uqudo’s leading digital identity platform combined with TECH5’s top-tier facial authentication and liveness technologies provides a smooth and secure voter identity verification for elections.
uqudo is one of MEA’s most innovative identity companies and has a market-leading digital identity solution that offers governments and private sector companies an easy, quick, and safe way to verify identities, validate transactions, and authenticate users. Along with the ability to verify identity documents in numerous MEA countries, uqudo is also the only digital identity company that can verify National ID cards and passports.
TECH5 is an international technology company, which focuses on developing disruptive biometric and digital ID solutions using AI and Machine Learning technologies. A combination of sustained investment and single-minded dedication to the development of biometric modalities that capitalise on AI has resulted in TECH5’s algorithms being consistently ranked in the top tier of NIST ranking for face, fingerprint, and iris recognition.
Mohamed Fagiri, uqudo’s Founder and CEO states “uqudo prides itself on building identity solutions that can be deployed and customised according to the regulations of every country in MEA. Facilitating the recent Oman elections smoothly was in line with our vision to build a trustworthy identity platform and play a key role in our region’s digital transformation.”
Oman’s Ministry of Interior recently held municipal elections via a digital voter identification system that was developed and facilitated by uqudo in collaboration with TECH5.
For the voting process, voters first scanned their biometric identity cards using their smartphones. The system then verified their identity using AI facial recognition and liveness detection technologies provided by TECH5, letting the citizen vote for their selected candidates. The entire procedure takes less than a minute and is completed without any manual intervention, and voters’ choices are not linked to their identity, a fundamental tenet of elections.
“uqudo’s powerful identity platform and TECH5’s technologies played a major role in easing the entire voting process and letting voters cast their votes without any technical issues while also reducing the number of election workers”, quoted H.E. Khalid bin Hilal Al Busaidi, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Interior and the Chairman of the Main Committee for Elections.
With the remote voting system letting voters choose their representatives without visiting an electoral booth, the overall cost of the voting process was also reduced drastically.
The use of a digital and remote voting system constituted a major shift in the traditional electoral process, keeping in view the global technological developments and growth of the MEA region.
Eng Talal Said al Mamari, CEO of Omantel, hailed the e-voting experience, which he described as a fruitful outcome of the government’s efforts to expand the base of society’s participation in this decision-making process. He pointed out that electronic voting provides an excellent example of public-private collaboration in saving time and effort.
Customers of the telecommunications company MTC are required to share their biometric data as a bargaining chip for SIM registration and the use of services.
Over 5.2 billion people, comprising 70% of the world’s population, own a mobile phone, and are required to exchange their basic information to obtain a SIM contract, however occasionally biometric data can be part of mandatory information.
The company itself has played down concerns over privacy for collecting biometrics from customers, citing the precautionary action is needed to curb fraud and data of users is stored carefully to restrict invasive monitoring of customers’ private conversations and personal data falling into the wrong hands.
Since introducing biometric sim registration, MTC reports fraudulent crime has fallen by 80%.
The period of mandatory biometrics for SIM registration will run from 1st January to the end of the 2023.
Biometric registration legislation currently exists in countries such as: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, China, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates.
The overhaul of frictionless border security hardware across aviation is culminating in a high surge of revenue for e-gate providers, which a Juniper report has predicted will rise exponentially between 2023 and 2027 as more airports undergo transformations.
The hefty earnings from updating existing systems will exceed $490 million by 2027, up from $207 million in 2023. The report assesses the huge tide turn of international travel returning to pre-pandemic times contributing to the present boom in the border security technology.
While normal passenger flow is welcomed after the pandemic, it reapplies pressure onto significant pain points for the travel and aviation industries in maintaining security procedures while enhancing customer satisfaction.
Research author Jordan Rookes echoed the belief that solutions would shoulder the intense pressure to cope with rebounding international travel. Airports will explore signing up new contractors who can deliver efficient border control systems.
“Accordingly, vendors must highlight their solutions’ ability to efficiently and reliably process a continuous flow of passengers when marketing their products”.
The adoption of AI-technologies will be essential to achieving the 47% expected growth jump over this period, but campaigners argue investing heavily in biometrics only amplifies concerns about security and privacy. Biometrics match a passenger’s physical biometrics with personal data stored in biometric passport chips.
