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The figures showed the number of attempts to access porn between the months of May 2012 and July 2013

The UK has been working on strict measures that would limit or even block access to pornography, but new figures show that parliamentary staff have searched for porn hundreds of thousands of times under the Parliamentary Network servers. 

The Huffington Post UK had sent a a Freedom of Information (FOI) request regarding attempts to access pornographic websites on the Parliament's network, and the House of Commons admitted that MPs, Lords and parliamentary staff had made such attempts several times.

The figures showed the number of attempts to access porn between the months of May 2012 and July 2013. The Huffington Post UK revealed the numbers as follows:
  • May 2012: 2141
  • June 2012: 2261
  • July 2012: 6024
  • August 2012: 26,952
  • September 2012: 15,804
  • October 2012: 3391
  • November 2012: 114,844
  • December 2012: 6918
  • January 2013: 18494
  • February 2013: 15
  • March 2013: 22,470
  • April 2013: 55,552
  • May 2013: 18,346
  • June 2013: 397
  • July 2013: 15,707
The House of Commons said the above figures don't necessarily mean each attempt was intended. Sometimes there are Internet pop-ups that take you to other sites without knowing what it is. 

However, the House of Commons had no answers as to why these numbers fluctuated so much. A spokeswoman also didn't deny that pornographic pop-ups don't appear on "mainstream" websites. 

"We are not going to restrict Parliamentarians' ability to carry out research," said the spokeswoman.

These latest figures are not only disturbing to citizens because as taxpayers, they expect MPs and staff to do their jobs rather than look at porn -- but the UK has also been cracking down on citizens' access to pornography, and these numbers make the government seem hypocritical. 

Last year, the UK introduced the Online Safety Bill, which aimed to force internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile network providers to offer internet packages that exclude access to pornographic material by default.

Some UK ISPs agreed to enforce the opt-in option for pornographic material as early as last year. TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC was one of the first to agree, and now, Cameron is looking to make this a widely used method.

Just this summer, Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted all British citizens to tell their Internet service providers (ISPs) whether they'd like to opt in for filters on their computers and mobile devices. Once a household chooses to use the filters, they are applied to every computer and mobile gadget used in the home -- and they can't be turned off by the child. An adult must call their ISP and disable the filters themselves. 
He also discussed a new set of measures to accomplish a more porn-free Britain, including banning the distribution and ownership of "extreme pornography," such as violence and fake rape scenes; offering stronger filters through ISPs, and attempting to target pedophiles and rapists by creating a blacklist of search terms (which will pinpoint those who use the search terms) and allowing police forces to work with one secure database of illegal images.  

Source: BBC News

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By GulWestfale on 9/5/2013 11:29:31 AM , Rating: 4
it's all for research purposes. honest.

RE: but
By Obujuwami on 9/5/2013 11:38:45 AM , Rating: 4
Looks like more of another case of "do what I say, not what I do." When will we as a people demand leaders who actually mean what they say and say what they mean!

RE: but
By eagle470 on 9/5/2013 12:01:34 PM , Rating: 3
November 2012 was a very lonely month indeed.....

RE: but
By Adonlude on 9/5/2013 3:05:33 PM , Rating: 2
I hope the wanker responsible for November sees this article and feels ashamed of himself.

Also, whats the deal with salad cream? Is it like ranch?

RE: but
By Dr of crap on 9/5/2013 12:45:02 PM , Rating: 2
And this -
"....spokeswoman also didn't deny that pornographic pop-ups don't appear on "mainstream" websites."

I don't know of any "mainstream" web sites I go to that have ANY porn on them!

What kind of "research" are they doing!!!??!!

RE: but
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2013 12:54:55 PM , Rating: 2
besides aren't popups all automatically blocked these days?

RE: but
By Adonlude on 9/5/2013 3:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
What kind of "research" are they doing!!!??!!
Probably the kind that happened mostly in November 2012.

RE: but
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2013 12:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
This is absolutely stunning new, I hope everybody is as shocked and appalled as I am.

RE: but
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2013 12:53:20 PM , Rating: 2

Numbers don't add up
By Dribble on 9/5/2013 12:13:03 PM , Rating: 1
So in November 2012 they made 114,844 attempts, but 3 months later made 15 attempts, then next month made 22,470?

Chances are hardly any employees really attempted to access porn, and it's a lot of false positives caused by who knows what.

Also headline is misleading - it's the Parliamentary Network servers - on that will be a few mp's/lords but many many times more civil servants.

RE: Numbers don't add up
By kattanna on 9/5/2013 12:26:02 PM , Rating: 2
or.. what i take from it.. that in february and june.. no one is in the building working

RE: Numbers don't add up
By exeedorbit on 9/5/2013 3:33:01 PM , Rating: 2
This Tiffany Kaiser chick loves doing that, she posts wildly bombastic titles for her poorly written articles in order to garner the attention and hits she desires.

Given the heavy fluctuation in the data, I would imagine that a good portion of them might be false positives. Or maybe they fapped so much in Nov '12 that they poooped themselves out. Who knows.

By corduroygt on 9/5/2013 12:26:02 PM , Rating: 2
Where the entire parliament came together in a big circle jerk.

uh oh, porn
By Yojimbo on 9/5/2013 1:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
Google's gonna get them.

Very simple solution
By Shig on 9/5/2013 2:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
If they don't do their jobs fire them, if they get their work done on time STFU.

Same medicine
By Ramtech on 9/5/2013 2:59:24 PM , Rating: 2
Opt in for porn would have solved this.

By n00b 2.0 on 9/6/2013 7:40:41 AM , Rating: 2
... and could explain nov. 2012 xtreme fluctuation:

"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer

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