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POLICY STATEMENT ON THE ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE STFC IT AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS

Purpose and Scope

The policy is designed to:

The policy covers use of systems and facilities provided by the STFC, particularly:

Policy

The STFC IT and communications systems and facilities are provided to enable employees and other users to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. All normal use of these systems in pursuit of the STFC business within an employee”≥ authority to act is allowed.

Some limited personal use of the STFC IT and communications system by employees is allowed provided that it is not excessive, does not interfere with their normal work or the work of others, does not involve the STFC in significant expense, does not expose the STFC to legal action or risk bringing the STFC into disrepute, and does not relate to running a private business.

All use by non-employees is subject to the same restrictions as for employees.

More information on acceptable use, restrictions on use and penalties that can be applied is available. (See Details and Penalties and Employees Private/Personal Use.)

Monitoring

The STFC reserves the right to monitor communications according to its published policy. Please see Monitoring of the STFC communications systems for more information.

Related Policies and Procedures

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The STFC Policy complements: the JANET Acceptable Use Policy (operated by JANET(UK)), the procedures laid down in the STFC Information Systems Privacy & Security Policy, the STFC data protection policies (see the Data Protection Fair Processing Notice) and the STFC Code of Practice on Copying Copyright Material. Details are also available on the current Computer Misuse Investigation Process.