Internet filtering and blocking policies

Open Rights Group made this Freedom of Information request to University for the Creative Arts

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by University for the Creative Arts.

Open Rights Group

Dear University for the Creative Arts,

I am writing as a research volunteer at the Open Rights Group. We are conducting a study to better understand the filtering and blocking of websites on the public estate, to understand what content and sites are inaccessible and why.
In relation to Universities, we are following up on 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

Your faithfully,

James Collis

Open Rights Group

FOI, University for the Creative Arts

Dear Mr Collis
Thank you for your enquiry under Freedom of Information which is receiving our attention.

Kind regards
FOI

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Clare O'Driscoll,

Dear Mr Collis

Thank you for your enquiry under Freedom of Information. Here below are the responses from University for the Creative Arts.

1. The categories of content blocked or filtered, e.g.:
(a) Security or Malware
(b) Content types, eg adult, alcohol etc

Response:
The categories of content blocked cannot be publicized without compromising the security of the University’s IT Infrastructure.

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

Response:
The University for the Creative Arts does have statistics relating to requests blocked by category but this data cannot be publicized without compromising the security of the University’s IT Infrastructure.

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

Response:
The University for the Creative Arts actively monitors network connectivity, network traffic and internet usage for legitimate business purposes only. Safeguarding the University’s IT Infrastructure, students and staff.

Kind regards
Clare O'Driscoll

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