DDPA Social Media Policy (“Policy”)


Delta Dental Plans Association (“DDPA”) has opened publicly facing pages on social media sites for viewing content and/or videos and posting comments about DDPA. These social media sites include but are not limited to various blogs, bulletin boards, networks, multi-media and news media sites or other user generated content sites (“Social Media Sites”).  By accessing, viewing and/or posting any content related directly or indirectly to DDPA on any Social Media Site on the internet, you accept, without limitation or qualification, the following terms of use. If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy, you may not view or post any content to any Social Media Site on the internet.

Your use of Social Media Sites is acceptance of this Policy and has the same effect as if you had actually physically signed an agreement.


  1. If you are a DDPA employee you must adhere to this Policy and all other DDPA policies regarding the disclosure and protection of DDPA information.  For example, DDPA employees must not share confidential or proprietary information about DDPA and must comply with applicable privacy laws and policies.
  2. You must be at least 18 years old to post any content on any Social Media Site.
  3. Anything posted online is available to the public.  You agree not to post any content that is personal health information (including patient images) or other personally identifiable information on any Social Media Site.
  4. As a guest posting content to any Social Media Site on the internet, you agree that you will not: violate any local, state, federal and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to copyright and intellectual property rights laws regarding any content that you send or receive via this Policy; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that is unlawful, disruptive, threatening, profane, abusive, harassing, embarrassing, tortuous, defamatory, obscene, libelous, or is an invasion of another's privacy, is hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable as solely determined in DDPA’s discretion; impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party; transmit (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes" or any other form of solicitation; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that contains software viruses, worms, disabling code, or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; harass another; or collect or store, or attempt to collect or store, personal data about third parties without their knowledge or consent; or to share confidential pricing information of any party.
  5. DDPA reserves the right to monitor, prohibit, restrict, block, suspend, terminate, delete, or discontinue your access to any Social Media Site, at any time, without notice and for any reason and in its sole discretion. DDPA may remove, edit, delete, block, filter or restrict by any other means any of your published content in DDPA’s sole discretion.  You understand and agree that DDPA may disclose your communications and activities with DDPA in response to lawful requests by governmental authorities, including Patriot Act requests, judicial orders, warrants or subpoenas, or for the protection of DDPA rights. You agree that in the event that DDPA exercises any of its rights hereunder for any reason, DDPA will have no liability to you.
  6. By posting any content on any Social Media Site, you hereby grant DDPA an irrevocable and perpetual right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display such content and the right to create derivative works from your content, edit or modify such content and use such content for any DDPA purpose.
  7. You shall defend, indemnify, and hold DDPA and its member companies and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, successors and assigns harmless from and against, and shall promptly reimburse them for, any and all losses, claims, damages, settlements, costs, and liabilities of any nature whatsoever (including reasonable attorneys' fees) to which any of them may become subject arising out of, based upon, as a result of, or in any way connected with, your posting of any content to a Social Media Site, any third party claims of infringement or any breach of this Policy.
  8. YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY RELATED TO THE SECURITY, PRIVACY, AND CONFIDENTIALITY RISKS INHERENT IN SENDING ANY CONTENT OVER THE INTERNET.  By its very nature, a website and the internet cannot be absolutely protected against intentional or malicious intrusion attempts. DDPA does not control the third-party sites and the internet over which you may choose to send information or other content and, therefore, DDPA does not warrant any safeguards against any such interceptions or compromises to your information.  When posting any content on an internet site, you should think carefully about your own privacy in disclosing detailed or private information about yourself and your family.  FURTHERMORE, DDPA DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY PRODUCT, SERVICE, VIEWS OR CONTENT DISPLAYED ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE.
  9. You agree that any claim or dispute relating to your posting of any content on a Social Media Site on the internet shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of laws provisions and you agree to be bound and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the local, state or federal courts located in DuPage County, Illinois.
  10. You may not provide any content to a Social Media Site that contains any product or service endorsements or any content that may be construed as political lobbying, solicitations or contributions or use the Social Media Site to link to any sites or political candidates or parties or use the Social Media Site to discuss political campaigns, issues or for taking a position on any legislation or law.
  11. THIS POLICY MAY BE UPDATED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE, EFFECTIVE UPON POSTING.  By continuing to post any content after such new terms are posted, you accept and agree to any and all such modifications to this Policy.