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The big story about the meeting of Australian attorneys-general happening today (July 22) is that they’re going to reconsider Australia’s classification system, and might revisit the question of R18+ game classifications. However, it has emerged that the nation’s lawmakers will also consider the vexed question of privacy on …

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Stop

How about no.

Excellent. That's just what I want to do. Give Facebook a copy of my driver’s license or other hard identification.

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Alternatively

you could just not use Facebook and keep in touch with your friends using the good old methodologies of phone, email, and face-to-face contact. :)

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Re:Alternatively

Freedom to associate would be nice though wouldn't it?

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I agree with the parental access...

There are too many incidents of bullying amongst school children going on via social networks. I think it's a great idea that parents have automatic access to their child's account[s]. How it's done I can't say. At the moment it's far too easy for a child to have one account that their parents have access to and to also have a second, third, or fourth account that they don't.

Bullying used to be quite open (eg on the playground), or very private (eg letters or notes left in certain places). Now it's potentially anonymous, or even by proxy (eg 'hack' into someone's Facebook account and post on a 3rd party's wall).

It's extremely difficult for parent to combat this and I personally feel that the companies that run social network sites need to address these issues. But of course they won't without being forced, so I say "Yes" to this idea from down under.

There are ways it could be achieved without giving Facebook (or Google, or whomever) access to our drivers licence or whatever. We just need one central authenticating service that has verified who we are that then hooks into the various websites. It's not rocket-science, just a shift in thinking and probably quite expensive. But at the end of the day; who do we trust to run the central authentication service? I think it's not a case of if, but when...

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Impose fines or even better...

....stonings!

Every time a kiddie access FB, someone could stone 'what's-his-face-berg', the founder.

...are there any women here?

no, no, no, err NO, NO, NO...

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Big Brother

Damn...

..what IS it with Australia??!

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Facebook freaks.

No skin in this fight ( i despise you facebook freaks)

But your folks aught to be able to see when your being a dumbass online. Better yet you must be this old before you can log on and have a credit card number.

as for bullying welcome to the real world.

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