Terms of Use & Acceptable Use Policy

ANDC Website Terms of Use

  1. This is the official website of Afghanistan National Data Center (ANDC), operating under the Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) of Afghanistan. (ANDC: “we”, “us”, “ours”)
  2. These terms relate to your use of our Website. Other terms may apply to Services provided via our Website, and you should check to see what specific terms apply to any Services which you use.
  3. We may terminate, change or suspend any part of our Website, including any content, features, and hours of availability or these terms at any time. Continued use of our Website after we have made any such changes will signify your consent to the changes.
  4. Copyright in the material contained in our Website belong to ANDC, and MCIT. All rights are reserved.
  5. Unless otherwise expressly stated, no part of the Website may be copied, performed in public, broadcast or adapted without ANDC prior written permission. Any other use of materials on our Website, without our prior written permission, is strictly prohibited.
  6. While ANDC has taken every effort to ensure that the information contained within our Website is correct and kept up-to-date, you should be aware that, at any given time, some of the information may be incomplete, inaccurate or may have become out-of-date. ANDC gives no warranty or makes any representation regarding the quality, accuracy or completeness of the content of the Website. Further, no warranty is given that our Website will be available on an uninterrupted basis, and no liability can be accepted in respect of any losses or damages arising out of such unavailability.
  7. The use of third party websites is entirely at your own risk. Links contained in our Website do lead to other websites not under our control, and we accept no liability for, or endorse, the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. Accordingly, you should read the terms and conditions of those websites and direct any questions or comments about the linked website's contents to the relevant website provider.
  8. You are not entitled (nor will you assist others) to set up links from your own websites to our Website (whether by hypertext linking, deep-linking, framing, toggling or otherwise) without our prior written consent, which we may grant or withhold at our absolute discretion.
  9. You are granted access to the Website on condition that you accept all of the above terms and conditions. You also agree to indemnify ANDC and not to hold ANDC liable for the result (foreseeable or otherwise) of your actions or omissions based on material contained herein.


