TeliaSonera takes up the battle to fight child abuse

In order to reduce the distribution of online content depicting sexual abuse of children, Telia, the leading operator in Sweden and part of TeliaSonera, is improving the technology that can block this type of material more effectively on the Internet. The company launched this initiative in November 2011 by introducing the Child Safeguard service in its network.

For many years the company has collaborated with the Swedish Police and used a technical solution that blocks websites with child sexual abuse content. The Child Safeguard service is making this work even more effective. Child Safeguard, a service provided by TeliaSonera, enables telecom operators and Internet providers to prevent access to websites with child sexual abuse images. The service is based on the international organization Internet Watch Foundation's continuous identification and registration of online child pornography.

"Making a contribution to the fight against forces that try to profit from the propagation of child sexual abuse content on the Internet is important to us. Child Safeguard gives us even greater possibilities to make their efforts more difficult," says Patrik Hiselius, Senior Advisor, Digital Rights, at TeliaSonera.

Preventing the distribution of child sexual abuse content is a significant part of TeliaSonera's corporate social responsibility. With its global IP-network TeliaSonera is in a strong position to take measures against the distribution of this type of online content, which also affects the profit incentive for producing it further.

TeliaSonera recently also announced its initiative in cooperation with the European Commission and other international operators and organizations to create a safer Internet for children and young people.

How the service works
The service denies Internet users access to URLs that have been identified with material showing child sexual abuse content. If an Internet user, voluntarily or involuntarily, tries to access one of these pages, a block page is displayed that explains to the user why the site cannot be opened. The identified Web pages are provided by an independent organization (the Internet Watch Foundation) based in the UK.