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The Digital Department can assist locations with establishing a new website. This process includes purchasing domain registration and hosting services as provided in the Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy for Electronic Communications (Archdiocesan AUP), Section 10.3.5​.​

Website Ownership, Maintenance and Control

Websites must be owned, maintained and controlled by the location. An individual may not personally maintain anything that can be regarded as owned, sponsored, endorsed, or supported by the parish, school, or any related or affiliated ministry. Locations must be able to control the content posted on their own websites as noted in the Archdiocesan AUP​. Only the person in charge at a location has the authority to establish any website affiliated with that location and, in addition, should designate one or more individuals to monitor and maintain content. Petitioning a web hosting service to take down a site that does not belong to the location is an exercise in futility; generally, only a court order will suffice.

Protect Privacy

Don’t publish any identifying information about any minors without the written consent of the parents/guardians; see the Parent/Guardian Release for Student or Minor (Noncommercial) (English​ version and Spanish version​).

Don’t publish any identifying information about any adult without that person’s written consent. See the Adult Releas​e (Noncommercial)​.

Don’t post pictures of anyone without first getting that person’s permission. If an event is being photographed, make sure that a sign that is at least 8.5" x 11" in size is posted in a visible location at public events, disclosing that pictures may be posted on the Internet. See the Disc​losure ​Notice Sample. For additional information about the proper use of photos on websites or social media, see ____________.

If you collect any personal information from website visitors, you must post a privacy policy that explains what you do with the information collected. See the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Privacy Policy​​​​ and General Privacy Policy (sample)​.

Respect Copyrights and Trademarks

Assume that all content accessible via the Internet, including emails, is private property. The use of any content created by another person (photos, videos, words, designs, or music) requires the express permission of its creator. Certain limited exceptions are given for educational and liturgical purposes. Significant financial penalties may ensue for copyright violations. Don’t copy trademarked logos or icons without permission. And once you have permission, be sure to credit the source. See the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Copyright and Video Screening Policy.

Protect the Reputation of People, Places, and the Church

Make every effort to validate information and sources before posting content. Ensure that what you post conforms to Catholic teaching and values (see Catholic Identity and Relig​ious Education). And be familiar with and follow the Electronic Com​munications, Copyright, and Acceptable Use Policies.

Consult Before Fundraising

Consult with the Office of Financial Services or Offic​e of the Legal Counsel​ ​BEFORE using the website for fundraising purposes. Strict regulations apply to charitable fundraising and conducting financial transactions on the Internet. Certain activities such as crowdsourcing, online sales or auctions, online advertising and similar services may raise registration, licensing, sales/use tax or unrelated business income tax issues (see Taxes and Other Government-Required Reporting​).

Post Terms of Use

If your website allows interaction through forums or social media (e.g., Twitter or Facebook®), you must create and post terms of use. See the Terms of Use for Websites​​.

S​ee Prohibited Practices and General Security and Email Policies​.​