Why do I need an Acceptable Use Policy?

An Acceptable Use Policy includes guidelines and procedures explaining how you expect staff, volunteers or clients to behave when using your computers. It may link to legal issues, health and safety, staff discipline or financial management.

Creating and monitoring the policy is a management issue, to be reviewed by trustees. It will ideally enable everyone affected by it to raise issues, discuss concerns and agree policies. It can be included in induction materials and reviewed regularly.

It could relate to personal security, food and drink around PCs, personal use of email and the web, public use of equipment, reporting faults, file management, passwords, chat programmes, purchasing, asset register, insurance, data protection and data recovery procedures.

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  1. Marcus

    Also it’s about what websites are deemed acceptable in what circumstances. A ban on racist, homophobic, pornographic sites etc either using trust or filtering software.

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