1.2 This Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) outlines the principles that govern You, or Your user’s use of the Products, Services and/or Apparatus provided to You by NYnet, in connection with You or your user’s use of the Premises.
1.3 This AUP is supplemental to NYnet’s standard Terms and Conditions, as detailed within the ‘Agreement for the Provision of Products or Services to Non-Residential Premises in The County of North Yorkshire’.
1.4 This AUP is intended to help protect NYnet’s customers, and the Internet community, from the inappropriate use of the Internet. A customer’s use of Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus constitutes acceptance of this AUP.
1.5 NYnet reserves the right to revise and update this AUP from time to time. Your continued use of Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus after any such amendment, modification or substitution constitutes Your acceptance of any new AUP or Terms. We recommend that You visit www.nynet.co.uk regularly to check for any updates or amendments to this AUP or Our Terms and Conditions.
2.2 We reserve the right to investigate any suspected violation(s) of this AUP. When We become aware of possible violations, We may initiate an investigation, which may include gathering information from You and the complaining party, if any, and examination of material on Our servers, networks or any other equipment associated with the Premises and/or Products, Services and/or Apparatus.
2.3 We will take action if you abuse the Products, Services and/or Apparatus. The actions we may take, in our sole discretion, at any time include but are not restricted to:
a) a discussion on the phone or an informal email asking for Your cooperation;
b) a formal warning to You
c) suspension of the service (with or without notice);
d) restriction of Your access to all or any part of the Products, Services and/or Apparatus (with or without notice); or
e) termination of the service (with or without notice).
2.4 Notwithstanding Our right to restrict, suspend or terminate Your access to the Products, Services and/or Apparatus, if You breach this AUP and/or our Terms and Conditions We may issue a formal warning to You specifying the unacceptable conduct and notifying You that repeated breaches may result in all or part of Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus being temporarily or permanently withdrawn from You.
2.5 If, after We have issued a formal warning in accordance with paragraph 2.3 above, Your conduct continues to breach this AUP, then We will withdraw all or any part of the Site and/or Services from You until such time as We are satisfied that You have implemented appropriate steps to ensure that Your use of Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus will comply with this AUP.
2.6 If such a suspension is imposed, then this may be lifted at Our discretion upon receipt of a formal written undertaking from You not to commit any future relevant abuse. Until the formal written undertaking is received by us using the contact details we specify to you the Services will remain suspended. NYnet is in no way responsible for any loss during transmission (i.e. post, email).
2.7 Prior to terminating Your access to the Products, Services and/or Apparatus as a general rule, We will attempt to work with You (but are not obliged to do so) to avoid future violations of the AUP and to ensure that there is no reoccurrence of the incident(s) in question.
3.2 In addition to and without prejudice to Your obligations pursuant to Our Terms and Conditions, You agree to comply with (and ensure that others using the Products, Services and/or Apparatus comply with) all applicable laws, statutes and regulations in connection with the Products, Services and/or Apparatus. As the user of record, You are liable for all use of the Products, Services and/or Apparatus supplied to You irrespective of use without Your knowledge and/or consent.
3.3 You are required to keep Your contact details provided to NYnet up to date. Keeping such records up to date is important as We may need to send notices or other information to You using the contact information You gave us.
3.4 In the event that Your use of Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus is under investigation by relevant authorities, We reserve the right to suspend the Products, Services and/or Apparatus for the duration of the investigation.
4.3 If We identify that systems and/or devices on the end of Your connection are causing significant impact to Our service or are part of a “botnet” (machines hijacked by others to distribute malicious software or other forms of abuse), We reserve the right to suspend or disconnect Your access to Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus without notice.
4.4 If We identify that Your connection, or systems and/or devices on the end of Your connection are causing significant impact to Our service to other customers, then We reserve the right to suspend Your access to Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus without notice. We will remove the suspension of Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus once We have determined that Our service to other customers is no longer significantly impacted
4.5 You must take all reasonable precautions to protect yourself and Your systems and servers from Viruses and other forms of malicious intrusion. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage howsoever incurred as a result of such intrusion.
4.6 You must keep Your password(s) (if any) confidential and secure. If You think that Your password(s) has become known to any unauthorised person or may be used in an unauthorised way You should take steps to change Your password immediately. If You believe that any of Your devices have been used to breach the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy, You must inform Us immediately.
5.2 Specific prohibited acts in relation to NYnet’s Products, Services and/or Apparatus are:
5.2.1 the sale or resale of Our services and products;
5.2.2 any form of unsolicited or unwanted or deceptive or misleading advertising;
5.2.3 furnishing false data including fraudulent use of credit card numbers (and such conduct is grounds for immediate termination and may subject the offender to civil or criminal liability);
5.2.4 attempting to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account (also known as “cracking” or “hacking”). This includes, but is not limited to, accessing data not intended for the user, logging into a server or account the user is not expressly authorised to access, or probing the security of other networks without the express authorisation of the owner of such third party network(s);
5.2.5 effecting security breaches or disruptions of communications. Security breaches include, but are not limited to, accessing data of which the customer is not an intended recipient or logging onto a server or account that the customer is not expressly authorised to access. For the purposes of this section “disruption” includes, but is not limited to, port scans, ping floods, packet spoofing, forged routing information, deliberate attempts to overload a service, any otherwise unspecified form of Denial of Service (DoS) attack, or attempts to “crash” a host;
5.2.6 using any program/script/command, or sending messages of any kind, designed to interfere with or adversely affect a user’s enjoyment of Our network by any means, locally or by the Internet, including violating the privacy of other users; and
5.2.7 conducting, for malicious purposes, any form of network monitoring or interception of any data that does not belong to You.
6.1.1 material that is threatening, harassing, invasive of privacy, discriminatory, defamatory, racist, obscene, indecent, offensive, abusive, harmful or malicious;
6.1.2 material that infringes or breaches any third party’s intellectual property rights (which shall include, but not be limited to copyright, trade marks, design rights, trade secrets, patents, moral rights, paternity rights and performance rights) – this includes the use, distribution and/or copying of any material without the express consent of the owner;
6.1.3 material that is in violation of any law or regulation that is enforceable in the United Kingdom; and
6.1.4 programs containing viruses, Trojans, malware (malicious software), hoaxes or any tools designed to compromise the security of Internet users, websites and/or systems. However, you may pass samples of malware in a safe manner to appropriate agencies for the purpose of combating its spread;
6.1.5 phishing – material that is designed to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details or other personal information through masquerading as a trusted source.
6.2 For the avoidance of doubt, the storage upon and/or distribution via Our Products, Services and/or Apparatus by any user of “pirated” software, or any other materials that are not expressly licensed to the User, will constitute a violation of this AUP.
6.3 At Our sole discretion (and without prejudice to any of Our other rights pursuant to this AUP and Our Terms and Conditions), We reserve the right to remove any material from any server under Our control. In addition to any other action We may take, We reserve the right to notify relevant authorities, regulators and/or other third parties of the use, storage, distribution, transmission, retransmission or publication of prohibited material (and/or any other materials the dealing with or use of which may constitute unlawful conduct by Users).