Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy

The WHT Tea Party (“WHTTP”) Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) is intended for WHTTP products, services and content with the goal of protecting WHTTP members, Affiliates, volunteers, employees and board members. This policy applies to the use of all WHTTP products, websites, copyrights, and services owned or operated by WHTTP, as well as any and all data sent, transferred, received, stored, or accessed in the WHTTP network. Other products or services offered by WHTTP may have additional terms and conditions that govern over this policy in the case of inconsistencies.

This AUP and the following prohibited activities below is an integral part of your hosting agreements with WHTTP. WHTTP services are for the lawful use of WHTTP Members and if WHTTP finds you in violation of the below prohibited activities your services may be subject to suspension and/or removal from WHTTP network. This policy is a non-exclusive list of actions prohibited by WHTTP. WHTTP reserves the right to modify these policies at anytime, changes become effective immediately upon posting at http://www.hrteaparty.com/acceptable-use-policy

SECURITY

WHTTP does not provide system administrators or security advisors to aid Members in the security of their profiles, images, comments, document, videos, photos, or any other content that may be stored, produced or referenced on the WHTTP Network or any equipment or services which WHTTP may own, rent or operate. It is the sole responsibility of the Member to properly secure their content. WHTTP assumes no legal liability for the actions or data created, or posted by its Members. Each Member is responsible for all data transmitted, or received by, to, or through WHTTP services. WHTTP will cooperate with law enforcement on any criminal or suspected criminal acts by means which WHTTP may deem necessary including but not limited to handing over personal information, data, or hardware to aid law enforcement with their investigations. Law officials may request that you not be notified on issues relating to criminal acts; WHTTP reserves the right to comply with this request.

PURPOSE

This Acceptable Use Policy has been formulated with the following goals in mind:

* Ensure the security, reliability and privacy of WHTTP’s network and systems, and the networks and systems of others.
* Preserve the value of the Internet as a resource for information and free expression.
* Preserve the privacy and security of WHTTP Members and other Internet users.
* Discourage irresponsible practices which degrade the usability of network resources and thus the value of Internet services.
* Avoid situations that may cause WHTTP to incur legal liability.
* Maintain the image and reputation of WHTTP as a responsible organization.
* Prevent access under false pretenses.

WHTTP operates under a strict “No Spam” policy. The sending of any unsolicited e-mail advertising messages from, to, or through WHTTP’s services may result in the imposition of civil liability against the sender. WHTTP reserves the right to check all known commercial and public databases for information regarding prior history of unsolicited mail sending, and blacklisting, and may choose to deny or terminate services based on this information. Individuals identified as “ROKSO” level abusers will be denied service immediately. WHTTP uses the databases of associations such as Five-Ten Software Group, MAPS, SORBS, Spamhaus, UCE protect, Njabl, and CBL to identify previous and current spammers. WHTTP receives feedback from large ISPs about spam their Members report, ISPs such as Road Runner, Comcast, SBCglobal, MSN, and Outblaze.

1. SPAM

To protect outside sources WHTTP’s Solicited Bulk E-mailers they are required to remove complaints by methods including but not limited to creating a no-mail list. WHTTP respects the CAN SPAM act.

You may not make Usenet postings which advertise a website, e-mail account, or other service provided by or through WHTTP, to any newsgroup whose charter does not specifically allow such advertisements. You may not send unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE) or post advertisements to Usenet (except where specifically allowed by newsgroup charters) from a service provided by or through WHTTP. You may not send e-mail to any person who does not wish to receive it. If a recipient asks to stop receiving email, the Member must immediately and permanently cease to send that individual any further e-mail.

E-Mail Spam/Unsolicited Bulk E-Mail(UBE)/Unsolicited Commercial E-mail(UCE) — Use of services to send e-mails to users in a pre-generated list or self created list. Unsolicited Bulk / Commercial E-mails are sent to users that do not wish to receive the e-mail notification of products you wish to sell or advertise.

Mobile Phone Spam — Use of e-mail services to send unsolicited text messages advertising a product or website.

Forum Spam — Use of e-mail services to advertise or post on a forum content related to a product you wish to sell.

Newsgroup Spam — Use of e-mail services to advertise or commit forgery through the use of newsgroups

Blank Spam — Use of e-mail services to E-mails containing no subject or content. Commonly used as a harvesting tactic designed to find valid e-mail addresses.

E-mail Address Harvesting — Use of WHTTP services to obtain or create unconfirmed mailing lists with the intention of selling, distributing, or spamming is strictly forbidden.

Spam Bots — A script or program that searches human readable text for e-mail addresses and collects them in an e-mail list.

E-mail List Gathering Programs — Other scripts or programs that are used for gathering e-mail address from varying sources.

Spamvertising — Sending spam with content advertising websites, or containing IPs that are on WHTTP services, or sending spam from WHTTP services advertising web content outside of WHTTP networks is prohibited.

VoIP Spam — VoIP Spam is defined as unwanted automatically-dialed pre-recorded phone calls using VoIP. This is considered by WHTTP to fall into the same category as E-Mail Spam, and as such is not permitted on our network.

