Appendix D: Computer Use & Internet Policy

I. Overview
The Internet is a worldwide telecommunications network of networks that links millions of users and computers. Government, corporate, commercial and educational entities are linked, permitting Internet users to easily access and share vast stores of information. The Internet is an important resource for the Archdiocese to provide better, cheaper and faster services to parishes and schools. The Archdiocese will creatively use the Internet to improve services and contribute broadly to the mission of the Church. The connection to the Internet and related facilities provided by the Archdiocese of Baltimore (the “Internet Facilities”) exist to facilitate the official work of the Archdiocese.

The Internet Facilities are provided for employees and authorized persons affiliated with the Archdiocese for the efficient exchange of information and the completion of assigned responsibilities consistent with the mission of the Archdiocese. The use of the Internet Facilities by any employee or other person authorized by the Archdiocese (the “Users”) must be consistent with this Policy (including all security and confidentiality provisions set forth therein).

II. Policy