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Departmental Internet

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which websites her Department's staff are blocked from accessing on departmental networked computers. (310052)

The Cabinet Office Corporate IT System accesses the Internet via the Government Secure Intranet (GSI) services as provided by Cable and Wireless.

In order to enforce the Cabinet Office HR ‘Appropriate Usage Policy' for our IT systems we additionally use the website blocking system Websense Web Filter. The Websense Web Filter provides a list of categories to be blocked and URLs of sites within the category are updated on a daily basis. We use this to block the categories rather than specific web sites.