Proposed Technology Use Policy for the City of Landrum

Published 12:19 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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LANDRUM––On March 3, the City of Landrum had a discussion of proposed Technology Use Policy.  The discussion stated, “Landrum and all municipal, county and state governments are facing increased use and scrutiny associated with the use of the internet and social media.”

In response, the Municipal Association of South Carolina has developed a model for cities’ use of social media and related technologies for public officials.

The Proposed Technology Use Policy for the City of Landrum states that technology is a valuable tool for the workplace, however it poses significant risks for the City of Landrum if not used properly.

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The policy would manage the use of technology by City of Landrum employees and says that during work hours, employees should participate in only business pertaining to the City of Landrum.

Prohibited activities using technology during City of Landrum work hours include: The display of any kind of sexually explicit materials on any City system; engagement in any activity that violates the rights of any person or company protected by copyright, trade street, patent or other intellectual property, or similar laws or regulations; engagement in any activity that violates the rights to privacy of protected healthcare information or other confidential City information; streaming music or video for personal use on City computers; making personal long distance calls on office telephones; and connecting to the City’s internet from a personal device.

The City, however, consents to the infrequent personal use of the City’s technology, which is determined by City Administrator Rich Caplan.

The proposed Technology Use Policy also discusses the strict prohibition of City email addresses for personal use, the monitoring of employee usage of City-owned technology, and the importance of keeping passwords private for security reasons.