DOC staff prevented from accessing banned websites 51,000 times in one month
A DOC staff member said staff were redirected to pornographic sites from legitimate sites. Photo / 123RF
Conservation Department staff have been banned 148 times from accessing pornographic sites since the end of January.
Of the banned X-rated sites that staff attempted to enter from January 29 to today, 54 were referrals from other sites where a URL can be incorporated into a legitimate site and 94 were direct access requests.
The most popular sites staff tried unsuccessfully to click on were stripchat.com, chattypics.com and ondgk.sexboys.org which have all been blocked 14 times, according to an Official Information Act response to MediaWorks.
During July 31 and August 30, there were 51,000 attempts to access other blocked sites belonging to 19 different categories. During the six months ended in August 2019, 300,000 were stranded for security and safety reasons.
The classifications included pornography, marijuana, hacking, gambling, dating, online chatting, nudity and risky websites, malicious websites, lingerie and swimwear, illegal or contrary to ethics and brokerage and commerce, MediaWorks reported.
Rachel Bruce, deputy general manager of corporate services at DOC, told the Herald that the organization was convinced staff were not even aware that they were accessing pornographic sites.
Porn site URLs were frequently embedded into legitimate sites, which meant people could be referred or directed to blocked sites, she said. DOC’s firewall blocked links and referrals to restricted sites.
“We are confident that DOC staff are not looking for adult or X-rated websites. Access to websites is blocked in all cases.”
Last week, the government confirmed that it was going to crack down on online pornography sites.
Home Affairs Minister Tracey Martin has ordered authorities to prepare changes to the law restricting New Zealanders’ access to online pornography in hopes that the proposals will be presented before next year’s election .
Emphasis was placed on policy options to prevent harm to children and young people from online pornography.