Agreement on OFISP Internet Regulations
Internet development has led to the fact that excess information has become one of the major problems faced by users. Consequently, the online community has developed special rules aimed at protecting the user from unwanted/ unsolicited messages (spam). The following are prohibited:
Mass mailing via e-mail and other means of personal information exchange (including instant messaging services, such as SMS, IRC, etc.) except in cases where the recipients clearly and unambiguously expressed their initiative.
Open publication of e-mail addresses or other personal information exchange system cannot serve as the basis for inclusion of an address into any mass mailing list. Inclusion of an address obtained by any means (via a web form, through a subscription robot, etc.) into an address list for mass mailing is permitted only if there are appropriate technical procedures for confirming a subscription, which ensure that the address will not fall into the list except by the will of the owner of the address. Subscription confirmation procedure should exclude the possibility of an address falling into a mass mailing list (for one-time or regular mailing) at the initiative of third parties (persons who are not owners of the address).
Inability of a subscriber to leave a mailing list immediately whenever that subscriber so desires. Entering addresses into a mailing list without the owners’ consent even if the owner can freely leave that mailing list.
- Sending of e-mails and other messages that contain attached files and/or are very large in size without prior permission by the recipient.
- Mailing (except by direct initiative of the recipient) of the following
- Emails and other messages (including one-time ones) that are advertising or commercial in nature, or constitute a propaganda;
- Letters and other messages containing rude and offensive language and expressions;
- Messages requesting the recipient to send them to as many recipients as possible (chain letters);
- Use of impersonal (“role”) addresses except for their intended purpose, indicated by the owner of the addresses and/or by standards.
- Posting messages in any e-conference that are not relevant to the theme of that conference (off-topic). Here and thereafter, the term “conference” means Usenet teleconference (news groups) and other conferences, forums and mailing lists.
- Posting advertising, commercial or propaganda messages in any conference, except when such messages are explicitly allowed by the rules of the conference or the posting is agreed in advance with the owners or administrators of the conference.
- Posting in any conference an article containing attached files, except where attachment is expressly permitted by the rules of the conference or such posting is agreed in advance with the owners or administrators of the conference.
- 8. Mailing of information to recipients who previously explicitly expressed their unwillingness to receive the information or the information of a given category or information from the sender.
- Use of own or provided information resources (mailboxes, e-mail addresses, WWW pages, etc.) as contact details in performing any of the above actions, regardless of from which point on the Internet the actions were carried out.
- Activities aimed at supporting SPAM (spam support service), such as:
- Purposeful scanning of the contents of information resources to collect email addresses and other messaging services;
- Distribution of spam software;
- Creation, verification, maintenance and distribution of databases of email addresses or other messaging services (except in cases where owners of all the addresses included in such a database explicitly expressed their consent for their addresses to be included into that database; open publication of an address cannot be considered as a consent).