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Prohibited Uses of E-mail, Voice Mail and the Internet

May 27, 1999
Related Topics: Internet, Technology and the Law, Policies and Procedures, Featured Article
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Do you have a policy with respect to e-mail, voice mail, and the Internet? You may want to include in such a policy a clause that prohibits the following uses of the company's communications systems:

  • Invitations to social events, other than those sponsored by the company
  • Solicitations of political, religious or other personal causes or personal business ventures (i.e. rental of your apartment)
  • Transmission of trade secrets or other confidential information, unless encrypted
  • Transmission of material that is false, misleading, derogatory, profane, vulgar, or sexually explicit, or any other material that would be offensive or harassing to the average person
  • Downloading sexually explicit or other offensive materials from the Internet, software, or elsewhere
  • Viewing or posting messages on the Web that contain sexually explicit or racist material that the company considers offensive
  • Engaging in any criminal activity.
  • Disguising your identity or the origin of any transmission over any of the company's communications systems.

SOURCE: Brown & Bain, P.A., Phoenix, AZ, April 13, 1999.

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