Acceptable use of the Internet

Over time, ethical standards for network use have developed. At UNINETT, we have developed our own ethical guidelines as a key supplement to these standards for acceptable network use.

Definitions:

Internal institution
An education- or research-based institution directly associated with UNINETT (customer or member institution)

External network
A network operated by another operator than UNINETT, either domestically or internationally

External institution
An institution connected to an external network

Point of interconnection
The physical location where UNINETT’s network interconnects with one or more external networks

Acceptable use
Use consistent with the guidelines for use and ethical guidelines that apply to the networks involved

Acceptable use for internal institutions

UNINETT does not impose any restrictions on acceptable use in addition to the guidelines that apply to use of internal institution’s local network . The institution, however, must comply with the guidelines that apply to external networks involved in the communication, as well as the guidelines that apply to the external institution that is the target of the communication. In this context, UNINETT is a neutral medium vis-à-vis the internal institution. UNINETT’s goal is for internal institutions to have all their external communication needs met through UNINETT, and, consequently, it should not be necessary for an internal institution to get involved with another network operator.

All network use must comply with UNINETT’s ethical guidelines.

Acceptable use for external institutions

Normally, all data traffic related to research and education will be permitted over UNINETT’s networks. External institutions may not use UNINETT in its commercial activities. This includes advertising. An internal institution may enter into an agreement with an external institution, specifying that the latter may carry out certain operations via UNINETT, such as product maintenance or disseminating information to users who have requested this information. Such agreements may be established without special consent from UNINETT.  

All network use must comply with UNINETT’s ethical guidelines.

Responsibilities

UNINETT is responsible for informing its internal institutions about guidelines for acceptable network use applying to UNINETT’s networks and any external networks directly linked to UNINETT’s points of interconnection. UNINETT must also, insofar it is possible, inform its internal institutions about guidelines for acceptable use in other networks whenever relevant.

External networks are responsible for informing its institutions about the guidelines that apply to use of UNINETT’s infrastructure. For external networks UNINETT interconnects with, these guidelines, as well as how they are enforced, must be clearly established in the interconnection agreement.

If there is any doubt whether an activity is acceptable under UNINETT’s guidelines for acceptable use, please contact UNINETT directly.  

Sanctions imposed for violations of the guidelines for acceptable use

If the guidelines are violated, the internal institution is responsible for putting a stop to the unacceptable use and make sure it does not happen again. If the violations persist, or the breach is severe, UNINETT may choose to block the institution’s access to the network for a certain period of time, or permanently, if necessary. If an external institution connected to an external network interconnecting with UNINETT violates the guidelines for acceptable use, UNINETT may hold the external network responsible, and, if necessary, block the point of interconnection for all traffic to and from this institution. In the event of repeated violations, UNINETT may choose to block the point of interconnection for all traffic, until the external network operator has implemented measures to alleviate the situation.

 

 

 

 

 

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