Internet filtering and blocking policies

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Open Rights Group

Dear University of Essex,

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

Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Dear James

Thank you for your enquiry. We will come back to you as soon as we can and in any case within the 20 working days allowed by the Act.

In the meantime if you have any questions, please let me know.

Best wishes
Clare Chatfield, BA (Hons), PC.foi
Freedom of Information Team
IT Services
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 3SQ
 
T +44 (0)1206 872285
E [University of Essex request email]

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Freedom Of Information Requests, University of Essex

Dear James

 

Following your recent request regarding the use of internet filtering and
blocking policies here at the University of Essex, please find our
response below:

 

Your Request

 

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

We don’t have a boundary firewall that filters traffic in this manner.

 

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

N/A

 

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

We don’t record user internet usage.

 

I hope you find this information useful but if you have any queries about
the data, please let me know.  You would also be welcome to contact our
Comms Team on 01206 872400 and I have copied them into this email so that
they are aware of your interest.

 

Best wishes

Clare Chatfield, BA (Hons), PC.foi

Freedom of Information Team

IT Services

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester

Essex

CO4 3SQ

 

T +44 (0)1206 872285

E [1][University of Essex request email]

 

 

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