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UPDATE: Pornhub won’t force you to verify your age until much later this year

UPDATE: Laws that will require porn sites to verify that users are over 18 have been delayed until later in the year. 

Originally due to be launched in April, the laws have been delayed until later in the year to allow them to be properly implemented, as reported by The Verge.

This means that sites will not be required to verify their user’s ages for the time being, and will also mean that incognito mode will still have a use for porn-browsers everywhere.

Original story continues below…

Starting in April, Pornhub visitors will have to navigate their way past an age verification barrier, in order to access the site.

The tool, called AgeID, has been created by MindGeek, a company that owns several highly popular pornographic websites, including Pornhub, YouPorn, RedTube and Brazzers.

When the Digital Economy Act comes into effect next month, the AgeID age verification tool will appear when you try to access pornographic websites in the UK. To get through it, you’ll have to prove you’re at least 18 years old.

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It isn’t yet clear how the system will work, but MindGeek says that once you log in to AgeID, you’ll unlock access to every porn site that uses the tool, and won’t have to keep confirming your age on a site-by-site basis.

We’ve asked MindGeek and Pornhub to clarify whether or not browsing in Incognito mode will affect the way AgeID works, and will update this article when they respond.

MindGeek adds that AgeID will use “regulator approved methodology” to verify a user’s age, and says it won’t store people’s personal data.

However, it says it will keep hold of “standard technical data” to make sure the tool works as it’s supposed to.

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