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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

UAE regulator closes cellphone internet censorship loophole
Du and Etisalat are reported to have now blocked cellphone access to banned sites.

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.

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