WeLink Communications (UK) Limited (“WeLink”)
Fair Use Policy
This Fair Use Policy (“FUP”) outlines the principles that govern use of the systems, services and equipment (e.g. your Wi-Fi equipment and your service package) provided by WeLink UK.
You must read this FUP carefully. It forms part of your agreement with us and is referred to in our terms and conditions.
“User(s)” or “you” means customers or anyone else who uses or accesses WeLink’s media services.
We may amend, modify or substitute this FUP at any time. Your continued use of any WeLink UK services after any such amendment, modification or substitution constitutes your acceptance of any new FUP.
Please visit our website regularly to check for any updates or amendments to this FUP.
WeLink UK enforcement actions
Our rights to investigate, suspend, restrict or terminate your services
We reserve the right to investigate any suspected violation(s) of this FUP.
When we become aware of possible violations, we may initiate an investigation, which may include gathering information from the user involved and the complaining party, if any, and examination of material on our servers, networks or any other equipment associated with the services.
We will take action if you abuse our services. The actions we may take, in our sole discretion, at any time include but are not restricted to:
This is not a full list of the action we may take. See also the terms and conditions of your customer service agreement and your service package agreement with us (“terms and conditions”) as applicable.
In addition to the actions above, and notwithstanding our right to restrict, suspend or terminate your services, if you breach this FUP and/or our terms and conditions, we may issue a formal warning to you specifying the unacceptable conduct and notifying you that repeated breaches may result in all or part of our services being temporarily or permanently withdrawn from you.
If, after we have issued a formal warning, your conduct continues to breach this FUP, then we may withdraw all or any part of the services from you until such time as we are satisfied that you have implemented appropriate steps to ensure that your use of our systems, services or equipment will comply with this FUP.
If such a suspension is imposed, then this may be lifted at our discretion upon receipt of a formal written undertaking from you not to commit any future relevant abuse. Until the formal written undertaking is received by us using the contact details we specify to you your account will remain suspended.
Prior to terminating services as a general rule, we will attempt to work with users (but are not obliged to do so) to avoid future violations of the FUP and to ensure that there is no reoccurrence of the incident(s) in question.
Use of Services
You must not use our services in any way that is unlawful, or illegal, or in any way to the detriment of other internet users. You also must not allow anybody using your connection or device(s) to use our services in any way that is unlawful or illegal or in any way to the detriment of other Internet users.
In addition to and without prejudice to your obligations pursuant to our terms and conditions, you agree to comply with (and ensure that others using the services comply with) all applicable laws, statutes and regulations in connection with the services. As the user of record, you are liable for all use of all accounts in your name, irrespective of use without your knowledge and/or consent.
You are required to keep your contact details provided to WeLink UK up to date. Keeping such records up to date is important as we may need to send notices or other information to you using the contact information you gave us.
Users are expected and required to review email messages in their registered mailbox provided as part of the service contract on a regular basis. This is to enable us to advise you of any significant issues that may affect your use of the services. We recommend that you check your registered mailbox at least every 3 days. We normally notify customers of FUP-related issues prior to suspension/disconnection of services and it is important that you read these emails.
It is the user’s responsibility to ensure the primary mailbox registered with the WeLink UK account remains active and therefore capable of receiving emails or to provide WeLink UK with an alternative preferred email address that can be accessed on a regular basis.
In the event that your use of our services is under investigation by relevant authorities, we reserve the right to suspend the services for the duration of the investigation.
Your responsibilities – Security
You are responsible for the security of the information you send and the other services you use through your WeLink UK services. We are not responsible for the consequences of your failure to employ adequate security measures (e.g. lost or corrupted files, identity theft, fraud).
Wireless routers should be secured by applying password protection to stop external access outside of the home by unauthorised persons. Unsecured Wi-Fi connections could lead to you being held legally responsible for misuse on your account by a third party.
Device security: users are responsible for the security of their own devices that are directly or indirectly connected to our systems or services via your home connection and/or your mobile connection. This includes, but is not limited to: PCs, iPods/iPads (or equivalent), laptops, your mobile handset(s), wired and wireless home networking devices and games consoles.
If we identify that devices on the end of your connection are causing significant impact to our service or are part of a “botnet” (machines hijacked by others to distribute malicious software or other forms of abuse), we reserve the right to suspend or disconnect your services without notice.
Users must ensure that their devices are protected with up-to-date anti-virus software and a properly configured firewall as a minimum where applicable. For advice on anti-virus software and firewalls please visit our help pages and search for ‘security’.
You must keep your password(s) confidential and secure. If you think that your password(s) has become known to any unauthorised person or may be used in an unauthorised way you should take steps to change your password immediately. If you believe that any of your devices have been used to breach the terms of this Fair Use Policy you must inform us immediately.
Your responsibilities – WeLink UK Systems, Services and Equipment
Users must not take any action that may restrict or inhibit any person, partnership, company, firm or organisation (whether a customer of WeLink UK or otherwise) in his/her/its lawful use or enjoyment of any of our systems, services or products.
Specific prohibited acts in relation to WeLink UK systems, services and equipment are:
Your responsibilities – Content/Material
You are prohibited from storing, distributing, transmitting or causing to be published any “prohibited material” through your use of the services, including for example your use of the services to send emails, post on online forums or blogs and use social media.
