on 02-05-2012 08:27
I want to turn off the Adult Content block on my phone (I'm a photographer and some sites I use have an 'adult content' flag due to potential modelling pictures).
Every time I try to turn it off it says I need to prove my age by supplying my drivers license number (which is frankly ridiculous) - but even when I enter my driving license number it says it's incorrect! The alternative is to divulge my passport number - which I refuse to give to a mobile phone provider!
Any advice would be gratefully received. I've raised a ticket this morning but thought a post here might get quicker results.
As an aside, is it acceptable that a mobile phone provider expects people to compromise their personal security by divulging such personal data as drivers license numbers and passport numbers? Such information is very personal and would leave an individual highly exposed to identity theft if it fell into the wrong hands. The UK Identity and Passport agency state categorically that "You must never reveal or divulge your passport number to anybody except UK Border Agency officials or Authorised Border Control officials" - so why does GiffGaff think it's entitled to ask for that information?
on 02-05-2012 08:30
How else are they prove that you are over 18
02-05-2012 08:32 - edited 02-05-2012 08:32
With regard to the security of the info, it isn't actually permanently stored based on this post from the developer who wrote the algorithm that checks the details
02-05-2012 08:36 - edited 02-05-2012 08:36
In addition this thread may explain reasons why the driving licence number may be rejected
02-05-2012 08:41 - edited 02-05-2012 08:43
Not compromising an individuals personal security comes far higher up the priority chain than a mobile phone provider confirming someone's age. Adult websites manage to confirm someones age millions of times a day without needing Passport/drivers numbers.... why is GiffGaff special?
Furthermore why is GiffGaff explicitly asking people to breach UK Identity and Passport Service guidelines?
on 02-05-2012 08:44
Make sure you include all the digits when inputting the the data, that includes the 2 digits that are spaced apart from the your main licence details (i missed these out when i first did it by mistake, included them and it was removed staright away)
on 02-05-2012 08:47
on 02-05-2012 08:51
I will do some more research to understand if there is a contravention of regulations here.