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

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Open Rights Group

Dear University of Plymouth,

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)

Freedom of Information Act, University of Plymouth

FOI000119/2018

Dear Pascal Crowe,

Thank you for your information request.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act and will be answered within 20 working days.

If you have any queries in relation to your request please do not hesitate to contact me.
Many thanks
Best wishes

Emma
Emma Wainman
Freedom of Information and Data Protection Specialist Plymouth University
(01752) (5)88214 [email address] Plymouth University, 16 Portland Villas, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Freedom of Information Act, University of Plymouth

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FOI0119/2018

 

Dear Pascal

 

Thank you for your recent information request.

 

Please find attached the following documents;

 

1.         Copy of your request.

2.         Released information.

 

 

The requested information has been provided in the attached document. If
you are dissatisfied with the outcome, or how your request for information
has been handled you have the right to appeal.

 

Should you wish to appeal please set out in writing your reasons for
appealing and send to [1][University of Plymouth request email] within 60 days of the date of
this email.

 

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the appeal then you can have a
further right of appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Further
information is available on their website
[2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/  or by telephone on 0303 123
1113.

 

Please ensure you quote the above reference in all correspondence.

 

 

 

Best wishes

 

Emma

 

Emma Wainman

 

Freedom of Information and Data Protection Specialist University of
Plymouth

 

 (01752) (5)88214  [3][email address]  

  University of Plymouth, 16 Portland Villas, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4
8AA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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