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

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has been carrying out digital identity age verification trials for online alcohol purchases with selected providers in Australia since September, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

FOI documents released by the Office of eSafety Commissioner indicated there were also plans to carry out similar trials for online gambling, with each private beta testing scheduled to operate for a three to six-month period.

Scope to expand the trial in 2022 has also been proposed to include additional users, other Australian-based online alcohol, online gambling service providers, and R18+ online video games with “loot boxes”, and myGovID as an identity provider.

The intention of the FOI request filed by Greg Tannahill dated September 29 sought to understand Mastercard’s proposed involvement in delivering or influencing the delivery of age verification services in Australia.

It came off the back of Mastercard announcing just two days before the request was filed that it was working with the DTA to see how its digital identity service could enable Australians to digitally verify their age and identity.

As part of the collaboration, Mastercard said it would work with the DTA to examine a series of private sector-led pilots and the impact its digital

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