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UK Porn Block Starts April 1st, ID Required

Starting from April 2019, attempting to reach Pornhub or Youporn from a UK device will bring up a non-pornographic ‘landing page’.

The first time they visit, users will have to create an AgeID account by verifying their ID, with an email and password.

A user can register an AgeID account using an email address and password. The user verifies their email address and then chooses an age verification option from our list of 3rd party providers, using options such as Mobile SMS, Credit Card, Passport, or Driving Licence. The second option is to purchase a PortesCard or voucher from a retail outlet. Using this method, a customer does not need to register an email address, and can simply access the site using the Portes app.

It is a one-time verification, with a simple single sign-on for future access. If a user verifies on one AgeID protected site, they will not need to perform this verification again on any other site carrying AgeID.

Each PortesCard will cost £4.99 (USD$6.5) for use on a single device, or £8.99 ($11.8) for use across multiple devices. The ban on under-18s was approved as part of the Digital Economy Act last year aimed at making adult content less accessible to anyone under the age of 18.

If porn websites don’t comply, they face a fine of up to £250,000(USD$328,344) and even a blanket ban from UK internet service providers.

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