ASACP Honors its Featured Sponsors for November 2017
LOS ANGELES (November 1, 2017) — The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is pleased to announce its Featured Sponsors for the month of November 2017.
ASACP’s Executive Director Tim Henning says that each month, the association recognizes a select group of Featured Sponsors that demonstrate how professional adult entertainment companies and support services bolster the cause of child protection.
“Because these companies can directly impact the safety of children’s daily digital lives, they are in a unique position to leverage their leadership to proactively benefit parent’s child protection efforts,” Henning explains. “ASACP’s Featured Sponsors not only do their part to protect children but through their support of the association, enable its many vital services.”
The non-profit association’s 21-year-long record of success is highlighted by its globally recognized Child Exploitation Tipline processing more than one million CP reports to-date and illustrating the value of the association and the effective use it makes of the support it receives.
ASACP also provides website operators with the award-winning Restricted To Adults (RTA) meta label that helps filter age-restricted materials, along with market-specific Best Practices, a Code of Ethics that guides companies towards child-safe operation, and more.
“ASACP’s Featured Sponsors show that proactive self-regulation combined with parental oversight, can make all the difference when it comes to keeping children safe online and further proves the professional adult entertainment industry truly does care a great deal about these very important issues,” Henning explains. “Through their industry leadership, they set an example for other companies to follow.”
ASACP is pleased to honor Epoch, CAM4, and Gamma Entertainment, as its Featured Sponsors for November, recognizing the continued support these companies show to the association and noting the efforts of these industry leaders to make the internet safer for children.
A founding Platinum Sponsor that has supported ASACP for more than 15 years, Epoch is an Internet Payment Services Provider enabling merchants to process transactions online and through mobile devices, accepting global payments for digital products and services, while earning a reputation for legitimacy and oversight of client web properties in the process.
Epoch takes an active, two-pronged approach to child protection. First, by ensuring that its services are not used by illegal websites selling materials depicting underage performers; and secondly, by selflessly providing dedicated service to the association’s Advisory Committee, which helps set the responsible standards and practices for legitimate adult entertainment and other companies. Epoch also provides the boardroom facilities for ASACP meetings, as well as other tangible assets.
Epoch’s responsible corporate philosophy puts people (including children) first, exemplifying the type of industry-leading company that makes up ASACP’s most valued sponsors.
An ASACP Title Sponsor whose support extends back to 2011, CAM4 is vigilant about online child protection, due to its operation of live webcam/video chat sites, where minors not only attempt to access these sites but by misrepresenting their age, attempt to become paid performers. The global nature of this business (with varying documentation in different jurisdictions) and the physical separation between the company and its contractors, make it a daunting proposition to ensure that performers, let alone viewers are of a legal age.
Because of these challenges, ASACP offers a stringent set of Best Practices tailored to the specific needs of live cam site operators, which CAM4 benefits from. CAM4 takes additional measures such as the use of the RTA label to block children from its site; illustrating a caring, proactive approach to keeping children safe.
These steps also include a warning page overlay that notifies viewers that no CP is present on the site and that anyone posting or seeking underage material would be reported to authorities, with the company aiding in the prosecution of these users — sending a clear message that it will not tolerate children accessing or being displayed on the CAM4 site.
An ASACP Corporate Sponsor that has supported the association since 2006, Montreal-based Gamma Entertainment illustrates the commitment that the adult entertainment industry’s most prominent players make towards keeping children out of and away from adult entertainment.
According to the company, Gamma has grown from a home-based business with a single website to become a major force in the adult industry, boasting nearly 60 full-time employees. Gamma attributes its growth to the use of cutting-edge technology and adherence to four basic principles: honesty, respect, reliability, and an up-front way of doing business, as the bedrock of its success.
Gamma demonstrates its leadership by using the RTA website meta-label to protect its sites and by donating rack space for two ASACP-owned servers located in the Gamma data center — providing useful material and technical support, as well as financial aid for the association.
“From online billing to live cams to premium adult content companies, ASACP’s Featured Sponsors encompass many market segments,” Henning concludes. “This shows that everyone has a role to play in keeping children safe from age-inappropriate material — and spotlights the companies that step up to that leadership role.”
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Founded in 1996, ASACP is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection.
ASACP is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection and the ASACP Foundation. The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. ASACP manages a membership program that provides resources to companies in order to help them protect children online. The ASACP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The ASACP Foundation battles child pornography through its CP Reporting Hotline and helps parents prevent children from viewing age-restricted material online with its Restricted To Adults (RTA) website label (www.rtalabel.org). ASACP has invested 21 years in developing progressive programs to protect children, and its relationship in assisting the adult industry’s child protection efforts is unparalleled. For more information, visit www.asacp.org.