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Vodafone protects minors from inappropriate web content

26. June 2008

As the first operator in the Czech Republic to do so, Vodafone protects minors from inappropriate web content and automatically blocks access to Internet pages that contain illegal content to all its customers. Vodafone customers can also use the new ‘Page Blocker’ service for adults, which effectively limits child access to WAP and websites, audiotext and premium SMS services that contain inappropriate content, such as erotica, violence, drugs and alcohol, gambling, weapons and racism, etc. “We regard child pornography and the promotion of racism as having enough socially dangerous content that we automatically block access to those pages for all our customers,” says Přemysl Filip, Senior Manager for Corporate Responsibility at Vodafone Czech Republic, and adds: “The ‘Page Blocker’ service is a reaction to the growing demand from parents for help in protecting their children from the inappropriate content that lurks in both the Internet and mobile worlds.” The Vodafone SIM cards of those who use data tariffs on their mobiles or computers are connected to a database of thousands of illegal and tens of thousands of inappropriate websites. A special content analyzer is activated whenever any Vodafone user accesses a site that had been previously unrated by the system.

As the first operator in the Czech Republic to do so, Vodafone protects minors from inappropriate web content and automatically blocks access to Internet pages that contain illegal content to all its customers. Vodafone customers can also use the new ‘Page Blocker’ service for adults, which effectively limits child access to WAP and websites, audiotext and premium SMS services that contain inappropriate content, such as erotica, violence, drugs and alcohol, gambling, weapons and racism, etc.

“We regard child pornography and the promotion of racism as having enough socially dangerous content that we automatically block access to those pages for all our customers,” says Přemysl Filip, Senior Manager for Corporate Responsibility at Vodafone Czech Republic, and adds: “The ‘Page Blocker’ service is a reaction to the growing demand from parents for help in protecting their children from the inappropriate content that lurks in both the Internet and mobile worlds.”

The Vodafone SIM cards of those who use data tariffs on their mobiles or computers are connected to a database of thousands of illegal and tens of thousands of inappropriate websites. A special content analyzer is activated whenever any Vodafone user accesses a site that had been previously unrated by the system. If the site falls into either the illegal or inappropriate categories, it is added to the database within 48 hours.

1. The automatic blocking of web pages with illegal content

As of today, the Vodafone network automatically blocks mobile access to web pages containing illegal content, especially:

  • child pornography
  • the support and promotion of movements directed at the repression of human rights and freedoms

2. The ‘Page Blocker’ for adults

This free service enables all of our customers to block their children’s access, for example, to inappropriate content:

  • erotica and pornography
  • on-line sex directories
  • gambling and lotteries
  • weapons and violence
  • drugs and alcohol
  • peer-to-peer networks

You can use this service to block inappropriate content from:

  • the Vodafone live! portal
  • websites
  • premium SMS and audiotext services

Vodafone works with FastData and the international non-profit, the Internet Watch Foundation http://www.iwf.org.uk/, which continuously monitors the Internet, looking for inappropriate or illegal content and from this, creates a “black list”, so Internet and mobile service providers can block access to questionable pages.

From today, Vodafone also enables safe Internet access from any device. Complete secure Internet is built upon the previous activities of Vodafone. For example, the “Child Profile,” which restricts access to erotic content on the Vodafone live! portal and the blocking of premium service numbers (prefixes 900, 906 and 909).