UK proposes selfie-based, AI age verification system for porn sites

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A hot potato: Would you be willing to submit a selfie to a porn site so it can use AI to confirm you really are over 18? The process is one of the suggestions put forward by the UK to ensure the recently passed Online Safety Act rules are adhered to by website owners.

The United Kingdom has long been trying to introduce age verification laws for pornography sites. A system using passports, credit cards, and other means was supposed to come into effect in April 2019, but it was scrapped over privacy and technical issues just weeks before being implemented.

Following the recent passing of the controversial Online Safety Act, which must, among many other things, ensure that children are not normally able to encounter pornography on sites or apps, telecoms regulator Ofcom has published new plans for how these services can confirm that a person is of legal age to view the content.

Ofcom lists six suggested methods for verifying users' ages. These include the previous method of inputting credit card details, which involves a payment processor sending a request to check the card is valid to the issuing bank, thereby confirming the person is 18 or over.

The other methods are confirming a person's age with their mobile operator, using a digital identity wallet, giving consent to a bank to confirm a person is over 18, and photo matching, in which someone uploads a photo-ID document, such as a driving license or passport, which is then compared to an image of the user.

The final suggested method is using AI to estimate a person's age based on a selfie. This same method is used by Instagram and Facebook Dating through a third-party company called Yoti, which uses machine learning trained on "hundreds of thousands" of pictures to estimate the person's age. It is also utilized by PornHub for its Model Program that lets users upload their own videos to the site. There are obviously a lot of privacy concerns with the method, but Yoti says that once it verifies the information, the data is encrypted – even the company itself cannot see it.

Some methods of verification will not be accepted by Ofcom, including the usual self-declaration of age, online payment methods that don't require a person to be 18, and any general terms, disclaimers, or warnings.

Ofcom writes that the latest research shows the average age at which children first see online pornography is 13, nearly a quarter come across it by age 11, and one in ten as young as 9. Additionally, nearly 8 in 10 youngsters have encountered violent pornography depicting coercive, degrading, or pain-inducing sex acts before turning 18.

Porn sites will be able to choose from one of Ofcom's suggestions or use their own "highly effective" age verification method.

There are still plenty of questions about the Online Safety Act, including its potential threat to global encryption and the use of VPNs to circumvent many of the rules. One also has to wonder how many people will be willing to hand over personal details and photos of themselves in order to view porn, no matter how many privacy promises are made.

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Porn destroys more families and friendships than war and politics

How about block it completely, or make it law to register to watch.
 
Porn destroys more families and friendships than war and politics

How about block it completely, or make it law to register to watch.

So many people jumped on your comment.
But you know the internet is a war machine right?
Made by evil. For evil.
Didn't go anywhere as it needed a catalyst. A reason to inject itself into the world. Welcome to chat sites. Porn. Etc.
Websites and information. It spreads. With the rest of what was before.
If you want to lower the numbers of people hurt, killed, religious, poor, sick. Then reduce the population.
That is the ONLY way you'll see change for the better. In all walks of life. Or keep breeding and follow the same destructive path.
 
So many people jumped on your comment.
But you know the internet is a war machine right?
Made by evil. For evil.
Didn't go anywhere as it needed a catalyst. A reason to inject itself into the world. Welcome to chat sites. Porn. Etc.
Websites and information. It spreads. With the rest of what was before.
If you want to lower the numbers of people hurt, killed, religious, poor, sick. Then reduce the population.
That is the ONLY way you'll see change for the better. In all walks of life. Or keep breeding and follow the same destructive path.
Guess this post do be attracting the crazies, wow.
 
If you want to lower the numbers of people hurt, killed, religious, poor, sick. Then reduce the population.
That is the ONLY way you'll see change for the better. In all walks of life. Or keep breeding and follow the same destructive path.
Wow. That's bleak.

Very reminiscent of political economist Thomas Malthus' predictions in "An Essay on the Principle of Population".... in 1798.
And similarly incorrect. But it has become popular again as of late in the media so it's understandable that some people would think it has merit.
 
And once again said system will be impossible to realistically implement at scale, and will be abused immediately, if not fooled by selfie imitators. Or they'll just use a VPN.

But then again the UK is the second ultimate nanny state, behind Australia, so maybe its citizens will happily roll over and dox themselves to every site they wish to visit.
 
So many people jumped on your comment.
But you know the internet is a war machine right?
Made by evil. For evil.
Didn't go anywhere as it needed a catalyst. A reason to inject itself into the world. Welcome to chat sites. Porn. Etc.
Websites and information. It spreads. With the rest of what was before.
If you want to lower the numbers of people hurt, killed, religious, poor, sick. Then reduce the population.
That is the ONLY way you'll see change for the better. In all walks of life. Or keep breeding and follow the same destructive path.

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Face ID won't work. Anyone can grab a snapshot of an adult and use it as ID. Same goes for documents. You'll need to do (at least) MFA and even then... who wants to let Google know that you're into interracial transmidget scat?
 
Can't wait till my face and details are all over the internet when these sites inevitably get hacked.
Guess it's back to the potting shed with my old copies of Razzle for me. I might have to take a blowtorch to get the pages to separate, what with all the years they've had to 'soldify'.

I'll show them we don't need no internet porn. Anyone want a lend after I've finished?
 
Porn destroys more families and friendships than war and politics

How about block it completely, or make it law to register to watch.

So many people jumped on your comment.
But you know the internet is a war machine right?
Made by evil. For evil.
Didn't go anywhere as it needed a catalyst. A reason to inject itself into the world. Welcome to chat sites. Porn. Etc.
Websites and information. It spreads. With the rest of what was before.
If you want to lower the numbers of people hurt, killed, religious, poor, sick. Then reduce the population.
That is the ONLY way you'll see change for the better. In all walks of life. Or keep breeding and follow the same destructive path.
Wow. That's bleak.

Very reminiscent of political economist Thomas Malthus' predictions in "An Essay on the Principle of Population".... in 1798.
And similarly incorrect. But it has become popular again as of late in the media so it's understandable that some people would think it has merit.

The media think this? Not something I've seen. They seem to love humans and their pointless jobs and existence. I'd have to read this fellows theory.
Thanks.
 
Sad to see so many people jump on someone who tried to inculcate good family values. The world is not the same anymore. Rudeness, selfishness , drugs, crime, shameless public f-king and degradation of sex in the name of pornography, and blatant disregard of civic ethics is the order of the day. Add these with non-stop world conflicts, and you have the perfect concoction for world disaster. Seems like we don't need asteroids - we'll nuke ourselves to oblivion someday.

Coming back to the topic, all these time they only knew how many visited the site. And now, they even know who you are. :p
 
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