Acceptable Use

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Developer.Vic Portal Acceptable Use Policy

Version: April 2020

The Developer.Vic Portal

The Developer.Vic Portal is this website, which contains the API Catalogue, a library of APIs from across the Victorian Government. The Developer.Vic Portal provides developers with tools and resources to access the APIs in the API Catalogue and integrate with Victorian Government data. The Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria (DPC, we, us) operates the Developer.Vic Portal.  

How this Acceptable Use Policy operates

We encourage you to consume and use the APIs in the API Catalogue tdiscover new and innovative uses for Victorian Government data. However, as the APIs access datasets that contain information about Victoria’s citizens, resources and public infrastructure, we must place restrictions on how this data is accessed and used.  

This Acceptable Use Policy sets out how you may use the Developer.Vic Portal and APIs in the API Catalogue, in addition to the restrictions imposed by the Terms and Conditions. If there is any inconsistency between this Acceptable Use Policy and the Terms and Conditions, the Terms and Conditions will take priority to the extent of the inconsistency. 

Changes to this Acceptable Use Policy 

We may update this Acceptable Use Policy from time to time. Updates will be made available on this Developer.Vic Portal website. 

You must not undermine the security of the Developer.Vic Portal

You must not:

(a) give the username, password or security keys you use to access the Developer.Vic Portal or any API to any other person;
(b) allow any other person to access or use the Developer.Vic Portal, except as authorised by us;
(c) use the personal information of another person in order to access or use the Developer.Vic Portal;
(d) circumvent, or attempt to circumvent, the security measures and access protocols applied to the Developer.Vic Portal or any APIs in the API Catalogue; 
(e) damage, destabilise or compromise the security of information or technology of the Developer.Vic Portal or any other person, business, government body or organisation; 
(f) tamper with, hinder the operation of or make unauthorised modifications to the Developer.Vic Portal; or
(g) interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of the Developer.Vic Portal or any APIs, or servers or networks providing the Developer.Vic Portal or any APIs.

You must not use the Developer.Vic Portal for anything illegal

You must comply with all applicable laws when you use the Developer.Vic Portal, including any Australian State or Federal law or any law of another country which applies to you, the rules of common law and equity, statutes, regulations, determinations, by-laws, ministerial directions, subordinate legislation, ordinances, mandatory codes, standards and guidelines, writs, orders, injunctions and judgements and any government or regulatory agency or authority requirement or authorisation (including conditions in respect of any authorisation).

You must not use the Developer.Vic Portal, any APIs accessed through the Developer.Vic Portal, or any data or information obtained from or associated with the Developer.Vic Portal to:

(a) defame, abuse, harass, stalk, or threaten others;
(b) track or profile any individuals or make available data that allows for the tracking or profiling of individuals;
(c) distribute disruptive commercial messages or advertisements, or otherwise breach the Spam Act 2001 (Cth);
(d) create material that is misleading or deceptive, or otherwise mislead or deceive third parties;
(e) promote or facilitate unlawful online gambling; 
(f) distribute viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material, code or program which is malicious or technologically harmful; or
(g) mount or attempt to mount a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. 

You must not use the Developer.Vic Portal in any way that could harm the Victorian Government’s reputation

You must not use the Developer.Vic Portal, any APIs accessed through the Developer.Vic Portal, or any data or information obtained from or associated with the Developer.Vic Portal in any manner that:

(a) could damage the Victorian Government’s good standing or bring the Victorian Government into disrepute; or
(b) misrepresents the Victorian Government or implies that the Victorian Government endorses you or any product you create using the Developer.Vic Portal.

You must not use the Developer.Vic Portal for inappropriate purposes

Data and information obtained from or associated with the Developer.Vic Portal must not be used to create, send, access or store any form of data or information that:

(a) involves or could lead to victimisation, discrimination, harassment or vilification;
(b) is sexually suggestive, offensive, obscene, threatening, abusive or defamatory;
(c) may compromise the confidentiality, security or privacy of employees, persons, businesses, government bodies or other organisations (e.g. by re-identifying previously de-identified data or making it possible for others to do so); or
(d) impersonates or falsely claims to represent a person or organisation.

In addition, the Developer.Vic Portal and data and information obtained from or associated with the Developer.Vic Portal must not be used for any activities where the use or failure of the APIs could lead to death, personal injury, or environmental damage (such as the operation of nuclear facilities, air traffic control, or life support systems).

You must not use the Developer.Vic Portal to infringe any third party intellectual property rights

You must not:

(a) use the Developer.Vic Portal, any APIs accessed through the Developer.Vic Portal, or any data or information obtained from or associated with the Developer.Vic Portal to infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third parties;
(b) reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble or otherwise attempt to derive the source code of the Developer.Vic Portal, any APIs or any part of the Developer.Vic Portal unless you have express permission to do so; or
(c) remove any copyright, trade mark or attribution notices from the APIs or any other materials or data provided or made available to you in connection with the Developer.Vic Portal.

You must not prevent other users from accessing the Developer.Vic Portal

The Developer.Vic Portal is a publicly available tool that is intended to be used by many users. You must not use the Developer.Vic Portal or the APIs in a manner that:

(a) blocks access to the Developer.Vic Portal for any other user;
(b) overloads the Developer.Vic Portal such that the Developer.Vic Portal or any part of the Developer.Vic Portal cannot be accessed by other users; 
(c) materially reduces the speed of the Developer.Vic Portal for other users;
(d) has a detrimental effect on other users’ ability to use the Developer.Vic Portal; or
(e) otherwise causes, or may cause, damage to the Developer.Vic Portal or any impairment of the availability or accessibility of any part of the Developer.Vic Portal.