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Departmental Internet

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which websites his Department's staff are blocked from accessing from departmental networked computers. (310246)

The Scotland Office shares an information technology system (SCOTS) with the Scottish Executive, which is responsible for the development, administration, maintenance, monitoring and security of the system, including the provision of hardware and software. An IT Code of Conduct is in place which provides advice and guidance to staff on safe usage of the system, along with software which blocks user access to websites in specified categories for reasons of appropriateness of content or to protect the integrity of the network. This conforms to the same standards as are set out in the HMG Security Policy Framework.