Internet filtering and blocking policies

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Open Rights Group

Dear Cardiff University,

I am writing as a research volunteer at the Open Rights Group. We are conducting a study to better understand filtering and blocking of websites on the public estate, to understand what content and sites are inaccessible and why.

We would like to know, in relation to your publicly accessible Internet networks, or Internet networks for your clients:

1. The categories of content blocked or filtered, eg:
a) Security or Malware
b) Content types, eg adult, alcohol etc
c) Statistics relating to the requests blocked or filtered, eg how many site requests are filtered or blocked per category

2. Monitoring requirements you have for users, eg if you record or may record their Internet usage

3. The supplier of your blocking or filtering software
a) Eg, Sophos, Forcepoint, Palo Alto etc.

4. If you filter, is the policy any different on student residences
a) Do you supply Internet to any private student accommodation that you have a contractual relationship with

Sincerely,

Charlie Parker
Open Rights Group

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Charlie

I acknowledge receipt of your email received by this office on 16 May 2018 in which you requested information regarding internet filtering and blocking policies.

Your request will now be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and has been allocated reference FOI18-171 which should be quoted in all correspondence. We will respond to your request within 20 working days starting the next working day after receipt, therefore you can expect to receive a response no later than 14 June 2018.

Where we consider that we will not be able to meet this deadline or if further time is required to consider the public interest test we will contact you as soon as possible and give you a revised date for response.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and, if that is the case, we will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

Yours sincerely

Gail Thomas
Swyddog Sicrwydd
Adran Cynllunio Strategol a Llywodraethu
Prifysgol Caerdydd
2il Lawr, Friary House
Heol y Brodyr Llwydion
Caerdydd
CF10 3AE
Ffôn: +44 (029) 2087 5327
Ebost : [email address]  

Mae'r Brifysgol yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu'n Saesneg.
Gail Thomas
Assurance Officer
Strategic Planning and Governance
Cardiff University
2nd Floor, Friary House
Greyfriars Road
Cardiff
CF10 3AE
Tel: +44 (029) 2087 5327
Email: [email address] 

The University welcomes correspondence in Welsh or English.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Charlie

 

In order for us to process your request we need to understand more clearly
the information you are seeking and I should be grateful if you could
clarify the following:

 

1. The categories of content blocked or filtered, eg:

c) Statistics relating to the requests blocked or filtered, eg how many
site requests are filtered or blocked per category

Could you please confirm what information you are seeking with this
question. For example, are you asking for the number of sites blocked per
category? Could you also please confirm a timeframe for which you would
like us to provide this data.

 

 

Please be aware that the legal response time of 20 working days for
responding to your request will not begin until we receive this
clarification from you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Beth John   Beth John
Assurance Officer   Swyddog Sicrwydd
Strategic Planning &      Adran Cynllunio Strategol a

Governance    Llywodraethu
Cardiff University
2nd Floor, Prifysgol Caerdydd

Friary House Friary House
Greyfriars Road
CF10 3AE Heol y Brodyr Llwydion
CF10 3AE
Tel: 029 208 79002   Ffon: 029 208 79002
E-mail: [email address] E-bost: [email address]

   

The University welcomes Mae'r Brifysgol yn croesawu
correspondence in Welsh or English. gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu'n
Saesneg.

 

 

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

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Dear Charlie

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated
16^th May 2018 in which you requested information regarding internet
filtering and blocking policies.

 

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your questions below and set out
our corresponding responses.

1. The categories of content blocked or filtered, e.g.:

a) Security or Malware

b) Content types, e.g. adult, alcohol etc.

 

The categories are listed (Table 1 and Table 2) in the Cardiff University
Web Filtering Policy on the ISF web site
[1]http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/isf/policies/.

Please note the Adult category in Table 1 was re-affirmed by University
Executive Board in November 2017.

 

c) Statistics relating to the requests blocked or filtered, e.g. how many
site requests are filtered or blocked per category

 

Please note it has not been possible to provide a response to this
question based on the information provided. Further clarification was
requested on 25^th May 2018 but we have not received a response. I have
attached the email requesting clarification for your ease of reference.

 

2. Monitoring requirements you have for users, e.g. if you record or may
record their Internet usage

 

Please see the "IT monitoring notice” available here:
[2]http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/public-informat...

 

3. The supplier of your blocking or filtering software

a) e.g. Sophos, Forcepoint, Palo Alto etc.

 

Palo Alto Networks PAN-DB URL Filtering.

 

4. If you filter, is the policy any different on student residences

a) Do you supply Internet to any private student accommodation that you
have a contractual relationship with

 

No

I trust this information satisfies your enquiry.  The University has a
Freedom of Information Complaints Procedure should you feel dissatisfied
with this response or the way in which your request was handled.
Complaints must be made in writing and must set out why you believe the
University has not met its obligations under the Freedom of Information
Act.  You may email your complaint to [3][email address] where
it will be forwarded to the Director of Strategic Planning and Governance
who will be responsible for overseeing the review.

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your complaint, you
have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for
consideration.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at the
following address: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Cardiff University. If you require further assistance please feel free to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ian Johnson   Ian Johnson
Assurance Officer   Swyddog Sicrwydd
Strategic Planning & Governance     Adran Cynllunio Strategol a
Cardiff University Llywodraethu
2nd Floor, Friary House
Greyfriars Road Prifysgol Caerdydd
CF10 3AE
LLawr 2, Friary House

Heol y Brodyr Llwydion
CF10 3AE
Tel: 029 208 79633   Ffon: 029 208 79633
E-mail: [4][email address] E-bost:
[5][email address]
 
 
The University welcomes
correspondence in Welsh or English. Mae'r Brifysgol yn croesawu
gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu'n
Saesneg.

 

 

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