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UK porn block is ‘privacy timebomb’ for 20million Brits, experts warn

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THE UK porn blocker will be coming into effect next month but the age verification restrictions could become a data protection nightmare, according to concerned experts.

The Open Rights Group, a company working to preserve digital rights and freedoms, has called the upcoming ID checks a “privacy timebomb”.

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Open Rights Group executive director Jim Killock told the Independent: “Due to the sensitive nature of age verification data, there needs to be a higher standard of protection than the baseline which is offered by data protection legislation.”

He added: “The BBFC’s standard is supposed to deliver this. However, it is a voluntary standard, which offers little information about the level of data protection being offered and provides no means of redress if companies fail to live up to it.”

When the block begins on July 15, naughty sites will have 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 two billion visits a month between them worldwide.

Brits will be blocked from seeing some websites altogether – at the BBFC’s discretion
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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.

The block is designed to prevent minors accessing XXX websites, but pages that don’t age-check “effectively” face being banned for everyone.

Estimates have suggested that 20 million UK adults are set to be asked for verification to watch porn.

However, a recent YouGov poll found that 76% of Brits are unaware that the legislation is going to be put in place.

What is the UK porn block?

Here's everything you need to know…

  • Watching free porn in Britain is about to get a lot trickier thanks to new rules that aim to protect children from online smut.
  • As early as July 15, porn sites will 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 July 15, when the new system is expected to launch, randy internet lurkers will be shown a non-pornographic “landing page”.
  • 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.
  • 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.


In other news, the UK porn block will completely ban some adult sites even if you’re over 18.

Last year, The Sun exposed a huge cache of porn on YouTube that the tech giant had failed to take down.

And, Facebook pervs are swapping “candid” photos of women’s feet snapped in public places without their permission.

What do you think of the upcoming UK porn block? Let us know in the comments…


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