This Acceptable Use Policy sets forth guidelines for acceptable use of the Consensus Technology Network. All users of the Consensus Technology Network are required to comply with this policy.
Users must also comply with all terms and conditions of applicable agreements, and with any additional policies that may be applicable to a specific service offered by Consensus Technology.
As used in this Acceptable Use Policy, the terms shall have the respective meanings set forth below:
"Consensus Technology" includes, without limitation, Consensus Technology Incorporated, and any division, subsidiary, or affiliate of any of the foregoing.
"Consensus Technology Network" includes, without limitation, Consensus Technology's networks, and all systems, services, and products that utilize, or are utilized in connection with, Consensus Technology's networks.
Conformance With Policies of Other ISPs
In situations where data communications are carried across networks of other Internet Service Providers (ISPs), users of the Consensus Technology Network must also conform to the applicable acceptable use policies of such other ISPs.
Questions, Comments, or Complaints
If you are unsure whether any contemplated use or action is permitted, please send questions or comments to Consensus Technology at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any complaints regarding prohibited use or other abuse of the Consensus Technology Network, including violations of this Acceptable Use Policy, should be sent to Consensus Technology at: email@example.com.
Consensus Technology reserves the right to modify this Acceptable Use Policy at any time without notice.
All users of the Consensus Technology Network are required to comply with this Acceptable Use Policy, as well as all applicable laws and regulations.
Consensus Technology seeks to promote a high level of responsible behavior in connection with the use of the Internet, and has formulated this Acceptable Use Policy to accomplish the following goals:
Consensus Technology provides an unfiltered connection to the Internet. No data, documents, materials, or information that enters the Consensus Technology Network is reviewed before being transmitted to users. Accordingly, Consensus Technology neither controls nor accepts responsibility for the content of any communications that are transmitted or made available to users, regardless of whether they originated from users of the Consensus Technology Network. In addition, Consensus Technology expressly disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information provided by third parties that may be obtained through the use of the Consensus Technology Network.
Each user is responsible for complying with this Acceptable Use Policy, and for providing reasonable assistance to Consensus Technology in investigating and resolving issues, problems, and/or complaints arising out of the services provided to such user.
Filters against particular networks or traffic types are generally available from a variety of sources.
All users of the Consensus Technology Network are responsible for configuring their own systems to provide the maximum possible accountability. For example, users should ensure there are clear "path" lines in news headers so that the originator of a post may be identified. Users should also configure their Mail Transport Agents (MTA) to authenticate (by look-up on the name or similar procedures) any system that connects to perform a mail exchange, and should generally present header data as clearly possible. As another example, users should maintain logs of dynamically assigned IP addresses.
Customers of Consensus Technology are responsible for immediately reporting to Consensus Technology (via e-mail or phone) any network issue which could compromise the stability, service or security of any use by Consensus Technology or its customers of the Consensus Technology Network.
Some users may be customers of Web Content Providers that host their web sites through Consensus Technology. Such Web Content Providers (also known as resellers) are responsible for informing their customers of this Acceptable Use Policy and for enforcing its restrictions with regard to their customers' actions.
Complaints about customers of any such reseller shall be forwarded to such reseller for resolution. If at any time Consensus Technology determines that such reseller is not taking appropriate action in accordance with this Acceptable Use Policy, Consensus Technology shall work with such reseller to review their policies and enforcement procedures. If the reseller continues to fail to take appropriate action, Consensus Technology will take such further action as it deems appropriate, up to and including termination proceedings.
Violations of this Acceptable Use Policy by a customer or end-user of a reseller shall be considered violations of this Acceptable Use Policy by such reseller.
Violation of this Acceptable Use Policy is strictly prohibited. In the event of any actual or potential violation, Consensus Technology reserves the right to suspend or terminate, either temporarily or permanently, any or all services provided by Consensus Technology, to block any abusive activity, or to take any other actions as deemed appropriate by Consensus Technology in its sole discretion.
Users who violate this Acceptance Use Policy may incur criminal or civil liability. Consensus Technology may refer violators to civil or criminal authorities for prosecution, and will cooperate fully with applicable government authorities in connection with the civil or criminal investigations of violations.
The examples of prohibited use set forth below and throughout this Acceptable Use Policy are non-exclusive, and are provided as guidelines to customers and other users of the Consensus Technology Network.
A. Illegal Use
The Consensus Technology Network may be used only for lawful purposes. The transmission, distribution, or storage of any information, data, or material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. Without limitation of the foregoing, it is strictly prohibited to create, transmit, distribute, or store any information, data, or material which:
In the event of suspected, alleged, or actual illegal activity, Consensus Technology will notify or cooperate with applicable law enforcement authorities for potential civil or criminal investigation or prosecution.
The following general actions are considered "abuse" and are strictly prohibited:
Violations of system or network security are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability. Consensus Technology will investigate potential security violations, and may notify applicable law enforcement agencies if violations are suspected.
