Prevent and Internet filtering policies

Jim Killock made this Freedom of Information request to Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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Dear Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh,

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 that you use incorporates lists from the IWF, CTIRU or PIPCU, and which lists are incorporated.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Killock

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Dear Mr Killock,

I refer to your Freedom of Information request regarding Prevent and internet filtering policies. Apologies for the delay in responding. On behalf of the University I would answer as follows:

(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”;

Please note that the Prevent duty in Scotland is different from that in England and Wales. Queen Margaret University input into the development of the Scottish Good Practice Guide for Scottish Higher Education Institutions, as part of the Higher Education Prevent Working Group. The guide is attached.

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

The University does not implement any filtering, blocking, or access control on the Internet service.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact:

FOI
Queen Margaret University
Queen Margaret University Drive
Musselburgh
East Lothian EH21 6UU
[email address]

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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh EH21 6UU
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