2. HARMFUL MATERIALS

Use and access to WHTTP services is for lawful use only, and it is the responsibility of the Member to use their best judgment of what is acceptable material. Using WHTTP’s network, services, or systems to store or send content which is illegal according to the laws of United States of America, the state of Virginia, the state of Arizona or any International treaties respected by the United States of America, is not permitted for any reason. You may not display, transmit, advertise, distribute, or sell harmful materials. You may not store or send any material deemed either illegal or inappropriate from WHTTP networks, including but not limited to child pornography.

Material Harmful to Minors — Images depicting persons under the age of 18 engaging in unlawful sexual acts, Pornographic materials viewable by persons under the age of 18 without proof of age.

Obscene Content — E-mails, messages, phone messages, or posts with content that is threatening, or harassing any other individual. Harassment, whether through content, frequency, or size using e-mail or Usenet messages.

Destructive Programs — Software or hardware containing programs such as Viruses, Worms, Trojans or other malicious programs with intent of causing harm to an individual’s computer or server.

3. COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS

WHTTP expressly forbids the use of copyrighted materials without written permission from the owner of that material. WHTTP follows all rules and regulations set forth by the DMCA (“http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c105:H.R.2281.ENR:”). You may not engage in an attempt to infringe, store or send any material deemed either illegal or inappropriate for WHTTP networks, including but not limited copyrighted images, software, or music.

Copyright Infringement — Advertising, selling, distributing, or marketing material that infringes a copyright, trademark, or any other proprietary right to any intellectual property including but not limited to photographs, trade secrets, and/or property.

4. FRAUDULENT MATERIALS

WHTTP requires that all Members provide accurate information regarding name, address, and a working phone number to identify each Member. You may not use WHTTP services to impersonate another individual by altering source IP address information, or forging e-mail/Usenet headers or other identifying information. You may not make any attempt to fraudulently conceal, forge, or otherwise falsify one’s identity in connection with use of the WHTTP service. Members must not utilize WHTTP services to distribute fraudulent materials to others.

Fraudulent Activities

Attempting to buy or sell products or services, or offering fraudulent goods, services, or promotions.

Forwarding or otherwise propagating chain letters or “e-mail hoaxes,” whether or not the recipient wishes to receive them, unless such propagation is both solicited and in the clear context of debunking or discrediting chain letters/hoaxes.

Forgery or Disguising Your Identity

Falsifying or modifying data to fraudulently disguise you as someone else with the intention of deceiving another user, including but not limited to forging e-mail Headers or e-mail “munging”.

Transmitting any electronic communication, including e-mail, using the name or address of another person or organization, for purposes of deception.

Impersonating another individual by altering source IP address information, or forging e-mail/Usenet headers or other identifying information.

5. PHISHING MATERIALS

The use of WHTTP services to gather personal information about victims of phishing is strictly forbidden. You may not perpetrate, engage in, or take part in the use of phishing scams. Including but not limited to Impersonating another individual by altering source IP address information, or forging e-mail/Usenet headers or other identifying information.

Phishing Scams — Including but not limited to sending e-mails with links to bogus websites that look similar to actual sites, or sending e-mails about you impersonating a representative of Paypal, Ebay, or Bank Employee, with the intention of acquiring personal information such as credit card information, Social Security Number, personal e-mails, home addresses, etc.

6. HACKING

Use of WHTTP services to perform attacks on other servers or computers, outside of, or within WHTTP premises is strictly forbidden. You may not Intercept or attempt to intercept, through any method, network traffic intended for other Members. You may not use or store any type of software which is designed to, or is likely to, abuse or negatively impact internet service, including, but not limited to, port scanners, hacking tools, ping flooding programs, security/root exploits, packet sniffers, and spam software. Denial of service, including, but not limited to, any form of Internet packet flooding, packet corruption, or abusive attack intended to impact the proper functioning of any party’s internet servers or services are forbidden.

Hacking — Use of the service to breach or access a person’s server, computer, or software with the intent of gaining access to or destruction of data without that person’s permission or consent.

Net Scanning — Use of services to search outside networks for open firewalls, or server ports in an attempt to exploit a vulnerability or weakness in the device.

SSH attacks / Brute Force attack / Dictionary Attack — Using the services to engage in an attack on a separate entities server or computer with an unlawful script or program that attempts to guess a users credentials.

DDos/Dos Attacks — An attack on a person’s network, server, or computer that creates multiple requests repetitively in an attempt to slow down or crash that person’s network connectivity

Ping/Syn Floods — An attack that creates multiple echo requests and sends them to its target repeatedly in an attempt to slow down or crash the targets network connectivity.

upon request. All usage of such services must be brought to the attention of the WHTTP security team and cleared by the Security Manager before you begin running such services.

ENFORCEMENTS

Complaints about Members/representatives or end-users of a WHTTP Member will be forwarded to the WHTTP Abuse Department for action. If violations of the WHTTP Acceptable Use Policy occur, WHTTP reserves the right to terminate services or take action to stop the offending Member from violating WHTTP’s AUP as WHTTP deems appropriate, without notice. Violation of any WHTTP AUP policies may be subject to a fine of up to $500 USD for each incidence of violation. Failure to respond or handle an issue of violation in a timely manner is considered a violation of this AUP

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