Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

What is Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)?
An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is a document that outlines a set of rules to be followed by users or customers of a set of computing resources that use a Computer network, a website, or a large computer system. An AUP clearly states what the user is and is not allowed to do with these resources.

An AUP is very similar to the ubiquitous terms and conditions or end-user license agreements (EULA) found in almost all software applications. The main difference is that an AUP involves the use of a much larger shared computing resource, such as a computer. B. a LAN or a website, as opposed to a single software element. A consequence of sharing is that an AUP typically goes into details about etiquette and respect for co-users of the resource, which is not applicable to single-user software applications.

An acceptable use policy is also known as a fair use policy or terms of use.

AUPs are mainly used by organizations that provide networks for internal use, such as: B. Commercial companies, schools and universities. They are also widely used by websites to let website visitors and customers know what is allowed on the website. For example, some companies do not allow employees to use the company LAN outside of business hours for activities (such as games) that do not add value to the company. This must be clearly explained to the employees.

Users are only allowed to scroll through AUPs or not to read them at all. Often this happens because AUPs use standard dos and don'ts and can be written in a way that is difficult to read and understand. This is a mistake for the user because he never knows of any unusual requirements. For example, some social networking sites may not allow discussions that denigrate or offend certain religious, racist, or political groups.

The majority of AUPs also describe the consequences of violating the established regulations. These range from warning users to deactivating user accounts to extreme measures such as legal action.

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