National code for mobile operators on safe use of mobile phones in slovakia for premium services
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National Code for mobile operators on safe use of mobile services
Orange Slovensko, a.s.
T-Mobile Slovensko, a.s.
Telefónica O2 Slovakia, s.r.o.
1. Contracting Parties
Orange Slovensko, a.s.
Prievozská 6/A, 821 09 Bratislava, Slovakia
Company ID No.: 35 697 270
Represented by: Ing. Pavol Lančarič PhD., member of the board of directors and managing director
The company is recorded at Companies registry of District Court Bratislava I , Section Sa, File No.
T-Mobile Slovensko, a.s.
Vajnorská 100/A, 831 03 Bratislava, Slovakia
Company ID No.: 35 705 019
Ing. Milan Vašina, managing director and holder of procuration
Ing. Ivan Bošňák, financial director and holder of procuration
The company is recorded at Companies registry of District Court Bratislava I, Section Sa, File No.
Telefónica O2 Slovakia, s.r.o.
Viedenská cesta 5, 851 01 Bratislava, Slovakia
Company ID No.: 35 848 863
Represented by: Ing. Juraj Šedivý, managing director and executive head
The company is recorded at Companies registry of District Court Bratislava I, Section Sro, File No.
(hereinafter referred jointly as “Contracting Parties” or “Mobile Operators” and independently as
“Operator” or “Mobile Operator”)
Whereas the Contracting Parties regard it as important to state the following:
mobile phones have already become a common means of communication in the whole
population of Slovakia too, including children and youth;
mobile services of operators enable for the most part only another method of access to
already existing content (pictures and video, music, debating circles etc.), which is offered
by its providers in more ways;
mobile operators control only commercial mobile content, thus the content that they
themselves produce and provide to subscribers or that they take over from third parties; they
implement indirect and retroactive control of other content only under condition of a
contractual relationship existing with third parties;
mobile operators are not in a position from which they could control content that is freely
available on the internet because no relations exist between the mobile operator and the
supplier of such content;
mobile phone provides the benefits of modern communication to all users, whilst the wide
spectrum of its functions (colour display, camera, internet browser etc.) enable access to a
wide variety of content;
mobile operators are interested in all of their subscribers and end users having access to all
information about how to use a mobile phone and its functions, as well as access to
information about the risks and possible misuse of such functions;
mobile operators as responsible companies acknowledge the need to work with customers,
end users, parents and other interested parties, including organisations for the protection of
children, in order to primarily support the security of children using mobile services;
and therefore the Contracting Parties have agreed on this national Code of secure use of mobile
services (further referred to as “Code”):
1) This Code relates only to commercial mobile content that mobile operators themselves provide to
subscribers or that they take over from contractual suppliers of mobile content (third parties).
2) Mobile operators are responsible for the mobile content within the scope according to valid
generally binding legislation and this Code.
3) Mobile operators are not responsible for third party content if in relation to such content they act
only as a provider of access or connection to mobile electronic communications network (e.g.
content available on the internet).
1) “Child” for the purposes of this Code is a person younger than 15 years old.
2) “Adult” is a person that has reached the age of 18 years, unless according to the law it has
reached adulthood earlier.
3) “Minor” is a child or youth.
4) “Youth” for the purposes of this Code is a person who has reached the age of 15 years old
but has not exceeded 18 years.
5) “Commercial mobile content” is content made accessible in Slovakia exclusively via one or
more mobile public electronic communications networks. Commercial mobile content for
the purposes of this Code is understood as being particularly content made accessible via
short numbers, released beyond the numerical scope regulated in the Numbering Plan,
issued by the Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic .
6) “Control access mechanism” is a method enabling the blocking of access to commercial
mobile content intended only for adults, either for individual subscribers or individual
telephone numbers based on the subscriber's (adult's) request or enabling of access blocked
for all subscribers based on the subscriber's (adult's) request. In both cases the subscriber's
request has to be clearly identified based on verification of his/her identity and age.
7) “Commercial mobile content intended only for adults” is commercial mobile content ranked
in common classification of content from class CS1.4 to class CS10.
8) “Common classification of content” is classification of commercial mobile content focused
on erotic, common for all contracting parties, applied in Slovakia. Its wording is contained
in an annex to this Code.
5. Control Access Mechanisms
1) The Contracting Parties undertake that after signing this Code they will not offer without
securing the possibility of controlling access, via methods of controlling access determined
in this Code, any of their own commercial mobile content that is according to the Common
classification of content determined only for adults.
2) The Contracting Parties undertake to use the methods for controlling access determined in
this Code also in relation to commercial mobile content that is according to the Common
classification of content intended only for adults and that the contractual suppliers of mobile
3) If a Mobile operator provides or enables access to commercial mobile content intended only
for adults, it is obliged to also provide the option of controlling access to it via suitable
methods for controlling access.
4) Suitable methods for controlling access to commercial mobile content are regarded as being
only such methods that within the scope of their use clearly verify the identity and age of the
subscriber or the user communicating in the matter of controlling access to services intended
only for adults. The identity and age of such a person are regarded for the purposes of this
Code as verified
a) in the case of written communication or in the case of electronic communication with
electronic signature if it states at least 1. name and surname, 2. address, customer number or
telephone number and 3. signature (or electronic signature) of the subscriber,
b) in the case of personal communication, if the subscriber who is communicating in the
matter of controlling access to services intended only for adults proves its identity to
operators with a commonly accepted proof of identity,
c) in the case of communication via means of electronic communication (voice calls, SMS
messages etc.), if a subscriber communicating in the matter of controlling access to services
intended only for adults states at least two personal details of a confidential nature (birth
certificate number, customer number etc.).
