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This excerpt taken from the ETFC 8-K filed Nov 9, 2006.

Use of E*TRADE FINANCIAL’s Information and Communications Systems

E*TRADE FINANCIAL maintains certain systems, including telephones, voicemail, electronic mail, computer networks, personal digital assistants and remote access capabilities to further E*TRADE FINANCIAL’s business objectives. Any systems to which you are provided access are to be used for Company business purposes. You must adhere to all Company policies and any policies that your business unit or department may set governing such usage.

Generally, you should use E*TRADE FINANCIAL’s systems only for Company business. You may use the systems for limited personal use in accordance with E*TRADE FINANCIAL policies governing communications and conduct generally. However, any use for personal profit or contrary to law or Company policies is prohibited. In addition, you may not use E*TRADE FINANCIAL’s systems to send, store, view or forward unlawful, offensive, harassing, discriminatory or other inappropriate materials or messages, including pornography, inappropriate jokes, political or religious materials, violent or obscene language or images. Furthermore, you may not send, store or forward advertisements, solicitations or promotions not related to Company business except as expressly authorized by the Company.

Use sound judgment when composing or forwarding electronic mail, keeping in mind that email is just as valid a form of communication as a formal business letter, and should be crafted with the same level of decorum and formality. Such communications could be retained on E*TRADE FINANCIAL’s systems even after you have deleted them. In addition, such communications could be copied and distributed widely by the recipient. Such distributions will likely include your name, e-mail address, e-mail signature and other information that would connect the distribution to you and E*TRADE FINANCIAL.

Generally, information made available through E*TRADE FINANCIAL’s intranet is intended for internal use only. Please refer to the policies of your business unit or department and contact Legal or Compliance with any questions on the use of this information.

All software transmitted over, downloaded onto or installed on E*TRADE FINANCIAL’s systems must be done in compliance with applicable laws and licenses and must be approved in advance by the E*TRADE FINANCIAL Technology Department. Unapproved software is strictly prohibited for a number of reasons, including prevention of unauthorized or unlawful use and transmission of computer viruses. Contact Legal with any questions.



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