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Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement

Acknowledgement of Fuginet System Security Information

For and in consideration of the mutual benefits to be derived from operation of the Fuginet system, I hereby agree to the following:

  1. Proprietary Interest/Copyright Protection. I understand that the Fuginet system has been devised by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Office of Inspector General and that the ownership and proprietary interests in the same is governed by that entity regarding its development. I acknowledge that neither my employer nor I have a proprietary interest in the Fuginet system and that it has been developed as a proprietary program, application, or trade secret. I agree to hold and use the Fuginet system and the information obtained thereby in strict confidence and will not divulge, nor permit myself or others under my supervision to divulge, any data or information relating thereto. Any copyrighted material, including but not limited to, commercial computer software that may be made available during the course of using the Fuginet system is protected by copyright laws and is NOT to be copied or reproduced in any manner or form without prior written permission from the copyright owner.
  2. Non-Disclosure. Any information I obtain from the TDCJ or the Fuginet system concerning any person, system, or asset of TDCJ or the Fuginet system is of value to the State of Texas and is considered confidential or sensitive. I will NOT disclose any information to any other individual or entity unless such release of information is directly related to the performance of my law enforcement duties/responsibilities. I agree that both during and after my use of the Fuginet system, I will keep confidential all information and material provided to me by TDCJ (excepting only public information) and not release, use or disclose any such information without the prior written permission of TDCJ.
  3. Security. With respect to the Fuginet system and all related information and materials, I agree not to provide or otherwise make available any licensed program or optional material, including but not limited to flow charts, logic diagrams and source code, in any form, to any unauthorized person without prior written permission of TDCJ.
  4. Passwords. Computer system password(s) I receive or devise are confidential. I will NOT disclose to any unauthorized person or entity any password(s) or post them where they may be viewed by unauthorized persons. I acknowledge that use of a password not issued specifically to me is expressly prohibited. I am responsible for any computer transactions performed as a result of access that is authorized by use of my password.
  5. Law Enforcement Only. I will abide by all written conditions and restrictions imposed by the Fuginet System Program Administrator. I will NOT attempt to circumvent the computer security system by using or attempting to use any transaction, software, files or resources I am not authorized to use.
  6. Other Applications. I agree that any inventions, discoveries, developments, modifications, procedures, ideas, innovations, systems, programs, know-how, or designs developed by me during my use of Fuginet system shall be the property of TDCJ - OIG and agree further to execute applications for patents or copyrights thereof to the extent so requested by either of them and/or to assign the same to them. I agree that all of the foregoing shall be the subject of the confidentiality, non-use, and non-disclosure requirements hereof. I acknowledge that performance of this contract may result in the development of new proprietary and secret concepts, methods, techniques, processes, adaptations, and ideas, and I agree that the same shall belong solely and exclusively to TDCJ - STGMO without regard to the origin thereof, and that I will not, other than in the performance of this contract, make use of or disclose the same to anyone.
  7. Return of Property. Upon termination of my access to the Fuginet system for any reason, TDCJ shall have the right immediately to obtain access to and possession of all its properties, including, but not limited to, current copies of all programs and necessary documentation, all files, intermediate materials, and supplies held by me.
  8. Breach. I understand that any breach of the computer non-disclosure and security restrictions contained herein may result in immediate termination of access to the TDCJ - OIG Fuginet system. I further agree that any such breach or threatened breach may subject me to the following (in addition to any and all other legal remedies to which TDCJ may be entitled):

    1. Injunction. The obtaining by TDCJ of an injunction restraining me from breaching this agreement, which I agree may be obtained without showing or providing any actual damage sustained by TDCJ; and/or
    2. Criminal Sanctions. Prosecution for violation of law under "Breach of Computer Security" or "Harmful Access" as defined in Texas Penal Code, Sections 33.02 and 33.03.
  9. Monitoring. I understand that all entries on the Fuginet system are subject to review by TDCJ and that TDCJ will periodically and randomly monitor any such entries, including e-mail, to assure compliance with the provisions hereof.
  10. Miscellaneous.

    1. Termination. Access to Fuginet is subject to the discretion of the TDCJ/OIG and may be terminated at any time.
    2. Severability. Each paragraph and provision hereof is severable from the entire AGREEMENT and if any provision is declared invalid, the remaining provisions shall nevertheless remain in effect.
    3. Law of Texas. This AGREEMENT shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas and be enforced in the County of Travis.
    4. Amendment. No changes to this AGREEMENT shall be made except upon written agreement of both parties.
    5. Headings. The headings used herein are for convenience of reference only and shall not constitute a part hereof or effect the construction or interpretation hereof.
    6. Waiver. No failure on the part of any party to exercise, and no delay in exercising, and no course of dealing with respect to any right hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right hereunder preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of an other right. The remedies provided by law or in equity, except as expressly set forth herein.
    7. Counterparts. This AGREEMENT may be executed in any number of and by the different parties hereto on separate counterparts, each of which when executed shall be deemed to be an original, and such counterparts shall together constitute but one and the same instrument.
    8. Terminology and Definitions. All personal pronouns used herein, whether used in the masculine, feminine, or neutral, shall include all other genders; the singular shall include the plural and the plural shall include the singular.

I have read and understand the above information. I will comply with all policies, standards, and procedures adopted to safeguard information and associated resources. Further, if I become aware of violations of any of these policies, standards, or procedures, I will report them to my supervisor and the TDCJ - OIG Program Director.