Age Verification Measures

The Age Verification solution is a Digital Child Protection Buffer underpinned by legislation. Age Verification places responsibility on the suppliers of pornography to verify the age of the customers using their sites. This solution creates penalties for those online pornographers who are non-compliant, by blocking access to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and financial services.

Age Verification occurs through utilising a third-party trusted verification process that accesses existing robust data sources (credit card, driver's licence etc.). Age Verification companies do not hold the data - they request verification from existing sources to ascertain the age of the person requesting to be verified. A similar form of eID is currently being implemented in European countries and is intended to protect the privacy of the user. An adult-only site (whether that be for alcohol, gambling or pornography) is not privy to any information other than if the user has been age verified or not.

Age Verification is currently used for alcohol and tobacco purchase online. Pornography is not suitable for children and young people and as such, the same legislation should be applied. This is a measure that respects adults right to choose and children’s rights to be kept safe from potentially harmful content. 

This measure places the responsibility on the pornography industry to comply with existing classification and protective measures already implemented across other sectors (i.e. Film and Media). Age Verification measures are a proposed component of the UK plans to reduce online harms; this buffer to pornography is not available in Australia. eChildhood would like to see Age Verification implemented for the online safety of our kids.

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