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Considerations & Tips
We encourage all service members and their families to use the following minimum recommended privacy settings on Facebook. It is your decision to share more or less information,
just make it an informed decision!

Two Types of Postings - Unofficial and Official

Unofficial internet posts are not initiated by any part of the National Guard or reviewed within any official National Guard approval process. Official internet posts involve content released in an official capacity by a National Guard public affairs office.

Posting internal documents or information that the National Guard has not officially released to the public is prohibited, including memos, e-mails, meeting notes, message traffic, white papers, public affairs guidance, pre-decisional materials, investigatory information and proprietary information.

Guard members are also not allowed to release National Guard
e-mail addresses, telephone numbers or fax numbers
not already authorized for public release.

Assigned to Federal Mission

When assigned to a federal mission, Guard members must comply with Army or Air Force guidelines for use of social media and are subject to disciplinary action under the
Uniform Code of Military Justice

As with other forms of communication, Guard members must also adhere to federal laws, National Guard regulations and governing policies when making unofficial internet posts.

They are personally responsible for all content they publish on social networking sites, blogs or other websites.

Behavior - Comments

As with other forms of personal public engagement, Guard members must avoid offensive and inappropriate behavior that could bring discredit upon themselves and the National Guard. This includes posting any defamatory, libelous, obscene, abusive, threatening, racially or ethnically hateful or otherwise offensive or illegal information or material.

Facebook Privacy Settings
Guard members should use privacy settings on
social networking sites so posted personal information
and photos can be viewed only by their "friends."

They should also recognize that social network "friends" and "followers" could affect determinations in background
investigations for security clearances.

Keep in mind that what happens online, is available to everyone, everywhere. There should be no assumption of privacy
when Guard members begin to interact with others online.

Guard members should not post information that would infringe upon the privacy, proprietary or personal rights of others or use any words, logos or other marks that would infringe upon the trademark, service mark, certification mark, or other intellectual property rights of the owners of such marks without the permission of the owners.

Guard members should review their accounts daily for possible use or changes by unauthorized users and should install and maintain current anti-virus and anti-spyware software
on their personal computers.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Personally Identifiable Information (PII), as used in information security, refers to information that can be used to uniquely identify, contact, or locate a single person or can be used with other sources to uniquely identify a single individual.

(printable version)

Arkansas National Guard
TAG Policy Letter

Social Media and Operations Security
If you arenít comfortable placing the same information
on a sign in your front yard, donít put it online!
See the

Army Social Media Handbook
National Guard Social Media Guidebook

For answers to social media questions, Guard members should contact their local public affairs office or the
National Guard social media office at .

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20 February 2014