Acceptable Use Policy

As a provider of Internet access, web site hosting, and other Internet-related services, NTT Europe Ltd (hereinafter referred to as "NTTE") offers its customers, resellers, their subsidiaries and respective customers and users (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Subscribers") the means to acquire and disseminate a wealth of public, private, commercial, and non-commercial information.

NTTE respects that the Internet provides a forum for free and open discussion and dissemination of information, however, when there are competing interests at issue, NTTE reserves the right to take certain preventative or corrective actions.

In order to protect these competing interests, NTTE has developed an Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP"), which supplements and explains certain terms of each Subscriber's respective service agreement and is intended as a guide to the Subscriber's rights and obligations when utilising NTTE services.

This AUP will be revised from time to time. A Subscriber's use (including Subscriber’s subsidiaries and their respective customers and users) of NTTE services after changes to the AUP are posted on the NTTE web site http://www.eu.ntt.com/en/customer-support/acceptable-use-policy.html will constitute the Subscriber's acceptance of any new or additional terms of the AUP that result from those changes.

One important aspect of the Internet is that no one party owns or controls it. This fact accounts for much of the Internet's openness and value, but it also places a high premium on the judgement and responsibility of those who use the Internet, both in the information they acquire and in the information they disseminate to others.

When Subscribers obtain information through the Internet, they must keep in mind that NTTE cannot monitor, verify, warrant, or vouch for the accuracy and quality of the information that Subscribers may acquire. For this reason, the Subscriber must exercise their best judgement in relying on information obtained from the Internet, and also should be aware that some material posted to the Internet is sexually explicit or otherwise offensive. Because NTTE cannot monitor or censor the Internet, and will not attempt to do so, NTTE cannot accept any responsibility for injury to its Subscribers that results from inaccurate, unsuitable, offensive, or illegal Internet communications.

When Subscribers disseminate information through the Internet, they also must keep in mind that NTTE does not review, edit, censor, or take responsibility for any information its Subscribers may create. When users place information on the Internet, they have the same liability as other authors for copyright infringement, defamation, and other harmful speech. Also, because the information they create is carried over NTTE network and may reach a large number of people, including both Subscribers and non-Subscribers of NTTE, Subscribers' postings to the Internet may affect other Subscribers and may harm NTTE's goodwill, business reputation, and operations. For these reasons, Subscribers violate NTTE policy and the service agreement when they, their customers, affiliates, or subsidiaries engage in the following prohibited activities:

Spamming: Sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial messages over the Internet (known as "spamming"). It is not only harmful because of its negative impact on consumer attitudes toward NTTE, but also because it can overload NTTE's network and disrupt service to NTTE Subscribers. Also, maintaining an open SMTP relay is prohibited. When a complaint is received, NTTE has the discretion to determine from all of the evidence whether the e-mail recipients were from an "opt-in" e-mail list.

Intellectual Property Violations: Engaging in any activity that infringes or misappropriates the intellectual property rights of others, including copyrights, trade marks, service marks, trade secrets, software piracy, and patents held by individuals, corporations, or other entities. Also, engaging in activity that violates privacy, publicity, or other personal rights of others. NTTE is required by law to remove or block access to Subscriber content upon receipt of a proper notice of copyright infringement. It is also NTTE policy to terminate the privileges of Subscribers who commit repeat violations of copyright laws.

Obscene Speech or Materials: Using the NTTE network to advertise, transmit, store, post, display, or otherwise make available child pornography or obscene speech or material. NTTE is required by law to notify law enforcement agencies when it becomes aware of the presence of child pornography on, or being transmitted through, NTTE's network.

Defamatory or Abusive Language: Using NTTE's network as a means to transmit or post defamatory, harassing, abusive, or threatening language.

Forging of Headers: Forging or misrepresenting message headers, whether in whole or in part, to mask the originator of the message. Illegal or Unauthorised Access to Other Computers or Networks: Accessing illegally or without authorisation computers, accounts, or networks belonging to another party, or attempting to penetrate security measures of another individual's system (often known as "hacking"). Also, any activity that might be used as a precursor to an attempted system penetration (i.e. port scan, stealth scan, or other information gathering activity).

