Branded Internet ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)
LAWS AND REGULATIONS
1.Branded Internet' infrastructure may be used only for lawful purposes. Users may not violate any applicable laws or regulations of South Africa within the territory of South Africa.Should the user reside outside of South Africa, the laws of the country in which the user resides shall apply.
2.Transmission, distribution or storage of any material on or through the infrastructure in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property right used without proper authorisation, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes an illegal threat, or violates export control laws.
1.The user acknowledges that Branded Internet is unable to exercise control over the content of the information passing over the infrastructure and the Internet, including any websites, electronic mail transmissions, news groups or other material created or accessible over its infrastructure. Therefore, Branded Internet is not responsible for the content of any messages or other information transmitted over its infrastructure.
2.Branded Internet' infrastructure may be used to link into other networks worldwide and the user agrees to conform to the acceptable use policies of these networks.
3.The user may obtain and download any materials marked as available for download off the Internet but is not permitted to use its Internet access to distribute any copyrighted materials unless permission for such distribution is granted to the user by the owner of the materials.
4.The user is prohibited from obtaining, disseminating or facilitating over Branded Internet network any unlawful materials, including but not limited to:
- copying or dealing in intellectual property without authorization,
- child pornography, and/or
- any unlawful hate-speech materials.
ADSL BANDWIDTH USAGE
Branded Internet reserves the right, to take necessary steps, to prevent improper or excessive usage. This action includes, but is not limited to:
preventing or limiting service through specific ports or communication protocols; and/or a complete termination of service to customers with improper or excessive usage.
This policy applies to and will be enforced for intended and unintended prohibited usage (e.g., viruses, worms, generating of spam, malicious code or otherwise unknown causes).
Online activity will be subject to the available bandwidth, data storage and the limitations of the ADSL access service.
SYSTEM AND NETWORK SECURITY
1.All references to systems and networks under this section includes the Internet (and all those systems and/or networks to which user is granted access through Branded Internet) and includes but is not limited to the infrastructure of Branded Internet itself.
2.The user may not circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account (referred to as "cracking" or "hacking"), nor interfere with service to any user, host, or network (referred to as "denial of service attacks"). The host, network or account shall also not be used for „phishing‟ or any other illegal purpose.
3.Violations of system or network security by the user are prohibited, and may result in civil or criminal liability. Branded Internet will investigate incidents involving such violations and will involve and will co-operate with law enforcement officials if a criminal violation is suspected. Examples of system or network security violations include, without limitation, the following:
- Unauthorised access to or use of data, systems or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of any system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without the express authorisation of Branded Internet.
- Unauthorised monitoring of data or traffic on the network or systems without express authorisation of Branded Internet.
- Interference with service to any user, host or network including, without limitation, mailbombing, flooding, deliberate attempts to overload a system and broadcast attacks.
- Forging of any TCP-IP packet header (spoofing) or any part of the header information in an email or a newsgroup posting.
1.It is explicitly prohibited to send unsolicited bulk mail messages ("junk mail" or "spam") of any kind (commercial advertising, political tracts, announcements, etc). This is strongly objected to by most Internet users and the repercussions against the off ending party and Branded Internet can often result in disruption of service to other users connected to Branded Internet. In addition, certain spam is unlawful in terms of the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act 2002, and Branded Internet is entitled to take appropriate steps against the User in contravention of these provisions of the Act.
2.Maintaining of mailing lists by users of Branded Internet is accepted only with the permission and approval of the list members, and at the members' sole discretion. Should mailing lists contain invalid or undeliverable addresses or addresses of unwilling recipients those addresses must be promptly removed.
3.Users may not forward or propagate chain letters nor malicious e-mail.
4.Public relay occurs when a mail server is accessed by a third party from another domain and utilised to deliver mails, without the authority or consent of the owner of the mail-server. Users' mail servers must be secure against public relay as a protection to both themselves and the Internet at large. Mail servers that are unsecured against public relay often become abused by unscrupulous operators for spam delivery and upon detection such delivery must be disallowed.
5.Branded Internet reserves the right to examine users' mail servers to confirm that no mails are being sent from the mail server through public relay and the results of such checks can be made available to the user. Branded Internet also reserves the right to examine the mail servers of any users using Branded Internet mail servers for "smarthosting" (when the user relays its mail off a Branded Internet mail server to a mail server of its own) or similar services at any time to ensure that the servers are properly secured against public relay. All relay checks will be done in strict accordance with Branded Internet' policy of preserving customer privacy.
Upon receipt of a complaint, or having become aware of an incident, Branded Internet reserves the right to:
- Inform the user's network administrator of the incident and require the network administrator or network owner to deal with the incident according to this AUP.
- In the case of individual users suspend the user's account and withdraw the user's network access privileges completely.
- Charge the offending parties for administrative costs as well as for machine and human time lost due to the incident.
- In severe cases suspend access of the user's entire network until abuse can be prevented by appropriate means.
- Share information concerning the incident with other Internet access providers, or publish the information, and/or make available the user s' details to law enforcement agencies.
