So you clicked on the article about the UK withholding porn access? I suppose that means you’re the filthy sort that’s worried about such a ban preventing you from getting your mature lesbian videos?

Wait, hold on!

Don’t click away just yet.

There’s no judgment here at VPNBase. It’s 2019. Watching porn isn’t a taboo anymore. Your gran probably does it too. No, it seems that the judgment of such pastimes is exclusively retained by the British government and similar ilk.

At some point around April 2019, the UK will initiate its widespread internet porn ban.

What is the UK Porn Ban?

In an attempt to curb the availability of pornographic content to the children of Britain, the government, in coordination with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will launch an age verification scheme across all 18+ websites on the internet.

You may already be familiar with porn websites presenting a simplistic age verification page before allowing users to proceed. This initiative plans to be far stronger in its regulation.

Simply scrolling to a birth date in the 1920s or clicking on a button stating "I am over 18" will be a thing of the past. Now the websites will want you to actually prove your maturity.

How will the UK Porn Ban Work?

One of the biggest issues surrounding the porn ban is the lack of information regarding the methodology of censoring the content for underage users. A few companies have offered up their solutions, most notably MindGeek.

Although you might not think it hearing the company name, MindGeek is an internet company that runs some of the most popular porn websites globally. These include PornHub, RedTube, and YouPorn.

They’re trialing software called AgeID. To verify users’ ages, AgeID will require users to enter their name, address, telephone number, and date of birth. The data will be sent to a third-party regulating body for age verification. Only then will users have access to the website.

So what’s the big problem?

Ultimately, the UK Porn Ban has got a decent core morality. There’s tons of content freely available on the internet that could be incredibly damaging if viewed by young children. There’s also the negative impact of children viewing unrealistic sexual content as their only source of sex education.

Wanting to stop children from having absolute freedom on the internet does make sense. The problem is the way the UK government wants to do this will risk everyone’s privacy and future freedoms.

How will the porn ban threaten my privacy?

The risks internet gurus are worried about center on the weaknesses in the age verification processes.

For example, if MindGeek’s AgeID is accepted, were hackers to attack MindGeek, they could create an information leak that would compromise incredibly personal details of the users of websites like PornHub.

This kind of leak is only the beginning. Open Rights Group (ORG), have published a 22 point list of their fears associated with the porn ban. One of the recurring fears is that the verification process will lead to people’s porn habits directly impacting the rest of their online and offline lives.

Adverts and content might start targeting internet users based on their private browsing habits. LGBTQ+ teens could be outed to their peers before they are willing to do so themselves. Less legitimate porn websites may use the age verification data for more nefarious purposes.

Most worrying of all is the rising fear that this is the first sign of a government attempting to censor the public at large. Similar "save the children" motivations were given to justify the erection of China’s Great Firewall.

In China, the government heavily censors its internet so that users are not influenced by foreign material that doesn’t side with the country’s propaganda, or accessing sexually suggestive material (i.e. porn). Similar censorship has followed in South Korea and the Australian government tried something similar.

The idea of losing out on all that the internet has to offer is worrying enough to make anyone go soft!

What can you do to stop it?

The motion was passed in 2017 in parliament, so it’s maybe too late to contact your MPs about it.

However, even if the porn ban is instigated this April, there are still methods of getting around it to access adult content without giving up your personal details. The answer, you might have guessed, is VPNs.

Which VPN should I get?

Most VPNs are used just to encrypt your data and hide your IP address. However, with the UK Porn Ban, the necessary function will be the ability to use a surrogate IP from another country.

If you were to redirect your IP address to another address in the UK, you’d run into the same issue.

Instead, you’ll want a VPN with a large range of servers in other countries. For this, we’d recommend ExpressVPN. With servers ranging over 94 countries, even if multiple counties set up a similar porn ban, you’re likely to find at least one that will allow you access.

When the UK government starts interfering in your browsing habits we'll be here to give you the protection you need.