UAE regulator closes cellphone internet censorship loophole

TRA orders UAE operators to stop smartphone users from being able to access blocked websites after complaints from parents

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UAE regulator closes cellphone internet censorship loophole Du and Etisalat are reported to have now blocked cellphone access to banned sites.
By Staff Writer Published  December 28, 2009

The UAE's telecoms regulator has moved to close a loophole that allowed users of smartphones to access banned websites, after complaints from parents that children were using the devices to access pornographic websites.

The head of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Mohammed Al Ghanim, told UAE newspaper the National that the authority "received a large number of complaints from parents".

Al Ghanim said smartphones such as RIM's Blackerry devices and Apple's iPhone were able to bypass the proxy server that prevents fixed internet users from accessing websites that are prohibited.

It was reported that a technical solution has been found and that the loophole has now been closed after the TRA ordered the UAE's two telecom operators, Etisalat and Du, to stop smartphone users from bypassing the proxy.

3367 days ago

How parents buy for their children a business device like black berry...!!!!! These kind of parents should be censored for impropher parenting.

3368 days ago

... and why are such handsets in the possession of youngsters again? Where are the role of parents here? Blackberry and other expensive smartphones are for business users and not juveniles. Parents should exert efforts not to indulge their youngsters too much.

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