Google has announced it will be expanding age verification checks to users in Australia who want to access age-restricted content on YouTube and Google Play.
In the coming month, the search giant will introduce age verification checks where users are asked to provide additional proof-of-age when attempting to watch mature content on YouTube or downloading content on Google Play.
The move is to provide users with “age appropriate experiences,” Google government affairs and public policy senior manager Samantha Yorke explained in a blog post.
“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 downloading content on Google Play.
“If our systems are unable to establish that a viewer is above the age of 18, we will request that they provide a valid ID or credit card to verify their age.”
Google considers a valid ID as one issued by government, such as a driver’s licence or passport.
The company assured if a user uploads a copy of their ID, it would be “securely stored, won’t be made public, and would be deleted” once a person’s date of birth is verified.
It noted, however, that