Alan_Brown wrote:Perhaps I'm rationalizing (but I don't think so) when I interpret the prohibition on installing Church record-keeping software on home computers differently than you do. If I install MLS with only dummy data at home, it is not record-keeping software. It is only when it actually keeps real records that it fits that definition.
I also think it makes little sense to prohibit ward clerks from installing MLS with dummy data on home computers. That prohibition only makes sense if we are talking about live data. Why on earth would other people be able to install MLS on home computers but only ward clerks can't?
I have MLS installed on my personal laptop (with dummy data, of course) that I use extensively in training and supporting other clerks, and I see absolutely no problem with that. Any clerk who wants to use their own computer and their own time to further their understanding of MLS by using the dummy data is completely welcome to to do so, in my opinion.
Yes, I think you are rationalizing. MLS is designed to collect, process, and display Church
record information, both membership records and financial, which in themselves also include member information (tithes and offerings). If you were talking about a generic database program (like Access) or a forms generation program (like Calendar Creator), then I would agree.
The data inserted into MLS is certainly the most sensitive aspect of using MLS on a personal system. Uncontrolled distribution and installation of the software is in itself a security risk as well. However improbable, the possibility exists the software could end up being distributed through unauthorized channels. That is why I suggested that a solution would be to have the Stake Technology Specialist involved in the installation process. That way accountability and transparency is maintained and the letter (and I think spirit) of Responsibility #11 is maintained. Alan, is you Stake Technology Specialist aware that you have installed the MLS software on your PC?