Summary of JANET Acceptable Use Policy

JANET is the network that links Universities, Colleges and research organisations throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

There are direct links to networks in Europe and the USA, by which JANET forms part of the global Internet. JANET is maintained to support teaching, learning and research. If a user sends or receives e-mail off-campus, use the World Wide Web, or any other Internet facilities this involves utilising the JANET network.

The following are extracts from the latest version of the JANET Acceptable Use Policy - a fuller version of this information can be found from the link below.

JANET Acceptable Use Policy Document

Subject to the following paragraphs, JANET may be used for any legal activity that is in furtherance of the aims and policies of the User Organisation.

JANET may not be used for any of the following:

  1. the creation or transmission (other than for properly supervised and lawful research purposes) of any offensive, obscene or indecent images, data or other material, or any data capable of being resolved into obscene or indecent images or material;
  2. the creation or transmission of material which is designed or likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety;
  3. the creation or transmission of defamatory material;
  4. the transmission of material such that this infringes the copyright of another person;
  5. the transmission of unsolicited commercial or advertising material either to other User Organisations, or to organisations connected to other networks, save where that material is embedded within, or is otherwise part of, a service to which the member of the User Organisation has chosen to subscribe;
  6. deliberate unauthorised access to facilities or services accessible via JANET;
  7. deliberate activities with any of the following characteristics:
  • wasting staff effort or networked resources, including time on end systems accessible via JANET and the effort of staff involved in the support of those systems;
  • corrupting or destroying other users' data;
  • violating the privacy of other users;
  • disrupting the work of other users;
  • using JANET in a way that denies service to other users (for example, deliberate or reckless overloading of access links or of switching equipment);
  • continuing to use an item of networking software or hardware after UKERNA has requested that use cease because it is causing disruption to the correct functioning of JANET;
  • other misuse of JANET or networked resources, such as the introduction of "viruses".
  1. Where JANET is being used to access another network, any abuse of the acceptable use policy of that network will be regarded as unacceptable use of JANET. Any breach of industry good practice (as represented by the standards of the London Internet Exchange), or of the Acceptable Use Policies of other networks, that is likely to damage the reputation of the JANET network may be regarded as a breach of this AUP

Standards of the London Internet Exchange