The relationship between Apple
and the Japanese government hasn’t been great last year. After cases of exploding Apple
iPod batteries were reported, Japan is once again complaining about Apple. If Google’s squabble with China over content filtering wasn’t enough, here is another war over content filtering.
According to a report in the Japanese Daily Mainichi, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has criticized Apple Japan and SoftBank Mobile, for offering “insufficient” content control for minors. Japan has strict legal rules for mobile Internet usage by minors. Censorship is quite a serious issue in the East.
Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will notify both SoftBank Mobile and Apple to devise and install content filtering software on the iPhone
as soon as possible. This content filtering software will restrict the minors from accessing any ‘harmful’ content on the mobile web, not even accidentally.
SoftBank Mobile spokesperson said that installing content filtering software on the iPhone
would be impractical since subscribers would have to provide personal information. To download the censoring software on the iPhone the consumers will have to divulge financial and other information too. But as far as Japan’s past with content filtering for minor goes, the government will come up with a mandate.
On Apple’s part, the company will have to make additional changes in Parental Control options on the iPhone as soon as possible.