The following activities are, in general, prohibited. Employees may be exempted from these restrictions during the course of their legitimate job responsibilities. Under no circumstances is an employee of ID123 authorized to engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal, or international law while utilizing company-owned resources. The lists below are by no means exhaustive, but attempt to provide a framework for activities that fall into the category of unacceptable use.
A) Prohibited System and Network Activities
The following activities are strictly prohibited, with no exceptions:
1. Violations of the rights of any person or company protected by copyright, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property, or similar laws or regulations, including, but not limited to, the installation or distribution of software products that are not appropriately licensed for use by our organization.
2. Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material including, but not limited to, digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, copyrighted music, and the installation of any copyrighted software for which our organization or the end-user does not have an active license is strictly prohibited.
3. Accessing data, a server, or a customer account for any purpose other than conducting company business, even if you have authorized access, is prohibited.
4. Exporting software, technical information, encryption software, or technology, in violation of international or regional export control laws, is illegal.
5. Introduction of malicious programs into the network or server (e.g., viruses, worms, Trojan horses, e-mail bombs, etc.).
6. Revealing your account password to others or allowing the use of your account by others. This includes family and other household members when work is being done at home.
7. Using a company computing asset to actively engage in procuring or transmitting material that is in violation of sexual harassment or hostile workplace laws in the user’s local jurisdiction.
8. Making fraudulent offers of products, items, or services.
9. Making statements about warranty, expressly or implied unless it is a part of normal job duties.
10. Effecting security breaches or disruptions of network communication. Security breaches include, but are not limited to, accessing data of which the employee is not an intended recipient or logging into a server or account that the employee is not expressly authorized to access unless these duties are within the scope of regular duties. For purposes of this section, “disruption” includes, but is not limited to, network sniffing, pinged floods, packet spoofing, denial of service, and forged routing information for malicious purposes.
11. Port scanning or security scanning is expressly prohibited unless prior notification to the DPO is made.
12. Executing any form of network monitoring which will intercept data not intended for the employee’s host, unless this activity is a part of the employee’s normal job/duty.
13. Circumventing user authentication or security of any host, network, or account.
14. Introducing honeypots, honeynets, or similar technology on our corporate network.
15. Interfering with or denying service to any user other than the employee’s host (for example, denial of service attack).
16. Using any program/script/command, or sending messages of any kind, with the intent to interfere with, or disable, a user’s terminal session, via any means, locally or via the Internet/Intranet/Extranet.
17. Providing information about, or lists of, our employees to parties outside our company.
18. Cryptocurrency mining or trading with personal accounts
19. File sharing on a file-sharing network.
B) Email and Communication Activities
When using company resources to access and use the Internet, users must realize they represent the company. Whenever employees state an affiliation to the company, they must also clearly indicate that “the opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily those of the company”.
- Sending unsolicited email messages, including the sending of “junk mail” or other advertising material to individuals who did not specifically request such material (email spam).
- Any form of harassment via email, telephone, or paging, whether through language, frequency, or size of messages.
- Unauthorized use, or forging, of email header information.
- Solicitation of email for any other email address, other than that of the poster’s account, with the intent to harass or to collect replies.
- Creating or forwarding “chain letters”, “Ponzi” or other “pyramid” schemes of any type.
- Use of unsolicited email originating from within ID123’s networks of other Internet/Intranet/Extranet service providers on behalf of, or to advertise, any service hosted by our organization or connected to our network.
- Posting the same or similar non-business-related messages to large numbers of Usenet newsgroups (newsgroup spam).
C) Blogging and Social Media
- Blogging by employees, whether using company property and systems or personal computer systems, is also subject to the terms and restrictions set forth in this Policy. Limited and occasional use of company systems to engage in blogging is acceptable, provided that it is done in a professional and responsible manner, does not otherwise violate any company policy, is not detrimental to our best interests, and does not interfere with an employee’s regular work duties. Blogging from company systems is also subject to monitoring.
- Our Confidential Information policy also applies to blogging. As such, employees are prohibited from revealing any company or customer confidential or proprietary information, trade secrets, or any other material covered by our Confidential Information policy when engaged in blogging.
- Employees shall not engage in any blogging that may harm or tarnish the image, reputation, and/or goodwill of ID123 and/or any of its employees. Employees are also prohibited from making any discriminatory, disparaging, defamatory, or harassing comments when blogging or otherwise engaging in any conduct which is prohibited.
- Employees may also not attribute personal statements, opinions, or beliefs to ID123 when engaged in blogging. If an employee is expressing his or her beliefs and/or opinions in blogs, the employee may not, expressly or implicitly, represent themselves as an employee or representative of ID123. Employees assume any and all risks associated with blogging.
- Apart from following all laws pertaining to the handling and disclosure of copyrighted or export controlled materials, our trademarks, logos, and any other intellectual property may also not be used in connection with any blogging activity