Wireless Policy

ADOPTED: May 30, 2006

The Jefferson County Library makes wireless access to the Internet available for informational, educational and recreational purposes.

In order for the Jefferson County Library to make wireless Internet access available, all patrons must accept responsibility for the appropriate and legal use of this service. Misuse of this library service may result in the loss of Internet privileges.

The Jefferson County Library utilizes a technology protection device to help prevent access to visual depictions of 1) obscenity; 2) child pornography; or 3) material harmful to minors. However, technology protection devices are not 100% effective in blocking inappropriate material. Patrons must participate in responsible use of the Internet Service. No sites may be unblocked for wireless Internet access, but wireless network users age 18 and over may switch to one of the library’s public access Internet computers and request that a blocked site be unblocked for them.

The library’s Internet access may be used for e-mail, chat rooms and instant messaging. Use of these or other electronic communications must abide by this and other library policies and applicable state and federal laws.

This policy interprets a minor to be any individual under the age of 18 years. Parents are responsible for a minor’s use of the JCL wireless Internet access.

Unacceptable Use:

1. Any use that violates law or encourages others to violate legal statutes and codes. For example: the transmission of offensive or harassing messages; offers for sale of any controlled substance; viewing, transmitting or downloading pornographic materials; or the transmitting of confidential or copyrighted information.

2. Any use that causes harm or damage to other individuals, their property, or library property. For example: defamation of others; using another’s identifying information to mislead others; loading a worm, virus or other harmful forms of software; hacking or any other form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.

3. Any use that jeopardizes the security of any individual. For example: giving out personal information regarding a minor or another adult person such as address, telephone number, or any other personal identifiable information; giving credit card, bank or social security information; sharing confidential information; arranging face-to-face meetings with strangers.

4. Jefferson County Library does not utilize encryption on its wireless network. Therefore, patrons are responsible for their own security.

Disclaimer: Jefferson County Library does not accept responsibility for any individual’s use of the Internet. The Internet is a world wide electronic computer network with no single governing body controlling users or content. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Some Internet Web sites may provide information that users find offensive, objectionable or inappropriate. Jefferson County Library exercises no control over and assumes no responsibility for information or services that reside outside the Jefferson County Library computer network.