Detention Centres: Internet

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd July 2014.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which websites detainees in each immigration detention centre are blocked from accessing.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The details of individual blocked websites are not held centrally and could be obtained only by examination of information held at each immigration removal centre (IRC) at disproportionate cost.

Internet access is not standardised across all IRCs although a review of access is being undertaken to address this.

Suppliers operating IRCs on behalf of the Home Office use specialised software which screens out prohibited categories of sites or sites whose addresses contain prohibited key words rather than blocking individual website addresses. Prohibited categories are based on safety and security concerns, for example potential terrorist or pornographic sites.

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