The Scottish Parliament receives numerous Freedom of Information requests each year in relation to the access of websites by the users of Scottish Parliament computers.
We are able to provide the top 15 websites visited by all parliament users, by month, for each year. However, while we hold full logs of internet activity from within our networks, these are held in a raw state and our IT tools are not designed to interrogate them. As such we cannot, for example, record how many attempts have been made to access websites at the Scottish Parliament, or which websites individual users have accessed etc. - we are therefore unable to provide such information.
In light of these requests, and in the interests of being open and transparent, we took the decision to routinely publish on the Scottish Parliament website, the top 15 websites visited by all parliament users, on a quarterly basis, in order to make this information publicly available for the previous 12 months. A link to this information can be found below.
There are a number of prohibited items that are not permitted on the parliamentary estate by the members of public during their visit. Those items identified through the search process are confiscated (retained) by security staff and a receipt is issued allowing that item to be returned on their departure.
Those items that are not collected are retained and recorded, further details are available below.