Prevent - University registers of research and 'firewalls'

Ben Quinn made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of Glasgow as part of a batch sent to 78 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please provide the following:

1. Your Prevent action plan or any document that outlines your institution’s Prevent policy in line with your obligations under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

2. Confirm if students, researchers and members of staff are obliged to register research which is deemed to be security sensitive

3. If such a register exists, the number of entries for each of the years 2018 (up to the date of this request), 2017, 2016 and 2015. By entries, I mean occasions on which individuals have registered research which falls into the category set out in bullet point 2. If possible, please identify the nature of the research (eg PhD, internally funded, externally funded) and topic

4. If such a register exists, confirm whether or not it is stored onsite or on an external server.

5. If such a register exists, confirm whether the register is subject to any information sharing agreements with external partners or agencies including local and regional Prevent coordinators, the Home Office, the local Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, the local police or any other law enforcement agencies

6. A list of any agreements, arrangements or Memorandums of Understanding between your institution and bodies such as the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), or Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) of the City of London Police, to receive lists of illegal or illicit content, for instance for the purposes of blocking.

7. Confirm if any filtering or blocking service that your institution uses incorporate lists from the IWF, CTIRU or PIPCU, and which lists are incorporated;

FOI Office, University of Glasgow

Dear Ben Quinn,

In order to take forward your email, received 15 October 2018 timed 17:35 hours, as a valid FOI request, please note the following advice from the Scottish Information Commissioner's website:

"The Act says that a request must include the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence. The Commissioner has confirmed that an e-mail address is sufficient when you are asking for information. However, if you send your request by email, you must give your name in the body of the email to fulfil the requirement that the name of the applicant is given. Even if your name appears in your email address (e.g. [email address]) you must add your name to the text of your request, so that it is clear who the email is from.
You must give your real name, as the public authority does not have to answer your request if you have used a false name or pseudonym. The Commissioner will not be able to carry out an investigation if he finds out that you have used a false name.

If you have particular reasons for not wanting to reveal your identity to the public authority, you should ask a friend or family member to make the request for information."

Yours sincerely,


Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office,
University of Glasgow (Tay House)
University Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

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FOI Office, University of Glasgow

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Dear Mr Quinn,

Please find attached the University's response to your Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 request dated 22 October 2018 timed 17:16 hours.

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office

Direct Line: +44 (0)141 330 2523

University of Glasgow
Tay House
Glasgow G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401