In this day and age, facial recognition software has become a need instead of a want. Countries use it to keep criminals off the streets and behind bars. However, Australia has a different plan in mind. The Australian government wants to develop a facial recognition software system that can verify the age of someone who is viewing pornography online. Not only does this seem completely ridiculous and outlandish, but there are loads of people who support it. There are the people with common sense who think that the proposal is baseless and an invasion of privacy, but on the other hand there are the people who don’t mind identifying themselves before viewing pornography. Matter of fact, there are people who support it and want to find a way to pass it as an act. Even though the current law in Australia does not prohibit minors from viewing pornography, the government wants to actively go out of their way to identify the viewers of the material.
I think this is something that should be considered worrying and bizarre. The Australian government doesn’t really need to know that information for any purposes. But they still want to keep track of everyone who views the material, even though they don’t flat out announce their intention.