Mobile Phone Industry
Nowadays most people in Ireland have at least one mobile phone and new apps for products and services are being launched on a daily basis. In particular, mobile phones are often given to children for security purposes, enabling parents to keep in touch and to make sure they are safe.
The Irish Cellular Industry Association (www.icia.ie) is an alliance of the mobile operators - Meteor Mobile Communications, Three and Vodafone. The ICIA focuses on consumer related issues and seeks to build media and public credibility on behalf of the mobile industry in Ireland.
ICIA code of practice
The Irish mobile operators Code of Practice for the responsible and secure use of mobile services. The mobile operators, Three Ireland, Vodafone and Meteor have developed this Code of Practice for application in the Irish market. The Code establishes the standards which mobile operators will adhere to on the issues of Parental controls for minors' access to mobile services; malicious or offensive person to person communications, Spam, Internet access, Premium rate services and Access Controls for content services.
A parent’s guide to mobile phones
To keep parents informed of the ever-changing services available on mobile phones, the mobile operators under the backing of the Irish Cellular Industry Association (ICIA), have devised this easy reference guide.
While the guide sets out the basics of mobile phones in terms of their uses and services, its primary aim is to inform parents of some key safety tips that will encourage responsible and secure use of mobile phones by their children.
Mobile action against child sexual abuse content (child pornography)
In February 2008 the global trade association for mobile operators, the GSM Association (www.gsma.com), announced the launch of the Mobile Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Content. The objective of the Alliance is to obstruct the use of the mobile environment by individuals or organisations wishing to consume or profit from child sexual abuse content.
While the vast majority of child sexual abuse content is today accessed through conventional connections to the Internet, there is a danger that the broadband networks now being rolled out by mobile operators could be misused in the same way.
The Alliance was founded by:
- The GSMA,
- Hutchison 3G Europe,
- Mobilom Austria,
- Orange FT Group,
- Telecom Italia,
- Telenor Group,
- T-Mobile Group,
- Vodafone Group,
The Alliance aims to create significant barriers to the misuse of mobile networks and services for hosting, accessing, or profiting from child sexual abuse content. These companies have mobile operations across the world, ensuring that the Alliance will have a global impact. The Alliance aims to stem, and ultimately reverse, the growth of online child sexual abuse content, maintaining a safer mobile environment for all of their customers.
Members of the Alliance will among other measures, implement technical mechanisms to prevent access to Web sites identified by an appropriate agency as hostingchild sexual abuse content. Members will also implement Notice and Take Down processes to enable the removal of any child sexual abuse content posted on their own services while supporting and promoting 'hotlines' or other mechanisms for customers to report chld sexual abuse content discovered on the Internet or on mobile content services.
Governments need to ensure that they have the necessary resources in place to combat the spread of digital child sexual abuse content. Ideally, law enforcement authorities, or delegated international organisations, should have processes in place to be able to confirm that individual items of content are illegal. The Alliance will achieve its objectives by a combination of technical measures, co-operation and information sharing. It will also encourage all mobile operators, regardless of access technology, and the wider mobile community to participate and will interact with other industry initiatives.