To curb illegal migration, some 27 European countries in the Schengen area have eliminated mutual borders and the EU plans to restore a unified external border control system by creating a centralised EES (Entry/Exit System) which leverages border perimeter technologies.
There are many different forms of border security technology, which the report highlights have their own unique benefits, drawbacks and applications.
Our exhibition floor at Identity Week Europe 2023 is substantially bigger than previous years to cater for a bigger show but floor space is filling up fast with more of the industry’s vendors and organisations signing up to be part of a central European show!
Do not miss the opportunity to showcase your identity solutions to thousands of market leading companies and decision makers at this year’s Identity Week Europe!
This year we are radically upscaling our venue, larger exhibition floor and curating more quality theatre tracks to welcomes over 4,000 attendees across two days, exploring the latest innovations within the identity ecosystem.
Identity Week Europe will be welcoming senior representatives from key industries including banking, travel, enterprise, telecoms, healthcare and government to name a few.
This is a can’t miss event packed wall-to-wall with the latest identity innovations!
Key decision makers from the likes of Mühlbauer, iProov, Thales, Entrust, IDEMIA and OVD Kinegram have already confirmed their spots early at Europe’s leading Identity event. Don’t delay in securing your booth to be in with the best chance of kicking of 2023 with fruitful partnerships, projects, case studies and more.
Florida’s law enforcement is calling on the government to raise $20 million towards provisioning a modern biometric identification system in Microsoft cloud.
The vast police database in the cloud will increase capacity to store biometric data from offenders once they offend and be better compatible with system updates.
$3.9 million was raised by lawmakers last year to transition the outdated bones of a system to a faster, higher capacity and upgradeable Multi-biometric Identification System.
The update will take 15 to 30 months to complete in phases incurring costs of $8.16 million this year, $11.7 million of government revenue and $10 million in maintenance costs thereafter.
The cloud-based system will have capacity for face recognition data but for the short-term the Florida police department will not be leveraging the database to make facial offender matches.
IDEMIA is supplying its Multi-biometric Identification System software to enhance database management.
Florida police leverages multiple biometric modalities for ID checks for example mobile fingerprint scanners to conduct rapid identity checks which officers submit the data from their mobile device to state or local police databases.
Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden arena has come under criticism for allegedly using facial recognition for surveillance purposes it was not designed for, without concerns for security or safety.
The New York attorney-general is investigating allegations that thousands of lawyers leading lawsuits against MSG Entertainment were blacklisted from attending company events.
In a statement that The Financial Times published, MSG Entertainment contested that it was “merely excluding a small percentage of lawyers only during active litigation” and that it was not the company’s intent “to dissuade attorneys from representing plaintiffs in litigation against us”.
However the accusation stands that the entertainment group were using facial recognition to surveil enemies of the owner and bar them from venues.
The ban applies to all company buildings however face recognition is only installed in New York.
Academics from University of Waterloo and Rochester Institute of Technology have addressed the limitations of the most common biometric modalities, developing a new authentication method that will frictionlessly verify blind and visually impaired people.
The method has been called OneButtonPIN; rather than entering pin numbers, the user counts the number of haptic vibrations to enter the correct pin. The solution will be revolutionary in expanding visual types of biometrics to touch. Currently, authentication methods require users with sight to draw patterns, enter passwords or pin codes, and position themselves correctly for face recognition.
While passwords and other methods can be targeted by privacy attacks, OneButtonPIN taps a unique sign-in method which coordinates numbers to vibrations in a sequence.
This method is imperceptible to outsiders and mitigates the risks of blind or low vision individuals having to rely on audio assistance technology which could leave them vulnerable to eavesdropping.
“While OneButtonPIN was designed for BLV people, many users will appreciate the added security,” Watson said. “When we make things more accessible, we make things more usable for the average user as well.”
We are thrilled to be welcoming the new year with the announcement of our latest keynote speaker for Identity Week Europe 2023 – taking place for the first time at the RAI Amsterdam on the 13 – 14 June.
Joe Palmer Chief Product & Innovation Officer iProov Ltd
Andreas Wolf Principal Scientist Biometrics Bundesdruckerei GmbH
Christoffer Bonn CTO Finnish Immigration Service
Louise Cole Head Customer Experience & Facilitation IATA
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TECH5, an innovator in biometrics and digital identity management, has announced its successful acquisition of Imageware, which will see a full integration of assets in biometric identification and authentication.
