Acceptable Use

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Victorian Government API Gateway Acceptable Use Policy

Version: October 2018

The API Gateway Service

The API Gateway service (the Service) facilitates access to a set of application programming interfaces related to Victorian Government data and services (the APIs). The Service consists of:

• the Developer Vic website, available at https://developer.vic.gov.au; and
• the Gateway, accessed via https://api.vic.gov.au.

We encourage users to implement the APIs available on the Service and use them to find 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, it is very important that the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC, we, us) puts in place restrictions on how this data is accessed and used. This Acceptable Use Policy sets out how you may use the Service and the APIs, in addition to the restrictions imposed by the API Gateway User Terms and Conditions document

You are responsible for ensuring that your use of the Service complies with this policy. We reserve the right to vary the terms of this policy from time to time. If there is any inconsistency between this policy and the API Gateway User Terms and Conditions document, the API Gateway User Terms and Conditions will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency

You must not undermine the security of the Service

You must not:

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

You must not use the Service for anything illegal

You must comply with all applicable laws when you use the Service, 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 Service, any APIs accessed through the Service, or any data or information obtained from or associated with the Service 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 Service in any way that could harm the Victorian Government’s reputation

You must not use the Service, any APIs accessed through the Service, or any data or information obtained from or associated with the Service 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 Service.

You must not use the Service for inappropriate purposes

Data and information obtained from or associated with the Service 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 Service and data and information obtained from or associated with the Service 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 Service to infringe any third party intellectual property rights

You must not:

(a) use the Service, any APIs accessed through the Service, or any data or information obtained from or associated with the Service 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 Service, any APIs or any part of the Service 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 Service.

You must not prevent other users from accessing the Service

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

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