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1.3 Unacceptable Uses of the SDCN and/or the NSCN

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   Unacceptable uses of the SDCN and/or the NSCN subject to remedial action (see Section 1.6), include, but are not limited to the following:

   1. Violation of the privacy of other users and their data. For example, users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or represent themselves as another user unless explicitly authorized to do so by that user.

   2. Violation of the legal protection provided by copyright and licensing laws applied to programs and data. It is assumed that information and resources available via the SDCN and/or the NSCN are private to those individuals and organizations owning or holding rights to such information and resources, unless specifically stated otherwise by the owners or holders, or unless such information and resources clearly fall within the statutory definition of a public record. It is unacceptable for an individual to use the SDCN and/or the NSCN to gain access to information or resources not considered a public record without the granting of permission to do so by the owners or holders of rights to such information or resources.

   3. Downloading or installation of unauthorized software or hardware in violation of license agreements.

   4. Violation of the integrity of computing systems. For example, users shall not intentionally develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage or alter the software components of a computer or computing system.

   5. Use of the SDCN and/or the NSCN for fund-raising or public relations activities unrelated to an individual’s employment with the Nebraska Supreme Court.

   6. Use inconsistent with laws, Nebraska Supreme Court rules and policies, regulations, or accepted community standards. Transmission of material in violation of any local, state, or federal law or regulation is prohibited. It is not acceptable to transmit or knowingly receive threatening, obscene, or harassing material.

   7. Malicious or disruptive use, including use of the SDCN and/or the NSCN or any attached network in a manner that precludes or significantly hampers its use by others. Disruptions include, but are not limited to, distribution of unsolicited advertising, propagation of computer worms or viruses, and use of the SDCN and/or the NSCN to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the network.

   8. Unsolicited advertising, except for announcement of new products or services as described in item No. 6 under “Acceptable Uses.”

   9. Use of the SDCN and/or the NSCN for recreational games.

   10. Use in conjunction with for-profit activities, unless such activities are stated as a specific acceptable use.

   11. Use for private or personal business ventures such as second sources of income, other family member personal business interests, et cetera.

   12. Misrepresentation of one’s self, the Nebraska Supreme Court, or the State of Nebraska when using the SDCN and/or the NSCN.

   13. Contacting senators, lobbyists, and coworkers regarding legislative matters, unless requested as part of a unified strategy to do so. Communication via SDCN and/or NSCN to contact senators or lobbyists regarding personal issues or the advancement of legislation for the sole benefit of a specific employee group (e.g., salary bills, retirement benefits) and not the court as a whole.

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