Classification System

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Starfleet Information Classification System

The classification of information accumulated by the United Federation of Planets as well as Starfleet is divided into levels of sensitivity, 1 through 5. The more critical a piece of information is to the safety, security and well-being of the Federation, the higher the classification. Below is a listing of the levels as it pertains to an individual's ability to access them.


Level 1: 
Limited access to Starfleet or Federation documents and records. Access is limited to job related elements.


Level 2: 
Limited access to all Starfleet or Federation documents and records. Access is limited on a 'need to know' basis.


Level 3: 
Limited access to all Classified and Secret Starfleet or Federation documents and records. Access is limited on a 'need to know' basis.


Level 4: 
Limited access to all Classified, Secret, Top-Secret Starfleet or Federation documents and records. Access is limited on a 'need to know' basis.


Level 5: Unlimited access to all Classified, Secret, Top-Secret, Ultra-Secret Starfleet or Federation documents and records. 

Access levels are based partly on position and partly on background. Some individuals have a higher clearance level based on prior training, former positional requirements from another assignment, and other factors that may not always fit a defined scale such as the one below.



Typical Clearance by Rank

Level 1:
 All personnel and Civilians in Starfleet service.


Level 2: 
All personnel in Operational Duties

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Level 3: 
Lieutenant Commanders/Majors, Lieutenants/Marine Captains, also certain specific personnel (duty related).


Level 4: 
Captains/Colonels, Commanders/Lt. Colonels and certain specific personnel (duty related).


Level 5: 
Flag Officers. 

Special Cases may be made depending on mission critical tasks that might be hindered should a person not be able to access certain materials.
Once a formal approval for a clearance elevation has been made, such an elevation shall not extend beyond the material for which the clearance elevation was approved and shall be reverted to the prior level once the mission for which it was granted has been completed.



Ship/Station LCARS Access Authorization Levels

Much the same as with information, an LCARS computer network is also governed by a system that restricts access to information depending on the user. This classification system is somewhat more stringent, as most installations and vessels take on passengers of varying importance and position from time to time. Below is a list of those levels.

Delta-1: 
Limited access to all ship's records, and computers. Access limited to job related functions.


Delta-2: 
Limited access to all ship's records, systems, commands and computers. Access limited to duty related functions.


Beta-1:
 Unlimited access to all ship's records, and computers. Limited access to command functions (unless approved by the Commanding Officer). Access to ship systems is limited to duty related functions.


Alpha-1:
 Unlimited access to all ship's records, systems and computers. No access to ship localized command functions.


Beta-2: 
Unlimited access to all ship's records, systems and computers. Limited access to command functions (except if stated otherwise by Commanding Officer).


Alpha-2: 
Unlimited access to all ship's records, systems, commands and computers. Unlimited access to ship's localized command functions. 

As with most classification systems, this too is governed not simply by a set standard. Exceptions may be made, at the Commanding Officer's discretion, for higher or lower access regardless of position, rank, or reason for accessing the specific database. Below is a typical list of who garners which access level.


Delta 1: 
Delta 1 access is normally given to any guests who are not stationed aboard the vessel for any amount of time. It limits them to the use of basic facilities and access to only basic, public information.


Delta 2:
 Delta 2 access is normally given to Enlistees in a training status, as well as officer cadets embarking on a Cadet Cruise. This access is sufficient to allow them to perform their mission tasks but limited enough to prevent them from accessing information that they are not cleared to view.


Beta 1:
 Beta 1 access is reserved for those individuals in a support function aboard the vessel. Departments such as Science and Medical normally fall within this category given their need for information access, but their limited usefulness in operational functions of the ship.


Alpha 1:
 Alpha 1 clearance is reserved for the Intelligence and Strategic Operations Department. These departments normally require uninhibited access to the ship's library computers but do not require them to perform command functions unless specified and required by the Commanding Officer of a vessel or installation.


Beta 2: 
Beta Two access is reserved for those members of the operational crew; Security/Tactical, Operations, and Flight Control. Members of these departments usually have modified versions of this access level (generally more restrictive access to more critical systems and functions) while each of the Department Heads have full use of their access authority.


Alpha 2: 
Alpha 2 is reserved exclusively for the Commanding Officer and the Executive Officer, unless otherwise specified by the Commanding Officer. Usually, the only other individual given this clearance is the Second Officer.


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