This document supports the Church Internet policy found in Handbook 2: Administering the Church (2010), 21.1.22.
Official Church Websites
- The Office of the Presiding Bishop approves and is responsible for hosting all official Church websites.
- Official Church websites are identified by the official Church logo or in some other way, such as a statement indicating that the site is an "Official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Official Church websites comply with legal requirements and the Church's intellectual property and privacy policies. They present the official position of the Church on doctrine, policies, programs, and other matters. However, from time to time on Church websites, personal views of site users are shared that may not reflect the official position of the Church.
- Official Church websites include country websites, which provide a way to share approved information of local interest. These sites are under the direction of the Area Presidency.
- Most stakes in the U.S. and Canada already have stake and ward websites available. If a unit does not have a site, the stake president can request one by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by downloading, completing, and mailing the Request to Participate in the Local Unit Website form.
- Stake and ward websites may be created only by using the official Church Internet resources. Stakes and wards are not authorized to create other websites or blogs or otherwise have a Church-sponsored presence on the Internet. Temples, missions, and visitors' centers are not authorized to create websites.
- On occasion, official Church websites may be approved for other purposes, such as multistake projects, special events, and young single adult activities. To seek approval for such a site, the organization's priesthood leader submits a request stating the purpose and need to a member of the Presidency of the Seventy or the Area Presidency.
- Church members may use the Internet appropriately to coordinate their work in the Church, strengthen faith, and minister to the needs of others. When members use the Internet in their callings, they should do so in their own name and not imply that the websites are authorized by the Church. For additional information about personal Internet use or use in Church callings, go to Internet Usage Helps for Members.
Stake and Ward Websites
- Stake and ward websites may include news, announcements, calendar items, leadership and membership directories, and facilities scheduling.
- Information included in the official stake and ward website directories (names, addresses, telephone numbers, photographs, and e-mail addresses) may also be used in directories distributed within a ward in printed or electronic form.
- Obtain a person's permission before including private information on the website. Sensitive personal information should not be included.
Use of Personal Information
- Privacy laws typically require that people be notified and that they grant express permission before their personal information may be collected, shared, or used in public settings. Members are encouraged to understand and comply with privacy laws in the area where they live.
- Personal information found in stake and ward directories or other Church records should be used only for Church purposes. This information should be shared carefully and only with those who need to access it to fulfill Church callings and assignments.