Australia's federal government is looking to bring on board credit card company Mastercard as part of its move toward developing a digital identity and age verification system for porn viewing.
Mastercard announced that it has joined into a new
partnership with the Digital Transformation Agency and is seeking accreditation to become a digital identity service provider. It said it was looking to offer ways for the federal government to achieve an online age verification system. But privacy
experts are warning the government needed to pull the brakes on implementing without input from tech experts and the wider community.
Digital rights expert from Electronic Frontiers Australia Justin Warren said past experience had shown the government
often began consultations long after plans had been drawn up. He added that it was important users be given options to protect their privacy.