Facial age estimation has the potential to be a safe, secure, and equitable avenue to protect minors online. The Developers Alliance supports innovations like these and encourages the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to nurture their growth through sandboxing and experimentation.
Washington, D.C. September 8, 2023 – The Developers Alliance has released the following statement addressing the Federal Trade Commission’s request for public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, Yoti Ltd. and Yoti (USA) Inc., and SuperAwesome Ltd.
- Developers understand that in order to innovate and grow their businesses they must ensure that consumers’ privacy is protected. And no privacy or security is more valued by developers than that of minors.
- Facial age estimation is not facial recognition. Facial age estimation is the practice of analyzing the geometry of a person’s face to confirm they are indeed an adult. Facial age estimation converts a live facial image into numbers, comparing this data with a training data set associated with known ages.
- Facial age estimation can be safer, more secure, and more equitable than current age verification models.
The following quote can be attributed to Geoffrey Lane, Head of U.S. Policy for the Developers Alliance:
“Developers work hard to earn and keep their users’ trust, and that’s why we support the responsible deployment of facial age estimation technology. The technology has the potential to be more effective than current age verification models like credit cards, addresses, social security numbers, or birthdates. We urge the FTC to work with developers to nurture this nascent technology through sandboxing and experimentation to collect performance data and demonstrate effectiveness.”
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