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Google will force “proof of identity” to display certain content on YouTube and Play Store

Google has announced sweeping changes that will affect how Australians use certain products from the tech giant.

In a blog post titled ‘Ensuring age-appropriate experiences‘, Samantha Yorke, senior manager of government affairs and public policy at Google, explains that Australian users will soon need age verification documentation to access certain content on YouTube and the Google Play Store.

This would involve uploading documents such as a driver’s license, passport, or credit card when attempting to access age-restricted content in order to verify the user’s age.

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Anyone wishing to watch age-restricted YouTube content that cannot be verified will be redirected to provide age verification.

“As part of this process, some Australian users may be asked to provide additional proof of age when attempting to watch mature content on YouTube or download content from Google Play,” Yorke wrote on the blog.

“If our systems are unable to establish that a viewer is over 18, we will ask them to provide a valid ID or credit card to verify their age.”

Google states that all documents provided will be stored securely, “will not be made public, and will be deleted” once the verification process is complete.

Yorke explains that this will allow Google to show content only to appropriate audiences.

The actions taken by Google follow a response similar to the European Union Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

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