Request a clarification on usage of non-church owned websites

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Post by brado426 »

RonaldF wrote:The problem is that the members have no way of knowing that their information is being posted to a non church server. They trust that the church is protecting their information. I know that I am being very picky about this, especially considering the amount of information that is available online about all of us. We as church members and leaders should conduct ourselves at a higher standard. Just because the world does something doesn’t mean we should do it. If the leadership of the church says RAR is Ok, then I would be all for it. It appears to be a great tool. I guess every one has to do what they feel comfortable with.

If you do not feel comfortable with your ward using RAR, you can feel free to ask them to discontinue it or, better yet, ask them to remove your name from it. However, I believe that the benefit far outweighs any concerns about privacy -- especially since we're only dealing with public record information. Anyone who does not want to participate does not need to use the system. Participation is totally optional.

In the 4 years that RAR has existed, I have only heard of 2 cases where a person did not like their name being stored on the website. In those cases, their names were promptly removed. The only other complaint I've heard was from 2 other individuals who felt that the name of the website was blasphemous. No matter what you do, you can't please everyone. is not for everyone, but I continue to maintain it for those who are excited about it and continue to benefit from it.

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Post by tortdog »

Interesting on this conversation, as I have seen one instance on this forum in which a person has asked to "opt out" of the online LDS directory. Kind of the same deal, and just let people opt out if they want.
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Using the updated guidelines (Church Internet policy, Handbook 2: Administering the Church (2010), 21.1.22), I would like to create a website (not a blog) to help me manage my group (or aux.). I was wondering if anyone the Church had webhosting capabilities or if anyone could recommend a good one (that's free).
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Re: Request a clarification on usage of non-church owned websites


Post by John98 »

Hi everyone,
I found an App that improves home teaching reporting and gives us on line links to the home teaching message each month. One a family has been visited it even have a template to use for emailing home teaching reports.

Here's the thing it is not sanctioned by the church, yet if it was I am 100%coifident it would be a great success.

It goes with A of F 13. So I want to know will the church allow us to use such apps.

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Re: Request a clarification on usage of non-church owned websites


Post by russellhltn »

This is a very old thread and some things have changed. You can read the current policy at Pay attention to item #6 "Other people’s personal information must never be displayed."

There's also the matter of Meetinghouse Technology Policy, section 4.9.3 and 4.9.4.

Personally, I think inputting information about other members without their consent into a non-church website is a bad idea no matter what the motive.
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Re: Request a clarification on usage of non-church owned websites


Post by John98 »

Thank you for your feedback it is greatly appreciated.
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