The intent of this document is to set official policy on what is and is
not acceptable use of the TFN system by its members. Your comments are
Acceptable use policy
Note: There are two parts to this document. The first is the actual policy
document while the subsequent posting will be more like a FAQ
Acceptable use policy
Acceptable use policy with spam policy incorporated.
TFN acceptable use policy
Violation/unacceptable use of the System by TFN members will
result in disciplinary action up to and including revocation of
All users are expected to behave responsibly and with consideration for
other users at all times. The Acceptable Use Policy clarifies what
the Board of Directors deems reasonable use of the Free-Net system:
1. Use of Toronto Free-Net to gain unauthorized access
to the Free-Net system or to gain unauthorized access to other
systems is prohibited.
2. Accounts are for the use of the registered member only.
a) All material placed on the rRee-Net is the responsibility
of the user or organization that mounted it.
b) Users are solely responsible for all activities traced to the
3. Sending unsolicited e-mail and/or posting inappropriately to
newsgroups (spamming) is not acceptable. (i.e. Do not send junk
mail, solicitations, chain letters, or cross-post excessively to
4. Information shall be provided in a non-intrusive manner.
a) Users shall have the opportunity for feedback to all information
providers and users who mount information on the system.
b) The Toronto Free-Net does not vet e-mail or
information in advance of it being put on the system.
5. Businesses may make use of the Free-Net as a way to locate
themselves on the Internet. Businesses are encouraged to mount
information of interest to the public about themselves and their
a) Direct paid or broadcast advertising or information containing
only catalogue listings and pricing are not acceptable uses.
i) Non-profit organizations may provide information as to
membership fees, publications, and entrance fees.
b) The Free-Net reserves the right to either levy extra fees or
disable (but not delete or modify) pages where the demand for
that page impacts the Free-Net Systems ability to handle the
systems regular workload.
c) A specific contact person must be identified as being responsible
for information by the business in order for the account to be
6. Any use of the Free-Net for unlawful purposes is prohibited.
7. In accordance with the Canadian Copyright Act, copying of any data or
information from the Free-Net (other than that which is directed
to a specific person or group of persons, i.e. e-mail, conferences),
without permission of the originator is prohibited. The provider may
indicate this permission within its information.
1. Complaints Procedure:
Where users of the Toronto Free-Net have questions or
complaints relating to The Acceptable Use Policy, the
Toronto Free-Net shall provide a means for arbitration.
a) TFN members may forward complaints of violations of the Acceptable
Use Policy and/or Acceptable Information to the Executive Director.
b) Complaints against TFN members may also be received from users or
Administrators of other systems.
2. First Complaint:
i. The TFN user will be contacted by the Executive Director who will
indicate that a complaint has been received over an action of the
ii. The TFN member will be asked to explain his/her activity related
to the complaint.
iii. If the explanation is not accepted by the Executive Director the
member will be informed that he/she has violated the TFN Acceptable
iv. The TFN member will be informed that his/her account will be
suspended until he/she signs a statement indicating that he/she has
read the TFN Acceptable Use Policy, and understands the
consequences of a repeat occurrence.
3. Second Complaint:
A second violation of the TFN User Agreement Policy by a member
may result in the revocation of membership privileges and/or
termination of the account.
4. Legal Liability
Under the circumstance where information/action of a TFN member
exposes The Toronto Free-Net to legal
liability the Executive Director shall review the offending
information and may immediately remove (but not modify) the
information on the System.
5. Appeal Process
a) The TFN member may request a review of the decision by the
b) Any interested person shall have the right to appeal the
Executive Director's decision to the TFN Disciplinary Committee.
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