Categories and specific websites blocked from Liverpool library computers

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Dear Liverpool City Council,

Please provide the following information about internet filtering employed in Liverpool's public libraries.

1) Which software is used to carry out the filtering?

2) Which broad categories are filtered? eg "Gambling"

3) For specific websites that are filtered, what additional fields are stored alongside each filtered website? eg "date blocked", "comments", "justification"

4) Which specific websites are filtered eg "youtube.com"? For each, please provide all available additional fields relating to that website. If a field cannot be disclosed, please describe why this is the case.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Furley

Community Services, Liverpool City Council

Information request
Our reference: 344247

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Dear Mr Furley
 
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Thank you for your request for information that was received on 6 October
2014 concerning
Please provide the following information about internet filtering employed
in Liverpool's public libraries.

1) Which software is used to carry out the filtering?

2) Which broad categories are filtered? eg "Gambling"

3) For specific websites that are filtered, what additional fields are
stored alongside each filtered website? eg "date blocked", "comments",
"justification"

4) Which specific websites are filtered eg "youtube.com"? For each, please
provide all available additional fields relating to that website. If a
field cannot be disclosed, please describe why this is the case.
 
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Dear Jawahier Sharif Ali,

Thank you for your acknowledgement in which you said you'd aim to respond by 3rd November, as normally required by law .

I haven't yet received any further response. Has there been a problem processing my request?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Furley

Symm, Kevin, Liverpool City Council

Dear Mr Furley

Please accept my apologies for the delay. I can assure you I am actively working on your request and am awaiting a final piece of information which, once collated, will mean I can provide our response

Again, can I thank you for your patience and please accept my apologies

Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer
Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I L2 2DH
T: 0151 225 3132 I E: [email address]
Online: www.liverpool.gov.uk

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Sent: 04 November 2014 11:17
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Subject: Re: Information request (ref: 344247)

Dear Jawahier Sharif Ali,

Thank you for your acknowledgement in which you said you'd aim to respond by 3rd November, as normally required by law .

I haven't yet received any further response. Has there been a problem processing my request?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Furley

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Dear Mr. Symm,

Thanks for your prompt reply and for the update - I'm looking forward to hearing more.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Furley

Kevin Symm, Liverpool City Council

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Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer
Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I
L2 2DH
T: 0151 225 3132 I E: [email address]
Online: [1]www.liverpool.gov.uk

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Dear Mr. Symm,

Thank you for providing the list of blocked categories.

In part 4. of my request I asked for specific websites that are filtered (blocked) in addition to those blocked by a broad category. Your response to this ("4. All websites are filtered and are blocked or partially blocked according to the broad categories listed in A2) above") does not provide this list.

In my request last year (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f... you helpfully provided a list of 1187 specific websites that are blocked - for example "yourmoneyloans.co.uk".

Please provide that updated list, and any fields storing alongside those blocked URLs.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Furley

Symm, Kevin, Liverpool City Council

Dear Mr Furley

I will contact the relevant department and, if we hold the info requested, I'll forward it to you ASAP

Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer
Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I L2 2DH
T: 0151 225 3132 I E: [email address]
Online: www.liverpool.gov.uk

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From: Paul Furley [mailto:[FOI #232900 email]]
Sent: 12 November 2014 10:14
To: Symm, Kevin
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Categories and specific websites blocked from Liverpool library computers

Dear Mr. Symm,

Thank you for providing the list of blocked categories.

In part 4. of my request I asked for specific websites that are filtered (blocked) in addition to those blocked by a broad category. Your response to this ("4. All websites are filtered and are blocked or partially blocked according to the broad categories listed in A2) above") does not provide this list.

In my request last year (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f... you helpfully provided a list of 1187 specific websites that are blocked - for example "yourmoneyloans.co.uk".

Please provide that updated list, and any fields storing alongside those blocked URLs.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Furley

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Please find attached response

Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I
L2 2DH
T: 0151 225 3132 I E: [email address]
Online: [1]www.liverpool.gov.uk

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Dear Mr Furley

Please find attached list of blocked/banned websites as requested

Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer
Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I L2 2DH
T: 0151 225 3132 I E: [email address]
Online: www.liverpool.gov.uk

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From: Paul Furley [mailto:[FOI #232900 email]]
Sent: 12 November 2014 10:14
To: Symm, Kevin
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Categories and specific websites blocked from Liverpool library computers

Dear Mr. Symm,

Thank you for providing the list of blocked categories.

In part 4. of my request I asked for specific websites that are filtered (blocked) in addition to those blocked by a broad category. Your response to this ("4. All websites are filtered and are blocked or partially blocked according to the broad categories listed in A2) above") does not provide this list.

In my request last year (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f... you helpfully provided a list of 1187 specific websites that are blocked - for example "yourmoneyloans.co.uk".

Please provide that updated list, and any fields storing alongside those blocked URLs.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Furley

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Please find attached response

Regards,

Kevin Symm I Senior Information Officer Liverpool City Council I Municipal Buildings I Dale Street I Liverpool I
L2 2DH
T: 0151 225 3132 I E: [email address]
Online: [1]www.liverpool.gov.uk

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Dear Mr. Symm,

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Furley

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