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Police Authorities and Search Engines Form Alliance to Beat Child Pornography – Swedish Picsearch Blocks Access to Child Pornography on the Internet

Stockholm, Sweden (PRWEB) July 12, 2007

It was announced today that Picsearch will be the first search engine to form an alliance with police authorities with an aim to decrease the sexual exploitation of children around the world. The police authorities will frequently provide Picsearch and other selected search engines with a list of identified websites with commercial child pornography. All indexed pages matching the list from the police will deleted from the searchable databases, decreasing the risk for end-users to find child pornography.

Stefan Kronqvist, Head of IT Crime Section of the Swedish National Criminal Police, says, -By incorporating the list of child pornography websites within the Picsearch search services, which contain over 1.7 billion images, we can prevent the user from finding images of abused children. This will lead to a decrease in the number of new visitors on child pornography websites.

Search engines are the most popular and the most powerful tools for Internet users to find information and entertainment online. Most people have online access today and among young people the PC is considered to be more important than the TV (eMarketer July 2007).

Robert Risberg, CEO at Picsearch, says: – We believe that every search engine has a responsibility to limit the ability to find child pornography. We invite all our colleagues within the search industry to join us.

National police authorities in many countries have for the past couple of years backed a voluntary cooperation with local Internet providers in which the police block the access to a number of known sites with commercial child pornography. The new cooperation between the police authorities and search engines will expand the effectiveness dramatically. Another major improvement is that the work done by the police in Sweden will be implemented in all search engines using Picsearch technology around the world. The full implementation of this project will be completed in August.

About Picsearch

Picsearch AB (publ) is a premium provider of image and multimedia search services. The services are market leading in relevancy and family friendliness. Picsearch powers several leading Internet sites as well as its own Internet properties. Picsearch was founded in 2000, is privately held and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. For more information please visit http://www.picsearch.com.

About the IT section of the Swedish Criminal Police

The IT section of the Swedish Criminal Police focuses on investigations involving IT criminality. The section also develops methods for securing evidence in IT investigations. An important part of the IT section is the Child protection team whose main objective is to protect children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. The cooperation with search engines is a part of the team’s effort to stop recruitment of new criminals of child pornography.

For more information please contact:

Carl Sarnstrand, Communications Manager at Picsearch

Tel: +46 73 204 14 79

E-mail: carl.sarnstrand @ picsearch.com

Information from the Swedish Criminal Police:



VirtualPiggy To Provide Parent-Controlled And Approved Online Access For Youth Through In-Game Payment Solutions Specialist, Xsolla

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 03, 2011

Virtual Piggy, Inc. (OTCBB: VPIG) today announced that they have entered into an agreement to provide the VirtualPiggy service to the gaming community through Xsolla, which provides in-game payment solutions worldwide. This will provide the ability for any online or PC-download game companies partnered with Xsolla to transact with the global youth market in a secure COPPA-compliant manner.

VirtualPiggy gives parents the technology to allow their children to safely make online purchases – without revealing their name or age. Parents can monitor or approve purchases so they remain in control while helping their child to learn about money the service is free for parents, they simply create a VirtualPiggy account.

Albert Donahue, Vice President and Co-Founder of Xsolla stated:

The gaming industry continues to target youth for their love of interactive entertainment- working with VirtualPiggy will help parents looking to teach their children financial responsibility and will help our gaming partners to have the opportunity to help parents retain control and ensure that their kids enjoy their games safely.

We understand that parents decide how money will be spent with regard to games; by having parents’ trust, it will increase payment conversion rates and reduce chargebacks. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved in the process.

VirtualPiggy will be integrated into the Xsolla in-game monetization framework and will be available to all of Xsolla’s partners serving the global youth market.

Xsolla works with over 300 game publishers- many of these publishers provide high quality online games for the U18 (under 18) audience, and we are delighted that Xsolla has chosen VirtualPiggy to provide a parent-controlled e commerce solution for their youth market, stated Dr. Jo Webber, Chairman of VirtualPiggy.

About Xsolla:

Xsolla specializes in online games, providing localized in-game payment solutions for global reach. Xsolla has been providing payment solutions with easy integration and high payment conversion rates for over 6 years. Xsolla’s headquarters are in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Xsolla partners with over 200 payment service providers offering credit and prepaid cards, mobile payments, e-wallets, cash and e-cash, payment kiosks and offers- all within one platform- with no installation, currency exchange or chargeback fees. Xsolla partners with more than 300 game publishers worldwide, including many of the leading casual and social game companies such as Valve Corporation (Steam), Aeria Games, S2 Games, Gameforge, Bigpoint, Wargaming, InnoGames, Travian Games and more. For more information or a free proposal, please visit Xsolla online at http://www.xsolla.com.

