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Re: [FW1] OT - Acceptable Use Policy Legality
From: CryptoTech <cryptotech () gmx de>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 07:44:27 -0500

First of all, I'm not a lawyer, but in my job I encounter a LOT of large companies
using firewalls.  ALL of them that have AUP's require that the end user explicity
sign a letter of acceptable use.  The reason is simple.  In the legal world, there
is a '4 corners rule.'  That which is stated within the 4 corners of a document that
is signed is legally binding.  This means that the letter should state what is
acceptable or not acceptable (whichever is easier to define,) and the repercussions
of violating company policy.   IE, if you are caught looking at porn, you will be
fired.  Sign here.


Jeff Newton wrote:

I'm looking for information regarding the legality of an AUP.  Is it
absolutely necessary to have every employee sign it or is it
sufficient to indicate the AUP is a condition of employment?

Can anyone offer some insight on the topic?  Any lawyers in the crowd?


Jeff Newton

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