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Q&A: Posting Personal Information on the Web

What concerns should our church have about posting personal information online?

I am in charge of developing materials for our church website and sending it to our web master for posting. What legal protections should be considered when posting information about an event or activity that has personal contact information (phone number, email address, blog, etc.)? Should this be avoided? How does the church protect itself against unlawful response to the personal contact information? Are there concerns if the church is on Facebook? What protections should be taken if links to other websites are used?

Due to the public nature of the Internet, we recommend that churches refrain from posting personal contact information on the church website. In the event that you have a specific event that you are advertising, I recommend having inquiries be directed to the church office. The church office can then disseminate the information to the pertinent individuals.

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  • May 11, 2010

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