By Ruth McDunn
As our work at SLAC becomes increasingly web-based, SLAC
website managers, web authors, and others responsible for providing
information via the web have requested guidance on what information about
a person should be displayed on SLAC’s website.
Given the fact that we serve a worldwide scientific user
community, the ability to provide efficient and open access to certain
work-related information via the web is a practical necessity.
The new Policy on Web-Available Information about People
at SLAC (https://www-internal.slac.stanford.edu/web/policy/webprivacy.html) and
the accompanying Best Practices (https://www-internal.slac.stanford.edu/web/bp/privacy.asp) define what
information about people can be made public on the external SLAC website
and on our internal website – information that is business-related and
that SLAC makes available to further our scientific and organizational
This policy and the accompanying best practices document
do not address the privacy and confidentiality of information such as
medical and financial data, home addresses, etc. That information is
already protected, depending upon the circumstances, by law and/or
existing SLAC and Stanford policies.
If you have questions or comments about the Policy or Best
Practices, please contact Ruth McDunn, SLACs Web Information Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ext. 2014). The Best Practices document will be an active, changing
guide to address how to handle web privacy issues, particularly as web
authors and managers encounter new issues.