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Google’s Age Verification Data-Collection Strategy

Published by marco on

I recently followed a link to a video on YouTube that was supposed to demonstrate the madness of Japanese wrestler Jun Kasai. I was unable to view the video because it was age-restricted and I had not yet verified my age for my Google account.[1]

Google helpfully offered a couple of ways of rectifying this issue.

 Google's Age-verification Options

That escalated quickly.

I want to ask incredulously “do people really scan their driver’s license and send it to completely unanswerable company like Google?” or “hey scan and send your passport, why not?” … but I already know the answer.

People want to see a Japanese wrestler destroy himself with fluorescent light-bulbs or they want to see boobies and they will not hesitate to give away the information anyone could use to spoof their identity.

Or I suppose you could let Google have your credit card, instead. All of these options are good.

[1] For those dying of curiosity, the short video (1:12) CLIP: Masada vs. Jun Kasai − Ultraviolent Deathmatch from CZW LIVE at WrestleCon 4/5/13 (YouTube) provides a relatively good sample of what’s going on in a “Deathmatch”. There is barbed wire on one side of the ring and a wooden fence on the other. Jun Kasai is thrown into both sides until he looks like Carrie after the pig’s blood had spilled on her. He has no teeth.