Internet Use Policy

Acceptable Internet Use Policy

This Acceptable Use Policy specifies the rules and regulations of Internet access, E-mail transmission and network use. Computer systems, network privileges and Internet access provide business tools to enhance the efficient operation of the county. It is the responsibility of all county employees to use these tools appropriately. The county’s computers, like all county property, are to be used for work purposes only and are not to be used for personal reasons. All information and work products contained in or created on all computers, electronic mail communications and http downloads are public information, known by the administrator and can be monitored. Violations of system or network security are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability.

Illegal Use

The network may be used only for lawful purposes. Transmission, distribution or storage of any material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property right used without proper authorization, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes an illegal threat, or violates export control laws.

Examples of Misuse

Examples of misuse include, but are not limited to:

  • Sending unsolicited mail messages, including, without limitation, commercial advertising and informational announcements is prohibited.
  • Messages of a personal nature.
  • Use of or accessing Internet materials including software, bitmaps, or any other material for personal use.
  • Use of or accessing Internet materials that might be offensive to other county employee.
  • Sending or forwarding messages or files containing county confidential information to outside individuals or companies not authorized to receive the information.
  • Attempting to access files that are not authorized for an employee’s access.