An Australian government department has shown interest in forcing pornography sites to verify a user's age, and it's willing to offer its facial recognition services to get it done.

It's suggested its facial recognition service, which is yet to pass in parliament and was initially proposed for national security and fraud detection purposes, could help to make this a reality.

Australian Home Affairs has been developing its facial recognition service (named 'The Capability'), which it's hoping to legalise if the Identity-matching Services (IMS) Bill 2019 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019 are ever passed through parliament.

Just last week the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) tabled the bills, expressing that the committee believed protections for individual's rights should be more explicitly incorporated.

The bill propose two services — a Face Identification Service (FIS) and Face Verification Service (FVS).

The first matches unknown faces against a database filled with identified facial data collected from passports, drivers' licences and other forms of photo ID.

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