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JUPITER, Fla. — Online payment processor Segpay today announced that it has partnered with AVSecure, one of the leading age-verification solutions to comply with the upcoming Digital Economy Act.

Under the Digital Economy Act, all websites with adult content accessible from within the U.K. have a responsibility to block access from minors. The enforcement requires more than a passive checkbox confirming a user’s age.

It is expected that acceptable age verification methods will include credit/debit card, voting data, mobile with SMS, and government issued identification such as a passport or driver’s license. In-person verification would require the age-verification card. AVSecure handles all verification processes.

In addition to recommending AVSecure to its merchants, Segpay and AVSecure will develop a simple process to allow access to the AVSecure verification service for existing paying customers.

Cathy Beardsley, president and CEO of Segpay said it is envisaged that paying members will be required to enter two unique pieces of identifying information into a dedicated members-area field in AVSecure, and Segpay will validate that the request came from a genuine paying member. The process will be easy and allow the many thousands of existing merchants to ensure their paying clients can be verified without having to re-enter their personal details anywhere.