Downloading Media


In the SF 86 section 27: Technology.

The question was asked “In the last seven (7) years have you introduced, removed, or used hardware, software, or media in connection with any information technology system without authorization, when specifically prohibited by rules, procedures, guidelines, or regulations or attempted any of the above?”

I’ve read in another discussion that this references downloading of copyright material to personal computers and not necessarily work computers.

How does one answer this question. If the person has downloaded for maybe 3 years (approximately) and received a letter from the ISP that they are now required to report activities to the government on the use P2P. Since, that letter all downloading of this type of media has stopped. This might have occurred before 2014.

Is that is an immediate disqualification for a secret?


No one can say if it’s immediate disqualification.

You need to describe how you have mitigated any concerns and answer the form truthfully. There is a comments field for it. Investigator may ask about it


Mitigated = since the incident, stopped all downloading of media. Have been purchasing media via Itunes or Amazon.

I hope this answer helps. Also, dates that this happened is a blur but certain it was within the 7 years.


Don’t overthink the question. Answer it to the best of your knowledge and be honest throughout the form.

If you have nothing to hide then the level of concern should be low.

If it happens to come up and you decide not to discuss personal downloading that was a one off incident then that is your chance to explain how you interpreted the question.


@happy247 - you should answer “yes” and explain.


There is very little that will immediately disqualify you at all during an investigation. One of those is dishonesty.

You downloaded and presumably used software with disregard to regulations (copyright law). It does not matter if this is an immediate disqualifier or not, nor should any question. You should always answer honestly, and in your case you would answer “yes.”