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Internet Access (4339_13)


How many times internet pornography has been accessed on computers within your organisation for anything other than operational reasons over the last three years. Please break the figures down where possible to show separate figures for each year. If you are unable to split operation and non-operational access, please show the total.


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.

The cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

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While researching the above query our Professional Standards Department were contacted who said that they could find no record of and officer who has been dismissed or disciplined for accessing pornography on WMP computers within the last 3 years (1/1/2011 – 31/12/2013).  The relevant IT team were also contacted and they told us that West Midlands Police use a commercial internet filter to allow or deny access to internet sites based on their category. The category of pornography is denied.


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