Public Money Public Code: a good policy for FSFE and other non-profits?

Daniel Pocock daniel at
Mon Jun 18 17:29:19 UTC 2018

On 16/06/18 15:29, Albert Dengg wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 09:50:42AM +0200, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> ...
>> In this particular thread, another staff member, Erik, has written "I
>> propose you trust us that we use Free Software always and that this is
>> minimum 95%, including our phones, landlines, printers etc." and that
>> leaves open the question about the other 5%
> well, some if he already mentioned.
>> I didn't try to write the motion with lots of little rules and things
>> because I was hoping people would approach the question maturely.  If
>> the motion is revised to focus on something like "staff computers" and
>> people reply that only the firmware is non-free but they don't tell us
>> they are using non-free apps on their personal mobile phones to do FSFE
>> stuff then they are not respecting the intention of the motion
> well...if they are their personal phone, we have little power to
> tell them what to do with them?

An employer can't really intrude on an employee's personal device.

However, FSFE may be able to make rules about which personal
devices can be used for employment related activities, ban the devices
from the office or offer more suitable devices to staff.

In the case of messaging apps, the contact data, attachments or messages
themselves may contain data that is work related or falls under
legitimate FSFE policies.



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