Content filtering software

Daniel Payne made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to The Institute of Cancer Research

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Dear The Institute of Cancer Research: Royal Cancer Hospital,

I would like to make a request for the following information under
the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

1. Do you employ the use of content filtering software on the PCs
based in your libraries which are connected to the internet and
intended for use by the users of your library?

If answer to 1. is “yes”, please:

2. Provide the name and annual cost of the content filtering
software.

3. Provide a full list of the categories of websites blocked (e.g.
“pornography, gambling, phishing etc.”). If these differ according
to the user profile accessing the PC (e.g. child, student, adult,
staff etc.) please provide a full list of categories of websites
blocked for each user profile.

4. Confirm whether you also block specific URLs in addition to
categories, and provide a complete list of these URLs.

5. Provide the relevant policy document or written documentation
which outlines the procedure a user must follow in instances where
they would like to gain access to a website that is blocked.

6. From January 2013 until the present day, please provide a list
of the URLs where users have requested access to despite them being
blocked by the content filtering software.

7. Of the list provided in 6., please detail which URLs access was
granted for and which were denied.

I hope the above requests are clear however please do not hesitate
to get back in touch if any need clarifying.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Payne

foi, The Institute of Cancer Research

Dear Mr Payne,

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, confirms receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will respond in due course.

Regards,

The ICR Freedom of Information Office

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foi, The Institute of Cancer Research

Dear Mr Payne,

Thank you for your email to The Institute of Cancer Research, London, requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find our response below:

1. Do you employ the use of content filtering software on the PCs based in your libraries which are connected to the internet and intended for use by the users of your library?
YES
If answer to 1. is “yes”, please:

2. Provide the name and annual cost of the content filtering software.
Palo Alto PAN-DB – £12,000 per annum

3. Provide a full list of the categories of websites blocked (e.g.
“pornography, gambling, phishing etc.”). If these differ according to the user profile accessing the PC (e.g. child, student, adult, staff etc.) please provide a full list of categories of websites blocked for each user profile.
Adult, gambling, nudity, questionable, weapons.

4. Confirm whether you also block specific URLs in addition to categories, and provide a complete list of these URLs.
We don’t block extra URLs

5. Provide the relevant policy document or written documentation which outlines the procedure a user must follow in instances where they would like to gain access to a website that is blocked.
Users must contact the Central IT Helpdesk and log a call requesting access to a blocked site.

6. From January 2013 until the present day, please provide a list of the URLs where users have requested access to despite them being blocked by the content filtering software.
www.animalrightsextremism.info
www.firesafetyfirst.co.uk
www.oxford-optronix.com
www.optronix2.com
*.eofs.org
klgiddings.co.uk
www.streetfeastlondon.com
www.pintofscience.com
flowcap.flowsite.org
www.taehyunlab.org
www.wessexcolorectalclinic.com
micro-tech-lab.com

7. Of the list provided in 6., please detail which URLs access was granted for and which were denied.
All granted.
Any non work related requests would be denied

I trust this satisfies your request.

The ICR Freedom of Information Office.

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