An acceptable use policy is a very important part of your
contract with your internet service provider. It protects your ISP
from liability if you use your services to do anything considered
illegal or immoral, and it ensures that you are aware of the
implications of accessing restricted content.
As well as Internet Service Providers, workplaces, schools,
universities and large networks also apply acceptable use policies.
They are very similar to the 'terms of service' documents you are
often required to read before signing up to use an online service
like Gmail or Spotify.
AUPs often include a code of conduct,
addressing how you are expected to behave when using your internet
Links to broadband providers' Acceptable Use
What does an acceptable use policy cover?
Each provider's AUP will be a little different, but in general
you are expected to:
- Avoid illegal activities
- Use proper security software
- Ensure that you don't disturb or disrupt the service for other
- Refrain from creating, uploading or downloading anything
offensive, or indecent
- Not use the service for unsolicited advertising
What are the implications if I don't abide by my acceptable use
The ramifications of ignoring your acceptable use policy vary by
provider, but in general:
- A written warning
- Suspension of your service
- Investigation of your behaviour
We advise you to get acquainted with your ISP's acceptable use
policy and avoid doing anything that violates it.