Prevent and Internet filtering policies

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Open Rights Group

Dear Newman University, Birmingham,

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

Open Rights Group

Dear Newman University, Birmingham,

This ia a follow up to see if you are able to respond to my FoI request of 13 May.

If it is of any help, in relation to question 3, we are only interested in content filtering, and not filtering in relation to network security, malware and the like.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Killock

Open Rights Group

Dear Newman University, Birmingham,

This is a follow up to see if you are able to respond to my FoI request of 13 May.

If it is of any help, in relation to question 3, we are only interested in content filtering, and not filtering in relation to network security, malware and the like.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Killock

Sarah Jane Wattison,

Dear Mr Killock,

With reference to your FOI request below, I am afraid that your request dated 13 May 2017 has not reached me. All FOI requests should be addressed to the generic Freedom of Information email address and I note that your request was sent to our Admissions Department. Whilst they generally send these on to me, as you can imagine, the Admissions generic email address will receive numerous requests and it is likely that your freedom of information request had got lost amongst several hundred other emails.

Are you able to send the request again please to [email address] and I will obtain the information you require from the relevant department and get back to you as soon as possible.

Regards

Sarah

Miss Sarah Wattison
Senior Executive Assistant to the
University Secretary and Registrar
Newman University
Telephone: 0121 476 1181 x 2211

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Open Rights Group

Dear Sarah Jane Wattison,

Thank you very much, this would be an error at the What Do They Know website. Presumably they have an old or incorrect email address.

Unfortunately the What Do They Know system doesn't show me email address in the body of your email, so I cannot easily resolve this. If you can send me a link to a web page with the details, I will let the WDTK team know so they can update their records so future requests go to the right place. Alternatively, I can be reached at jim at openrightsgroup dot org and can forward details on that way. Or you can send me the email address in the manner I have here.

Meanwhile, could you forward the message below (and the WDTK email address this is sent from) to your FoI team?

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 content filtering and blocking services that you use, or else a statement that you do not block or filter content at all; (NB: we are not interested in malware blocking, or other network security measures)

(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 sincerely,

Jim Killock

Sarah Jane Wattison,

Dear Jim,

As requested, here is the link to the Newman University FOI webpage, which shows the link to the generic FOI email address. It would be appreciated if you could pass this on the WDTK team in order that they can update their mailing records.

http://www.newman.ac.uk/foi/848

Thank you for resubmitting your request and I will ensure this is dealt with swiftly.

Regards

Sarah

Miss Sarah Wattison
Senior Executive Assistant to the
University Secretary and Registrar
Newman University
Telephone: 0121 476 1181 x 2211

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Open Rights Group

Dear Newman University, Birmingham,

Can I check on the status of the FOI we sent on 13 May, which I believe Sarah Wattison forwarded to you?

I have pasted it below.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Killock

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 [NB: we are not interested in malware / security related blocking, but just content filters];

(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.

Sarah Jane Wattison,

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Dear Mr Killock,
 
With reference to your FOI request dated 29 June 2017, first, can I
apologise for the delay in getting this information to you. 
Unfortunately, over the Summer, a number of staff are on annual leave and
quite often, we have to draw on information from other departments in
order to respond to these requests.
 
As requested, the answers to your questions are as shown in red:
 
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”;   We do not have a Prevent Policy because
it comes under the wider area of Safeguarding within the University
requirements, so it is implied with a number of the University’s policies
and regulations.   For your information, I am attaching the External
Speakers Policy and the University’s Code of Practise on Freedom of
Expression.
 
 
 
(2) your policy relating to Internet filtering, blocking and prevention of
access to material deemed inappropriate;
We have no approved policy related to Internet filtering, blocking or
prevention.
 
(3) the name of any providers of Internet content filtering and blocking
services that you use, or else a statement that you do not block or filter
content at all; (NB: we are not interested in  malware blocking, or other
network security measures)
We use in-house standard JISC prescribed Firewall content filters provided
by WatchGuard and Websense
 
(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.
We have no arrangements with any of those bodies listed.
 
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
We believe that the filtering used in our Firewall may use IWF
classifications among others – but not from CTIRU or PIPCU
 
(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.
We have no agreements with any of these bodies
 
Regards
 
Sarah
 
Miss Sarah Wattison
Senior Executive Assistant to the
University Secretary and Registrar
Newman University
Telephone: 0121 476 1181 x 2211
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Open Rights Group

Dear Sarah Jane Wattison,

Thank you very much for the information, that is very useful.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Killock

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