Vodafone Clarifies Position On Filtering Content

Published September 12, 2012

In response to a story Grapevine reported about Vodafone possibly blocking access to porn and gambling sites, a spokesperson for Vodafone explained in further detail what ideas are – and are not – on the table.
On Monday, Grapevine reported on a story from RÚV which stated that Iceland’s two largest ISPs, Vodafone and Síminn, were considering blocking customer access to porn and gambling sites, justifying the idea as a defence against malware. Today, Vodafone spokesperson Hrannar Pétursson wrote to the Grapevine to clarify his company’s position:

1. Vodafone is not planning to block access to any material online.
2. We have never said that a „block, if enforced, would be a way to protect customers from viruses and malware that frequently run rampant on porn and gambling sites” as stated.
3. The Grapevine story was written from a story from RUV, which again was made from radio discussions on the Online Safety Bill now being discussed in the UK. During the radio discussions I said, that Vodafone had considered to have its Online Filtering Service default on all connection. Instead of having to turn the filter on customers who choose would have to turn the filter off, using their self-service page. This would not require them to list the sites they want access to and would happen without any interference by us.
4. It is incorrect that „customers could still request access to such sites … but doing so would require users to tell their ISP what risqué sites they want to visit.“ Customers would use their self-service page to turn the filtering off.
5. If – and I repeat – these discussion will lead to any actions at all, users would control their access themselves by using their self-service page.
Overall the story is based on mis-understanding.
It is as important for us, as it is for your readers, that the key messages in the story are corrected as soon as possible.



News
#FreeTheNipple Fun At The Swimming Pool

#FreeTheNipple Fun At The Swimming Pool

by

Mammary glands were on display at Reykjavík’s Laugardalslaug swimming pool last night as women streamed in to end #FreeTheNipple day with

News
Iceland Tweets #ReasonsToQuitFacebook After Nipple Ban

Iceland Tweets #ReasonsToQuitFacebook After Nipple Ban

by

Following Iceland’s viral #FreeTheNipple campaign yesterday a number of Icelanders – even this very publication – found themselves banned or

News
Facebook Does Not Want To #FreeTheNipple, Bans Reykjavík Grapevine

Facebook Does Not Want To #FreeTheNipple, Bans Reykjavík Grapevine

by

UPDATE [01:20] The ban has been lifted! Grapevine articles are back on SkyNet. Thank all of you who RT’d and reported

News
Permission To Use Flag To Sell Products Could Be Expanded

Permission To Use Flag To Sell Products Could Be Expanded

by

A bill from the Prime Minister would, if passed, expand how the Icelandic flag may be used for commercial purposes.

News
EU Referendum Still On The Table, Says Finance Minister

EU Referendum Still On The Table, Says Finance Minister

by

Independence Party chairperson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson told parliament today that a national referendum on EU accession could still

News
At The University Of Iceland, Support For #FreetheNipple Is Subtle, Yet Firm

At The University Of Iceland, Support For #FreetheNipple Is Subtle, Yet Firm

by

You might have noticed that the internet has been collectively LOSING IT’S FREAKING MIND over the #FreeTheNipple movement. With the exception

Show Me More!