Use of the internet by employees, sub-contractors and visitors of Event Equipment Hire is permitted and encouraged where such use supports the goals and objectives of the business.
However, Event Equipment Hire has a policy for the use of the internet whereby employees must ensure that they:
Comply with current legislation
Use the internet in an acceptable way
Do not create unnecessary business risk to the company by their misuse of the internet
In particular the following is deemed unacceptable use or behaviour by employees:
visiting internet sites that contain obscene, hateful, pornographic or otherwise illegal material
using the computer to perpetrate any form of fraud, or software, film or music piracy
using the internet to send offensive or harassing material to other users
downloading commercial software or any copyrighted materials belonging to third parties, unless this download is covered or permitted under a commercial agreement or other such licence
hacking into unauthorised areas
publishing defamatory and/or knowingly false material about Event Equipment Hire, your colleagues and/or our customers on social networking sites, ‘blogs’ (online journals), ‘wikis’ and any online publishing format
revealing confidential information about [business name] in a personal online posting, upload or transmission – including financial information and information relating to our customers, business plans, policies, staff and/or internal discussions
undertaking deliberate activities that waste staff effort or networked resources
introducing any form of malicious software into the corporate network
Company-owned information held on third-party websites
If you produce, collect and/or process business-related information in the course of your work, the information remains the property of Event Equipment Hire. This includes such information stored on third-party websites such as webmail service providers and social networking sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Event Equipment Hire accepts that the use of the internet is a valuable business tool. However, misuse of this facility can have a negative impact upon employee productivity and the reputation of the business.
In addition, all of the company’s internet-related resources are provided for business purposes. Therefore, the company maintains the right to monitor the volume of internet and network traffic, together with the internet sites visited. The specific content of any transactions will not be monitored unless there is a suspicion of improper use.
Where it is believed that an employee has failed to comply with this policy, they will face the company’s disciplinary procedure. If the employee is found to have breached the policy, they will face a disciplinary penalty ranging from a verbal warning to dismissal. The actual penalty applied will depend on factors such as the seriousness of the breach and the employee’s disciplinary record.
All company employees, visitors, contractors or temporary staff who have been granted the right to use the company’s internet access are required to sign this agreement confirming their understanding and acceptance of this policy.