How to watch porn in the UK without a porn-pass

Updated on: 21 June 2019
Updated on:21 June 2019

The UK government plans to implement a nationwide age-verification on all adult sites. The law is set so come into effect in July, although it will likely be delayed, and will require all pornographic websites to verify the age of their UK based visitors.

Anyone wanting to watch porn in the UK will need to prove they are over 18. A “porn-pass” – a sort of registration number that they can only get by providing a identification and proof of age.

Now, some people might not be too happy having their ID linked to every piece adult content they access, especially since the UK government has frequent data breaches.

However, the exact method of verification to be used hasn’t actually been set by the government, who will likely rely on the websites themselves to collect and store the data, which just feels like a really bad idea.

As many have pointed out already – since it will only be the UK that has this age verification, it will be easy for people to bypass simply by changing their IP address to that of another country.

The quickest way to do this and unblock porn in the UK safely, whilst also encrypting all your internet traffic so your ISP or government can’t keep tabs on you, is by using a VPN.

To get started right away, follow these steps:

The above will work with any legal adult site and keeps your browsing data private. Your ISP and the UK government will not be able to snoop on your activities or connect your browsing to you if you do the above.

Using a VPN is not a carte-blanche for illegal activities.

If you’re suspected of committing a serious crime, GCHQ and the National Crime agency will probably find out, regardless of which VP you use, and give you some well deserved time at her majesties pleasure.

The UK porn block is very likely to become official in July 2019, and you need to know exactly how you can go around these restrictions. Brace yourself for a revolution! Except this one has less to do with politics and more to do with our right to enjoy legal erotic content privately. High…five?

For now, let’s take a look at some of the methods you can use to override the ID checks. It’s fairly simple, actually, so much so that even the geniuses behind the idea admitted that the initiative isn’t going to work all the time.

1. The dangers of a national porn database

The thought of having every adult video you’ve watched, permanently in a database that contains your personally identifiable information such as a scan of your passport or drivers licence, will understandably make many people feel quite uncomfortable.

UK porn surveillance

I can imagine it won’t be that long before the authorities want access to those databases under the guise of protecting the public? OF course, I can’t see the future, but recent years have seen the gradual erosion of privacy:

2. Privacy should be a major concern for all

No more second-thoughts about using a VPN. Most people who have any concern for their privacy will absolutely want a VPN before accessing porn in the UK.

What’s more, the mere existence of quality VPNs will make the porn block completely useless, as if there wasn’t any in the first place. Could this whole thing just be another massive waste of time and valuable resources?

The truth is evident already. The best option is to enlist the services of a VPN. The encryption and strong security protocols will make any attempts at your personal freedom obsolete.

A VPN is specially designed to circumvent internet restrictions, regardless of their origins. Not even your ISP is capable of tracking your internet browsing when you’re protected by a good VPN.

Just think of it this way:

  • With the VPN turned on, your connection will be directly sent to its destination via a tunnel created by the VPN itself.
  • The tunnel is encrypted with secure protocols that close off any contact with the outside. It becomes an impermeable shield against any and all intruders. Yes, that includes the nosy UK government officials who want to poke their noses into your business.
  • In the end, only you, the sender, and the recipient will be able to access the data sent through the tunnel. This data can be anything from a picture, a message, or even a request to access a certain website.

The Digital Economy Act approved by the UK in 2017 states that all porn websites will have to adhere to strict regulation. They will have to create certain identity-verification checkpoints on the welcoming page of their website.

Here, you’ll have to prove to them that you’re over 18 years old and therefore legally allowed to access adult content. This will come in the form of an ID check, the information on a driving license, or the purchase of a so-called porn pass which you’ll then use to access porn.

However, how likely is it that you’ll be able to purchase these porn passes if you’re not over 18? If these IDs are sold at the corner store, it’s very likely people under the age of 18 will be able to get hold of them.

But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Purchasing the pass is not your only option. In fact, you’d only be putting yourself at risk by entering your personally identifiable information into porn sites.

