Online Activity

Paul H made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request online activity, namely a list of the 100 most popular non-governmental websites viewed by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) civil servants using DCMS computers over the past six months.
Please include how the number of page views/clicks for each website.

The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions has responded to a similar FOI request from a media organisation.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Harper

Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Has this request been received?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Harper

FOI, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Harper

We have received your request and will respond shortly.

Best regards
FoI Team
DCMS

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FOI, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dear Mr Harper

Thank you for your information request of 11 February. You asked:

“I would like to request online activity, namely a list of the 100 most
popular non-governmental websites viewed by Department for Culture, Media
and Sport (DCMS) civil servants using DCMS computers over the past six
months.

Please include how the number of page views/clicks for each website.”

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and can confirm that the Department does not hold information in scope of
your request because we do not have the software capability to monitor and
report on internet access.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

 

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Dear Department for Culture, Media and Sport,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Culture, Media and Sport's handling of my FOI request 'Online Activity'.

Your answer states 'the Department does not hold information in scope of your request because we do not have the software capability to monitor and report on internet access'.

This article states the Department for Transport, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government, have software capabilities to monitor internet access.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

To clarify a list of the 100 most popular websites viewed by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) civil servants using DCMS computers over the past six months (or year) - including work-related and non-governmental websites - would also suffice.

Please include how the number of page views/clicks for each website.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/on...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Harper

DAWES TREVOR, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Dear Mr Harper
 
Thank you for your e-mail message of 8 March requesting an internal review
of our response to your Freedom of Information (FoI) request of 11
February about online activity by Department for Culture, Media and Sport
(DCMS) civil servants. 
 
FoI internal reviews are carried out within the Department by officials
who are unconnected to the policy area and the original case handling.
This is to ensure externality of approach.
 
Having consulted the appropriate colleagues in the department, I can
confirm that the Department does not check which websites staff have been
looking at. We do not currently use any software that records web visits. 
 
I have concluded, therfore, that your original FoI request was correctly
processed and that the reply we sent to you on 8 March should stand.
 
If you are not content with the outcome of this internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
Trevor Dawes 
Ministerial Support Team
@dcms  /dcmsgovuk [1]www.gov.uk/dcms
 
 

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