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

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

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Open Rights Group

Dear University of Bolton,

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

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

Yours faithfully,

Markos Volikas

Sent request to University of Bolton again, using a new contact address.