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Faculty of Mathematics

Rules for Faculty of Mathematics (DAMTP, DPMMS and Statslab) Computer System

When you sign up for an account on the maths computer system, you agree to these rules. If you have any queries please email help@maths.cam.ac.uk.

Conditions of use

In general:

  • The computers are intended for bona fide academic work.
  • A limited and reasonable amount of use for personal purposes is acceptable.
  • Any attempts to hack or breach security, and the transfer and/or storage of illegal or offensive material, are not permitted and might result in legal action.
  • Proprietary software must be used correctly in accordance with licensing conditions. If you install any proprietary software, including shareware, on department computers, you must hold a valid licence.

For more information see:

Privacy and Security of information

We follow the university guidelines for confidentiality of information. In summary:

  • All information held in a computer facility is prima facie confidential unless obviously intended for unrestricted dissemination.
  • Do not attempt to access files belonging to another person unless you have their permission. The fact that information may be readable (or even alterable) does not, in itself, imply permission for it to be read.
  • Sometimes computer officers may in the course of their duties need to access your files or jobs and may bypass normal protection mechanisms to do so. For example to trace a system problem or monitor possible system abuse.

All files in your home directory (N drive on the windows computers) are backed up both to disk and tape on a regular basis. If you do not want a file backed up, put it elsewhere on the system or create a folder called NOBACKUP and place it inside there.

Please be aware that it is not possible to fully safeguard the privacy of material stored on managed computers, and the protection of the data you keep is your responsibiity. This applies in particular to any personal data you have on the system or in your work email.

Personal Data (information which relates to a living person)

If you are keeping personal data please study the University's guidelines and consider taking a training course:

Please remove all personal data from your computer account when you leave the department because your home directory will be archived.

Network Traffic

UK legislation allows the interception of network traffic without consent for purposes such as recording evidence of transactions, ensuring regulatory compliance, detecting crime or unauthorized use, and ensuring the efficient operation of University communications systems.

Logged data

When you use the system some information about you is logged. These logs are accessible only by computer officers and are used for troubleshooting and detecting system problems.