Internet filtering and blocking policies

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Open Rights Group

Dear Cranfield University,

I am writing as a research volunteer at the Open Rights Group. We are conducting a study to better understand the filtering and blocking of websites on the public estate, to understand what content and sites are inaccessible and why.
In relation to Universities, we are following up on our previous FOI requests with a refined list of questions to make the answers uniform and suitable for analysis. With this in mind, please answer the questions as directly as possible.

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, e.g.:
(a) Security or Malware
(b) Content types, eg adult, alcohol etc

2. Statistics relating to the requests blocked or filtered, eg how many site requests filtered or blocked per category

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

Your faithfully,

James Collis

Open Rights Group

Morris, Julie, Cranfield University

Dear Mr Collis

 

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

I confirm that this is being considered and that we will respond as soon
as possible and in any case within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

Julie Morris, PC.dp

Governance Officer

Executive Office, Cranfield University, Kent House, Cranfield,
Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

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foi, Cranfield University

Dear James Collis,

Thank you for your request, dated 7 March 2018, made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You requested information about

"Internet filtering and blocking policies"

Cranfield University has now completed its search for the information requested and can confirm that we do hold information. Please see our responses below.

1. The categories of content blocked or filtered, e.g.:
(a) Security or Malware
(b) Content types, eg adult, alcohol etc
We make use of DNS firewalling (RPZ) using procured lists to block access to known malware sites and command and control hosts for botnet, etc. but do not block web access against any other content types/categories.

2. Statistics relating to the requests blocked or filtered, eg how many site requests filtered or blocked per category
No information held. This is because we do not block by category.

3. Monitoring requirements you have for users, eg if you record or may record their Internet usage
We do not routinely monitor our users internet access. Logging for services such as DNS and flow data are kept and would be used in the event of any incident that required investigation.

Should you have any queries with regard to the information provided please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been dealt with please refer to our internal appeals procedurehttp://www.cranfield.ac.uk/about/governa....

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

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Website: www.ico.gov.uk<http://www.ico.gov.uk>

Yours sincerely

Mary Betts-Gray, MA (Hons), MCLIP, FHEA, PC.foi
Freedom of Information Officer
Cranfield University
Cranfield
Bedford
MK43 0AL

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