of the TCC terms of use, TCC editors reserve the right to deactivate or remove a user'­s account without notice and by their own judgement. TCC editors cannot be held responsible for the loss of any data.TCC editors have taken every care in the creation and management of the content of the TCC website. However, editors wish to disclaim all warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the information contained in any of the materials on this website or on other linked websites or on any subsequent links. This includes, among others, any liability for damage to users' computers (hardware, data…) and any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided on TheChinaCompanion.TCC editors make no warranty as to the content, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the information provided on the TCC website, or that the website service will be uninterrupted or error-free or that any defects can be corrected. The website and its services may be interrupted occasionally for maintenance or other reasons. TheChinaCompanion shall not be liable for any losses or damages (including without limitation consequential loss or damage) whatsoever from the use of, or reliance on, the information in its website. Any links to other websites do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by TheChinaCompanion of any products, services, policies or opinions of the organization or individual. TCC editors reserve the right to change any and all content, software and other items used or contained in the website at any time without notice. These disclaimers and exclusions shall be governed by the exclusive jurisdiction of the Italian law. Those who choose to access this site from outside Italy are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable.