The following announcement is information from UPC Ireland before the move to Virgin Media.
UPC first major ISP to introduce safeguard measures for child sexual abuse material
Memorandum of Understanding signed with An Garda Síochána
Promoting safe and responsible use of online technology
Dublin, Monday 10th November 2014 – The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Garda Commissioner, Noirín O’Sullivan and Magnus Ternsjö, CEO of UPC, today announced that UPC is the first broadband service provider in Ireland to restrict access to domain names containing child sexual abuse material, effective immediately.
The announcement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UPC and An Garda Síochána. Under the MOU, UPC will restrict access to domains or URLs (internet addresses) containing child sexual abuse material based on the list provided by An Garda Síochána. If a user tries to access child sexual abuse material whether deliberately or mistakenly, a Garda advisory message will be displayed outlining the reasons why.
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. offered her congratulations to the Commissioner, to the Gardaí and to UPC on this notable achievement. The Minister said that she was aware that the launch of the new initiative resulted from a lot of very hard work on the part of An Garda Siochána and UPC over a long period of time.
The Minister said that child abuse is a heinous crime and its depiction on the internet compounds the offence. The close cooperation with law enforcement which was launched today will reduce the amount of child abuse material which will be available on the internet in Ireland. It will also reinforce the message that the viewing or possession of or indeed the trading in child abuse material is simply not acceptable.
She commended UPC for being the first company to engage in this initiative with the Gardaí and hoped that other companies would follow suit in this very worthy endeavour.
Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan said: “We welcome UPC putting in place this valuable restriction. They have put significant time and resources into this project. Other ISPs have indicated they want to sign-up to a similar restriction and we look forward to signing MOUs with them. This initiative will play an important role in tackling the use of child sexual abuse material online and dissuade some people from accessing it. However, we fully recognise that others who wish to view, distribute and make this vile material will use different means to access it and spread it online. As such, this restriction is just one of a range of measures that An Garda Síochána is using to combat the production, distribution and possession of child sexual abuse material on the Internet.”
UPC Ireland CEO, Magnus Ternsjö said, “The rapid expansion of digital technologies, coupled with the changing needs of consumers, has brought considerable value to our global society, as well as unprecedented challenges. This partnership underlines our commitment to work alongside law enforcers, to help raise awareness of uniquely objectionable material while staying safe and fully enjoy the benefits of the online world. We are pleased to work with An Garda Síochána and the Government on this important initiative. The involvement of key stakeholders such as ISPs is a legitimate way forward for the Gardai to deal with such matters.”
UPC adheres fully to Data Protection legislation and it should be noted that the Memorandum of Understanding does not provide for any transfer of user data to the authorities. The IP address and identity of a person trying to access domains is not stored when the blocking notice appears. UPC does not make user data available to any external parties except where required to do so by law.
Anna Maria Barry, UPC Ireland, Tel. 086 227 2072 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Kinsella MKC Communications, Tel. 086 8137512 email@example.com
Andrew McLindon, Director of Communications, An Garda Síochána, Tel: 01 666 2031 / Mobile: 086 8289279
Notes to Editor:
A domain name locates an organization or other entity on the Internet, for example www.garda.ie