Information Technology Public WiFi Usage and Disclaimer

Purpose statement

This procedure defines the public access procedure and the associated public WiFi use disclaimer. Full copy of the disclaimer can be found in A-ISS-001-002 Appendix A - Public WIFI Disclaimer

Scope

This procedure applies to all users that wish to use Oakville’s Public WiFi environment that is available within various public buildings, parks, and streets within Oakville. Public wishing to use the Oakville Public WiFi environment must agree to the terms of the disclaimer when presented at Public SSID connection.

The Public WiFi Disclaimer identifies the rights, restrictions, filtering and measures used within the Public WiFi environment.

Full copy of the disclaimer can be found in A-ISS-001-002 Appendix A - Public WIFI Disclaimer

Procedure

1. User action

The Public will be presented with the following Acceptance of Terms and Conditions screen at point of device request to connect to the Public SSID:

BY USING THE WI-FI SYSTEM, YOU REPRESENT, ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE that: 1. YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE TERMS; AND 2. YOU ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. If you do not agree to the Terms, you are not permitted to, and must not, use the Wi-Fi System. Your electronic acceptance of the Terms by clicking on "Accept" on the Wi-Fi System sign-up/log-in page and use of the Wi-Fi System represents your agreement to the Terms and has the same effect as if you had actually signed the Terms. The effective date of the Terms is the date that you click on "Accept"

  1. When clicking on Accept, the user will be connected to the Public WiFi environment
  2. The user will be able to click onto the link, to view the details of the Public WiFi Disclaimer ( see appendix A )

2. Access and security

  1. The Town reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, at any time and from time to time the Wi-Fi System or any part thereof with or without notice.
  2. The Town has no control over any third party network you may access in the course of your use of the Wi-Fi System, and therefore delay and disruptions of other network transmissions are beyond the control of the Town.
  3. The Town will not be liable to you for any such modification, suspension, interruption or discontinuance of the Wi-Fi System
  4. The Town uses a filter that operates to block access to certain prohibited content but it is impossible to filter all content that may be offensive, illegal, or harmful.
  5. The Town reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify the Public WiFi Disclaimer as required ( see appendix A )
  6. The most current version will be maintained on-line and linked to the Accept button to ensure that the Public has access when they connect

3. Compliance with applicable laws, regulations and corporate policies

  1. The disclaimer identifies the responsibilities of the Public in terms of:
    1. Public to provide all equipment (including computer hardware and software, personal digital assistants, wireless network cards, etc.) needed to connect to the Wi-Fi System,
    2. Comply with local, provincial, federal and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to copyright and intellectual property rights laws.
    3. agree to be responsible for and to bear all risk and consequences for: (i) the accuracy, completeness, reliability and/or usefulness of any content or information available or accessible through the Wi-Fi System, and (ii) all communications that are sent or received via the Wi-Fi System
  2. The Town will not be responsible for any corrupted files or viruses which may affect the public in your use of the Wi-Fi System.
  3. The Town does not ensure or guarantee privacy or security for users of the Wi-Fi System.
  4. All users of the Wi-Fi System must comply with the Town's IS General Use and Practices Policy (GUPP) which is intended to prevent unacceptable uses of the Wi-Fi System.

4. Freedom of information and protection of privacy

The disclaimer identifies the responsibilities of the Public in terms of:

  1. It is their sole responsibility to safeguard their system
  2. The Town does not ensure or guarantee privacy or security for users of the Wi-Fi System.
  3. The Town does not exercise editorial control or review the content of any web site, electronic mail transmission, newsgroup or other material created or accessible over or through the Wi-Fi System.
  4. The Town reserves the right to remove, block, filter or restrict by any other means any materials that, in its sole discretion, may be illegal, may subject the Town to liability or may violate its GUPP
  5. The Town may disclose your communications and activities using the Wi-Fi System in response to lawful requests by governmental authorities, law enforcement and judicial orders

5. Consequences of non-compliance

  1. The Town reserves the right to remove, block, filter or restrict by any other means any materials that, in its sole discretion, may be illegal, may subject the Town to liability or may violate its GUPP.
  2. The Town may cooperate with legal authorities and/or third parties in the investigation of any suspected or alleged crime or civil wrong.

Procedure details

Procedure Number: A-ISS-001-002
Parent Policy: A-ISS-001
Section: Administration
Sub-Section: Information Systems
Author: Information Systems Department
Authority: CAO
Effective Date: 2018 Jun 25
Review by Date: 2023

References

A-ISS-001-002 Appendix A - Public WIFI Disclaimer
Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
The Ontario Human Rights Code
The Copyright Act
The Criminal Code of Canada