Dear University of Westminster,

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:

(5) tell me if any filtering or blocking service that you use incorporates lists from the IWF, CTIRU or PIPCU, and which lists are incorporated; and

(6) provide to me any clauses within any contract or terms and conditions of service agreed with your filtering and blocking providers that relate to their use of information from the IWF, CTIRU or PIPCU.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Killock

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Dear Jim Killock,

Please see attached the University's acknowledgement of your recent request for information.

Best wishes,

Hannah Wilkinson
Information Compliance Assistant
University of Westminster
4th Floor Regent Street Campus
309 Regent St
London W1B 2HW

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Dear Jim Killock,

Please see attached the University's response to your request for information.

Best wishes,

Hannah Wilkinson
Information Compliance Assistant
University of Westminster
4th Floor Regent Street Campus
309 Regent St
London W1B 2HW

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Dear University of Westminster,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Westminster's handling of my FOI request 'Prevent and Internet filtering policies'.

(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;

We are not interested in blocking and filtering for malware, phishing and other security purposes.

If you do not filter for content-related purposes, a statement to say so would be very helpful and conclude our request.

Most Universities have been able to to tell us whether they block or filter content, and what content categories are blocked. A similar survey of libraries has also helped place this information in the public domain for that sector. In this case, 92% of libraries disclosed this information:

See: https://www.slideshare.net/infolit_group...

Some Universities such as yourselves have said they are worried about their own security in some cases. Where they rely on multiple sources of blocking malware, for instance, we do not believe that knowing the source of content and category blocking lists poses a security list. Normally, this should not be a problem.

We are not interested in how malware etc is blocked, so as long as the firewall product is not the only security measure you use, you may be able to judge that your own security is not at risk. Alternatively, you may be able to investigate your firewall product to find the source of the categorisation, which is likely to be separate from the security features.

Furthermore, there is a strong public interest in know what filtering products are being used where, as it is the only way for a website owner to know where their site may be being blocked, and therefore to resolve a problem if the website is being blocked incorrectly.

It should also be information that is in the public domain as to whether you block and filter content, and usually this is disclosed to students and staff, along with information about what is filtered. If this is the case, we doubt that disclosure to us also would pose a further security issue.

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

Yours faithfully,

Jim Killock

Dear Jim Killock,

The University acknowledges your request for an internal review received 16th July and will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

Hannah Wilkinson
Information Compliance Assistant
University of Westminster
4th Floor Regent Street Campus
309 Regent St
London W1B 2HW

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Dear Jim Killock,

Please see attached the University's internal review report.

Best wishes,

Hannah Wilkinson
Information Compliance Assistant
University of Westminster
4th Floor Regent Street Campus
309 Regent St
London W1B 2HW

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