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[ NNSquad ] Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even for Experts

Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even for Experts

http://j.mp/MfX37L  (New York Times)

  "Just how hard can it be to verify the age of a person online?  After
   all, privacy experts have been complaining for years about how much
   advertisers know about people who use the Internet.  The answer, it
   turns out, is very hard."

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And even if you establish a Big Brother database and force everyone to
use biometric IDs all the time -- people will still find ways to evade
the systems, en masse.  The bottom line: It may not be immortality,
but in key ways and from a practical standpoint we're all ageless on
the Internet.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com
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