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Want To Watch Porn? The Government Wants To Scan Your Face First

Australia's domestic security agency has suggested using face scans to confirm people's age before they watch online pornography.

The Department of Home Affairs has also suggested using facial recognition technology to restrict access to gambling sites.

The department has flagged checking ages by matching a person's photo with a document already logged with Home Affairs, such as a driver's license.

Porn viewers may be subject to new age verification checks in Australia. Image: Getty

"This could assist in age verification, for example by preventing a minor from using their parent's driver licence to circumvent age verification controls," it wrote to a parliamentary committee investigating the idea.

The United Kingdom this month abandoned plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography, after years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners.

Closer to home, the Home Affairs proposal would piggyback off a separate proposed facial recognition scheme being pursued by the federal government.

Peter Dutton
Peter Dutton's Home Affairs department wants to scan your face before you watch porn. Image: AAP

The government wants agencies, banks and phone companies to be able to use the technology.

However, a bipartisan committee recently shot down the proposal over fears it could lead to mass surveillance, telling the government to redraft its plans.