Prevent and Internet filtering policies

Jim Killock made this Freedom of Information request to Heriot-Watt University

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Dear Heriot-Watt University,

Can you please supply:

(1) your policy or policy guidance for duties under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 duties for the various local authorities listed in Schedule 6, known as “Prevent”;

(2) your policy relating to Internet filtering, blocking and prevention of access to material deemed inappropriate;

(3) the name of any providers of Internet filtering and blocking services that you use, or else a statement that you do not block or filter content at all;

(4) a list of agreements, arrangements or Memorandums of Understanding between yourselves and bodies such as the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), or Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) of the City of London Police, to receive lists of illegal or illicit content, for instance for the purposes of blocking.

Finally, can you tell me if:

(5) any filtering or blocking service incorporates lists from the IWF, CTIRU or PIPCU, and which lists are incorporated.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Killock

Freedom Of Information,, Heriot-Watt University

Dear applicant

 

Thank you for your information request dated the 27^th April 2017
regarding Prevent.  Your request will be handled under Scottish
legislation i.e. the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

I have forwarded on details of your request to colleagues to seek their
help in providing the information you have requested. In accordance with
Scottish legislation, our University will respond to your request within
20 working days and no later than the 25^th May 2017 (taking into account
Scottish public holidays).

 

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information and your rights under the Scottish Act can be found on the
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Meanwhile please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOISA Team

Heriot-Watt University

Governance and Legal Services

Edinburgh Campus

Riccarton

Edinburgh EH14 4AS

 

 

 

 

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Dear applicant

 

Thank you for your information request dated the 27^th April 2017
regarding Prevent.  Please note that we are a Scottish University and
therefore comply with Scottish legislation: the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002.

 

Our responses are below and in red for ease of reference.

 

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or by contacting the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office at the
following address:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner,

Kinburn Castle,

Doubledykes Road,

St Andrews,

Fife KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

E-mail: [2][email address]  

Website:
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Finally, should you wish to discuss the contents of this email, please do
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FOISA Team

Heriot-Watt University

Governance and Legal Services

Edinburgh Campus

Riccarton

Edinburgh EH14 4AS

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Dear Freedom Of Information,,

Thank you for your help.

In relation to:

(3) the name of any providers of Internet filtering and blocking services that you use, or else a statement that you do not block or filter content at all;

In this question, we are only interested in content filtering. We are not interested in filtering or blocking for security purposes.

If you are not engaging in content filtering or blocking, a statement to say so would be more than adequate for our purposes.

Thank you for any help you can give.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Killock