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Prevent - University registers of research and 'firewalls'

Ben Quinn made this Freedom of Information request to University of Leeds 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;

Jenny Foggin,


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Tracey Crombie,

Dear Mr Quinn

I can confirm receipt of the request below, dated 15 October 2018, 17:36. 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.  As such, you should expect to hear from the University in response by 13 November 2018, if, in the meantime, you have any queries about the request, please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny Foggin ([email address]).   

Kind regards

Tracey Crombie
PA to the Legal Adviser
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
Tel:  0113 343 4078 (NB 8am-4pm)
Fax:  0113 343 3925

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Tracey Crombie,

Dear Mr Quinn,

 

Further to your FOI request, please see below:-

 

1.        The University is not required to have a Prevent policy, per se,
as this is a Government policy that imposes certain statutory duties upon
the institution.

2.        Students that have a legitimate academic interest in
security-sensitive topics might choose to register their interest with the
University Secretary in advance (though they are not obliged to do so).

3.        We do not hold a register as such - but we do hold records from
five students that have registered their research interest with us since
2015: one in 2015-16; two in 2016-17; and one in 2017-18. The research
requests were all related to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of
the University and covered the following topics: Islamic State texts and
propaganda; data from far-right discussion forums; terrorist related
material; and pornography.

4.        The records are stored internally.

5.        The information is not subject to a sharing agreement.

6.        We hold no such agreements.

7.        The University does not filter or block services.

 

I hope this is helpful in resolving your query. If you have any questions
about this email, however, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

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on our website (www.leeds.ac.uk).

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
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exhausted the review/complaints procedure provided by the University.  The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:  Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Tracey Crombie

PA to the Legal Adviser

University of Leeds

LS2 9JT

Tel:  0113 343 4078 (NB 8am-4pm)

Fax:  0113 343 3925

 

This communication is intended solely for the addressee, is strictly
confidential and may also be legally privileged.  If you are not the
addressee please do not read, print, re-transmit, store or act in reliance
on it or any attachments.  Instead, please contact Tracey Crombie on the
above telephone number.

 

Any liability (in negligence or otherwise) arising from any third party
acting, or refraining from acting, on any information contained in this
email is excluded.

 

It is the responsibility of the receiver of this email to ensure that any
onward transmission or use of this email (including attachments) will not
adversely affect their systems or data contained on their systems. 
Receivers are advised to carry out virus checks.  The University of Leeds
accepts no responsibility with regard to the communication or other use of
this email.

 

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