WEB SECURITY AND CONTENT FILTERING FOR BELGIAN ORGANISATIONS
The only web security gateway with 360 ° vision for Belgium
Content filtering projects should not only be considered from technical or functional angles when their implementation involves many other criteria: criminal law, civil law, labour laws, culture, management, etc.
Content filtering is particularly tricky as it requires:
- perfect knowledge of local laws: illegal content, employers' supervisory rights, processing of personal data, etc.
- the ability to assess the value of content, which in turn requires prior familiarity with the local culture in cases where a single website may be categorised in very different filter categories depending on the country.
In order for a filtering solution to remain relevant, it must integrate deep local knowledge. Solutions that apply filters on a global scale, i.e., those that have a one-size-fits-all filter with the same categories for New York, Beijing, Caracas or Cairo, no longer suffice with today's increasing need for more stringent filtering criteria.
A SOLUTION SPECIFICALLY DEDICATED TO THE BELGIAN MARKET
Olfeo offers a proxy and content filtering solution dedicated to the Belgian market, catering exhaustively to all the specific needs of this market. The Belgian version therefore benefits from:
- Compliance with Belgian legislation – categories that fully take into account the illegal perimeter in the Belgian context
- Relevance of categories adapted to Belgian areas of interest
- Accuracy of more than 96% in recognising websites that Belgian users visit, thanks to in-depth knowledge of Belgian surfing habits
- Unrivalled categorisation quality in Belgium with manual classification of content
- Detection of localised attacks in Belgium
- Individualised information in line with the Belgian Law on Protection of Personal Data and the Collective Agreement no. 81 concerning the status of trade union representatives in enterprises, thanks to the individual distribution of the Internet Policy
- User awareness
WEB CONTENT FILTERING: BELGIAN LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
Belgian laws regarding the Internet are specific, which CSOs have integrated into their daily duties.
This entails compliance with:
- Current legislation with regard to the use – especially illegal – of the Internet in the organisation. Belgian law prohibits access to many types of content that are not deemed objectionable under laws in other countries.
In Belgium, some of the following are particularly verboten:
Advertising for medicines in contravention of the guidelines set out by the FAHMP (Federal Agency for Medicine and Health Products)
Revisionism or racism (Law of March 23, 1995) in website content
Unlicensed online gambling without the prior approval of the Belgian Gaming Commission
In Belgium, the collection of logs is governed by the Law on Protection of Personal Data of 8 December 1992 and the Collective Agreement no. 81 concerning the status of trade union representatives in enterprises. Content filtering is therefore not as straightforward as a technological solution but also involves the law and human resource issues – Collective Labour Agreement, discrimination, Law on Protection of Personal Data, etc. The chosen tool must therefore be legal, enable compliance with legislation in terms of Internet access, and offer functions that facilitate its deployment in line with the Belgian legal context.
English-language solutions typically embed "LGBT" categories for websites relating to homosexuality. However the use of such a filter category is illegal in Belgium.
At Olfeo, we work in close collaboration with the Belgian law firm Altius in order to constantly monitor changes to Belgian legislation so that we can adapt our solution to new legal provisions as soon as they come into effect.
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OPTIMAL LEGAL PROTECTION ADAPTED TO THE UNIQUE LEGAL CHALLENGES IN BELGIUM:
- Filter categories that take into account the entire perimeter considered illegal in Belgium: compliance with Art. 383 of the Belgian Penal Code relating to illegal advertising for abortion, as well as the law of 24 February 1921 relating to narcotics and psychotropic substances, among others
- Constantly monitored categories updated along with changes to Belgian legislation (e.g.: monitoring of public Internet access)
- Non-discriminatory filter categories that preserve users' privacy.
- Compliance with the Belgian Law on Protection of Personal Data through targeted and confidential extraction of log files and highly granular administration privileges
Compliance with Collective Agreement no. 81 thanks to the retention of users' acceptance (nominative)
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INTERNET ACCESS: CULTURAL COMPLIANCE WITH THE BELGIAN MARKET
Belgian Internet users' areas of interest differ from those of English-speaking users from countries where most web security gateways offering web content filtering are developed. This is precisely why Olfeo provides its clients with much better-adapted categories with which they can build policies perfectly in line with their regulations on Internet use. Each of the categories contains a detailed description, making it possible to effectively counter security risks while guaranteeing a comfortable social climate during deployment.
The Belgian version of Olfeo's product range uses specific categories that allow recognising and factoring in Belgian particularities such as trade unions or employee representative committees and even nationwide festivals such as the Doudou de Mons event.
A SOLUTION RELEVANT TO YOUR CULTURE
Our teams dedicated to the Belgian market classify content into the right categories based on common knowledge of Belgian culture that they share with your employees.
Automatic filtering solutions may often file the website "www.ventesexclusives.be" under "pornography" as the name of the website contains indeed the word "sex". Olfeo's manual classification prevents it from being wrongly classified as it actually recognises this website as one that promotes the sale of items for subscribers.
As for healthcare websites, they may also be confused with porn websites as they share common terminology. Even online forms that contain the word "sex" may cause the whole website to be blocked. Only manual classification would enable these websites to be classified under the right categories.
DETECTION OF LOCALISED VIRAL ATTACKS IN BELGIUM
Conventional online attacks become more potent when they are tweaked to address a local audience. Threats these days have become increasingly targeted by choosing their victims based on geographical location or a specific organisation. Over the past few years, several malware and phishing attacks have circulated through fraudulent e-mails from entities attempting to pass off as Internet service providers such as VOO or as banks such as Beobank and ING Belgium.
Olfeo has compiled a reputation database dedicated to the prevention of such attacks. Leveraging the activity of its millions of users, this database is constantly enriched, thereby offering an extremely reliable reputation index in Belgian territory. Olfeo is therefore able to detect localised attacks with unsurpassed responsiveness while most other vendors on the market merely focus on attacks that strike on an international scale.