Policies are enforceable measures intended to promote appropriate and discourage inappropriate use relating to information technologies. They can be developed by governments, businesses, private groups or individuals. They normally consist of rules governing access to, or use of, information, hardware, software and networks. For example, a school policy on the use of IT would consist of each user signing an acceptableuse policy. It would also address unlawful access to the network through, for example, identity theft or using hacking software, and how these transgressions would be treated. Many websites also require users to agree to specific policies before allowing access to their services.

Policies also affect the exchange of information, for example, by making it subject to copyright laws and raising people’s awareness of plagiarism. In general, policies can promote or restrict access, guide behaviour,require the fulfillment of certain conditions prior to or during use, or need to be developed to address unforeseen issues such as cyber-bullying.

Our Definition in "Plain English"

Policies are like laws for Information Technology. They dictate and enforce measures to make sure that no one makes inappropriate use of IT tools. Policies affect how information is exchanged by making sure that it follows copyrights tools and no one is taking credit of other's work.




Links to Other Strands
Facebook Terms and Agreement
Strand 1: security and privacy, reliability; policies
Strand 3: Internet, social networking
Royal Bank of Canda Electronic Access Agreement
Strand 1: Security
Strand 2: Banking
Strand 3: Internet
Apple Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Northwestern University Computer Disposal Policy
Stand 2: Hardware, Software

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