The purpose of this policy is to ensure the secure and appropriate handling of information within the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM). Given the sensitive nature of our activities and the potential for opposition to hinder our progress, it is crucial that all information related to the TNM is classified appropriately and disseminated accordingly. This policy outlines the five categories of information classification within the TNM and provides guidelines for their appropriate use and dissemination. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy for infractions of information security, underscoring the importance of adhering to these guidelines.
Information Security Policy
1. Public Information
Public information is classified as available to any member of the general public, regardless of their affiliation with the TNM. This includes website announcements, social media announcements, press releases, outreach literature developed by the TNM, and any other communications designated as ‘public’ by the Communications Director.
2. Members and Supporters Information
This category is exclusively for current members of the TNM. It may include plans, processes, or updates that are immediately relevant for the fulfillment of our mission. This information can be action-oriented or educational and is always considered “mission critical”. While it is expected that this information is respected as members-only, we acknowledge that it may eventually reach the public due to the passion of our membership. Therefore, treat any information in this category as though it were for public consumption.
3. Local Leadership Information
This category is strategic in nature and should not be disseminated outside of those with whom it is shared without authorization from the relevant member of the National Leadership Team, or the President. This information is extremely sensitive and may include strategic planning or the implementation of strategic planning at the local level. It also includes compartmentalized information such as membership information and lists, volunteer information and lists, and contact information for supporters or meeting/event attendees. Anyone who accesses information at this level must have a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement on file with the Texas Nationalist Movement. A breach of informational security at this level can result in immediate removal from leadership in the TNM and, depending on the severity of the breach, can be grounds for legal action.
4. National Leadership Team Information
Information in this category is restricted to members of the National Leadership Team only. This information includes internal strategic planning, processes, meetings, discussions, and communications that affect the overall functioning of the organization and can result in major successes for or damage to the organization if made available to the public.
5. Executive Leadership Team Information
Information in this category is restricted to members of the Executive Leadership Team only. This information includes internal strategic planning, processes, meetings, discussions, communications, and legal documents that affect the overall functioning of the organization and can result in major successes for or damage to the organization if made available to the public.
The TNM maintains a zero-tolerance policy for infractions of information security. Any violation of these guidelines will be treated with the utmost seriousness and may result in immediate disciplinary action, including removal from leadership positions and potential legal action.
Clarification of Information Category
If there is any doubt as to the category that a specific communication fits into, you must ask. The best method is to directly message the relevant member of the executive team. This ensures that all information is handled appropriately and contributes to the secure and effective functioning of the TNM.