Acceptable Use Policy Template For Public WiFi Networks
By Dan Virgillito
Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) are an essential component to all organizations, companies, and other establishments offering Internet or Intranet access. According to network security provider GFI, an Acceptable Use Policy should successfully define which network systems the policy covers; explicitly prohibit illicit behavior, distribution, and communications; establish privacy guidelines; and provide a clear description of the risks associated with noncompliance. Private Internet AUPs include corporations setting the standards for their employees, educational institutions enforcing appropriate behavior among students, and governmental organizations ensuring security and confidentiality. A public Acceptable Use Policy template, however, offers a unique set of challenges due to the open and accessible nature of public Internet, such as open-access WiFi Networks.