Internet filtering and blocking policies

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Open Rights Group

Dear University of Leeds,

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.

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

Yours faithfully,

Charlie Parker
Researcher
Open Rights Group

Tracey Crombie,

Dear Mr/Ms Parker

I can confirm receipt of the request below, dated 16 May 2018. 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.  As such, you should expect to hear from the University in response by 14 June 2018, if, in the meantime, you have any queries about the request, please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny Foggin ([email address]).   

Kind regards

Tracey Crombie
PA to the Legal Adviser
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
Tel:  0113 343 4078 (NB 8am-4pm)
Fax:  0113 343 3925

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Tracey Crombie,

Dear Mr/Ms Parker

 

Further to your FOI request, please see below in red:

 

RE: 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

- The University does not use web filtering.

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

- Not applicable

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

- Internet usage is recorded.

 

I hope this is helpful in resolving your query. If you have any questions
about this email, however, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

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Best wishes,

 

Tracey Crombie

PA to the Legal Adviser

University of Leeds

LS2 9JT

Tel:  0113 343 4078 (NB 8am-4pm)

Fax:  0113 343 3925

 

This communication is intended solely for the addressee, is strictly
confidential and may also be legally privileged.  If you are not the
addressee please do not read, print, re-transmit, store or act in reliance
on it or any attachments.  Instead, please contact Tracey Crombie on the
above telephone number.

 

Any liability (in negligence or otherwise) arising from any third party
acting, or refraining from acting, on any information contained in this
email is excluded.

 

It is the responsibility of the receiver of this email to ensure that any
onward transmission or use of this email (including attachments) will not
adversely affect their systems or data contained on their systems. 
Receivers are advised to carry out virus checks.  The University of Leeds
accepts no responsibility with regard to the communication or other use of
this email.

 

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