Community Security Trust


GUIDELINES FOR PUTTING INFORMATION ONTO THE INTERNET-WEB PAGE/BULLETIN BOARD

The following guidelines are provided for all communal organisations, individuals and companies currently using or thinking of using the Internet. The guidelines cover security of information, but should not be considered exhaustive. They will be updated periodically as both technology and the needs of the Community advance.

DO

treat the Internet with the same caution with which you would treat any other public advertising or information medium.

DO NOT

assume that the readership of your Internet page will be the same as that of an advertisement in the Jewish Press. Anyone could come across your Internet page with very little effort, as the Internet is more accessible than most other media forms and is accessible from any country.

YOU MAY

give general data about your organisation.

YOU SHOULD NOT

give specific information about the organisation, its staff and officials on the Internet. If people require this level of knowledge, they will contact you directly.

DO

give one contact name and number to call for further information. Make sure that the designated person is happy about being the contact. In this way, callers can be vetted.

(Even when approached by callers who have seen your Internet page, caution should be exercised over the information given out. If you have any suspicions, do not give out information.)

DO NOT

give the full name of the contact if he/she is operating from a private address. Only give the first name and telephone number.

DO

give general information relating to your activities, eg the type of activity and the area in which it will be held.

DO NOT

give specific dates, times, or locations unless the activity is already advertised in the secular press (for example in local papers in areas which do not have a Jewish press).

IF POSSIBLE

try to allocate a single PC that is not part of a network for Internet and fax usage. This PC should not hold sensitive information, such as membership details and mailing lists. Anyone with an advanced level of computing knowledge may be able to access information held on your computer or computer network when you are connected to the Internet, or even when you are not on the Internet but your modem is still plugged in, if you have shared drives or Client/Server software loaded.

IF IMPOSSIBLE

set up as many levels of password protection as possible.

MAKE SURE

you disconnect the telephone connection (thus saving money and ensuring security). If you are not sure the connection is broken, pulling the telephone jack from the wall is the safest solution.

DO NOT

leave your computer unattended whilst your modem is connected.

This is the first series of papers that will provide information and advice on all aspects of Information Technology within the Community.

The issues of racism and antisemitism on the lnternet are discussed in the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) Policy Paper No. 2 entitled, "The governance of cyberspace: racism on the lnternet", by David Capitanchik and Michael Whine.

Any examples of antisemitism on the lnternet should be referred to the CST on 020 8457 9999

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