There is a private member’s bill before the House of Lords in Britain — Online Purchasing of Goods and Services (Age Verification) Bill [HL] 2008-09 — to require online retailers to verify the age of people buying goods whose purchase is restricted by age, e.g. liquor or cigarettes. It is described here.
Some scepticism has been expressed about its desirability, in part based on the difficulty of actually doing what the law would require.
Do you think this kind of law would be a good idea here? Or should we accept as a fact that age restrictions on purchases . . . [more]