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FOI request for internet search data policy at public institutions (universities)

Open Rights Group made this Freedom of Information request to University of Reading

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Dear University of Reading,

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. I am writing to ask about this in relation to Universities. We are following up 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

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

Pascal Crowe (Open Rights Group)

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Crowe

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 20/02/2018.

In the meantime, if you wish to add any further details or check on progress, please reply to this message, without altering the 'Subject:' line, so that we can track your input and respond promptly. (IMPS#02119).

Yours sincerely,

Sinead Latham

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Crowe,

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your request.

We can confirm that we do not hold the information specified in your request. Our responses are given below each limb of your request.

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1. The categories of content blocked or filtered, e.g.:
(a) Security or Malware
(b) Content types, eg adult, alcohol etc

No information held. The University does not perform any content blocking or filtering

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

No information held. The University does not hold statistics relating to blocked or filtered requests as there is no content blocking or filtering.

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

No information held. There are no monitoring requirements.

We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner. The procedure is detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations policy on the web at www.reading.ac.uk/freedom-of-information...

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to information regimes:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Email: [email address]

Yours sincerely


Rebecca Daniells
IMPS Officer

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
[University of Reading request email] t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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