Google Korea will introduce an age-verification system later this year that will restrict adult-themed searches to those 19 years of age and older, according to IDG:
“Users will have to enter their name and national resident registration number, which will be checked against a database to verify the user — or at least the person whose data has been entered — is old enough.
The system will be combined with a localized version of the SafeSearch system that is already used on Google’s main English-language search engine to ascertain the context of the search so that queries for, for example, ‘rape’ are challenged but those for ‘rape shelter’ are not.
The company hopes to enable the system starting Sept. 1. Similar systems are in use by all of Korea’s major Internet search portals.”
In other recent international news, Thailand decided to drop its planned lawsuit against Google after Google removed clips insulting to King Bhumibol Adulyadej from YouTube.