Internet filtering and blocking policies

Open Rights Group made this Freedom of Information request to West Midlands Combined Authority

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The request was refused by West Midlands Combined Authority.

Open Rights Group

Dear West Midlands Combined Authority,

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, eg:
a)Security or Malware
b)Content types, eg adult, alcohol etc
c)Statistics relating to the requests blocked or filtered, eg how many site requests filtered or blocked per category

2) Monitoring requirements you have for users, eg if you record or may record their Internet usage

3) The supplier of your blocking or filtering software
a) Eg, Sophos, Forcepoint, Palo Alto etc

Sincerely,

James Collis

Open Rights Group

Anuriti Najran, West Midlands Combined Authority

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Dear Mr Collis,

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 3^rd January 2018.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Anuriti Najran
Governance Officer

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Fazila Nawaz, West Midlands Combined Authority

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Dear Mr Collis

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request received on 3^rd January
2018.

 

Unfortunately due to the nature of the information requested, we are
unable to provide the majority of the information due to data
sensitivity/data security issues.

 

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information has been dealt with you should write to Tim Martin, Head of
Governance at the address below. He will undertake a full re-evaluation of
your case.

           

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section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to apply directly to the
Information Commissioner for a decision.

                                               

Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you
have exhausted our complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can
be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

 

Fazila Nawaz
Governance Coordinator

Direct Dial: 0121 214 7201
Email: [email address]
Website: www.wmca.org.uk

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