Distribution of Internet Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses, or Other Destructive Activities: Distributing information regarding the creation of and sending Internet viruses, worms, Trojan horses, pinging, flooding, mail bombing, or denial of service attacks. Also, activities that disrupt the use of or interfere with the ability of others to effectively use the network or any connected network, system, service, or equipment.

Facilitating a Violation of this AUP: Advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software, program, product, or service that is designed to violate this AUP, which includes the facilitation of the means to spam, initiation of pinging, flooding, mail bombing, denial of service attacks, and piracy of software.

Export Control Violations: Exporting encryption software over the Internet or otherwise, to points outside the Subscribers country which is contrary to that respective country's rules and regulations. Usenet Groups: NTTE reserves the right not to accept postings from newsgroups where we have actual knowledge that the content of the newsgroup violates the AUP.

Other Illegal Activities: Engaging in activities that are determined to be illegal, including advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, fraudulently charging credit cards, and pirating software.

Other Activities: Engaging in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that NTTE determines to be harmful to its Subscribers, operations, reputation, goodwill, or customer relations.

As we have pointed out, the responsibility for avoiding the harmful activities just described rests primarily with the Subscribers. NTTE will not, as an ordinary practice, monitor the communications of its Subscribers to ensure that they comply with NTTE policy or applicable law.

Should NTTE become aware of harmful activities, however, it may take any action to stop the harmful activity, including but not limited to, removing information, shutting down a web site, implementing screening software designed to block offending transmissions, denying access to the Internet, or take any other action it deems appropriate.

NTTE is also aware that many of its Subscribers are, themselves, providers of Internet services, and that information reaching NTTE's facilities from those Subscribers may have originated from a customer of the Subscriber or from another third-party. NTTE does not require its Subscribers who offer Internet services to monitor or censor transmissions or web sites created by customers of its Subscribers. NTTE has the right to directly take action against a customer of a Subscriber. Also, NTTE may take action against the NTTE Subscriber because of activities of a customer of the Subscriber, even though the action may affect other customers of the Subscriber. Similarly, NTTE anticipates that Subscribers who offer Internet services will co-operate with NTTE in any corrective or preventive action that NTTE deems necessary. Failure to co-operate with such corrective or preventive measures is a violation of this AUP.

NTTE is also concerned with the privacy of on-line communications and web sites. In general, the Internet is neither more nor less secure than other means of communication, including mail, facsimile, and voice telephone service, all of which can be intercepted and otherwise compromised. As a matter of prudence, NTTE urges its Subscribers to assume that all of their on-line communications are insecure. NTTE cannot take any responsibility for the security of information transmitted over NTTE's facilities.

NTTE will not intentionally monitor private electronic mail messages sent or received by its Subscribers unless required to do so by law, governmental authority, or when public safety is at stake. NTTE may, however, monitor its service electronically to determine that its facilities are operating satisfactorily. Also, NTTE may disclose information, including but not limited to, information concerning a Subscriber, a transmission made using our network, or a web site, in order to comply with a court order, subpoena, summons, discovery request, warrant, statute, regulation, or governmental request.

NTTE assumes no obligation to inform the Subscriber that Subscriber information has been provided and in some cases may be prohibited by law from giving such notice. Finally, NTTE may disclose Subscriber information or information transmitted over its network where necessary to protect NTTE and others from harm, or where such disclosure is necessary to the proper operation of the system.

NTTE expects that its Subscribers who provide Internet services to others will comply fully with all applicable laws concerning the privacy of on-line communications. A Subscriber's failure to comply with those laws will violate NTTE policy. Finally, NTTE wishes to emphasise that in signing the service agreement, Subscribers indemnify NTTE for any violation of the service agreement, law, or NTTE policy that results in loss to NTTE or the bringing of any claim against NTTE by any third- party. This means that if NTTE is sued because of a Subscriber's or customer of a Subscriber's activity, the Subscriber will pay any damages awarded against NTTE, plus costs and reasonable attorneys' fees.

We hope this AUP is helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet users, including NTTE and its Subscribers, as responsible members of the Internet. Any complaints about a Subscriber's violation of this AUP should be sent to abuse@eu.ntt.net