All property of Imageware, inclusive of contracts, software and intellectual technology, now belongs to TECH5’s portfolio.
TECH5 is a subsidiary of the TECH5 Group.
The statement acknowledged Imageware’s 36 years of trading as an independant vendor specialising in solutions for federal, law enforcement and public safety sectors, however the merge will consolidate their joint offering of state of-the-art biometric systems and help TECH5 calibrate to a US market.
TECH5 is looking to strengthen and expand its consolidation in North America by onboarding Imageware’s exceptional UI and accuracy-built technology and leveraging a global team of security experts.
TECH5 builds cutting edge NIST rated algorithms, state of-the-art biometric identification and authentication systems with more key IP than many companies in the identity space. The company said it will retain some visionaries from Imageware’s previous team structure and position services and support to its global customer base as the new owner of these assets.
Rob Haslam, TECH5’s Strategic Advisor commented on being a frontier of biometric system services, saying:
“This acquisition represents a strategic step for TECH5, strengthening its presence in North America, and bringing Imageware’s decades-long leadership to new geographies and new vertical markets via TECH5’s footprint”.
All staff including engineers, customer support, product management, sales and marketing, professional services, and administration will be kept on at the company under the new management.
Ultimately customers will be benefit from the combined expertise and technological excellence of these two companies.
Machiel van der Harst, CEO and Co-Founder of TECH5 expressed their long-standing partnership over many years. which will now strengthen the TECH5 business.
“TECH5 has been a partner of Imageware for many years, and we are very excited at this opportunity to combine the offerings and expertise of both companies to bring a richer and more comprehensive biometrics-based offerings to law enforcement, government, and enterprise customers on a global scale. The combined team extends the capabilities, know-how, and expertise that customers of Imageware have come to expect and rely on”.
Imageware’s technology and different patents will be used to model new technology products that maintain good standards of accuracy and functionality.
The statement continued to say that preparations to merge and strengthen the TECH5 business had been underway for the last 34 months with Imageware rebuilding their product portfolio.
TECH5 represents a strong vision and has a very upward market trajectory.
Co-founder, Chairman, and CTO of TECH5, Rahul Parthe said their market approach is “in line with what customers will require in terms of secure identity management, including critical digital ID”.
“With its innovative biometrics in capture and matching technologies, TECH5 is the ideal new home to build upon Imageware’s rich legacy in the law enforcement and federal market spaces, and will address the state and local, federal, and enterprise customer bases. For example, TECH5 intends to combine its Digital ID offering with the Imageware Authenticate product to deliver a comprehensive solution that can serve ALL – from developed, to developing, as well as underdeveloped countries”.
TECH5 are exhibiting at Identity Week Europe, America and Asia 2023.
Veridos and Innovatrics have announced a strategic partnership which will broaden DNA biometrics for civilian use in addition to being a cornerstone of forensic investigations.
Innovatrics’ leading ABIS database – automated biometric identification system – will be utilised in this partnership to integrate with Veridos’s interoperable VeriDNA solution.
Veridos will supply DNA-based ID cards which will be linked with the ABIS database, with capability to compare each biometric data type to live capturde biometrics from checkpoints.
The vast data storage capability of Innovatrics’ technology offers benefits in particular to the travel industry for border pre-checks and the advanced collection of biometric data from each passenger journey. DNA offers in addition to accuracy, unique genetic profiling that omits personal information being stored and collected. DNA capture also ensures individuals have life-long visibility to authorities and protection against the risks of fraud, identity theft and terror offences.
While it is the most reliable form of identification, it is typically utilised in forensic investigations to prove criminality but neglected in preventive screening or developed into solutions for civilians due to the time-consuming and labor-intensive process of creating DNA IDs.
However, Innovatrics is driving to meet demand for use cases ranging from “issuing biometric and other ID cards to securing elections on most continents,.
Matus Kapusta, Head of the ABIS Business Unit at Innovatrics said: “Our ABIS, with its NIST-approved algorithms, is one of the fastest and most accurate systems in the world. Adding VeriDNA DNA ID biometric data to this significantly increases its value to our customers.”
Minister of Ports Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva, has demanded more urgency to install e-gates at one of Sri Lanka’s biggest airports, Bandaranaike International Airport. After delays holding the airport’s refurbishment back from making any real progress, he issued direct instructions to airport officials during a special meeting at the Ministry auditorium.
