800 Porn Site Requests Made From UK Parliament Network Every Day

By Gary Cutlack on at

It looks like our MPs have been conducting some serious research into the amounts of shocking pornography available on the internet, with a freedom of information request revealing that a staggering 300k requests for sites categorised as "porn" were made over the last year from Parliament computers.

The stats come via the Palace of Westminster's IT department, and covers internet use made within Parliament and connected to the Parliamentary network, including hardware used by MPs, their staff and anyone else with the relevant clearance and the passwords of power.

Interestingly, there's a massive monthly variation in requests by month. In November, 114,844 requests to view pornographic sites were recorded, a number that dropped to just 15 in February and lowers the average to around 800 a day. Which suggests someone had a quiet word, or perhaps that a test version of Cameron's porn filter is now in use?

A Commons spokesperson denied this was worthy of any outrage, saying: "We do not consider the data to provide an accurate representation of the number of purposeful requests made by network users due to the variety of ways in which websites can be designed to act, react and interact and due to the potential operation of third party software."

Which is basically saying "I just clicked on a link someone sent me." [Guardian]

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