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Freedom to browse

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

VODAFONE chief executive officer Aslam Khan said his organisation does not monitor internet sites its customers visit.

"We allow complete freedom of choice to our customers to browse the internet in the way they choose to do so. Any monitoring or prying into the internet sites our customers visit without any legal basis would be an intrusion and breach of consumer confidentiality," he said.

"Unfortunately, large volumes of traffic to pornographic sites may be a global phenomenon. However, that in itself does not provide sufficient defence to network and internet service providers."

Mr Khan said Vodafone was aware and understood its corporate social responsibilities as a service provider.

"We always advise parents to be vigilant of their kids' use of internet. We also encourage parents to learn about today's technologies to be able to better monitor and restrict their children's internet usage. There is a degree of responsibility on the part of the parents to be aware of what their kids are up to. One cannot just shy away from these responsibilities blaming the service providers. There are internet monitoring tools such as "cyber cop" or "net nanny" which parents can purchase and install on the computers to restrict the sites underage children can or cannot access."

"The technologies of today provide benefits if used responsibly and also opens up abuse if it lands in the wrong hands. We just have to manage the way we use this to ensure we maximise on the good and prevent or reduce the impact of the negative aspects."


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