AdaptiveMobile Urges Mobile Operators Worldwide to Follow US Example to Combat Online Child Sex Abuse

13 June 2008 – Dublin, Ireland – AdaptiveMobile (www.adaptivemobile.com), the leading security provider of mobile subscriber protection for enterprises and individuals, today urged mobile operators worldwide to follow the example led by the United States, where this week three of the largest internet services providers
– Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable – committed $1 million to help block access to child pornography sites and bulletin boards, marking a first move of ISPs giving into government pressures of ‚policing‘ the Internet.
 
Lorcan Burke, CEO of AdaptiveMobile comments: „This is a real step in the right direction to combat the growing presence of illegal and exploitative child content online. However, it is crucial that these efforts are extended into the mobile environment, which has seen major growth in illegal content globally over the last year, as the number of mobile subscribers accessing the internet via their phones continues to rise rapidly.
 
„The US has taken a critical first step to stop child pornography on the Internet, and we call for service providers worldwide to take a similar approach to eliminate this content on mobile devices as well as PCs. There has been an ongoing discussion about responsibilities between governments and ISPs in recent years in many countries, with ISPs resisting the need to ‚police‘ the Internet with the argument of freedom of expression. However, the story with child pornography is black and
white: it is immoral, illegal and needs to be stopped.
 
„Protecting children and stopping the proliferation of this material needs to be a global effort, with service providers at the helm. By not taking mobile into account, however, the industry risks seeing a „platform jump:“ in which these sites move onto mobile. We encourage mobile service providers to extend these blocks and to involve groups that have an in-depth knowledge of these threats to children, such as the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). Many adult pornographic sites are already being accessed using mobile technology – I can only hope that this doesn’t accelerate the trend to include illegal content by forcing if off of the PC“
 
AdaptiveMobile’s parental controls are already being deployed by a number of mobile phone operators worldwide. This enables them to safeguard their infrastructure and deliver appropriate controls, ensuring a safe mobile experience for teenagers and children. Its Policy Control Framework sits on the network and protects subscribers against illegal or inappropriate content, unsolicited or unauthorised communications. It works across all mobile services (WAP, SMS, MMS, email), all forms of access (Mobile, WiFi, WiMax) and media including mobile internet, text, images, music, voice and video.
 
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About AdaptiveMobile
AdaptiveMobile is the leading mobile security provider of unified customer protection for enterprises and individuals. The company offers comprehensive proactive protection from the increasingly prominent threat of mobile viruses, malware, inappropriate content, unsolicited communications and spam at a corporate and consumer level. AdaptiveMobile’s software works across all mobile and wireless bearers, for all technologies including messaging, internet and video.
 
AdaptiveMobile was founded in 2003 and boasts some of the world’s largest mobile operators as customers and the leading security and telecom equipment vendors as partners. The company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in the North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
 
More information is available at www.adaptivemobile.com
 
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Title:            AdaptiveMobile Urges Mobile Operators
Worldwide to Follow US Example to Combat Online Child Sex Abuse
Re:   AdaptiveMobile
Date:   13/06/2008

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