SMTP – Acceptable Usage Policy
These Acceptable Use Policies specify the actions we permit and prohibit for users of our network, systems and the Internet. We reserve the right to modify these policies at any time, effective upon posting the modified document to:
Unsolicited Email / Spam
Sending unsolicited mail messages (spam) is explicitly prohibited – this policy includes any volume of unsolicited mail however large or small. This activity uses excessive resources, in many countries may be illegal, incurs great cost and annoys other users and recipients – we are strictly against this in any form – as a guide to this (but not limited to):
- You must ensure that all people you send to are fully ‘opt-in’, have consented to receive emails from you and are therefore specifically ‘expecting’ to receive emails from you.
- We typically do not recommend you ‘buy’ email lists as the recipients would rarely be specifically ‘expecting’ to receive emails from ‘you’ and this is likely to generate spam complaints.
- You should not use anything (software or companies) that automatically generate email lists by ‘harvesting’ email addresses from the Internet / web sites.
- We do not recommend you use ‘old’ data / mailing lists as this can result in spam complaints from recipients may have forgotten who you are and / or are no longer expecting to receive emails from you.
- If you do receive any spam complaints the recipient should be removed from your mailing list. If you believe the complaint was an ‘error’ you may wish to contact them one further time or by another method (telephone, post etc.) to confirm if it was a mistake and if they wish to be re-subscribed to your list.
- Posting the same or similar message to one or more newsgroups (excessive cross-posting or multiple-posting) is explicitly prohibited.
- Make sure your emails are compliant with the CAN-SPAM Act – one of the specific provisions is that you should include your valid physical address in commercial / advertising / mailing list emails you send.
We operate spam feedback loops with many ISPs and publish full details of how Internet users can submit spam complaints to us for investigation. If we receive a complaint against an email you have sent you will receive a
‘Spam Complaint Notification’ email and you will be expected to deal with these complaints promptly.
Excessive complaints of this nature may lead to the immediate suspension of your service and possible closure of your account.
Accounts suspended or terminated due to excessive complaints do not qualify for any refund.
Additionally we reserve the right to charge for our time, system resources and any associated costs incurred dealing with complaints received from emails you send – typically a minimum of $135.00 for each complaint we receive.
Our network and systems may be used only for lawful purposes. Transmission, distribution or storage of any material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property right used without proper authorization, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes an illegal threat or violates export control laws.
Fair Usage and Technical Limitations
Our systems can accept and process very large amounts of email but we do operate a fair usage policy to ensure that our service is available for all of our clients all of the time (where technically possible).
- We reserve the right to rate limit and / or suspend your account if your usage has a detrimental effect on the performance, availability or stability of our systems.
- Currently we allow a maximum of 5 concurrent connections per account (or per IP address).
If you are using our service to send large amounts of email you are agreeing to do everything possible to increase the chance of your emails delivered – this includes but is not limited to:
- Signing up for ISP whitelists and feedback loops where we cannot do it on your behalf.
- Consider using various technical methods of increasing deliverability such as Domain Keys and SPF records – please consult the official websites for instructions and guidance on implementation.
- Where possible send 1 message to each recipient as oppose to 1 message CC’d or BCC’d to multiple recipients. There is a hard limit of 50 recipients per single message but a single message sent to multiple recipients may be scored negatively as spam compared to a single message to a single recipient.
- You must ensure your email ‘from’ / ‘return path’ / ‘return to’ / ‘reply to’ (sender) addresses are valid and you must be able to receive email to those addresses.
In the rare event a specific ISP blacklists your account / IP address / domain name or indicates they are not going to accept your email we reserve the right to suspend your account or prevent your account from sending to domain names relating to or hosted by that ISP until the issues can be resolve.
Bulk Mailing / Mailing List Best Practices
If you are using our service to distribute mailing lists etc to large numbers of recipients it is important that you follow these guide lines:
- Maintain your mailing list / email addresses by removing invalid email addresses (i.e. invalid domains, illegal characters etc.), sending to many invalid addresses could result in your account and/or our servers being blacklisted.
- Email message headers / envelopes must not be missing, malformed or forged and messages must not contain false or misleading information.
- You must include a working ‘unsubscribe’ link or Internet based method to process any unsubscribe requests (a telephone / postal based method is not sufficient). Any removal requests should be processed within 7 days and (if at all possible) before sending out another mailing to avoid / minimise the risk of further complaints.
- Keep records of how and when recipients signed up to receive emails from you.
- Ensure your incoming email system is capable of handling the mailer daemon / delivery status / failure notifications (DSNs) of emails that could not be delivered.
Systems and Network Security
Violation of system or network security is prohibited and may result in criminal and civil liability. We will investigate incidents involving such violations and may involve and will co-operate with law enforcement if a criminal violation is suspected. Examples of system or network security violations include (but are not limited to):
- You must keep your username and password private / secure and ensure that you only use secure passwords to reduce the risk of someone else being able to access / abuse your account and our systems. We reserve the right to suspend your account if we feel your details have compromised. You are responsible for all emails sent using your account.
- Unauthorized access to or use of data, systems or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system and / or network or to breach security or authentication measures without express authorisation of the owner of the system or that network.
- Interference with service to any user, host or network including, but not limited to:
- Packet flooding
- Deliberate attempts to overload a system
- Broadcast attacks
- Sending or distributing viruses / infected files
- Forging of any TCP-IP packet header or any part of the header information in an email or a newsgroup posting.
- Unauthorized monitoring of data and / or traffic on any network or system without the express authorisation of the owner of the system or network.
Indirect or attempted violations of the policy, and actual and or attempted violations by a 3rd party on behalf of one of our customers or a customers’ end user, shall be considered violations of the policy by such customer or end user.
To encourage responsible usage of the Internet – we will act against you if you abuse our system and the Internet in general. This action will usually take the form of a temporary suspension of your access until the matter can be resolved. If appropriate we may terminate your account immediately – without refund.
If you have any question about this policy please contact us.