The User acknowledges that Branded Internet is lawfully required to intercept communications in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation of Interception and Provision of Communication –related Information Act 70 of 2003 (“the Act”). Any interception of communications shall be strictly in accordance with the requirements of the Act, as and when required under the Act.
The User undertakes to use Branded Internet‟ services in accordance with any restrictions imposed under the following legislation:
Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002;
Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005;
Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996 (as amended)
Regulation of Interception and Provision of Communication-related Information Act 70 of 2003
All cases of violation of the above Acceptable Use Policy should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org
USAGE GUIDELEINES AND ACCEPTABLE USE
To help ensure that all customers have fair and equal use of the service and to protect the integrity of the network, Branded Internet reserves the right, and will take necessary steps, to prevent improper or excessive usage thereof.
The action that Branded Internet may take includes, but is not limited to:
- limiting throughput;
- preventing or limiting service through specific ports or communication protocols; and/or complete termination of service to customers who grossly abuse the network through improper or excessive usage.
Online activity will be subject to the available bandwidth, data storage and other limitations of the ADSL access service, which Branded Internet may, from time to time, revise at its own discretion and without prior notice to the customer.
Examples of use, which may result in excessive data transfer, include, but are not limited to:
- Activity: Downloading large files or large quantities of files
Usage Behaviour: Downloading files such as movies, MP3s, games and software using software suc h as Napster, Kazaa, E-donkey etc.
How to minimise this type of usage:
Refrain from using automated download programs. You may not install automated search and retrieve programs or similar automated and manual routines, which generate excessive amounts of network traffic
- Activity: On-Line Gaming
Usage Behaviour: On-line gaming can average data transfer of between 10 - 60 Mb per hour.
How to minimise this type of usage:
Limit the usage of data transfer when playing games on line. Alternatively use local gaming sites
- Activity: Mail / News Groups / CHAT
Usage Behaviour: e-Mail, Newsgroups and Chat clients are used to communicate online, however when files with suffix of "avi", "jpeg", "mpeg", "gif", etc are sent to customers they can contain very large amounts of data.
How to minimise this type of usage:
Be careful when subscribing to sites, which automatically send information with large attachments. Be aware of “background download” programs.
- Activity: Fraud
Usage Behaviour: Customers who do not protect their equipment by using a firewall or proxy server create a possibility for remote access to the PC, which may, by using the use of various programs, determine their username and passwords or the PC can be used to transfer data via the owner‟s account.
How to minimise this type of usage:
Secure your PC by setting up a firewall or proxy server.
- Activity: Browser
Usage Behaviour: Use Automated copying of website content can result in high usage levels.
How to minimise this type of usage:
Manually select the content that needs to be copied.
NO PROHIBITED USAGE OF THE NETWORK
Customers may not engage in any activity that compromises or threatens Branded Internet’s ability to provide the ADSL access service in a reasonable and efficient manner to all other customers.
Examples of prohibited use include, but are not limited to, running servers (that put traffic on the network) and hosting multi-user interactive forums, such as chat rooms.
The ADSL access service may be used only for lawful purposes. Transmission, distribution or storage of any material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property right used without proper authorisation, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes an illegal threat, or violates export control laws.
Violations of system or network security are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability.
Branded Internet will investigate incidents involving such violations and may involve, or will cooperate with, law enforcement agencies if a criminal violation is suspected.
Examples of system or network security violations include, without l imitation, the following:
- Unauthorised access to or use of data, systems or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without express authorisation of the owner of the system or network.
- Unauthorised monitoring of data or traffic on any network or system without express authorisation of the owner of the system or network.
- Interference with service to any user, host or network including, without limitation, mail bombing, flooding, deliberate attempts to overload a system and broadcast attacks.
- Forging of any TCP-IP packet header or any part of the header information in an e-mail or a newsgroup posting.
- Knowingly distributing computer viruses or other malicious computer programs.
- The infringement of third partys' intellectual property rights or the breach of any laws or infringement of any third party rights, including without limitation, copyright.
DOWNLOAD LIMITATIONS AND TECHNICAL MEASURES TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THE BI BUSINESS DSL SERVICE
Branded Internet strictly reserves all of its right to implement appropriate technical mechanisms in order to prevent usage patterns in violation of this AUP.
Branded Internet further reserves the right to take such action as may be necessary to protect the integrity of the system, including, but not being limited to, system monitoring, as well as protocol management and shutting down of ports affected by viruses, worms or other malicious code.
Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed to limit Branded Internet’s rights or remedies in any way with respect to any of the a foregoing activities, and Branded Internet reserves the right to take any action that it may deem appropriate with respect to such activities, including without limitation:
- investigating suspected violations of this AUP,
- taking action to recover costs and expenses incurred in identifying offenders;
- terminating users' access to and use of the ADSL access service;
- levying cancellation charges to cover Branded Internet’s costs in the event of termination of access to the ADSL access service.
This AUP may be clarified or modified periodically and Branded Internet reserves the right to modify this policy at any time, any such changes coming into effect as soon as they are published on the Branded Internet website (www.brandedinternet.co.za).
This policy forms part of the customer’s agreement with Branded Internet regarding the ADSL access service.