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The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection.  ASACP helps parents prevent children from viewing age-restricted material online with its Restricted To Adults (RTA) Website Label, and last Monday announced its newest label.

ASACP announced that it has expanded its RTA label to mobile devices with the Google Android operating system.  The RTA Parental Controls for Android Mobile Apps system consists of a unique META data tag that can be inserted into age-restricted Android applications and the RTA Mobile App Filter. The RTA label, once inserted, can then be detected in any Android mobile app with the filters META data tag detection algorithms. When the RTA Label is detected by the RTA Mobile App Filter, the age restricted app can be stopped or the entire package with the RTA Labeled app can be removed from the mobile device.  This is a first-of-its-kind program that is being tested on a variety of operating devices.

“ASACP is very pleased with the adoption of the RTA label into adult websites and browser parental controls since 2006 – over 4.5 million sites are labeled with RTA,” said ASACP Chief Executive Officer Joan Irvine. “Since the bulk of adult App developers have agreed to include the RTA Label for Android Mobile Apps software into the Apps they develop, we are certain of success with Apps, too.”

ASACP will also work with other mobile operating systems to expand the RTA Label to even more phones.  For more information on how ASACP is improving society, visit their website at www.asacp.org.