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University U-turn on porn pop-up

Cardiff University has reconsidered its decision to warn RESLAN users about adult content after concerns were raised by students.

Students’ concern over the University’s decision to introduce a pop-up every time they accessed pornographic or adult web pages has caused the decision to be reversed.

SU President Harry Newman stated, “For the Union, it’s not really about the pop-up itself, as nothing privacy-wise has or had actually changed. It’s about how the message caused anxiety in its wording and, most importantly, the lack of consultation with students.”

The University displayed a warning message every time a student used the University’s internet network to access such web pages, in “an attempt to prevent offence caused by accidental viewing of offensive material.” If a student chose to view such a page, the pop-up would appear, asking if they wished to continue.

Students questioned the need for such a measure. Mr Newman pointed out that the proposal “was poorly worded and unclear as to what monitoring was taking place and potential consequences for clicking continue.”

Following the questioning of the decision, the University has withdrawn the pop-up “until further consultation has taken place with the student community.”

Mr Newman said, “The student voice is certainly listened to at Cardiff and we are very grateful for that.” He added, “It is very important for us to build on the already excellent relations with the university. This whole misunderstanding would have been avoided had the Union been invited to sit on the University Management Board.”

Kendal Archer

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