Social Media:

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Xsolla/145288672229356?sk=wall

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/company/2pay-inc

Newsroom & Blog: http://www.newsroom.xsolla.com

About Virtual Piggy:

Virtual Piggy, Inc. delivers a technology platform designed for the management of the Under 18 age group in the global online market. The Virtual Piggy technology enables online businesses to function in a manner consistent with the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and similar international childrens privacy laws. Virtual Piggy technology enables the Under 18 audience to play, transact and socialize in a secure online environment guided by parental permission, oversight and control. For more information about Virtual Piggy, please visit the Companys website at: http://www.virtualpiggy.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

All statements in this news release other than statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results, events or financial position to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to raise additional capital, the absence of any operating history or revenue, our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, our dependence on third party developers who we can not control, our ability to develop and introduce a new service to the market, market acceptance of our services, legislative, regulatory and competitive developments addressing licensing and enforcement of patents and/or intellectual property, general economic conditions, and other factors disclosed in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and other filings with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason.


Parents Can Monitor and Block Mobile Access to Inappropriate Online Content for Teens and Kids with New McGruff SafeGuard Browser App

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) May 09, 2012

In todays digital age, teens and children can easily access inappropriate content online anytime, anywhere. The ubiquity of Internet-enabled mobile devices has stripped parents of their ability to control access to content. Apples popular Safari browser doesnt offer mobile parental controls. To put parents back in control, McGruff SafeGuard today announced the official launch of McGruff SafeGuard Browser

A Solution for Unequal Access to Legal Services in this Country

Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 09, 2012

Shpoonkle is successfully providing a solution for unequal access to legal services in this country. Recent reports indicate the legal services system in many states currently tip the scales of justice, so that those who can afford legal representation in civil matters get qualified legal services, and those who cannot afford it are left with few options. In a NY Times article ‘Judge Details a Rule Requiring Pro Bono Work by Aspiring Lawyers’ wrote: “The financial crisis and a slow economy have increased the demand for civil legal services. A task force convened by the judge in 2010 to evaluate the need in the state found that only 20 percent of the legal needs of New York residents were being met. Among those who rarely have the help of a lawyer are people involved in eviction, child support and consumer credit cases.” Other states across the country have cited similar findings. Shpoonkle is successfully changing this situation for many legal consumers.

One documented issue that affects our entire nation is unequal access to legal services. These recent statistics indicate that almost a million citizens are confronted with some sort of civil legal issue and cannot afford access to qualified legal services. Without the access to legal assistance many of these people may lose their homes, rights in child custody, or other rights for important aspects of their lives. Shpoonkle.com is successfully facilitating change to offer options and increased accessibility on a broad and national scale.

Those who cannot afford conventional legal services can try and get legal assistance through legal aid, but the burdened system does not have the resources to assist the volume of those who require help. If someone requires a criminal attorney and cannot afford one, they will be provided with a public defender. Yet, in civil matters there is no mandated assistance.

Additionally, legal aid is available based on varying factors, where a person lives, income level if it falls at or below the poverty level, and available funding. A report called Access Across America by the Civil Justice Infrastructure Mapping Project found: States differ substantially in the resources available to support civil legal assistance, in the kinds of services that are available, and in the groups served by existing programs. Little coordination exists for civil legal assistance, and existing mechanisms of coordination often have powers only of exhortation and consultation. Thus, in most states, the publics civil legal needs are not routinely assessed and no entity can ensure that services in specific areas match the needs of the eligible populations in those areas. Shpoonkles online model enables everyone in any state, who needs an attorney to gain equal access to qualified attorneys and negotiate pricing. It provides the legal consumers in need with choices.

Gerald Ellis wrote in The Legal Finance Journal an article the ‘Income Inequality and Unequal Access to Justice’ “But this is America, so when times are hard like they are now, when the economy is sputtering along, and when millions of people are forced to deal with the legal system to work out everything from housing to credit card debts, the issue of lopsided justice looms large. After all, stated otherwise the adage could just as easily read: unequal access to justice is hardly justice at all.” The article used New York as an example, stating that 99% of those who were being evicted fought without an attorney, and 70% of those facing foreclosure also did so without an attorney. Shpoonkle finds these statistics are staggering and alarming, as they represent a larger problem. The problem does not just exist in the fees charged but that so many pro se litigants are not fully able to represent their matters to the best outcomes without attorneys. Shpoonkle allows the same pro se litigants an opportunity to try and get legal representation at an affordable price.

Shpoonkle is leveling the playing field so that income and access are no longer barriers to protecting the rights of legal consumers. Whether its someone who needs help with a foreclosure, divorce, an accident, or starting a new business, Shpoonkle is equalizing pricing for legal services.

About Shpoonkle

Shpoonkle promotes advocacy to their members with free services. Shpoonkle is an innovative free web site that allows clients to confidentially post a legal case on line where attorneys bid for that case. The client has the option to pick any of the bidders and can communicate privately with the attorneys. Shpoonkle and Shpoonkle Canada are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Shpoonkle, LLC. in the United States and/or other countries.

