UK porn BLOCK comes into force next month – but a £5 ID card will buy you access

Web users will have to prove their age before accessing sites like PornHub and YouPorn

Brits who watch porn online will be forced to prove their age before accessing sites like PornHub and YouPorn from next month.

The new measures are a result of the Digital Economy Act 2017, and are designed to prevent children from seeing content that isn’t appropriate for them.

Under the terms of the Act, all online commercial pornography services accessible from the UK are required to carry age-verification controls.

Mindgeek – the company that owns Pornhub, YouPorn, RedTube and Brazzers – has developed a system called AgeID, for this purpose.

From April, anyone attempting to access any of these sites from a UK device will be redirected to a non-pornographic “landing page”.

The landing page will prompt the user to enter an email address and password, and verify their age using a credit card, passport or driving licence.

Once they have have set up their AgeID “account”, they will be able to log into any porn sites that use the Age ID system with their username and password.

It is a one-time verification, with a simple single sign-on for future access,” AgeID spokesman James Clark told Metro.co.uk

“If a user verifies on one AgeID protected site, they will not need to perform this verification again on any other site carrying AgeID.

Privacy campaigners are naturally concerned about what might happen in the event of a security breach. Last year, VR porn site SinVR was hacked, exposing the details of 20,000 users.

However, Mindgeek claims that all email addresses and passwords are “hashed”, so even if the company’s servers are hacked, users’ personal details will not be compromised.

For anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable handing over their email address to a porn company, there will be another way to prove your age.