The project, which began in 2017, was stalled on numerous occasions due to difficulties with obtaining the right approvals and expenditure. However, he effectively stated that the installation was overdue and needed to be delivered at pace.
The airport will install two new e-gates at the Arrivals Terminal and two more at the Departures Terminal, as part of Phase I of the project to improve efficiency to safe, convenient travel for passengers.
Certified secure and seamless, SITA’s biometrics is being used to update 25 more touchpoints at Philadelphia International Airport.
Soon all departure customers will be processed at tech-enabled gates, which work more efficiently by comparing a live photo of a passenger to images submitted to the government and stored in the CBP database. 10 gates in a three phase process have been installed. Passengers biometrics will be collected and stored for the next journey that a passenger takes. The plan to biometrically screen and record all passengers travelling through airports kicked in following 9/11 terror attacks with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection creating a long-term biometrics strategy in 2003.
It was mandatory from 2004 that non US-citizens provide their face and fingerprint biometric data.
PHL’s Chief Information Officer, Allen Mehta said it was important to “spend a significant amount of time on finding the best solution for (Philadelphia) airport” while CBP has widely deployed the biometric matching service at most key ports of entry in the U.S.
Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration have access to verify passengers throughout the customers’ journey.
CBP estimates it has processed 249 million travellers and intercepted 1,650 impostors since 2003. On entry to PHL, CBP also introduced the Simplified Arrival process.
“Our goal was to find a viable solution that not only met the basic requirements from the Department of Homeland Security but also to have partners with experience in airports and biometrics solutions around the world”.
U.S. citizens are omitted from the process, Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for PHL confirmed. Pilot testing at Philadelphia occurred three years ago in association with the US Customs and Border Patrol and initially tested three machines over a 45 day period.
SITA’s Smart Path solution was selected with NEC providing its Delight digital ID management platform in the refurbishment of terminal A-East and A-West.
Matthys Serfontein, President, Americas at SITA, said, “We are pleased to bring our biometric solution to PHL and help the airport meet the CBP’s mandate for biometric US exit checks. With Smart Path, the process is fast, efficient and eliminates the need to fumble for your passport or boarding card.”
Video calls for identification are no longer necessary thanks to Facephi’s easy and secure biometric technology.
PeopleFund, the leading non-bank financing platform in Korea, has launched a new form of digital identification with biometric technology. Thanks to this, its new customers can register more quickly and securely when applying for a loan.
As a result, Korean entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors can now open an account and apply for a loan with their mobile device anytime and anywhere without having to make a video call to a bank agent. This digital identification solution has been implemented through Facephi, which has allowed Korean Fintech to make the process of opening new accounts more flexible.
Thanks to the unique and non-transferable biometric pattern obtained from users’ faces through a selfie, PeopleFund identifies and registers them in a totally secure way, which means a significant improvement in terms of the user experience for both parties. In this way, PeopleFund minimises dreaded phishing scams, the main threat to the financial sector, to a minimum.
Another benefit of using Facephi’s biometric facial recognition is that PeopleFund complies with the security requirements of the P2P Financing Act passed by the Korean government. This is the world’s first law regulating non-bank lending for business and financial users and recognises Facephi onboarding as a valid identification method.
Dongpyo Hong, CEO of Facephi APAC, said, “After having brought our technology to banks, financial groups, cybersecurity companies, hospitals and smart cities, we continue to strengthen our presence in Asia by protecting people’s digital identity in disruptive Fintech companies such as PeopleFund”.
Minseung Kang, CTO of PeopleFund commented: “So far, PeopleFund has been striving to secure high-level security systems that can prevent financial fraud while also enhancing the convenience of non-face-to-face finance. Through the implementation of this solution, we expect that identity theft or fraud through professional brokers will be prevented.”
Facephi provides secure, fast, and easy to use technology. Experts in users’ digital identity verification, it specialises in digital onboarding and biometric authentication solutions. It was established with the aim of creating more secure, accessible and fraud-free digital processes; to achieve this, Facephi is committed to innovation with artificial intelligence and machine learning, applying blockchain technology and introducing decentralised digital identity.
FacePhi already boasts 300 million users worldwide and more than 120 clients, with a retention rate of over 95%.
FacePhi is a Gold sponsor at Identity Week Europe 2023.
iProov, a leader of Genuine Presence Assurance technology, were exhibiting and Gold Sponsors at Identity Week America, in October.
