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This Sunday, October 7, we will be presenting ‘’AGEify’’ at the ICAB Building, in Brussels.

Come join us in a hands-on experience of a fast, simple privacy-preserving and GDPR-compliant age verification solution. AGEify will be one of the innovative projects that will be on display during the annual events of “Journée découverte entreprises”. We will be glad to introduce you to our AGEify solution, show you how it works and hear what you have to say to us.

Click here for more info: https://www.jde.be/icab-digital-engineering-incubator

 

It is not a secret that live-streaming is used by predators to groom children online. The worse thing though is that Barnardo’s (UK’s largest children’s charity for vulnerable children and young people) child sexual exploitation services have recently seen a 38% increase in the number of juveniles they support.

Their latest survey came to the conclusion that 57% of 12-year-olds and more than one-in-four children aged 10 (28%) post live videos on apps and websites, putting themselves in danger they often cannot even imagine.

Tech companies are simply not doing enough to keep children safe” believes Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan. “They need to ensure they put robust age-verification rules in place.

BBFC, a British state authority, has proposed a new (though hardly innovative or sophisticated) method of age verification for people who want to view pornographic website’s (almost 25 million Britons regularly visit adult websites, estimates “The Telegraph”).

According to their proposal, a 16-digit code – aka “porn pass” – which you can use online to prove your age on X-rated websites, may be available in high streets stores (e.g. mini markets or local newsagents).

If you’re particularly fresh-faced, the cashier may ask you to prove your identity, either with a driving license or a passport. According to “The Telegraph”, these passes will cost around £10 (roughly $14) and may also be used for purchasing alcohol and knives online, as well as all kind of sales restricted in the UK.

There are more than 4 million domains out there, hosting age sensitive content, says James Clark, creator of the UK-based age verification system AgeID. In this recent article, he tries to set his view straight on some of the misconceptions concerning the Digital Economy Act 2017 that has been discussed recently.

He is warning parents that ceasing to supervise their children’s browsing habits would be a mistake, believing that the law now adequately protects them. Talking about the protection of personal data, he insists that “when AgeID is live, the platform will not, and cannot store any age verification data. As soon as a customer enters their login credentials, AgeID anonymises them. This ensures AgeID does not have a list of email addresses. We cannot market to them, we cannot even see them!

You can read more here.

There is obviously a business aspect on technology evolution. Having that in mind, age verification provider AgeChecked has recently teamed up with AV Yourself to make it easier for online customers to unify age verification.

With the Digital Economy Act to be implemented this year, age verification and online safety have become a key talking point amongst businesses,” believes Alastair Graham, CEO of AgeChecked.

You can read more here.

There is no doubt that text messages in mobile devices and two-factor authentication apps seem convenient. Are they really secure though? Dan Price believes that there is an equally convenient alternative that’s more effective. And at a reasonable price, too…

Read more here.

Mindgeek, the owner of Pornhub, has reasons to be seriously concerned about age-verification tools. And it has already created one of its own, soon to be available to all porn-sites in the UK. Gregory Dy is wondering though whether the government of the United Kingdom may have given too much trust to a private company regarding its regulatory power.

You can find more and read the full article here.