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Re: [Taler] age-restriction is about coins, not currencies

From: Oezguer Kesim
Subject: Re: [Taler] age-restriction is about coins, not currencies
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2021 12:00:34 +0200

Thus spake Jacob Bachmeyer (jcb62281@gmail.com):

> Christian Grothoff wrote:
> > [...]
> > 
> > So yes, the legal question is interesting, but needs to be looked at
> > (and possibly fought as part of the fight against government overreach
> > on E-ID mandates) in each country. And sure, it only makes sense to
> > enable this kind of feature if the legal environment is suitable ---
> > which is IMO one key reason to make it always optional.
> This is my main argument against implementing the feature at all:
> unsuitable legal environments could *demand* it be enabled for them and
> their local Taler exchanges would comply.

And then that society would gain a mechanism for _anonymous_ and
_unlinkable_ age verification, controlled by parents/wardens (not other

> If the feature is not available at all, there is nothing to demand.

Quite the contrary:  If anonymous, unlinkable age verification, mediated
by parents/wardens, does not exist, legislation will demand other means
of age verification which - to my knowledge - lack either the privacy
preserving properties or subsidiarity principle.

I guess we have to aggree to disagree on the impact and dangers of the
proposed age restriction scheme in GNU Taler.

-- oec

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