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acceptable use policy (AUP)

Part of the Internet acronyms and lingo glossary:

An acceptable use policy (AUP) is a policy that a user must agree to follow in order to be provided with access to a network or to the Internet. It is common practice for many businesses and educational facilities to require that employees or students sign an acceptable use policy before being granted a network ID.

When you sign up with an Internet service provider ( ISP ), you will usually be presented with an AUP, which states that you agree to adhere to stipulations such as:

  • Not using the service as part of violating any law
  • Not attempting to break the security of any computer network or user
  • Not posting commercial messages to Usenet groups without prior permission
  • Not attempting to send junk e-mail or spam to anyone who doesn't want to receive it
  • Not attempting to mail bomb a site with mass amounts of e-mail in order to flood their server
Users also typically agree to report any attempt to break into their accounts.

This was last updated in January 2011
Contributor(s): Angie D. Graves
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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