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Terms of acceptable use

Last updated in October 2022


What’s in these terms?

These terms set out the content standards that apply when you upload content to any of our sites, make contact with other users on any of our sites, link to any of our sites, or interact with any of our sites in any other way.


  1. Who we are and how to contact us. 
  2. By using any of our sites, you accept these terms. 
  3. There are other terms that may apply to you. 
  4. We may make changes to these terms.
  5. Prohibited uses. 
  6. Interactive services. 
  7. Content standards.
  8. Breach of these terms.
  9. Which country’s laws apply to any disputes.

1. Who we are and how to contact us?

1.1. We, the Alan Turing Institute and our subsidiaries (“we”), operate and/or use various websites, apps, and other digital platforms, including but not limited to www.turing.ac.uk, www.aistandardshub.org and our Slack site (our “sites”). The Alan Turing Institute is registered in England and Wales under company number 09512457 and our registered office address is at British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, England, NW1 2DB. 

1.2. The Alan Turing Institute is regulated by the Charity Commission of England and Wales and we are a limited company incorporated in England. 

1.3. To contact us, please email: [email protected] or telephone our main switchboard on +44 (0)20 3862 3352.  

2. By using any of our sites, you accept these terms

2.1. By using any of our sites, you confirm that you accept these terms and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use any of our sites. We recommend that you print a copy of these terms for future reference.

3. There are other terms that may apply to you

3.1. Our Website, App, & Digital Platform Terms and Conditions also apply to your use of any of our sites.

3.2. Our policies, which includes our Code of Conduct, which can be found on www.turing.ac.uk apply to you when you use any of our sites.

4. We may make changes to these terms

4.1. We amend these terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use any of our sites, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time. These terms were most recently updated in June 2022. 

5. Prohibited uses

5.1. You may use any of our sites only for lawful purposes. You may not use any of our sites;

(a) in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;

(b) in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;

(c) for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way;

(d) to bully, insult, intimidate or humiliate any person;

(e) to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards;

(f) to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam); and

(g) to knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

5.2     You also agree; 

(a) not to upload any confidential information and/or personal data without following our associated policies and processes, ensuring that the information is appropriately protected and secure, and only with our consent;

(b) not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of any of our sites in contravention of the provisions of our Website, App, & Digital Platform Terms and Conditions; and

(c) not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt;

(i) any part of any of our sites;

(ii) any equipment or network on which any of our sites are stored;

(iii) any software used in the provision of any of our sites; or

(iv) any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

6. Interactive services

6.1. We may from time to time provide interactive services on any of our sites, including, without limitation, chat rooms and bulletin boards (interactive services.)

6.2. Where we do provide any interactive service, we will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated and what form of moderation is used (including whether it is human or technical).

6.3. We will do our best to assess any possible risks for users (and in particular, for children) from third parties when they use any interactive service provided on any of our sites, and we will decide in each case whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the relevant service (including what kind of moderation to use) in the light of those risks. However, we are under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate any interactive service we provide on any of our sites, and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive service by a user in contravention of our content standards, whether the service is moderated or not.

6.4. The use of any of our interactive services by a minor is subject to the consent of their parent or guardian. We advise parents who permit their children to use an interactive service that it is important that they communicate with their children about their safety online, as moderation is not fool proof. Minors who are using any interactive service should be made aware of the potential risks to them.

6.5. Where we do moderate an interactive service, we will normally provide you with a means of contacting the moderator, should a concern or difficulty arise.

7. Content standards

7.1. These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to any of our sites (Contribution), and to any interactive services associated with them.

7.2. The Content Standards must be complied with in spirit as well as to the letter. The standards apply to each part of any Contribution as well as to its whole.

7.3. The Alan Turing Institute will determine, in its sole discretion, whether a Contribution breaches the Content Standards.

7.4. A Contribution must;

(a) be accurate (where it states facts);

(b) be genuinely held (where it states opinions); and

(c) comply with the law applicable in England and Wales and in any country from which it is posted.

7.5. A Contribution must not;

(a) be defamatory of any person;

(b) be obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory;

(c) bully, insult, intimidate or humiliate;

(d) promote sexually explicit material;

(e) include child sexual abuse material;

(f) promote violence;

(g) promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;

(h) infringe any intellectual property right including copyright, database right or trade mark of The Alan Turing Institute and any third party;

(i) be likely to deceive any person;

(j) breach any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence (including duty to preserve the confidentiality of data sets);

(k) promote any illegal activity;

(l) be in contempt of court;

(m) be threatening, abusive or invade another’s privacy;

(n) be likely to harass any other person;

(o) impersonate any person or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person;

(p) give the impression that the Contribution emanates from The Alan Turing Institute if this is not the case;

(q) advocate, promote, incite any party to commit, or assist any unlawful or criminal act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse;

(r) contain a statement which you know or believe, or have reasonable grounds for believing, that members of the public to whom the statement is, or is to be, published are likely to understand as a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism; 

(s) contain any advertising or promote any commercial services or commercial web links to other sites; 

(t) infringe any applicable data protection legislation; and

(u) contain any material that may put The Alan Turing Institute into disrepute.

7.6. You confirm that Your Contribution (a) is Your own work and You are the sole author or creator or (b) is work that had been co-created or co-authored with one or more third parties and You have been duly authorised by the other co-author(s) or co-creator(s) to use the Contribution or (c) is work that had been authorised by the owner of the Contribution for You to use on our sites.

7.7. You confirm that You have the right to copy and reproduce the Contribution on any of our sites. 

7.8. You confirm that You have a right to grant a licence to The Alan Turing Institute and any third party to use Your Contribution for any purpose. 

7.9. You confirm that appropriate acknowledgements to the original source of any third party materials in Your Contribution and attribution to the author(s) or creator(s) (where relevant) have been included. 

8. Breach of these terms

8.1. When we consider that a breach of these terms has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate in our sole discretion.

8.2. Failure to comply with these terms constitutes a material breach of the Website, App, & Digital Platform Terms and Conditions upon which you are permitted to use any of our sites, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

(a) immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use any of all of our sites;

(b) Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any Contribution uploaded by you to any of our sites;

(c) issue of a warning to you;

(d) legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach;

(e) further legal action against you; and

(f) disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law.

8.3. We exclude our liability for all action we may take in response to breaches of these terms. The actions we may take are not limited to those described above, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

9. Which country’s laws apply to any disputes?

9.1. If you are a consumer, please note that these terms, its subject matter and its formation are governed by English law. You and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction except that if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland, you may bring proceedings in Scotland.

9.2. If you are a business, these terms, its subject matter and its formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.