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By DeusExMacintosh

UK parliament makes 300,000 attempts to view porn

More than 300,000 attempts were made to access pornographic websites at the Houses of Parliament in the past year, official records suggest. It is unclear whether MPs, peers or other staff are responsible, House of Commons officials said.

The figures were not all “purposeful requests” and may have been exaggerated by third-party software and websites that reload themselves, they added. About 5,000 people work on the parliamentary estate.

The data was released following a Freedom of Information request by Huffington Post UK, which published the story with the headline Oh Yes, Minister!

However, the figures vary wildly: in November, there were 114,844 attempts to access websites classed as pornographic, but just 15 in February…

Prime Minister David Cameron announced in July that most households in the UK would have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they chose to receive it. Online pornography was “corroding childhood” and “distorting” children’s understanding of sex and relationships, he argued.

The UK’s biggest internet service providers have agreed to the filters scheme meaning it should cover 95% of homes.

BBC News


  1. Marks
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I once did a search for ‘black brute’ brand of polyethylene pipe. That was before Google was as clever as it is nowadays.


  2. Marks
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I might add that also in the small print of its “Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children”, The Coalition is going to filter the internet for us.

    So we won’t have to worry ourselves about seeing anything we are not supposed to.

  3. Posted September 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Yes, they’ve been talking about introducing something similar in the UK.

    Obviously most of those hits must have been school kids logging into the parliamentary wifi while on their excursions to visit the seat of democracy.

  4. Marks
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Be careful or you will have to call yourself


  5. Posted September 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    One way to up our hits for advertising purposes, I suppose… but the spam bin would be pretty toxic to empty.

  6. Mt ISa Miner
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    The government has no business snooping into peoples reading/ watching material except for tracking crime- they can sort that out on their own.

    BUT and it is a bit one- this is my personal experience , not knowing much about tech I tried to google how to burn movies on to a hard drive for the various kids to take on holidays- I hadn’t even finished typing in the sentence when waves of explicit porn started rolling in. Hard core movies.

    The pc virus buster/security which is updated etc etc was battling them – I could see it happening in real time it would clear the screen and then incoming again. Even after tuning it off it happening when I started it up.

    Do you think my story was believed when I had to take the pc to have it’s hard drive wiped and everything reinstalled by a mate? Did I mention my better half was away for a week? Yeah, sure!!

    What if this happened to a kid instead of middle aged me? it’s a tricky business.

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