Pornhub's AgeID is Going to Let You Access Porn With Cards Available at Your Local Newsagent

By Tom Pritchard on at

Back in May the government announced that it was considering an alternative method for the online age verification systems it wants implemented by the end of the year - which is fast approaching with no real progress announced to the public. It suggested launching 'porn passes' that could be purchased at newsagents and used to anonymously access adult material online. Plus other age restricted material like booze and knives.

While it wasn't clear how that would work, AgeID, the verification system from Pornhub owner MindGeek, has just teamed up with a company to try something similar. The company has announced a partnership with OCL and Portes, a company that has its own age-verifying card system on sale in newsagents across the UK. In fact they're on sale in the 29,000 PayPoint-affiliated newsagents across the country, which pretty much everyone lives near.

Portes Cards work in conjunction with the Portes app, designed to allowed authorities to "to distribute and speak an absolute state of truth into the Portes app." In other words it can be used to show that you're over 18, and then express that fact to websites you want to visit. It claims that by working with authorities in this way, it negates any need to collect or transmit personal data about the user. So that should mean nobody can keep tabs on your browsing history, ready to be leaked out when the next hacker finds an exploit in the system.E

Each card has a QR code on it, and is scanned into the app to 'confirm that truth', in this case that you're over 18. Whenever you need to access a restricted site clicking the Portes logo will let you launch the app on your phone, enter your PIN, and then that one piece of clarifying information is sent to the server to grant access. Cards are only needed to set everything up once, and cost £5 if you want to activate a single device. Multiple device cards are also available, costing £9 each.
James Clark, Director of Communications at AgeID, said:

“The anonymous nature of Portes fits perfectly into AgeID’s suite of age verification options, offering privacy and reassurance to consumers that their personal information cannot be revealed.The addition of OCL’sparental and fraud prevention controls puts their solution head and shoulders above the rest and gives parents peace of mind as we enter a new era of internet regulation in the UK.

Our exclusive partnership with OCL continues AgeIDs commitment to privacy and security, and advances our vision to be the most robust age verification system available

Serge Acker, CEO of OCL, said:

We have designed Portes to be a seamless, transactional platform that can verify agreements between different parties without the need to store any kind of personal data. With new legislation set to come into force soon, we have created a status verification solution that is seamless and elegant, with far-reaching child and workplace protection applications, ensuring that only properly verified parties can access adult materials, regardless of whether that’s visual media or social media.

We are proud to partner with the market leader in age verification, AgeID, exclusively for the cards use in providing age verification for adult themed sites.

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