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​​Prohibited Practices for All Users

Users of all electronic communication systems, devices, or materials covered by the Archdiocesan AUP shall NOT:

  • Access or manipulate devices, services, or networks without permission or express authority

  • Create any internet presence (e.g. website, social media page -- Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook) that uses the name of the Location or the Archdiocese unless the presence is owned or controlled by the Location or the Archdiocese
  • Use the name, logo, identifying photograph, mission statement, or other singularly identifying information of the Archdiocese or a Location on a website or other social media in such a manner that readers/viewers are lead to believe that the website or social media are official ​sites or media controlled by the Location itself
  • Post or cause public distribution of any personally identifying information without authority, permission of or review by a responsible adult person (in the case of information about a minor), or without permission or review of a person in charge. Personally identifying information includes but is not limited to names or screen names; telephone numbers; work, home, or school addresses; email addresses; or web addresses/URLs of social networking sites or blogs

  • Post or distribute any communications, videos, music, or pictures that a reasonable person, according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, would consider to be defamatory, offensive, harassing, disruptive, derogatory, or bullying

  • Knowingly access, view, post or distribute pornographic, indecent or brutally violent materials

  • Post or distribute sexual comments or images, racial or ethnic slurs, or other comments or images that would offend a reasonable person on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, political beliefs, mental or physical disability, or veteran status

  • Engage in improper fraternizing or socializing between adults and minors 

  • Engage in cyberbullying, sexting, shaming, or other abusive online behavior

  • Post or send chain letters or engage in spamming (sending annoying, unnecessary, or unsolicited commercial messages)

  • Record any telephone, video, or other conversation or communication without the express permission of the other participants in the conversation or communication, except where allowed by law

  • Engage in "pirating" or unauthorized use, copying, acquisition, or distribution of copyrighted materials, music, videos,  film or software (regarding copyrighted materials, certain exceptions are given for educational and liturgical purposes; see the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Copyright and Video Screening Policy)

  • Upload, download, view, or otherwise receive or transmit trademarked, patented, trade secrets, or other confidential, private, or proprietary information or other materials to which the user does not have access rights

  • Transmit confidential, proprietary, or sensitive information unless the transmission falls within the scope of the user's job duties or the assignment as given by a responsible adult

  • Damage, alter, disrupt, or gain unauthorized access to devices or systems (e.g., use another person's passwords; trespass on another person's folders, work, or files; or alter or forward email messages in a manner that misrepresents the original message or message chain)

  • Give unauthorized persons access to Archdiocese or Location systems, provide access to confidential information, or otherwise jeopardize the security of the electronic communication systems (e.g., by unauthorized use or disclosure of passwords)

  • When conducting business for a Location or the Archdiocese, use any email service, file storage/file-sharing services, or other communications and collaboration services that has not been explicitly approved and contracted by the Archdiocese or Location (e.g. do not use personal Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail accounts for official Location or Archdiocesan business) 

  • Introduce or install any unauthorized software, virus, malware, tracking devices, or recording devices onto any device or system

  • Bypass (via proxy servers or other means), defeat, or otherwise render inoperative any device or network security systems, firewalls, or content filters

  • Allow any minor to access the Internet on Archdiocese or Location communication devices that do not have active, monitored filtering of prohibited materials (See Internet Saftery Policy)

  • Allow any minor to use email, chat rooms, social networking sites, applications, or other forms of direct communications at the Location without monitoring (See Internet Saftey Policy)

  • Use electronic communication devices or systems to transmit any radio frequency signal that is not permitted and/or licensed by the Federal Communications Commission​ (FCC) or that would violate FCC rules or policies

  • Violate any other applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations​​


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