Rules for using IT services (Netiquette)
Acceptable Use Policy for the GARR network
- The Italian Academic and Research Network, commonly called “the GARR network”, is based on academic and scientific collaboration between Italian universities and public research entities. As a result, the GARR network service is aimed mainly at organizations under the authority of the Ministry of Universities and Scientific and Technological Research (MURST). However, the service can also be extended to other entities that carry out research activities in Italy, especially (but not exclusively) to “non-profit” organizations that work with the MURST community. All GARR users must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in order to gain access to the network.
- The "GARR network service " (hereafter referred to as the "GARR network") is made up of internet connection services, network management services, application services and interoperability tools (operated directly by or on behalf of GARR) that allow authorized users to access the network that links them (the national GARR network).
The connections and internet services that allow for interconnection between the national GARR network and other networks also make up an integral part of the GARR network.
The following activities are not permitted on the GARR network:
- Supplying users who are not authorized to access the GARR network with network connectivity services or other services that include supplying housing, hosting or similar services, as well as allowing the transfer of data and/or information on the GARR network between two users, neither of whom are authorized to access the GARR network (third party routing)
- Using network services or resources, or connecting devices or services or software to the network, in order to spread viruses, hoaxes or other programs in a way that damages, bothers or disturbs the activities of other people, users or services available on the GARR network and on those it is connected to
- Creating or sending (unless it is for research purposes and/or done in a legal and controlled way) any image, data or other material that is offensive, defamatory, obscene, indecent or that affronts human dignity, especially regarding gender, race or creed
- Sending unsolicited commercial and/or advertising material ("spamming"), as well as allowing third parties to use your resources for these activities
- Damaging, destroying, or trying to access data without authorization or violating the privacy of other users, including intercepting or disseminating passwords and confidential cryptographic keys
- Conducting any other activity on the GARR network that is forbidden by law or by international regulations, as well as by the regulations and customs (“netiquette”) governing the use of networks and the network services accessed
- Responsibility for content produced and circulated on the network lies with the people who create and disseminate that content.
- Entities that are authorized to access the GARR network (S.A.), as defined in the document "Rules approved by the CRCS", can use the network for all of their institutional activities. Institutional activities are understood to be all those related to the tasks set out in the charter of these authorized entities, including activities within conventions or agreements that have been approved by their respective authorizing bodies, provided that these activities are performed for institutional ends. Specifically, institutional activities are research activities, teaching, administrative functions related to users and authorized entities, and research activities on behalf of third parties, with the exclusion of any activity that is explicitly not allowed by this document.
Other entities, authorized for temporary access to the network (S.A.T.), can only carry out the activities indicated in the authorization.
The final decision regarding the admissibility of an activity on the GARR network remains the prerogative of GARR’s management.
- All users who are given access to the GARR network must be recognized and identifiable. For this reason all measures to impede access by unidentified users should be implemented. Customarily, users can only access the GARR network, even temporarily, through the authorized entity.
Users can also be persons who are temporarily authorized by these aforementioned entities (S.A.) to access the GARR network by virtue of a work relationship. Students who are regularly enrolled in a course at an authorized entity with access to the GARR network are acknowledged users.
- It is the responsibility of entities authorized, even temporarily, to access the GARR network to adopt all reasonable actions to ensure that their rules conform to those presented here and to ensure that unauthorized use of the GARR network does not occur. Each entity with access to the GARR network must also make their users aware (with the means that they deem most appropriate) of the regulations contained in this document.
- Entities authorized, even temporarily, to access the GARR network explicitly accept that their names (the entity’s name, company name or equivalent) will be inserted in an online directory maintained by GARR’s management.
- If it is ascertained that these regulations regarding the network’s use have not been respected, GARR’s management will take the appropriate measures needed to restore the correct functioning of the network, including the temporary or permanent suspension of access to the GARR network.
- Access to the GARR network is conditional on the full acceptance of the regulations contained in this document.