Acceptable Use Policy

  1. Introduction
    ANDC have formulated this acceptable use policy in order to encourage the responsible use of ANDC networks, systems, services, and website (collectively "ANDC Network and Services") by our customers and other users (“Users”), and to enable us to provide our Users with secure, reliable and productive services.
    1. This acceptable use policy (“Policy”) sets out:
      1. The minimum standards of behavior required from you when you use our network and the internet via our network;
      2. certain actions which are prohibited; and
      3. what we may do if you fail to meet those minimum standards.
    2. The Policy is designed to protect both you and ANDC from any claims from third parties that your use of the ANDC services is inappropriate or damaging to such third parties.
    3. The actions prohibited and the minimum standards set out in the Policy are not a complete list. If you are unsure about any contemplated action or use please contact info[at]andc.gov.af.
    4. By using the Services you agree to be bound by our Policy.
  2. General Conduct
    ANDC Network and Services must be used in a manner that is consistent with their intended purposes and may be used only for lawful purposes. Users may not use ANDC Network and Services in order to transmit, distribute or store material
    1. in violation of any applicable law or regulation;
    2. in a manner that will infringe the copyright, or the privacy, publicity or other personal rights of others;
    3. that is fraudulent, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, abusive or hateful or contains a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other harmful component;
    4. containing fraudulent offers for goods or services or any promotional materials that contain false, deceptive or misleading statements, claims or representations; or
    5. generally, in a manner that may expose ANDC or any of its personnel to criminal or civil liability.
  3. Lawful Use of Resources
    It is ANDC policy to assist police and law enforcement bodies in any practicable way when required by applicable law. ANDC reserves the right to disclose information to such bodies or highlight any concern of potential illegal activities being carried out via ANDC networks or systems.
  4. Sending of Electronic Mail
    1. Under no circumstance will any ANDC customer transmit unsolicited bulk email of any kind or permit the usage of unsolicited bulk email to advertise any site located on the ANDC network.
    2. Any mail server connected to the ANDC network must not be configured as an open relay. Such a server could be used for the unauthorized transmission of bulk email, should this occur the transmission would be considered to have originated from the customer.
    3. Customers must not use the ANDC network or systems to transmit email with modified, false, inaccurate or purposefully erroneous headers or other information so that the origin of the e-mail is unclear or deceptive.
  5. Disruption of Service and Network Security Breaches
     You agree to the following:
    1. Under no circumstances should ANDC customers utilize ANDC network or systems to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any system. Actions considered unacceptable include, but are not limited to, network probing, network mapping, vulnerability scanning or the exploitation of vulnerabilities or misconfigurations in systems or networks, without prior authorization with the intention of gaining unauthorized access or for any other purpose.
    2. Any packets transmitted onto or across the ANDC network by ANDC or its customers should contain the correct source address of the emanating system. Any packets for which this is not the case may be prevented from traversing the ANDC network without additional notice.
    3. Networks must be configured so as not to accept external broadcast traffic.
    4. ANDC customers must not utilize any protocol or service with the intent of disrupting or preventing the legitimate use of any service by others.
    5. Customers must not use ANDC networks or systems to transmit viruses.
    6. Customers must not use ANDC networks or systems to install directly or indirectly any unauthorized software or other system modification on any system without prior authorization of the system owner.
    7. Customers must not attempt to intercept or modify any traffic traversing the ANDC network.
    8. ANDC customers will not collect any personal information about other users of the Services without either the consent of those users or ANDC.
  6. Use of Material
    1. ANDC customers accept that ANDC cannot control and is not responsible for the content of the Internet. Any concerns regarding the content of systems or networks not located on the ANDC network should be directed at the relevant system or network owners and not at ANDC.
    2. ANDC customers may not use ANDC networks or systems to distribute copyright material unless they are authorized to do so by the copyright owner. ANDC customers must not use ANDC networks or systems for improper or unlawful purposes or to receive or send messages which are, in reasonable opinion, offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing, malicious or defamatory, or which infringe any intellectual property right (including, without limitation, trade-marks, copyright, or rights relating to domain names), nor allow others to do so.
    3. ANDC takes no responsibility for any material created or accessible on or through ANDC Networks and Services that is not posted by or at the request of ANDC. ANDC does not monitor nor exercise any editorial control over such material, but reserves the right to do so to the extent permitted by applicable law. ANDC is not responsible for the content of any websites other than ANDC website, including for the content of websites linked to ANDC website. Links are provided as Internet navigation tools only.
  7. Violation of This Acceptable Use Policy
    ANDC is not obliged to take active steps to monitor customer compliance with this Policy. In the event that ANDC becomes aware of a breach of this Policy, ANDC may take any or all of the following actions:
    1. ANDC may inform a network administrator of an issue or incident;
    2. ANDC may require help from a customer in resolving a security incident where that customer’s system(s) may have been involved
    3. ANDC may charge the offending party for the time and resources used in dealing with the breach; or
    4. ANDC may, without notice, suspend or terminate a network connection or connections.
  8. System and Network Security
    Users are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate the security of ANDC Network and Services, including, without limitation,
    1. accessing data not intended for such User or logging into a server or account which such User is not authorized to access;
    2. attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization;
    3. attempting to interfere with, disrupt or disable service to any user, host or network, including, without limitation, via means of overloading, "flooding", "mailbombing" or "crashing";
    4. forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or newsgroup posting; or
    5. taking any action in order to obtain services to which such User is not entitled. Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. ANDC will investigate occurrences that may involve such violations and may involve, and co-operate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting Users who are involved in such violations.
  9. Customer Familiarization
    ANDC may, at its sole discretion, modify this Policy from time to time. Your continued use of the Services signifies your acceptance of any modifications to this Policy. Please check the Policy from time to time, which can be found at http://www.andc.gov.af.