Acceptable Use of Technology Policy

An Acceptable Use Policy for Technology Resources (hereafter referred to as the AUP) is a written agreement between Imam al-Asr Masjid (hereafter referred to as the IAM) and all users that describes the terms and conditions for the use of technology. 

By using our internet service, you hereby expressly acknowledge and agree that there are significant security, privacy and confidentiality risks inherent in accessing or transmitting information through the internet, whether the connection is facilitated through wired or wireless technology. Security issues include, without limitation, interception of transmissions, loss of data, and the introduction of viruses and other programs that can corrupt or damage your computer.

Accordingly, you agree that the owner and/or provider of this network is NOT liable for any interception or transmissions, computer worms or viruses, loss of data, file corruption, hacking or damage to your computer or other devices that result from the transmission or download of information or materials through the internet service provided.

Use of the wireless network is subject to the general restrictions outlined below. If abnormal, illegal, or unauthorized behavior is detected, including heavy consumption of bandwidth, the network provider reserves the right to permanently disconnect the offending device from the wireless network.

Examples of Illegal Uses

The following are representative examples only and do not comprise a comprehensive list of illegal uses:

  • Spamming and invasion of privacy – Sending of unsolicited bulk and/or commercial messages over the Internet using the Service or using the Service for activities that invade another’s privacy.
  • Intellectual property right violations – Engaging in any activity that infringes or misappropriates the intellectual property rights of others, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, or any other proprietary right of any third party.
  • Accessing illegally or without authorization computers, accounts, equipment or networks belonging to another party, or attempting to penetrate/circumvent security measures of another system. This includes any activity that may be used as a precursor to an attempted system penetration, including, but not limited to, port scans, stealth scans, or other information gathering activity.
  • The transfer of technology, software, or other materials in violation of applicable export laws and regulations.
  • Export Control Violations
  • Using the Service in violation of applicable law and regulation, including, but not limited to, advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, fraudulently charging credit cards, pirating software, or making fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services.
  • Uttering threats
  • Distribution of pornographic materials to anyone including minors

Examples of Unacceptable Uses

The following are representative examples only and do not comprise a comprehensive list of unacceptable uses:

  • High bandwidth operations, such as large file transfers and media sharing with peer-to-peer programs (e.g. torrents)
  • Obscene, un-Islamic, or indecent speech or materials
  • Defamatory or abusive language
  • Using the Service to transmit, post, upload, or otherwise making available defamatory, harassing, abusive, or threatening material or language that encourages bodily harm, destruction of property or harasses another.
  • Forging or misrepresenting message headers, whether in whole or in part, to mask the originator of the message.
  • Facilitating a Violation of these Terms of Use
  • Hacking
  • Distribution of Internet viruses, Trojan horses, or other destructive activities
  • Distributing information regarding the creation of and sending Internet viruses, worms, Trojan horses, pinging, flooding, mail-bombing, or denial of service attacks. Also, activities that disrupt the use of or interfere with the ability of others to effectively use the node or any connected network, system, service, or equipment.
  • Advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software product, product, or service that is designed to violate these Terms of Use, which includes the facilitation of the means to spam, initiation of pinging, flooding, mail-bombing, denial of service attacks, and piracy of software.
  • The sale, transfer, or rental of the Service to customers, clients or other third parties, either directly or as part of a service or product created for resale.
  • Seeking information on passwords or data belonging to another user.
  • Making unauthorized copies of proprietary software, or offering unauthorized copies of proprietary software to others.
  • Intercepting or examining the content of messages, files or communications in transit on a data network.

Use of Electronic Equipment

  • IAM-provided computer equipment including but not limited to computers, laptops, and mobile devices must only be used for the center’s intended purpose.
  • IAM has an assortment of media equipment including but not limited to audio and video equipment, televisions, projectors, and video cameras. Only individuals who have completed the appropriate training and have received approval from the IT & Communications committee are authorized to operate such equipment.
  • Any individual requesting use of equipment is liable for the safe and immediate return of all equipment in question.
  • No technology resources belonging to IAM may be taken off site except in accordance with the express written policy of the IT Committee.
  • Personal technology devices, including but not limited to cell phones, laptops, and tablets, are to be used in compliance with the Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Personal technology devices are the sole responsibility of the owner and IAM is not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen device. 

Privacy and Security

All data stored on the IAMs computing systems become the property of IAM. Network usage is tracked and monitored in order to ensure compliance with the terms of this policy. 

Disclaimer

IAM reserves the right to change the terms of use any time without prior notice. It is the responsibility of users to refer to the latest policy on our website. This Acceptable Use Policy for Computers and Technology Resources has been developed by the Technology and Communication Committee and approved by the Trustees of Imam al-Asr Masjid, Alexandria, VA.

Please contact Imam al-Asr IT & Communications Director ([email protected]) regarding any questions.