Byron Recommendations? ... Online Information Card? ... Response?
Following this weeks publication of the Byron Review Action Plan, which aims to protect the safety of children online, Times Online reports that the worlds most influential firms have launced their online 'Information Card'. Note that its' not called an identity card, but effectively thats what it does, including verifying a users age.
Information Card Foundation membership includes Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Novell, PayPal and Equifax. With this sort of support, the Foundation may be influential enough to move this forward, especially as it is looking at being a wallet as well as an 'information' card, and we may see this additional card in our wallets!
One of the recommendations of the Byron Action Plan is for age verification to protect children from adult services where they just click to agree they are over 18 (duh?). This card could gain acceptance by parents, but how many young people are going to want to prove they are too young?