Internet filtering and blocking policies

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Open Rights Group

Dear De Montfort University,

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,

James Collis
Researcher
Open Rights Group

Fraser Marshall, De Montfort University

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Dear Mr Collis,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000-INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and the information is below:

 

1. The categories of content blocked or filtered, e.g.:

 

(a)   Security or Malware –

Reply: Public access is not filtered, client access is filtered using
ForcePoint Web filtering

 

(b)   Content types, eg adult, alcohol etc  -

Reply: Sites within the following ForcePoint Categories
([1]https://www.forcepoint.com/master-databa...) are
filtered:

 

·       Extended Protection

·       Suspicious Content

·       Elevated Exposure

·       Emerging Exploits

·       Illegal or Questionable

·       Sex

·       Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

·       Proxy Avoidance

·       Web and Email Spam

·       Hacking

·       Militancy and Extremist

·       Network Errors

·       Parked Domain

·       Pay-to-Surf

·       Spyware

·       Advanced Malware Command and Control

·       Malicious Web Sites

·       Bot Networks

·       Mobile Malware

·       Potentially Exploited Documents

·       Potentially Unwanted Software

·       Malicious Embedded Link

·       Malicious Embedded iFrame

·       Keyloggers

·       Compromised Websites

·       Phishing and Other Frauds

·       Advanced Malware Payloads

·       Files Containing Passwords

·       Suspicious Embedded Link

 

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

Reply: DMU do not collect statistics of filtered sites.

 

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

Reply: DMU hold logs for six months of sites visited for investigative and
troubleshooting purposes only.  

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Jas Uppal

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DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

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