Meanwhile it is not critical whether the verification is done by the operator, a person acting
on its behalf (e.g. business representative) or a third party (e.g. post office).
5) The Operator decides at its own inclination about to what extent within the securing of
methods for controlling access to
a) block access to services intended for adults for individual subscribers or end users
or telephone numbers based on verification of request by subscriber, and to what
b) block access to services intended only for adults for all subscribers and in individual
cases frees it up based on verification of request of the subscriber (adult).
6) Information of the content provider about its suitability only for adult customers, possibly
also in combination with unverified declaration by the user about his/her age (disclaimer) is
not regarded as a suitable method of controlling access. However, it may be used beyond the
framework of methods for controlling access individually in cases when access to the given
service intended only for adults is not blocked for all subscribers.
7) This Code does not order mobile operators in any case to use a specific method for
controlling access and it does not prevent the adoption of wider technical measures for
controlling access to commercial mobile content. Each mobile operator can choose for
fulfilment of the commitments according to this Code various technical and organisational
solutions for controlling access to content.
6. Awareness and Education
1) The Mobile Operators undertake to provide basic information and consulting about how to
use mobile electronic communications services and content services, and on measures that
parents can take to protect children for appropriate and safer use of mobile electronic
2) The Mobile Operators undertake to secure a mechanism via which parents can inform the
Mobile Operator about their fears for the safety of the child in connection with the provision
of the mobile electronic services and content services.
3) The Mobile Operators undertake to support in an appropriate manner information campaigns
aimed at increasing the awareness and knowledge of its subscribers and end users about the
provision of mobile electronic communications services and content services.
4) The Mobile Operators undertake to, in an appropriate manner, share in improving the
awareness of children via specialised education material and approaches, which should
contain particularly comprehensible information about the safe use of mobile phones and the
7. Common Classification of Content
1) The Mobile Operators and contractual suppliers of mobile content have agreed on
introducing common classification for mobile content of an erotic nature. When choosing
common classification of content, corporate standards of administration were taken into
consideration along with usual approaches in means of mass communication, as well as in
accordance with generally binding legislation valid in Slovakia.
2) The common classification framework is comprised of two categories:
a) mobile content intended only for adult customers, and
b) other mobile content.
3) The Mobile Operators will ensure that common classification of content is also applied
when classifying content supplied by contractual suppliers of mobile content.
4) Common classification of content comprises an integral part of this Code, and also in a
simplified version intended for the public as well as in the full version intended for mobile
8. Co-operation of Mobile Operators after Signing the Code
1) The Mobile Operators declare that they will continue to co-operate according to their
possibilities with government authorities in fulfilling their obligations relating to the fight
against illegal content.
2) The Mobile Operators declare that they will continue to support the pertinent government
authorities and non-profit sector organisations during their activities connected with the
fight against illegal depiction of children and youth and will facilitate the reporting of such
content, communicated via mobile electronic communications networks.
3) The Mobile Operators undertake during discussions with contractual suppliers of mobile
operators, as well as during the duration of contractual relations with them, to adhere to and
apply the principles and rules of safe use of mobile services at least at the level agreed on in
9. Implementation, Consultations and Revisions
1) The Mobile Operators undertake that at the latest by 31 December 2009 they will take on
and demonstrably fulfil all obligations to which they committed in this Code.
2) No later than within 1 month from the date of signing this Code by the last of the
Contracting Parties, the Mobile Operators will publish the text of the Code on their websites
and will ensure that it is sent to GSM Europe. They will publish the text on their website
with a version of common classification of content for the public.
3) Either of the Contracting Parties is authorised in the event of doubts about adherence to or
fulfilment of obligations stated in this Code to communicate with the other Contracting
Party to the Code and to begin consultations in the given matter.
4) The Contracting Party that the consultations relate to is obliged to give the necessary
explanation within it without unnecessary delay.
5) The other Contracting Party to this Code can proceed to consultations at any time too.
6) The result of consultations is after agreement by all parties to the consultations binding
between those parties.
7) The Mobile Operators undertake that with regard to changing social needs, as well as to the
technical development of mobile services and changes to their content, they will base on
mutual agreement regularly revise and update this Code. Revisions and updates are also
possible based on the result of consultations.
1. Common Classification of Content – simplified version
2. Common Classification of Content – full version
Bratislava, 31 January 2008
On behalf of Orange Slovensko, a.s.
Orange Slovensko, a.s.
821 09 Bratislava, Slovakia
Company ID No. 35 697 270
[signature] VAT No. SK2020310578
Ing. Pavol Lančarič PhD.
Managing director and member of the board of directors
On behalf of T-Mobile Slovensko, a.s.
Ing. Milan Vašina,
Managing director and holder of procuration
Ing. Ivan Bošňák,
Financial director and holder of procuration
Bratislava, 31 January 2008
On behalf of Telefónica O2 Slovakia, s.r.o.
Ing. Juraj Šedivý
Managing director and executive head
Annex 1.: Common Classification of Content – simplified version
Annex 2.: Common Classification of Content – full version