Between taking to lively sessions and manning their busy stand, SVP Americas, Ajay Amlani had time to share their recent successful applications in this interview with Evie Kim Sing, Editor of IdentityWeek.net.
The last couple of decades have marked successes for iProov, namely their involvement in the US visitor program with the US Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Excited eyes were starting to take notice of biometrics and the myriad of benefits which this profiling technology could provide to businesses, personal security and more.
iProov were greeted in the US market with biometric solutions that recognised genuine users as well as bad actors without friction.
“The evolution of biometrics from a physical layout to a digital layout to allow remote involvement and application…has been a tremendous achievement for the industry itself”.
Genuine Presence Assurance ensures any anomalous user has a genuine identity and is authenticating in real time.
Social media networks are increasingly under pressure to ensure young users are not exposed to content which is outside their age bracket.
Meta in partnership with biometrics provider Yoti is already immersed in this mission to limit potentially harmful and inappropriate content coming into contact with younger users, introducing age verification to set up new accounts.
Its Facebook Dating, designed strictly for adults, is also getting age verification tools to prevent use by minors. Age estimation trials will go ahead in the US.
If Meta detects someone may be under the age of 18 and trying to access its dating service, it will request the user to verify their age through one of two options: a selfie video or ID upload which is stored securely and encrypted.
Meta, formerly called Facebook, began its new approach to age verification in June, embarking on a technology partnership with Yoti.
Their research undertaken in conjunction with testing revealed that users trying to edit their age to access the platform were four times more likely to complete the age verification requirements.
Meta was able to prevent 96% of teens from changing their date of birth and 81% opted to use Yoti’s video selfie to verify their age.
Ghana and Benin have followed in the path of many other African countries by creating biometric identification linked to car registrations and drivers’ licenses.
Benin launched a biometric driver’s license coupling as a national ID while Ghana generated a solution for car registration. The rapid advancement of these technologies is solving almost all security needs, assigning assured identities to personal and businesses assets, access management and personal security.
As of January 2023, Benin has changed the requirements for car registration which now must encompass biometrics and national ID.
The National Agency for Land Transport (ANaTT) and Anip collaborated on the production of a biometric driving license that is designed more securely and robustly to prevent counterfeiting in comparison to the previous three layered physical card.
Drivers’ license will not be issued unless a NPI can be supplied as well as documentation confirming the results of blood tests and a driving certificate.
As part of a two step process, drivers’ biometric data will be collected to register the vehicle. The Ghana card will be the main form of ID required in the application.
Our Start-up Village is an important section of the conference which ensures a balance is struck between engaging the industry about the state of identity and creating viable routes for new companies to reach the marketplace.
2023 is already exceeding estimations. We announced in late 2022 that the event will be relocated to Amsterdam. Amongst our frequent attendees, we assessed a need and interest to move the conference to a more accessible location, which fits our growing needs. We event is bigger than ever – we hope you can join us at this new and improved venue!
A brand-new vast expo floor and modern stages will elevate our discussions and demos by our exhibitors. However at our core, we’re still focused on bringing together the most qualified identity experts in the industry which have a significant bearing on identity innovation.
Whether you’re a startup founder, enterprise looking to align with organisation strategies for digital identity, or vice versa looking to fulfil a tender with the best-in-class technology provider, Identity Week Europe fulfils expectations for all attendees.
Practical networking that leads to new partnerships, tenders, and deployments is our goal and renewed promise in 2023!
Meet people who would not normally be in your orbit and get new calls in your calendar.
Here’s a sneak preview of how our 2023 Identity Week Europe show is shaping up!
Vendors include: iProov, IDEMIA, Muhlbauer, AU10TIX, Aware, Entrust, Cetis, FacePhi, Infineon, QOMPLX, OVD Kinegram, Thales, TECH5, Covestro, Melzer, Regula, Aratek and so many more.
Organisations include:Ofcom, Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), Finnish Immigration Service, IATA, Salesforce, Ministry of Justice Netherlands, AVPA, HM Passport Office, , Ministry of Justice and Security, Netherlands Government, European Commission, Women in Identity, United Nations, Netherlands Ministry of the Interior, Open Identity Exchange, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), MOSIP, Document and Identity Investigation Office, Ministry of Justice and Security, Netherlands Government, National Office for Identity Data, European Parliament.
The first 100 speakers will be announced next week!
