Parliament staff and visitors tried to access the Grindr dating site more than 250,000 times in a month
In December of last year, more than 1,000 attempts were made to log into the dating site Tinder, and others like Fab Swingers, Swinging Heaven, Gaydar and YouPorn also recorded hundreds of visits.
House of Commons staff and visitors attempted to access the gay dating site Grindr more than 250,000 times in a single month.
Employees are prohibited from accessing the Dating Page and Explicit Sites from internal computers.
But new data revealed that they still try to check them regularly.
An access to information request revealed a snapshot of internet traffic spanning several months last year.
Computer scientists record all websites visited by Members of Parliament, Lords and their staff, including the addresses of sites blocked by software.
In December of last year, more than 1,000 attempts to log into the dating site Tinder were made.
And the gay site Grindr received 272,000 hits.
Others like Fab Swingers, Swinging Heaven, Gaydar, and YouPorn also recorded hundreds of hits.
A dating site for transvestites and their admirers has also been tapped almost 500 times and the Adultwork escort site has been visited over 100 times.
Experts also recorded nearly 3,000 attempted visits to a hardcore gay porn site.
Cheeky users have also made thousands of attempts to access sites that could allow them to dodge the systems in place to filter out banned web pages in the first place.
In response to a request from FOI, the Information Rights and Information Security Department of the House of Commons: “The information below covers both chambers and all users of the parliamentary network, eg Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords, their staff, staff of House administrations. and users of non-parliamentary networks participating in parliamentary work.
“The data also includes users of the guest wi-fi service as of May 2016.”
A Parliament spokesperson said: “All adult websites are blocked on Parliament’s computer network. The vast majority of ‘attempts’ to access are unintentional. Data shows ‘requests’ for access to websites, not visits – a significant number of these “attempts” that the computer user would not even be aware of.
“There are 8,500 computers on the parliamentary network, which are used by MPs, peers, their staff and staff from both chambers. This data also covers personal devices used when connected to guest Wi-Fi in the House. Parliament.”