Disclaimer: These are my own personal thoughts I've gathered from the many discussions on this site about this topic. I am not an employee of the Church, nor do I represent them in any official way...
email@example.com wrote:I'm not sure I understand this last sentence. The Church has not forbidden these sites from being used if I enter the data myself? They do forbid you from uploading membership data from MLS?
I would like to use YMYW.org and the website ReturnAndReport.org. I am guessing that I will still need the approval from my Bishop to use these sites. Is there any "manual" that my Bishop can reference to council him on how to decide on using these Non-Church websites?
That's correct; the Church doesn't want anyone taking a mass export from MLS and shoving it on a third-party server. There are so many issues with that, taking information of other people outside of the realm that they have given permission for it to reside in (the Church's records and other systems). This concern is really over data that is private or sensitive, and not already "public domain"; it may be beneficial for you to find out exactly
what this phrase means in your quest for an answer.
Now obviously you have the right to your own information and those that are your dependents. I wouldn't really say you have the right to enter other people's personal information, even if manually. But if a system is designed where each parent of the youth gave an approval or each parent entered their child's information individually into the system, then there is less concern I believe.
As far as an official policy from the Church, they are not ready to give a blanket statement encompassing all situations at this time. What they have done is let us, the Community, know what is not acceptable. Then they have asked us to use caution and discretion, and to be responsible with the data we have in front of us. It really is a decision for your Bishop to make as he gathers information and stays close to the Spirit.