As for the VPN company’s trustworthiness and whether you’re safe with their services, make sure you read some VPN reviews and check the legitimacy of their privacy policies before you sign up.e fucked up by now countless times.

Any good VPN with a few ounces of respect to its name will not collect any user data, regardless of its nature. Besides the usual maintenance information required to run the servers, which can’t be linked to a specific user anyway, nothing else should be collected.

3. UK porn block uncovers a the dark side of the nanny state

Officially known as the Digital Economy Act, or at least a part of it, this initiative aims to condition the populace into giving up their privacy.

We’ve seen this already with the Social Credit system in China.

Oppression, authoritarianism, exceeding restrictions and the lowering of personal liberties – these are the core characteristics of any state growing overly powerful. When there is only one authority in place that takes precedence over personal freedom and one’s own liberty to think and act, oppression is born.

The UK’s initiative states that all people in the UK will have to prove they are over 18 years old before being granted access to adult sites.

Websites that refuse to comply with these regulations will either be blocked off entirely by the UK internet service providers or they will receive hefty fines of up to £250,000.

The pornographic industry itself will be responsible to create the infrastructure necessary to perform these identity checkpoints. MindGeek’s AgeID system is the main contender for the role of supplementing this role, in this case.

Buy a porn pass from your local corner store

You should also be able to buy a “porn pass” from your local news agent. Yep, that’s right. Just waltz up there at your nearest news agent and ask the person behind the till for a porn pass.

One of the problems with the UK porn block is that the state gets to decide the nature of the pornographic content. Which websites will have to comply with this law? What is slightly indecent and what is porn?

These lines are blurred as even the creators of the law are unsure as to how exactly they’ll manage the situation. Apparently, any site that is 60% or more pornographic content will be affected. This just doesn’t make sense.

The whole UK internet will have its body incinerated, punctured and sawed off by the rusty and gangrenous meat cleaver of the government. With exemplary imprecision and a hypocritical self-righteous grin on their lips, these politicians will deny you the sacred right of wanking and call it justice.

The motivation for all of this?

Protecting children from accessing pornographic content.

This could be overcome by parents being a bit more up to date on how to protect their own children, but there you go.

This legislation will lead to an even greater lack of parental responsibility who’ll believe their kids are safe now. Which simply won’t be true.

There are hundreds of thousands of porn sites, and the pornographic content on the internet nears infinity. If there’s something faster than the speed of light, it’s the speed of porn videos uploaded on adult websites.

It’s impossible to force all of these websites to adhere to the legislation, and blocking access to them seems a far-fetched idea as well. Given its massiveness, porn content won’t ever be extinguished unless some really strict algorithms are created that will completely change the way people access the internet.

The UK porn block is destined to fail

In my opinion, this initiative simply won’t work.

It’s doomed to fail, just like many other similar policies in the past. Just remember the days of prohibition, when alcohol consumption actually increased after the ban, or look at how well the US is doing with the war on drugs.

The moment porn becomes inaccessible is the moment people will have to decide between giving up their privacy or protecting it. The internet is supposed to be the land of the free, and this is an ideal many are fighting for.

Providing your personally identifiable information to websites is not necessarily safe.

It’s never a good idea to take on the risks of having your identity exposed on the internet, And the British government demands just that. These politicians are taking the high ground here, riding on the coat-tails of moral justifications, the defense of our children.

While most people would agree that children under 18 shouldn’t have access to pornographic content, this is not a good way to achieve that. It’s a third-rate attempt at making things better, or so it appears to be, while its underlying goal is to increase the control of the state on the populace.

Fortunately, you can still watch porn in the UK without a license or ID. With VPNs, you don’t need any porn pass. We’ll see what happens next when the initiative is put into action in a few months.

Written by: Bogdan Patru

Author, creative writer, and tech-geek. Bogdan has followed his passion for the digital world ever since he got his hands of his first pc. After years of accumulating knowledge and experience, the good Samaritan in him whispered him one day about the virtue of sharing that knowledge with those who needed it. It was 2014 when that idea would grow into a life-defining passion. One that keeps driving him to this day.

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