For more information, contact: info(at)shpoonkle(dot)com or visit: http://www.shpoonkle.com

United Kingdom Pledges to Ensure Abortion Access for War Rape Victims

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 12, 2013

The United Kingdom (UK) announced a historic change in their policy on abortions for women raped in armed conflict, a move that should have enormous global impact on health care given women in war zones. UK government spokesperson, Baroness Northover, speaking in the House of Lords on January 9, 2013, acknowledged that girls and women raped in armed conflict have absolute legal rights to comprehensive medical care, including abortions when medically necessary, under common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.

Global Justice Center President Janet Benshoof states, We applaud the UK for its global leadership on calling an end to the unjust and illegal denial of abortions for women raped and tortured in armed conflict.

The UK now joins with Norway in calling to ensure abortions are part of medical treatment for women raped in war, and for calling on the US to lift the abortion restrictions placed on all US humanitarian aid funds. [Norway was the first country to affirm that nondiscriminatory medical care under the Geneva Conventions must include abortions, and in 2010 called upon the US government to lift its abortion ban on aid for women raped in war as a matter of compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

Baroness Northovers statement laid out several ways the UK government would protect the medical care rights of women victims of war rape:

ConnectYourCare Took a Stand on Capitol Hill to Protect Businesses’ Access to Affordable, Tax-Advantaged Benefit Plans

Hunt Valley, MD (PRWEB) March 28, 2013

ConnectYourCare joined fellow member organizations of the nonprofit Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) as they fanned out across Capitol Hill on March 7, to engage influential Congressional leaders on the importance of preserving and advancing employer-provided tax-advantaged benefits programs as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented. In this unclear and unchartered road ahead, our goal is to work closely with key legislators to help set the new course for healthcare reform, explains Dennis L. Triplett, ECFC Board Chair. Together with our members, we want to demonstrate how our industry is a vital, influential, and beneficial part of the healthcare system.

As leaders in Washington shape the future of employee benefits plans, we wanted to give voice to businesses on the Hill, explains Jamie Spriggs, President and CEO, ConnectYourCare. We wanted to make sure they understood the importance of giving the nations workforce access to affordable, tax-advantaged healthcare financing tools through employer-provided plans.

The Capitol Hill meetings were part of the three-day, hands-on ECFC annual industry conference, Transforming Uncertainty into Opportunity, held in Washington, D.C., March 6-8, 2013. Individual and group members in attendance, including Spriggs from ConnectYourCare, gained insider insight into the tax reform and political climate in Washington from POLITICO Senior Tax Reporter Steven Sloan and House Ways and Means Committee member Representative Ron Kind (D-3rd WI). A regulators panel featuring Donna M. Crisalli, Esq., Internal Revenue Service, and Kevin Knopf, Esq., U.S. Department of the Treasury, addressed the latest on ACA compliance and regulations as well as tax-advantaged accounts, cafeteria plans, flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).

A legislative update, Its a Game Changer: Pay or Play or Pay to Play?, led by John Hickman, Esq., CFCI, Chair, ECFCs Legislative and Lobbying Committee Chair, took a close look at the many requirements for employer-sponsored health plans on the horizon for 2014, including the employer responsibility (pay or play) requirements, new fees and taxes, HRAs and individual policy exchange arrangements, wellness program rules, and the 2014 mandates. Mr. Hickman also monitored a Technical Advisory Committee panel that fielded pressing ECFC member questions to help them gain traction on the estimated 127 million man hours per year needed to ensure compliance with all of ACAs rules and regulations.

Speaking Up on the Hill

Spriggs participation in the ECFC annual conference gave ConnectYourCare a unique opportunity to initiate meaningful, collaborative exchanges with key Congressional leaders and their staffers on how to best preserve and expand employer-sponsored flexible compensation programs. First and foremost, we demonstrated how account-based plans enable middle class Americans to better afford healthcare, increase their net spendable income, and gain access to the healthcare, dependent/child care, and work-related transportation compensation they need and value most, explains Spriggs, ConnectYourCare.

Key priorities for meetings with Congressional leaders and their staffs included the need to:

AlertID Now Provides More Than 45 Million Los Angeles Families, Residents and Visitors Access to Critical Crime Alerts

Las Vegas, Nevada and Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) April 11, 2013

AlertID today announced that everyone who lives, works and/or visits the Los Angeles area can now receive crime advisory alerts through AlertID. This local crime information significantly expands the other services already available through AlertID, all at no cost to members or law enforcement agencies.

The Los Angeles Metropolitan area is the second largest metropolitan area in the country, is home to more than 20 million people and the destination to more than 27 million visitors each year. Through AlertID, all of them can now stay connected with public safety authorities and receive alerts and other public safety information critical to helping them protect their families and communities.

Los Angeles and surrounding area residents, workers and visitors now have universal access to crime and threat advisories, sex offender alerts, severe weather advisories, online community watch discussion groups, an interactive crime and emergency map, and other AlertID services. Alerts are available online and on mobile applications and are delivered via email and mobile push notifications. Members can monitor and receive alerts for their neighborhoods as well as other areas such as their workplace and childs school.

The expansion of services in the Los Angeles Metro area follows other recent announcements that AlertID partnered with the National Crime Prevention Council (McGruff the Crime Dog