An acceptable use policy (AUP) is a document that outlines the ways in which a service provider permits and forbids their website, computer network or other online service to be used.
An AUP typically contains the following key sections:
In conjunction with a broader set of terms and conditions, an AUP can provide a clear and detailed set of user guidelines to prevent users from engaging in dangerous or malicious behaviour while using a specific service. For example, Google’s G Suite AUP states that users must agree not to send spam email or spread viruses and online hoaxes through their services, amongst other rules.
While an AUP is not legally required for your website, it can provide you with some legal protection if things go awry. To avoid any costly repercussions and disagreements in the future, it’s best to be as clear and upfront as possible about what is expected of your users when accessing your website.
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