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Privacy blunder as govt announces age verification commencement date

Posted at 12:28 on 19 Apr 2019 by Pandora / Blake

Tags: age verification, DCMS, in the news, media, Open Rights Group, privacy

This week the DCMS announced that age verification will come into effect on 15 July 2019. Hilariously, they can't even send out a press release without making an embarrassing privacy mistake. From the Guardian this week: 

"Unfortunately for the government’s attempts to calm fears on the privacy issue, the news was announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport in an email that exposed the contact details of almost 300 recipients. DCMS was also responsible for implementing the new GDPR laws in the UK, which mandate large financial penalties for breaches that expose personal data."

We don't even need Private Eye - DCMS are more than capable of satirising themselves.  

The tabloids have also announced the date of age verification; with a longer article from the Sun which gives a bit more space to Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, to explain the privacy problems with the policy:

“The government needs to compel companies to enforce privacy standards. The idea that they are ‘optional’ is dangerous and irresponsible.

“Having some age verification that is good and other systems that are bad is unfair and a scammer’s paradise – of the government’s own making.

Data leaks could be disastrous. And they will be the government’s own fault. 

The government needs to shape up and legislate for privacy before their own policy results in people being outed, careers destroyed or suicides being provoked.”   

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