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
Women Unprotected As Supreme Court Drops Restraining Orders

Women Unprotected As Supreme Court Drops Restraining Orders

by

Iceland’s Supreme Court has dropped a restraining order against a man who is suspected of physically abusing his ex-partner and recently confessed to sending graphic sexually explicit videos of her to her work colleagues, reports Vísir. “I was in shock,” said Juliane Ferguson of the verdict. “I thought that the court was allowing him to be the victim instead of seeing who really was the victim, and that he had more rights than the victim.” Juliane has been living in Kvennaathvarfið – a women’s shelter for victims of domestic abuse – after being allegedly attacked by her now ex-partner in

News
Woman Rescued From Harbour In Medically Induced Coma

Woman Rescued From Harbour In Medically Induced Coma

by

The woman whose car ended up in Reykjavík Harbour last week and spent 30 minutes in the sea before being pulled out, remains in the ICU in a medically induced coma, reports Vísir. As reported, the unnamed woman was rescued from her sunken car in Reykjavík harbour last Monday and transferred to the National University Hospital. Divers continued to search the water after the woman was rescued before it was established that she had been alone and a crane pulled her vehicle from the harbour. Eye witnesses reported seeing the trunk of the vehicle open as the car went over the edge

News
Cat Burglar Caught! Cats Reunited With Owner

Cat Burglar Caught! Cats Reunited With Owner

by

Metropolitan Police tracked down the pantless cat burglar who stole three Bengal cats last week, reports RÚV. The three stolen Bengal cats have been reunited with their owner, cat breeder Ólafur Sturla Njálsson, who has been using social media to petition for their return since they were taken from his home. The Metropolitan Police – whose only physical evidence was an abandoned bra and a pair of leopard print sweatpants – managed to track the thief down to a house in Reykjavík last night and collect the cats. Ólafur Sturla, who picked the cats up from the police station last

News
Google Handed Journalists’ Private Emails To The FBI

Google Handed Journalists’ Private Emails To The FBI

by

As recently disclosed and widely reported, journalist and Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson is one of the three staff members at Wikileaks, whose email communication Google handed over to the US’ FBI in March 2012, without informing those targeted until Christmas Eve 2014. The search warrant was issued by a federal judge, at the request of a prosecutor, along with a gag order. The other targeted members of Wikileaks’s staff, according to the disclosed materials, are Sarah Harrison and Joseph Farrell. According to Wikileaks investigations editor, Sarah Harrison, interviewed by Deutsche Welle, the information sought and acquired by the CIA consisted

News
Happy Syriza, Greece!

Happy Syriza, Greece!

by

Syriza won! Meanwhile, in Iceland, nothing worth mentioning seems currently up for debates. If debates don’t exist, we have to invent them. Morgunblaðið and some other media seem to be seriously concerned about the existence of single parents, as a social hazard. I don’t believe anyone responsible for such writing is actually, him or herself, seriously concerned. Since former Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson became the paper’s editor-in-chief, making the once somewhat respectable medium into the most expensive, and most self-defensive, blog in Europe, its readership has steadily diminished. According to recent polls, the paper now has fewer readers than Bændablaðið

News
Pantless Cat Burglar Still On The Prowl

Pantless Cat Burglar Still On The Prowl

by

The pantless cat burglar who stole 3 Bengal cats from a cat breeder last week remains uncaught, reports RÚV. At first it was believed that 4 cats were stolen but one of the cats – a male by the name of Kiss Me – was found over the weekend. It seems that the frightened Kiss Me managed to hide while the other cats where taken. As reported, someone broke into the Nátthaga Bengalkettir cat enclosure and stole a cage and four cats. In the midst of the cat burglar’s escape however, the get-away car got stuck in a snowbank and

Show Me More!