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Tameside Libraries: Acceptable Internet Usage Policy and Disclaimer

Current policies relating to the use of both the public access computers and the Wi-Fi access service in Tameside Libraries.

By using Tameside Libraries' public access computers or Wi-Fi service you are bound to the relevant UK law, including the Data Protection Act 1998; Parts of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; Computer Misuse Act 1990; Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988; Copyright, etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002 and agree to abide by it. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with all Statutory requirements.

By using this service I agree to the following terms and conditions:

I will not:

  • Visit, view or download any material from any website containing pornographic, abusive, racist, violent or illegal material or material which is offensive in any way whatsoever.
    Tameside Libraries' decision as to which websites fall into these categories is final. Users should be aware that Tameside MBC monitors Internet use and some sites will be blocked.
  • Download any images, text, sound or other material that is in breach of copyright. Tameside Libraries accepts no responsibility for any breaches that may occur.
  • Upload or make available to others any material that is offensive, obscene, indecent, or which infringes the copyright of another person (e.g. images, MP3 and other audio and video files). The United Kingdom has strict laws on obscenity and Copyright law is applicable to content on the Internet.
  • Use the Internet or our facilities for any illegal activity.
  • View live television broadcasts, as library buildings are not licensed. You can however watch archived television programmes.
  • Use the Internet to harass, cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety to others. Examples would include abusive or offensive emails, spamming, and distributing information regarding the creation of and sending Internet viruses, worms, Trojan Horses, pinging, flooding, or denial of service attacks.
  • Access, or attempt to gain access to, computer systems, data or resources to which you are not authorised, such as connecting to other user's resources.
    By using the service you agree to respect the privacy of others.
  • Access network services in such a way as to deny reasonable access to the network for other users, for example, by excessive use of network bandwidth. This could include the use of FTP servers, file-sharing software and video streaming.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorised access to restricted part of the network, or attempt to undermine the integrity or security of any computer systems or network. You, the user, are responsible for any damage caused to the computer equipment arising out of any wilful act or negligent misuse.

Breach of the above could lead to users being banned from using the service and may result in prosecution.

Tameside Libraries reserve the right to update or modify the above terms at any time without prior notice. Your use of the Service following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by these terms as modified. For this reason, we encourage you to review these terms whenever you use the Service.


Tameside MBC makes every effort to ensure that its public computing and Wi-Fi facilities are safe and the services available, however:

  1. Service provided "as is". This Service provides access to the Internet on an "as is" basis with all risks inherent in such access. The providers of the Service make no warranty that the Service or that any information, software, or other material accessible on the Service is free of viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other harmful components. By connecting, the user acknowledges and accepts the risks associated with public access to the Internet and public use of an unsecured wireless network.
  2. Service provided "as available". The Service is provided on an "as available" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, that the Service will be uninterrupted or error-free, including but not limited to vagaries of weather, disruption of service, acts of God, warranties of title, non-infringement, nor implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. No advice or information given by the providers, affiliates, or contractors of the service or their respective employees shall create such a warranty.
  3. Indemnity. Under no circumstances shall the providers of the Service, or affiliates, agents, or contractors thereof, be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages that result in any way from:
    • user's use of or inability to use the Service or to access the Internet or any part thereof,
    • or user's reliance on or use of information, services or merchandise provided on or through the Service,
    • or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, errors, defects, delays in operation, or transmission, or any failure of performance.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the providers of the Service, including affiliates, agents, and contractors thereof, from any claim, liability, loss, damage, cost, or expense (including without limitation reasonable legal fees) arising out of or related to your use of the Service, any materials downloaded or uploaded through the Service, any actions taken by you in connection with your use of the Service, any violation of any third party's rights or an violation of law or regulation, or any breach of this agreement.

You are responsible for making sure any equipment you use to access Wi-Fi is suitable for use with the service and is adequately protected against external threats as described above, such as viruses, worms and Trojans.

Tameside MBC is not responsible for the privacy or security of your activities and, in particular urges caution when undertaking financial transaction.

For further information on using the Internet in Tameside Libraries please visit