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Departmental Internet

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which websites his Department's staff are prevented from accessing from departmental networked computers. (311841)

The Department for Transport has an acceptable use policy that restricts unsuitable websites. It is not practical to list all individual blocked websites due to the numbers involved, but the main categories blocked by the Department and its agencies are as follows:

Adult or sexually explicit (including pornography, nudity and intimate apparel)

Crime and violence (including weapons, hate crime, historical revisionism and profanity)

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

Gambling

Personal (including dating, social networking, chat, messaging, lifestyle and auctions)

Remote proxies

Entertainment/culture (including internet TV/radio, streaming media and media downloads/sharing).