Digital ID age verification trials for online alcohol purchases in Australia underway | ZDNet

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has been conducting digital identity age verification tests for online alcohol purchases with select vendors in Australia since September, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

FOI documents released by the eSafety Commissioner’s Office indicated that there were also plans to conduct similar tests for online gambling, with each private beta test scheduled to operate for a period of three to six months.

The possibility of expanding the trial in 2022 has also been proposed to include additional users, other Australia-based online alcoholic beverages, online gambling service providers and R18 + online video games with “loot boxes” and myGovID as provider. of identity.

The intent of the FOI request presented by Greg Tannahill As of September 29, I sought to understand Mastercard’s proposed involvement in providing or influencing the provision of age verification services in Australia.

He came out of the back of Mastercard announcing just two days before the application was submitted that he was working with the DTA to see how their digital identity service could allow Australians to digitally verify their age and identity.

As part of the collaboration, Mastercard said it would work with DTA to examine a series of privately-led pilots and the impact its digital verification service could have on the experiences and expectations of online retailers and consumers.

Mastercard announced the silent trial expansion for its digital ID service, following the successful completion of phase one with partners Deakin University and Australia Post last year.

Based on discussion notes on testing between the DTA and the eSafety Commissioner, DTA noted that it focused on “putting in place systems that improve privacy, security, and protection, while being less intrusive to the user (that is, simply determining that someone is over 18 years old) “.

“We prefer systems that are not an unnecessary burden for those who want to access or services that they have the right to use,” the notes said.

The DTA also noted that it indicated that it was “interested in a market-based system that offers choice to consumers.”

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When announcing its work with the DTA, Mastercard also said that it applied for accreditation under the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), which establishes the operating model for digital identity in Australia.

If granted, Mastercard said it would allow consumers to create a reusable digital identity using official identity documents, such as passports, driver’s licenses, as well as protect digital identity data through encryption and facial biometrics.

In October, the federal government released an exposure draft for legislation that seeks to expand the application of Australia’s federal digital identity system to state and territory governments and the private sector.

According to the bill, the federal government seeks to formally establish two voluntary schemes for entities that wish to provide or depend on digital identity services: a digital identity system administered by the federal government and a new accreditation scheme that will be based on the existing TDIF system. .

In addition, the federal government, state and territorial governments, Australian companies and foreign companies registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) would be eligible to apply to join the two digital identity systems.

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