Dear Equality Commission for Northern Ireland,
Please provide a listing of all websites accessed by EQNI staff
during the period from 1 January to 31 January 2015.
The listing should disclose both business related websites visited
and websites visited by staff for non EQNI business reasons .
In addition to the listing of websites visited please also disclose:
a) Date and time of each website visit;
b) Duration of each such website visit
Note: Where the website visited did not return a domain name the IP
address of the website visited should be disclosed.
With your response please also disclose a copy of EQNI's
Staff ICT Acceptable Use Policy.
Please acknowledge receipt of this FoI request.
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland acknowledges receipt of your
email which will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member(s).
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Dear Mr Dobson
I refer to your freedom of information request below.
The Equality Commission does not hold information relating to websites accessed by staff during the period 1 January to 31 January 2015 as the security appliance only retains logs for 30 days. The records for January 2015 have been overwritten.
The Commissions IT Department has analysed data extracts for the last 30 days and the data file runs to over 17.5 million entries. These entries include web access from other organisations that The Equality Commission manages within its ICT Service Level Agreements. The cost of compliance with your request would greatly exceed the appropriate costs limit - section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The data extracts show internal IP address ranges and computer usernames the disclosure of which would pose a security risk. Furthermore the data also contains personal data about individual employees which is exempt under section 40 of the Act.
As set out above the information requested is not held by the Commission and if the request was amended to cover the information currently held, the costs limit would be exceeded, it would be not be possible within the costs limit to distinguish website visits by Commission staff from visits by staff from other organisations, the personal information exemption would apply to some of the data and disclosure would pose a significant risk to the Commission's ICT security arrangements.
I enclose a copy of the Commission's ICT Acceptable Use Policy
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