Online Age Verification No Rocket Science?

No pun intended, but I saw

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said of the proposition, ‘If we can put a man on the moon, we can verify age on the Internet,’ but quickly followed with the acknowledgment that there is no foolproof method.”

at http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/07/03/10/0045256.shtml

The question is not whether something is technically/programatically possible but whether the people registering want to do give away their true age? I am usually concerned about security (to the extent that I didn’t bother to buy off of a deal from BestBuy as they want the birthdate with an explanation that it’s required to comply with some 18yr old law. Which, BTW, I don’t understand why it can’t be done by as well asking a simple question like “how old are you”. Or better yet, just say, “are you born before so and so date?” is more than enough). With all the identity thefts and large companies losing backup data during transfers etc (today I heard on radio that even the govt lost some private data of people posted along the mexico border), why would end users really give away their birthday to websites?

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One response to “Online Age Verification No Rocket Science?

  1. S

    I just happened to end up at http://www.savemoneylivebetter.com/ while trying to find out what exactly is Walmart talking about saving customers billions of dollars and saw that they only ask birth year for ensuring the person is above 18yrs. This is what I am talking about!

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