Australia is looking to make gambling and viewing online pornography more difficult for minors. A facial recognition programme has been introduced by the Department of Home Affairs to prevent minors from consuming sexual content and gambling.
Information on how it would work are scarce, but pictures of the face of the person would be tested hypothetically against official documents to determine the age of the audience. Vice notes that a call for submissions was released by the Australian House of Representatives in the hope of finding a practical way to verify the ages of people online. A plan was submitted by the Department of Home Affairs.
“Home Affairs is developing a Face Verification Service which matches a person’s photo against images used on one of their evidence of identity documents to help verify their identity,” the government agency said. “This could assist in age verification, for example by preventing a minor from using their parent’s driver license to circumvent age verification controls.” They go on to say that the “Face Verification Service is not yet fully operational.”
There is concern information could be captured by hacking someone’s records, but this is something the Department of Home Affairs has argued it would not be possible.
Earlier this year the move was also proposed in the UK, however, the move was put on indefinite hold by the government due to pressure from privacy advocates.