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Streaming media policy

Originally Published:
Jul 2018

Although there are many legitimate business reasons to access streamed audio and video files—such as engaging in training, reviewing industry-related content, and conducting research—there are also opportunities for misuse. This policy provides guidelines for the appropriate use of streaming media on systems and devices that access company networks.

From the policy:

Streaming media permitted for business purposes is defined as “content deemed necessary to fulfill employee job duties and responsibilities.” This access will be allowed at all times.

Reasonable recreational access to streaming media is permitted so long as it does not interfere with employee productivity (as defined by employee managers), distract or impede the productivity of others, or consume an inordinate amount of system or network resources. However, the organization maintains the right at any time to block access to streaming media/programs—on a per-individual or companywide basis—that do not involve legitimate business purposes.

Employees may use personal devices to access streaming media on company networks, but all elements of this policy will apply in such scenarios.

Streaming media should never be accessed on company servers or critical workstations; it must be viewed or played on employee workstations or devices.

Employees should only download streaming media files on company systems/networks that relate to specific business-related purposes.

Where possible, employees should use headphones when accessing streaming audio to avoid creating undue noise burdens upon coworkers.

Access to offensive or inappropriate streaming media content (defined herein as “any published or broadcast content that is likely to be upsetting, insulting, or objectionable to some or most people”) is prohibited on all company systems/networks at all times.

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