Task Force to focus on identifying effective online safety tools and technologies
ATLANTA – February 28, 2008 –IDology Inc., an innovative provider of identity and age verification solutions, today announced that it has joined the Internet Safety Technical Task Force led by The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. The Task Force is comprised of leading Internet businesses and organizations and will focus on identifying online safety tools and technologies that can be used by many companies across multiple platforms.
Formation of this Task Force is a central element of the Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety announced last month by MySpace and the Attorneys Genearl Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking. The Task Force will evaluate a broad range of existing and state-of-the-art online safety technologies, including a review of identity authentication tools to help sites enforce minimum age requirements.
“We are excited to be a part of an important effort to address online safety issues” said John Dancu, CEO & President, IDology. “We look forward to having healthy, productive discussions with everyone so that we can all work together to create a safe online environment for our children”
The Task Force is being led by Berkman Center Executive Director John Palfrey. Members of the Task Force include more than 20 industry-leading Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, and technology companies. Along with IDology, other members include AOL, AT&T, Comcast, Google, Microsoft, MySpace, NCMEC, Symantec, Verizon, Yahoo!, and more.
“The safety concerns posed by the Internet are part and parcel of the safety concerns that arise in human interactions in the physical world. These concerns are not unique to any one service or technology platform; they are shared by the companies that provide Internet services and the individuals who use these services. We should work together – private firms, technologists, experts from the non-profit world, and leaders in government – to solve online safety issues as a joint effort,” said John Palfrey, Executive Director of The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. “We are honored to assume the leadership of this Task Force and excited to convene the broad array of interests represented by the group.”
“As a leading provider of age and identity verification solutions we believe technology plays an important role in Internet Safety,” said Dancu. “We are hopeful that by having a diverse group of organizations work together that we can spark innovation and make significant progress in keeping kids safe.”
IDology, Inc. (www.idology.com) provides real-time technology proofing solutions that verify an individual’s age and identity while maintaining consumer privacy and building trust through the responsible use of data. Our proprietary product ExpectID® validates individuals using as little information as name and address. And our industry leading ExpectID Age confirms someone’s age in customer not present environments. Through our patent-pending process and advanced technology engine, businesses can enable knowledge-based authentication to verify customers without alienating them or being labor intensive on their business. IDology helps its customers drive revenue, reduce costs and prevent fraud. For more information contact info@IDology.com.