What is the UK porn ban, when does it start and can you unlock the new block?

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What is the UK porn ban, when does it start and can you unlock the new block?



NEW porn laws will see the introduction of compulsory age checks in the UK.
But just how will it be regulated, when does it come into effect and what does it mean for porn websites? Here’s what we know.
Sites like PornHub will require age verification before showing users any smut
What is the UK porn ban?
Porn sites will soon be required to get proof of ID from UK residents before showing any X-rated clips.
That includes free porn sites like PornHub and YouPorn – which attract nearly 2billion visits a month between them worldwide.
They’ll join a number of other sites in using the AgeID system, which requires users to verify their age via an official form of ID such as a driver’s license or passport.
From April, when the new system is expected to launch, randy internet lurkers will be shown a non-pornographic “landing page”, according to AgeID spokesman James Clark.
“When a user first visits a site protected by AgeID, a landing page will appear with a prompt for the user to verify their age before they can access the site,” he told The Metro.
“Each website will create their own non-pornographic landing page for this purpose.”
When someone first clicks on a site, they’ll be asked to register with AgeID and verify their age using a Mobile SMS, credit card, passport, or driving licence.
Users will then be able to use their AgeID username or password to access all porn sites that use AgeID – though some may use different age verification systems.
Clark said: “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.”
Sites face fines of up to £250,000 or a blanket block by UK internet service providers if they do not comply with the rules.
Regulators will be also able to block porn websites if they fail to show that they are denying access to under-18s.
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When does the ban start?
The new rules were approved as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017.
They aim to make it harder for under-18s to get hold of adult material.
It’s already been pushed back several times before: The scheme was supposed to come in in April 2018 and was then delayed until the end of the year, before it was postponed once again to April 2019.
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Can you unlock the new block?
As well as registering with AgeID, Brits will also be able to access porn sites using a voucher you can buy from high street shops.
Thousands of shops will offer the special ID cards, which users can link to an app known as Portes.
Through Portes, they can then login to sites without having to hand over their email address.
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Clark said: “The PortesCard is available to purchase from selected high street retailers and any of the UK’s 29,000 PayPoint outlets as a voucher.
“Once a card or voucher is purchased, its unique validation code must be activated via the Portes app within 24 hours before expiring.
“Once the user has been verified, they will automatically be granted access to all sites using AgeID.”
Each PortesCard will cost £4.99 for use on a single device, or £8.99 for use across multiple devices.

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