Website Acceptable Usage Policy
An Acceptable Usage Policy sets out rules and standards for users of your website to follow when using your site. The content standards are particularly important. This section of the document lists the types of content that are unacceptable. This includes content that is unlawful, defamatory, discriminatory, offensive, and submitted in breach of important duties such as duties of confidence.
This Policy also specifically sets out the rights of the website owner or operator in response to a breach. The options available include suspending or terminating a user’s right to use the website, removing content uploaded by the user, and cooperating with law enforcement authorities in cases where a user has engaged in some form of criminal activity involving the site.
This Policy cross-refers to the main terms and conditions of your website and vice-versa. (note that some terms and conditions templates do not refer to this document as they are designed only for basic, non-interactive sites.) Moreover, it is made clear to users that a breach of the Acceptable Usage Policy also constitutes a breach of the main terms and conditions.
Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.
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This Website Acceptable Usage Policy contains the following sections:
1. Definitions and Interpretation
2. Information About Us
3. How to Contact Us
4. Changes to this Policy
5. Acceptable Usage of Our Site
6. Interactive Services
7. Content Standards
8. Breaches of this Policy
9. Law and Jurisdiction
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