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[FYI] (Fwd) EFA comments on ABA Restricted Access System

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Date sent:      	Tue, 09 Nov 1999 17:31:30 +1000
From:           	Irene Graham <rene@pobox.com>
Subject:        	EFA comments on ABA Restricted Access System
To:             	gilc-plan@gilc.org
Send reply to:  	gilc-plan@gilc.org

EFA's response to the Australian Broadcasting Authority's Consultation
Paper on Restricted Access Systems, to be used from 1 Jan 2000 to
verify age of persons seeking to access Australian R rated sites, is
available at: http://www.efa.org.au/Publish/ABAresp9911.html

Executive Summary:

- The proposals are administratively onerous to the extent that few
Australian content hosts would be prepared to incur the costs involved
in setting up the relevant systems. It would be far easier to simply
set up sites offshore in a country where such regulatory burdens are
not imposed.

- The proposals require users to provide personal identifying
information that goes far beyond proof of age. This is likely to act
as a deterrent even for genuine adults.

-  The proposed identification details are easily forged,
demonstrating conventional wisdom that effective age-authentication
systems are almost impossible to implement on the Internet. 

- There are technical flaws in many of the ideas expressed in the
Consultation Paper that suggest the authors did not obtain expert

- EFA recommends that the ABA drop this proposal altogether and
replace it with guidelines for placing warnings on web sites that may
be unsuitable for children.


Irene Graham, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. PGP key on h/page.
Burning Issues: <http://www.pobox.com/~rene/> Secretary, Electronic
Frontiers Australia: <http://www.efa.org.au>

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