Access to porn sites based on facial recognition technology? The new idea is amazing

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"Internet is for porn," someone wise said.

The Internet as a way of distributing pornography works too well. Access to pornographic material is easier than using Facebook – there at least someone went to the trouble to really check the age of Internet users.

They are still willing to fight free access to pornography. Most self-denial had the British government in this field. Polish lawmakers did not want to be inferior and also proposed a blockade. Once it seemed that politicians had given up fighting against windmills, someone in Australia had another strange idea.

Legislators want to verify the age of people watching pornography, using face recognition.

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Do you want porn? Smile at the camera

The proposal was created by the Australian Ministry of the Interior as part of the law regulating gambling and online pornography. In both cases, it is proposed to verify the age of website visitors using face recognition.

Before you can access a site with regulated content, you'll need to send your photo. It will be compared with a central base built from photos from Australian documents. This is supposed to be better security than providing data from documents – currently Australian youth are using their parents' driving licenses to get to adult materials.

The resort has been working on the Face Verification Service since 2016. The comparative database includes photos collected from police and government agencies, but it was proposed to include photos from citizens' IDs. A great way to increase the base at a low cost, but who will give us a guarantee that there will be no violations of privacy?

Do they really think this will help?

Controlling access to anything on the internet is a huge challenge, especially when it comes to goods as desirable as pornography.

Verification of age seems like the obvious solution, but many have already found that young people brought up in the digital world do not accept restrictions. If the site asks you to enter your date of birth, you can simply lie. If you need a driving license number, there is always a way to get it. I do not understand why someone thought that a photo from a webcam is a good protection. Few cases where the smartphone screen lock could be bypassed with a photo?

The British gave up restricting access to pornography because they did not find a reliable way to verify age on the internet. On what basis do Australians believe that they will succeed? There will probably be many ways to fool the system in preparation.

Source: ZDnet