Information pertaining to access to gambling websites: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

I would like to access the following information collected between 7 May 2021 and the date of the response to this request:

  • How many connections were made (or attempted to be made) from networks in Scottish Government buildings to gambling/betting websites (such as but not limited to Sky Bet, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes) and in the above time frame.
  • Please detail dates, times and length of the access time of any connections made in the time frame specified.
  • Please confirm whether the Scottish Government IT system allows access to such gambling/betting websites.


The Scottish Government web access policies block access to all websites categorised as 'Gambling' by our perimeter technology. This covers all internal and external Scottish Government network access
and blocks direct or in-direct connections to blocked categories.

As such, there were zero connections made to sites categorised as 'Gambling'.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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