TSG Global FlexTALK® Acceptable Use Policy
Introduction This acceptable use policy (the “Policy”) defines acceptable practices relating to the use of TSG’s services (the “Service”) by customers of TSG (“Customers”) and by users that have gained access to the Service through Customer accounts (“Users”). By using the Service, you acknowledge that you and your Users are responsible for compliance with the Policy. You are responsible for violations of this Policy by any User that accesses the Services through your account, which includes without limitation Users for whom you provide services as a reseller of TSG’s Services. While it is not our intent to control or monitor online experience or the content of online communications, we may edit or remove content that we deem to be in violation of the Policy or that we otherwise deem unlawful, harmful or offensive. The Policy applies to all aspects of the service “TSG” means TSG Global Inc, and all of its affiliates (including direct and indirect subsidiaries and parents). “TSG Network” includes, without limitation, TSG’s constructed or leased transmission network, including all equipment, systems, facilities, services and products incorporated or used in such transmission network. As used in this Policy, “you” refers to Customers, and any reference to “Users” is intended to encompass, as applicable, both Customers and their Users.
This Policy is designed to assist in protecting the TSG Network, the Service, our Users and the Internet community as a whole from improper and/or illegal activity over the Internet, to improve Service and to improve Service offerings. In situations where data communications are carried across networks of other Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Users of the TSG Network must also conform to the applicable acceptable use policies of such other ISPs.
Rights of TSG
Suspension or Termination of Service If Users engage in conduct or a pattern of conduct, including without limitation repeated violations by a User whereby correction of individual violations does not in TSG’s sole discretion correct a pattern of the same or similar violations, while using the Service that violates the Policy, or is otherwise illegal or improper, TSG reserves the right to suspend and/or terminate the Service or the User’s access to the Service. TSG will generally attempt to notify you of any activity in violation of the Policy and request that the User cease such activity; however, in cases where the operation of the TSG Network is threatened or cases involving unsolicited commercial email/SPAM, a pattern of violations, mail relaying, alteration of your source IP address information, denial of service attacks, illegal activities, suspected fraud in connection with the use of Service, harassment or copyright infringement, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your Service or the User’s access to the Service without notification. In addition, we may take any other appropriate action against you or a User for violations of the Policy, including repeated violations wherein correction of individual violations does not in TSG’s sole discretion correct a pattern of the same or similar violations. TSG reserves the right to avail itself of the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. We do not make any promise, nor do we have any obligation, to monitor or police activity occurring using the Service and will have no liability to any party, including you, for any violation of the Policy.
Cooperation with Investigations TSG will cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies and other parties involved in investigating claims of illegal or inappropriate activity. TSG reserves the right to disclose Customer information to the extent authorized by federal or state law. As a reseller Customer of TSG’s Services (if applicable), by using and accepting Services, you consent to our disclosure to any law enforcement agency, without the need for subpoena, of your identity as the service provider of record (including basic contact information), as applicable, for any User about whom TSG is contacted by the law enforcement agency. In instances involving child pornography, TSG complies with all applicable federal and state laws including providing notice to the National Center for the Missing and Exploited Children or other designated agencies.
Modifications to Policy TSG reserves the right to modify this Policy at any time without notice. We will attempt to notify Customers of any such modifications either via e-mail or by posting a revised version of the Policy on our Web site. Any such modifications shall be effective and applied prospectively from the date of posting.
Filters and Service Information We reserve the right to install and use, or to have you install and use, any appropriate devices to prevent violations of this Policy, including devices designed to filter or terminate access to the Service. By accepting and using the Service, you consent to allowing us to collect service information and routing information in the normal course of our business, and to use such information for general business purposes.
Illegal Activity The Service shall not be used for any unlawful activities or in connection with any criminal or civil violation and the Services shall in all cases be used in compliance with applicable law. Use of the Service for transmission, distribution, retrieval, or storage of any information, data or other material in violation of any applicable law or regulation (including, where applicable, any tariff or treaty) is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, the use or transmission of any data or material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property right without proper authorization and the transmission of any material that constitutes an illegal threat, violates export control laws, or is obscene, defamatory or otherwise unlawful.
TSG FlexTalk SMS Service is a peer-to-peer only Service, where peer-to-peer is defined as messaging between one (1) subscriber and another subscriber. A subscriber is defined as a natural person who has made some identification known to a service provider, receives telecommunication services from said service provider and has been assigned a unique SMS-routable TN. In this context, the term “routable” means routed by TSG Global and TSG Global’s peering gateway partners. A service provider is defined as a provider of telecommunication services. Telecommunication services, for this purpose, include at a minimum, two-way text messaging services but may also include additional services, such as voice.
A message may originate from a mobile phone, a computer or an internet-based service, but the message must have been initiated due to human interaction, versus an automated or timed message. Each message is viewed as a single instantiation of these definitions (i.e., if a message is transmitted from a natural person to an application and a subsequent message is transmitted from the application to a natural person, such as a SMS search function for example). Although the “round-trip” appears as though the message originated from a natural person back to the same natural person, each message is viewed individually. To that end, the initial message is viewed as a single message sent from a natural person to an application and the subsequent message is viewed as a single message sent from an application to a natural person.
Unauthorized Access/Interference A User may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to, or attempt to interfere with or compromise the normal functioning, operation or security of, any portion of the TSG Network. A User may not use the Service to engage in any activities that may interfere with the ability of others to access or use the Service or the Internet. A User may not use the Service to monitor any data, information or communications on any network or system without authorization. A User may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the user accounts or passwords of other Users.
