The Australian government is planning to give a nod to the use of facial recognition systems to restrict underage access to online gambling and pornography sites.
The Department of Home Affairs has suggested the use of facial recognition technology to identify and restrict access for minors as it recommended verifying ages by matching a person’s photo with a document already lodged with Home Affairs.
In its written letter to a parliamentary committee studying the proposal the Department of Home Affairs wrote: “This could assist in age verification, for example by preventing a minor from using their parent’s driver license to circumvent age verification controls.”
“In our client work, there have been cases of children sexually assaulting younger children in ways they have learnt from watching pornography.”
While facial recognition systems, if used properly, could help in restricting underage online gamblers, it has come under a lot of criticism for invading an individual’s privacy.
Last week, in the US, Caesars’ Harrah’s Casino in Illinois was sued for using facial recognition technology. The lawsuit claims that the casino utilizes the facial-recognition technology which directly violates the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) which was voted back in 2008.
The lawsuit also points out that the gambling facility did not create “any following written policy” after they had deployed the facial recognition systems at the venue.
Earlier in the year, a report by Bloomberg claimed that casino operators in Macau “are starting to deploy hidden cameras, facial recognition technology, digitally-enabled poker chips and baccarat tables to track which of their millions of customers are likely to lose the most money.”
With the use of Artificial Intelligence and advanced algorithms, the casino operators study the ‘appetite for risk’ of each customer. As such, this helps the casinos generate more revenue as when more is wagered, the house wins more.