Prevent - University registers of research and 'firewalls'

Ben Quinn made this Freedom of Information request to Bangor University as part of a batch sent to 78 authorities

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Under the Freedom of Information Act, please provide the following:

1. Your Prevent action plan or any document that outlines your institution’s Prevent policy in line with your obligations under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

2. Confirm if students, researchers and members of staff are obliged to register research which is deemed to be security sensitive

3. If such a register exists, the number of entries for each of the years 2018 (up to the date of this request), 2017, 2016 and 2015. By entries, I mean occasions on which individuals have registered research which falls into the category set out in bullet point 2. If possible, please identify the nature of the research (eg PhD, internally funded, externally funded) and topic

4. If such a register exists, confirm whether or not it is stored onsite or on an external server.

5. If such a register exists, confirm whether the register is subject to any information sharing agreements with external partners or agencies including local and regional Prevent coordinators, the Home Office, the local Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, the local police or any other law enforcement agencies

6. A list of any agreements, arrangements or Memorandums of Understanding between your institution 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.

7. Confirm if any filtering or blocking service that your institution uses incorporate lists from the IWF, CTIRU or PIPCU, and which lists are incorporated;

Information Compliance Shared mailbox, Bangor University

Our Ref. FOI1628

Dear Ben Quinn,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, received by email on the 15th October 2018.

We will now consider your request and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment, and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you requested contains reference to a third party, then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. You will be informed if this is the case.

If you have any queries please contact us.

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Compliance Team

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Our Ref. FOI1628

 

Dear Ben Quinn,

 

Further to your request for information, the University's response is
below:

 

 

 

1. Your Prevent action plan or any document that outlines your
institution’s Prevent policy in line with your obligations under the
Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

 

The University’s Prevent Policy is available on the University’s website:

 

[1]https://www.bangor.ac.uk/planning/policy...

 

 

2. Confirm if students, researchers and members of staff are obliged to
register research which is deemed to be security sensitive

 

The University has a Procedure for Approval and Registration of Sensitive
Research Projects which is available on the University’s website:

 

[2]https://www.bangor.ac.uk/planning/docume...

 

 

3. If such a register exists, the number of entries for each of the years
2018 (up to the date of this request), 2017, 2016 and 2015. By entries, I
mean occasions on which individuals have registered research which falls
into the category set out in bullet point 2. If possible, please identify
the nature of the research (eg PhD, internally funded, externally funded)
and topic

 

2018 – 1 (PhD external funding, research into topics covered by the
Counter terrorism and Security Act 2015);

2017 – 0

2016 - 0

2015 - 0

 

 

4. If such a register exists, confirm whether or not it is stored onsite
or on an external server.

 

The University believes that disclosing this information is exempt under
Section 38 of the Freedom Information Act 2000, which provides an
exemption from disclosing information if such disclosure would be likely
to endanger the safety of any individual.  This includes the possibility
that individuals could be identified by this information alongside other
information that could be available, and this would therefore risk
disclosure of individuals’ personal data. The research being undertaken is
in a sensitive field, and therefore the University believes it has a duty
of care to ensure that any information is held securely and
confidentially, as outlined in Section 4 of the University’s Procedure.

 

 

5. If such a register exists, confirm whether the register is subject to
any information sharing agreements with external partners or agencies
including local and regional Prevent coordinators, the Home Office, the
local Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, the local police or any other
law enforcement agencies

 

None

 

 

6. A list of any agreements, arrangements or Memorandums of Understanding
between your institution 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.

 

The University does not have any agreements, arrangements, or Memorandums
of Understanding with bodies such as the Internet Watch Foundation ), 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.

 

 

7.  Confirm if any filtering or blocking service that your institution
uses incorporate lists from the IWF, CTIRU or PIPCU, and which lists are
incorporated;

 

The University has considered the use of filters as a means of restricting
access to harmful content. The University does not see filtering as an
appropriate action at this time. Any complaint of inappropriate use would
be dealt with under our acceptable use policy:

 

[3]https://www.bangor.ac.uk/itservices/poli...

 

 

 

 

Please note that the University has a formal complaints procedure. If you
are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request
and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision you
should write to the University’s Governance & Compliance Office in the
first instance ([4][Bangor University request email]) explaining the grounds
for your complaint. In line with guidance from the Information
Commissioner’s Office, an appeal request must be submitted within two
months of the University’s final response to this Freedom of Information
Act request.

 

Kind regards,

Compliance Team

 

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