Pornography, social media, and gambling among websites logged on Oireachtas internet history

Pornography, gambling, and social media websites all featured among the pages visited by some of those who used the internet in both Houses of Oireachtas last year.

Netflix, Facebook , Paddy Power, and the Irish Mirror were all logged on the browsing activity of staff on the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, as well as journalists, visitors and contractors - writes dublinlive.ie

The websites were logged over a four-month period between last September and January on software configured to block access requests considered inappropriate for use on the Oireachtas wifi.

According to a Houses of the Oireachtas spokesman, none of the sites were visited by politicians, their staff, or the staff of political parties, as logs don't record their internet usage.

Various pornographic websites also featured on the log, as did websites for tattoos, weapons, gaming, shopping, insurance, and travel.

The spokesman also said that many websites may have been visited unintentionally, as some of the data in the logs may have been generated by automatic links via pop-ups or viruses.

He added that the logging system for Leinster House also blocks all attempts at banned websites, which those using the wifi are prevented from accessing via special software.

The spokesman said: "Sites are blocked based on the category assigned to it by our software (e.g. pornography, extreme, incidental nudity, nudity, profanity, sexual materials)."

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