KYC Spider – digitising and automating Compliance
DuckDuckGoose – deepfake detection
DigiRoad (formerly NewBridge Technologies) – identification infrastructure of new generation
IAMX – the first Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) solution provider to incentivise consumer activity and comply with the strictest security standards
PresentID – a seamless remote user ID verification solution through the combination of technologies developed in-house including ID Card OCR capture
walt.ID – web3 identity, self-sovereign identity (SSI) and NFT infrastructure for developers
Mark ID – complete identity and document verification solutions for user onboarding.
My Voice AI – speaker verification, anti spoofing, digit verification and emotion, gender and age detection
Mintelium – A mobile data bank that stores workers’ sensitive information privately and securely while granting organizations temporary access with the worker maintaining complete control and ownership of it.
Blue Biometrics – Contactless fingerprint scanner for law enforcement, financial services, digital identity
Clustdoc – Client Onboarding Software for Businesses
KYC Hub – end-to-end customer onboarding and screening platform
Truvity – next-generation digital trust management platform
brighter AI – The world’s #1 image and video anonymization
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IDEMIA has crossed the line on its 2019 tender to install biometric kiosks in 8 Australian airports.
The “Gen3 Kiosk” offers self-service authentication and went through a rigorous trial phase and performance testing prior to deployment.
The solution will fulfil the immigration pre-check procedure at these airports and fast-track registrations, which can be easily integrated with any Entry/Exit system.
According to IATA, their solutions address a security problem that is progressively getting worse with 8.2 billion air passengers expected to use air travel by 2037 while budgets and resources remain tight.
The successful deployments were at Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Coolangatta, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airports coming after the installation of 109 Gen3 model Kiosks that passed phase one at the end of 2021.
Wee Liang TAN, Senior Vice President, APAC Public Security & Identity, at IDEMIA made some remarks on the end of the project.
“We are delighted that the Australian government has once again selected IDEMIA as their partner of choice to help enhance the passenger journey. We are proud of this 18-year partnership that is still going strong today. The innovative Gen3 border control solution contains advanced biometric capabilities that not only help streamline the passenger’s airport experience, but also increase security. This is the result of the IDEMIA team’s continued dedication to successfully deploying such an innovative and industry-leading solution”.
IDEMIA will be exhibiting on our Expo floor at Identity Week Europe on 13-14 June 2023 at the RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam.
Some U.S. pornographic sites are being forced to introduce tighter restrictions to curb underage viewing.
The State of Louisiana is following in approach to the UK’s Online Safety Bill by legislating that porn sites must implement age verification processes to prioritise online safety for under 18s.
One of the most well-known porn websites, Pornhub, is now redirecting visitors from Louisiana to an age verification process before they can proceed onto the site.
Most sites will be able to sync with a mobile app called LA Wallet where users can upload a form of physical ID – a digitalised driving licence or a state recognised identity card – to prove their age.
The changes to the law, supported by popular culture singer, Billie Eilish, mean websites can be sued if they do not comply and hold total accountability for providing the content over young people who may access porn sites within the current laws.
The UK’s Online Safety Bill was one step ahead in cultivating a safer online environment for children and legislating age verification checks, however the bill is not inclusive of all forms of advertisements that can target children based on exploited personal data and algorithms.
Failing to act in accordance with the Online Safety Bill would result in fines up to 10% of a company’s annual worldwide turnover by the independent regulator Ofcom.
The Louisiana Age Verification Law is a welcome arrival in 2023 which takes action against the universal accessibility of the internet along with the harms of third-party sharing of personal data.
The law states strict guidelines over personal data privacy; any website “shall not retain any identifying information of the individual after access has been granted to the material”.
Only just last month, Republican US senator Mike Lee, from Utah advocated for another law to be passed mandating age verification checks across the whole of the U.S however this was hampered in part due to the belief in American constitutional rights to freedom of speech, hence lending different states to take varying degrees of action on this problem.
The legislation states: “Pornography contributes to the hyper-sexualization of teens and prepubescent children and may lead to low self-esteem, body image disorders, an increase in problematic sexual activity at younger ages, and increased desire among adolescents to engage in risky sexual behavior.”
“No internet service provider, or its affiliates or subsidiaries, search 2 engine, or cloud service provider shall be held to have violated the provisions of this law”.
Canada’s online streaming bill (C-11) was also amended to require age verification to access porn and received criticism for violating the constitution.