The guidelines and instruction given to employees concerning the use of Internet facilities such as the Web, email and chat conferences. An Internet Usage Policy stipulates all prohibitions such as access to pornographic sites, conducting illegal activities and sexual harassment. It authorizes who may communicate with members of the press, competitors and other organizations. Employees may be required to sign such a policy statement as a pledge to honor its principles or otherwise be dismissed. See policy management.
Companies, government agencies, medical institutions, and universities and colleges typically have Internet users sign a required Internet Usage Policy form to make users accountable for their online activities. Such a form may look similar to that shown in Figure 9-3. There is usually a form for the supervisor to sign (see Figure 9-4). Institute of Government. Acceptable Internet Usage Policy. [Online, 2004.] Institute of Government Website. http://www.iog.unc.edu.