Consultation now Open: Appropriate Filtering and Monitoring for Education Settings

21 May 2019 Helen Cole

The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) has reviewed its ‘appropriate’ filtering and monitoring definitions and is publishing these as a draft for consultation. The definitions aim to help both schools and providers understand what is considered ‘appropriate’. The consultation is open to industry, schools and the public until 14th June 2019. 

Following the introduction of statutory guidance, UKSIC first published its filtering and monitoring definitions in 2016 to help both schools and providers understand what should be considered as ‘appropriate’. 

The UK Safer Internet Centre has undertaken a review of the definitions of appropriate filtering for schools. These have been published as draft for consultation until June 14th 2019.  The definitions for appropriate monitoring remain unchanged.

The changes being proposed in 2019 include:

  • Under the Investigatory Power Act 2016, providers are required to retain logfile information detailing browsing history and schools should be clear about the data retention policy of their provider
  • Introduction to System Features of: Circumvention – affording providers to outline how their solution might manage ‘DNS over https’

The consultation is now closed.  The final 2019 revisions will be published shortly.

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