[Company Name] Policy Manual
Internet Usage Policy
«_CompanyName» has made substantial investments to make it possible for you to
electronically communicate with fellow employees and customers as well as to seek
information from the worldwide web. The purpose of these investments is to help you do
you job in a more efficient manner. The company’s facilities that make this possible
include costs for telecommunications, networking, additional software, and mass storage.
This policy is designed to define expectations for what is acceptable and what is not
when it comes to using these resources wisely.
To reiterate, Internet usage at «_CompanyName» is provided to you as a result of a
significant investment and it is expected that you use these resources for business
purposes. Examples of appropriate usage include the following:
Communicating with fellow employees, customers, prospects, and suppliers.
Researching topics that are relevant to your specific job requirements.
Conducting other business activities such as working with the manager who
manages the company web site (e.g. posting job opportunities, describing
company products, etc.)
Under no circumstances are employees permitted to use the Internet to access, download,
or contribute to the following:
Gross, indecent, or sexually oriented materials
Job search sites
Illegal drug oriented sites
Personal pages of individuals
Politically oriented sites
Confidentiality and the Internet:
Issues of confidentiality take on critical importance when it comes to the Internet. See
related sections on Public Forums. The Internet provides a new level of communication
enabling all levels of company employees to make statements for the company. When a
company employee sends a message or communicates through a public forum as an
employee, it is natural for the recipient of that message or communication to understand
it to be a company position or