What constitutes “prohibited material” shall be determined by us (acting in our sole discretion). Prohibited material includes (without limitation):
For the avoidance of doubt, the storage upon and/or distribution via our systems and/or services by any user of “pirated” software, or any other materials that are not expressly licensed to the user, will constitute a violation of this FUP.
At our sole discretion (and without prejudice to any of our other rights pursuant to this FUP and our terms and conditions), we reserve the right to remove any material from any server under our control. In addition to any other action we may take, we reserve the right to notify relevant authorities, regulators and/or other third parties of the use, storage, distribution, transmission, retransmission or publication of prohibited material (and/or any other materials the dealing with or use of which may constitute unlawful conduct by users).
Users may only run servers to provide Internet Protocol Services (“IPS”) within the limits set out in this FUP. Users are deemed wholly responsible for any and all network traffic emanating from relevant servers and are required to ensure that such IPS are secured against abuse by third parties. This includes (but is not limited to) ensuring that servers are running up-to-date security patches and are configured so as to not act as relay servers at any time. “Relay servers” mean servers that can be utilised by another internet user to relay spam, or any other type of abusive network traffic.
Failure by users to secure servers against such abuse may result in immediate suspension or termination of service by us (acting at our sole discretion), with no prior notice, in order to protect the overall network and the services we provide to other customers.
In addition to the above, users’ provision of IPS must not adversely affect any other users of our network (including telephony and internet services). Further, users may not include within and/or distribute via an IPS any content without the express consent of the owner of all relevant rights in such content (including but not limited to intellectual property rights). We reserve the right to monitor network traffic and to take appropriate action as required, including the right to restrict any IPS. We will not offer any technical support for the provision of IPS.
We may contact users at any time to instruct them to stop making server(s) available via their WeLink UK services. Upon being notified users must cease to operate the relevant server(s) with immediate effect.
Making a complaint
Complaints regarding the conduct of users on our network will be accepted by emailing to email@example.com. Any complaint must include as much quantitative and supportive evidence as possible to enable us to investigate the alleged conduct properly, such as a full email header and body. Submitting all relevant evidence in the original abuse report will significantly speed up the resolution of the issue by us.
In the event that we request from the complainant further evidence or clarification of some kind, and the information is not forthcoming in a timely fashion, the investigation will be closed without notice. Investigations will be kept open for a maximum of 15 days before being closed.
Please do not send excerpted parts of a message. Sending a copy of the entire message, including headers, helps to prevent misunderstandings based on incomplete information, or information used out of context. For example full headers demonstrate which path the message has taken, and enable us to determine whether any part of the message has been forged. This information is vital to our investigation.
About the WeLink UK Fair Use Policy
What is a Fair Use Policy?
It lets you know how to use our services safely and legally. All internet service providers and mobile phone providers have usage policies of some kind.
Here’s where you can read more about ours.
Our Fair Use Policy covers a range of prohibited activities, but it mainly focuses on the most severe misuse of our services. That’s activities that are:
The policy is there to protect our customers and make sure everyone gets the best experience possible.
Our Fair Use Policy is part of our terms and conditions which you accept when you join.
When is it used?
We’ll only use our Fair Use Policy in serious cases of misuse, where a customer’s connection is being used for purposes that are illegal, unlawful or inconveniencing other internet users.
What activities are prohibited by the Fair Use Policy?
In general, customers should make sure that they don’t use our services for unlawful or illegal purposes, or to inconvenience other internet users.
This means making sure that your internet connection isn’t used to abuse other internet users or to purposefully receive or distribute unsuitable material, like copyrighted music and films without permission, spam, viruses, etc.
What happens if I breach the Fair Use Policy?
If we find that our internet service is being misused, we’ll get in touch with you to let you know we’re aware of what’s going on. If we need to, we’ll work with you to resolve the issues without taking any further action as much as possible, but we reserve the right to do so, if necessary.
What happens if I am not the person who actually carried out the prohibited activity?
It’s important to know where you stand here. The account holder (that’s the bill payer) is responsible for ensuring that their connection is used safely and legally, within the guidelines of the Fair Use Policy. They’re also responsible for making sure that any devices connected to their home broadband account or using their mobile internet are secured and that their connection is only used with their permission.
To help protect you, it’s a good idea to secure your home wireless connection and install up-to-date security software on any device that accesses the internet in your household, as well as installing security software on your mobile device. This will help limit any unauthorised activity on your account and keep your personal details safe.
How will I know I have breached the Fair Use Policy?
If you breach our Fair Use Policy and/or our Terms and Conditions, we’ll get in touch by letter or phone and you’ll receive what we call a formal warning. We’ll talk you through how to resolve your issue and avoid any further action being taken against you, but we reserve the right to do so, if necessary.
What happens if I continue to breach the WeLink UK Fair Use Policy after I have received a formal warning?
Under certain circumstances, if prohibited activities are still being carried out on your account after receiving a formal warning, we may suspend your services until we’re satisfied that the activity has stopped and won’t happen again.
Sometimes we might reinstate your services if we receive a written undertaking from you, stating that you will not breach any part of the Fair Use Policy again.
Does the policy ever change?
Yes, so we recommend that you visit our website regularly to check for any updates or amendments to the Fair Use Policy. We’ll make sure that any updates or amendments are clearly signalled at the top of the page.
How do I report someone who I think is breaching the Fair Use Policy?
The best way to report any abuse of our network is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to be able to verify any misuse, so please include as much detail and evidence as you can when make a complaint.