The GSM Association today launched the Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content. The aim of the alliance is to prevent the access to child abuse content through mobile phones.
Network operators from more than fifty countries, including Hutchison 3G, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Telefonica/O2 have agreed to cooperate in blocking child abuse content being accessed via mobile.
European commissioner for information society and media Viviane Reding said it was the responsibility of the industry to make sure mobile technologies are not used for illegal practices.
‘In order to protect the positive sides [of the technology] we need to get rid of the abuse,’ she said, adding ‘this is important to me because I am a mother.’
With the increasing use of mobiles as an access point to the internet, blocking access to child pornography is relevant to the mobile industry, said Craig Ehrlich, chairman of the GSMA.
‘This type of content is mostly accessed via the internet, but this could change soon. For many countries the mobile networks will be the main access to the internet,’ he said.
Members of the alliance will share technology and intelligence on child abuse content to prevent this to be accessed through mobile phones.
Executive vice president at Orange Birgite Bourgoin said: ‘We are fully determined and supporting the intention of the alliance. We have been quite active in this field already. In the UK there have been initiatives by all the operators in co-operation with national agencies. We see this issue as a very important one.’