It is strictly prohibited to attempt to circumvent the authentication procedures or security of any host, network, network component, or account (i.e. "cracking") to access data, accounts, or servers which the user is not expressly permitted or authorized to access. This prohibition applies whether or not the attempted intrusion is successful, and includes unauthorized probes or scans performed with the intent to gather information on possible security weaknesses or exploitable configurations.
Users of the Consensus Technology Network are responsible for educating themselves and configuring their systems with at least basic security. Should systems at a user's site be violated, the user is responsible for reporting the violation and then fixing the exploited system. For instance, should a site be abused to distribute unlicensed software due to a poorly configured FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Server, the user is responsible for re-configuring the system to stop the abuse.
Users are prohibited from interfering or attempting to interfere with service to any other user, host, or network on the Internet ("denial of service attacks"). Examples of such prohibited activity include without limitation (a) sending massive quantities of data (i.e. "flooding" with ICMP, SMTP, or any other type of traffic that exceeds accepted norms of size and/or frequency) with the intent of filling circuits, overloading systems, and/or crashing hosts, (b) attempting to attack or disable any user, host, or site, or (c) using,distributing, or propagating any type of program, script, or command designed to interfere with the use, functionality, or connectivity of any Internet user, host, system, or site (for example, by propagating messages, via e-mail, Usenet posting, or otherwise, that contain computer worms, viruses, control characters or Trojan horses).
Users are prohibited from intentionally or negligently injecting false data into the Internet, for instance in the form of bad routing information (including but not limited to the announcing of networks owned by someone else or reserved by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) or incorrect DNS information.
Users are prohibited from engaging in improper use or distribution of electronic mail ("e-mail") over the Internet. Without limitation of the foregoing, it is strictly prohibited to engage in any of the following activities:
Bulk e-mail may be sent only to recipients who have expressly requested receipt of such e-mail. Users that send solicited bulk e-mail are required to maintain records of all bulk e-mail subscription requests, and to provide Consensus Technology with such records upon request of Consensus Technology, to enable Consensus Technology to investigate complaints from third parties. The sender of any solicited bulk e-mail shall, upon the request of a recipient, immediately remove such recipient from all applicable mailing lists and refrain from further transmissions of e-mail to such recipient.
Use of any auto-responder messages, mailing lists, or any other programs or scripts run by a user to handle or re-distribute e-mail is the sole responsibility of the user, and shall be operated in a reasonable manner. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, maintaining up-to-date mailing lists to minimize mail bouncing and to facilitate the processing of removal requests, configuring auto-responders so that they do not create mail loops, and the prompt handling of any complaints regarding UBE re-distributed through a mailing list onsite.
E. USENET (also known as NETNEWS or NEWSGROUPS)
Consensus Technology recommends that users not post to any newsgroup until they have familiarized themselves with the subjects, established guidelines, and restrictions of such newsgroup. All Usenet guidelines and restrictions are incorporated herein by reference, and users of the Consensus Technology Network agree to adhere to such guidelines unconditionally.
Without limitation of the foregoing, it is strictly prohibited to engage in any of the following activities:
The legitimacy of a given post or cancellation is determined by the official newsgroup or mailing-list moderator. Therefore, Consensus Technology defers to their judgment on these issues. If no such official entity exists, it is at Consensus Technology's discretion to determine whether any post or cancellation is compliant with this Acceptable Use Policy and Internet community standards for that newsgroup.
F. World Wide Web
Consensus Technology strictly prohibits users from engaging in any of the following web-related activities:
Additional Terms and Conditions
The use of the Consensus Technology Network by a customer of Consensus Technology is subject to the terms and conditions of any agreements entered into by such customer with Consensus Technology. This Acceptable Use Policy is incorporated into such agreements by reference.
Limitation of Liability
CONSENSUS TECHNOLOGY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY, LOSS OF USE, ETC., EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Consensus Technology SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT OR ACTUAL DAMAGES, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT SPECIFIED IN A WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO BETWEEN Consensus Technology AND ITS CUSTOMER.
CONSENSUS TECHNOLOGY MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS HEREIN, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING THE Consensus Technology NETWORK, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE OR PURPOSE, THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND ANY OTHER WARRANTY IMPLIED BY LAW.
Any complaints regarding prohibited use or other abuse of the Consensus Technology Network, including violations of this Acceptable Use Policy, should be sent via e-mail to Consensus Technology at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include all applicable information that will assist Consensus Technology in investigating the complaint, including all applicable headerlines of forwarded messages.
Sites experiencing live attacks from Consensus Technology customers should call into our Customer Care Center (telephone 888-309-6521) to submit a complaint as quickly as possible. Describe the urgency of the situation should you need immediate attention.
If you are unsure whether any contemplated use or action is permitted, please send questions or comments to Consensus Technology at: email@example.com.
For further information about this Acceptable Use Policy, please contact Consensus Technology at:
How to Report Net Abuse.
To report Net Abuse,
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