Village of Rhinebeck, NY
Dutchess County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rhinebeck 1-13-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 8-1
Purpose. 

§ 8-2
Internet usage. 

§ 8-3
Internet e-mail usage. 

§ 8-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this Internet usage policy is to define the rules and regulations for use of the Internet by Village employees, Village officials and any other authorized user of Village computing equipment.

§ 8-2 Internet usage.

A. 

General. Use of the Internet is restricted to activities that are related to Village business and employee education. Use for personal gain, political advocacy, or entertainment is forbidden, as is transmission or storage of commercial or personal advertisements, solicitations and promotions.

B. 

Copyright. Copyright materials (programs, text, images, music, video, etc.) not belonging to the Village of Rhinebeck may not be downloaded from the Internet without permission, in writing, from the owner of the copyright.

C. 

World-Wide Web usage. Browsing the World-Wide Web is restricted to Village business during an employee's work hours. Employees may, on their own time, browse the Internet for educational purposes.

D. 

Downloading. No graphics or programs are to be downloaded from the Internet except by system administration personnel.

§ 8-3 Internet e-mail usage.

A. 

Freedom of Information. All incoming and outgoing e-mail pertaining to Village business that could be subject to a Freedom of Information request must be printed and filed as if it were a letter.

B. 

Password. Your e-mail password is confidential and is not to be shared with anyone else.

C. 

Virus protection. Do not open or download any e-mail attachments unless you are expecting to receive them. Even attachments from people you know may contain a virus.

D. 

Anonymous. All e-mails sent by Village personnel must have the sender's name attached to them.

E. 

Spam. Village personnel must not send unsolicited bulk mailings to any e-mail addresses.

F. 

Denial of service. Village personnel must not send repetitive e-mails to an e-mail address in sufficient quantity to create a bottleneck on the recipient's mail server.