KatalyST Acceptable Use Policy

The following information is about how to use KatalyST appropriately and legislation impacting individual’s use of the site.

All KatalyST users must do so in a legal, professional and responsible manner at all times. Your use of KatalyST is subject to your contracted terms with Dstl and this acceptable use policy (which amount to a non-exhaustive list of unacceptable use). Failure to act in a responsible manner or failure to take reasonable care of information in KatalyST will result in removal of access.

Acceptable Use

You must not use this site to

You must

Store or transmit offensive, indecent, obscene, profane, derogatory or abusive material or that which can reasonably be considered as harassing, threatening, insulting or discriminating against others.

Take reasonable care of information in accordance with the Government Security Classification System.


Store or transmit material obtained in violation of any Intellectual Property Right, such as copyright or database right, or used in breach of any such rights.

Ensure you have the right and necessary approvals to store and transmit all information and data you upload


Transmit electronic junk mail (spam), chain email or unsolicited commercial communications.


Store or transmit material that could reasonably be expected to embarrass or compromise Dstl, MOD, its industry or academic partners.


Store or transmit personal data relating to an individual, where the individual has not given explicit permission for the data to be used.


Conduct commercial activities which are not connected to Dstl business such as marketing without express written consent from Dstl.


Attempt to compromise KatalyST, preventing legitimate access, attempting to gain unauthorised access of damaging or causing degradation of performance or a denial of service.


Copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any malicious computer software (malware), for example computer viruses, worms, keystroke loggers, rootkits or spyware


Conduct any systematic or automated data collection such as web scraping or data harvesting) of KatalyST without express written consent from Dstl.




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When you interact with KatalyST we collect personal information about you, for example, when you register for an account.

The information we collect includes business card contact details, biography and professional skills, in order to populate your account profile. Your profile is your principle way to advertise your experience and expertise to other community members.

We will use your information for a number of purposes including the following:

  • To send you alerts about content, groups and people, to which you subscribe, to the email address you nominate
  • To customise the way KatalyST content is presented to you. For example, if you tell us which sector (industry, government, academia) you are from the content presented to your on the homepage and in your news feeds will be customised

We will display your name, organisation and email in your profile field and in your interactions throughout KatalyST. People you follow will be able to see more detailed profile information, but you have the ability to control these extent to which these aspects of your personal information are made available to other users. We will not pass your information to third parties, but other users of the Community may choose to contact you on the basis of your profile information. Your account will be deactivated after a period of 6 months if there is no activity, your profile information, content and interactions will be preserved in KatalyST. Your profile can be reinstated by logging in again.

Freedom of Information

KatalyST is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and information in it is retained and may be subject to later discovery

Records Management

KatalyST is Dstl's service for informal information exchange; it is a tool to enable collaborative working. Whilst documents can be uploaded, this is not suitable platform to hold Official Records (an official record is something that provides evidence of actions taken or decisions made). Once a document can be declared as an Official Record it should be transferred to the relevant repository in line with your organisation's Information Management Processes. You can of course create a working copy to continue collaboration.