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Netintelligence undergoes PAS 74 Accreditation

05/04/09

Submits Parental Control Solution for evaluation
Recognising the role of parents and carers in developing a safe Internet environment, a subgroup of the Home Secretary’s Task Force for Child Protection was created in 2003 to specifically consider rating, filtering and monitoring products (access control systems) for use in the home. The subgroup decided to develop a third party conformity certification scheme against which access control systems could be tested, providing impartial advice to parents on product features, capabilities, ease of use and confidence in their quality.

Netintelligence was involved in the shaping of the resultant specification and has now submitted its Parental Control solution for accreditation.

PAS 74 specifies requirements for products, services, tools and other systems that allow UK adult Internet users to easily control children’s access to inappropriate Internet-based content and services.

It specifies requirements on:

• Ease of installation, configuration and use
• Effectiveness
• Minimum features
• Ease of updating
• Quality of instructions
• Consumer communications and support.

By using a certified product or service, parents/carers will have confidence in the ability of the access control system to:

• Block inappropriate content
• Block communications via Internet-based services that are inappropriate
• Prevent unauthorized users from changing or disabling the access control settings
• Provide an appropriate level of protection (as specified by this PAS) upon implementation/installation either through the use of default settings or configuration in accordance with user documentation
• Configure the product or service where such a capability is offered
• Remain up to date (within the terms of any licensing or subscription requirements)

Marc Kelly, Channel Manager, Netintelligence stated: “We have always recognised the importance of a formal standard for parental control solutions, and this was demonstrated by the work that we did back in 2005 in assisting the task force with the specification criteria. We have found over the past few months that more and more service providers are requesting that child/home safety internet solutions are PAS74 compliant, so it obviously gaining a wider recognition as an Industry standard."

“We have submitted our Parental Control Solution for formal accreditation under PAS74 and look forward to hearing the outcome in the next few weeks.”

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