Unsolicited Commercial Email/Spamming/Mailbombing A User may not use the Service to transmit unsolicited commercial e-mail messages or deliberately send excessively large attachments to one recipient. Any unsolicited commercial e-mail messages or a series of unsolicited commercial e-mail messages or large attachments sent to one recipient is prohibited. In addition, “spamming” or “mailbombing” is prohibited. Use of the service of another provider to send unsolicited commercial email, spam or mailbombs, to promote a site hosted on or connected to the TSG Network, is similarly prohibited. Likewise, a User may not use the Service to collect responses from mass unsolicited e-mail messages. TSG may in its sole discretion rely upon information obtained from anti-spamming organizations (including for example and without limitation spamhaus.org, spamcop.net, sorbs.net, and abuse.net) as evidence that a User is an active “spam operation” for purposes of taking remedial action under this Policy.
Spoofing/Fraud Users are prohibited from intentionally or negligently injecting false data into the Internet, for instance in the form of bad routing information (including but not limited to the announcing of networks owned by someone else or reserved by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) or incorrect DNS information. A User may not attempt to send e-mail messages or transmit any electronic communications using a name or address of someone other than the User for purposes of deception. Any attempt to impersonate someone else by altering a source IP address information or by using forged headers or other identifying information is prohibited. Any attempt to fraudulently conceal, forge or otherwise falsify a User’s identity in connection with use of the Service is prohibited.
USENET Postings All postings to USENET groups must comply with that group’s charter and other policies. Users are prohibited from cross posting to unrelated news groups or to any news groups where the post does not meet that group’s charter. Continued posting of off-topic messages, including commercial messages (unless specifically invited) is prohibited. Disrupting newsgroups with materials, postings or activities that are (as determined by TSG in its sole discretion) frivolous, unlawful, obscene, threatening, abusive, libelous, hateful, excessive or repetitious is prohibited, unless such materials or activities are expressly allowed or encouraged under the newsgroup’s name, FAQ or charter.
Complaints TSG receives complaints directly from Internet users, through Internet organizations and through other parties. TSG shall not be required to determine the validity of complaints received, or of information obtained from anti-spamming organizations, before taking action under this AUP. A complaint from the recipient of commercial email, whether received directly or through an anti-spamming organization, shall be evidence that the message was unsolicited. TSG has no obligation to forward the complaint to the User or to identify the complaining parties. The following activities are also prohibited:
§ Intentionally transmitting files containing a computer virus or corrupted data.
§ If we have specified bandwidth limitations for your user account, use of the Service shall not be in excess of those limitations. Attempting to circumvent or alter the processes or procedures to measure time, bandwidth utilization, or other methods to document use of TSG’s services.
§ Advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software, program, product, or service that is designed to violate this AUP, which includes the facilitation of the means to deliver unsolicited commercial email.
§ Any activity that disrupts, degrades, harms or threatens to harm the TSG Network or the Service.
§ Any use of another party’s electronic mail server to relay email without express permission from such other party is prohibited.
§ Any other inappropriate activity or abuse of the Service (as determined by us in our sole discretion), whether or not specifically listed in this Policy, may result in suspension or termination of the User’s access to or use of the Service.
This listing of prohibited activities is not exhaustive and TSG reserves the right to determine that any conduct that is or could be harmful to the TSG Network, TSG’s Customers or Internet users is in violation of this Policy and to exercise any or all of the remedies contained in this Policy.
Responsibilities of Customers Users are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of password and account information, as well as the security of their network. You agree immediately to notify TSG of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security known to you. If you become aware of any violation of this Policy by any person, including Users that have accessed the Service through your account, you are required to notify us.
Impending Security Event Notification All Users of the TSG Network are responsible for notifying TSG immediately if they become aware of an impending event that may negatively affect the TSG Network. This includes extortion threats that involve threat of “denial of service” attacks, unauthorized access, or other security events.
Configuration All Users of the TSG Network are responsible for configuring their own systems to provide the maximum possible accountability. TSG shall not be liable for any damage caused by such system configurations regardless of whether such configurations have been authorized or requested by TSG. For example, Users should ensure there are clear “path” lines in news headers so that the originator of a post may be identified. Users should also configure their Mail Transport Agents (MTA) to authenticate (by look-up on the name or similar procedures) any system that connects to perform a mail exchange, and should generally present header data as clearly possible. As another example, Users should maintain logs of dynamically assigned IP addresses. Users of the TSG Network are responsible for educating themselves and configuring their systems with at least basic security. Should systems at a User’s site be violated, the User is responsible for reporting the violation and then fixing the exploited system. For instance, should a site be abused to distribute unlicensed software due to a poorly configured FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Server, the User is responsible for re-configuring the system to stop the abuse.
Complaints In most cases, we will notify our Customer(s) of complaints received by us regarding an alleged violation of this Policy. You agree to promptly investigate all such complaints and take all necessary actions to remedy any violations of this Policy. We may inform the complainant that you are investigating the complaint and may provide the complainant with the necessary information to contact you directly to resolve the complaint. You shall identify a representative for the purposes of receiving such communications.
Additional Terms and Conditions The use of the TSG Network by a Customer of TSG is subject to the terms and conditions of any agreements entered into by such Customer and TSG. This Policy is incorporated into such agreements by reference.
Complaints and Contact Information Any complaints regarding prohibited use or other abuse of the TSG Network, including violations of this Policy, should be sent to TSG. Please include all applicable information that will assist TSG in investigating the complaint, including all applicable headers of forwarded messages. Sites experiencing live attacks from TSG Customers should call into our Customer Care Center (telephone 617-592-2064) to submit a complaint as quickly as possible. Describe the urgency of the situation should you need immediate attention.