Pornhub will soon force users to sign in to use their site

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New laws coming into force in April are going to affect a very popular website...Pornhub. The change is confirmed to be affecting Britain but we're not sure what that means for NZ just yet.

Porn giant Mindgeek – owner of Pornhub, RedTube, YouPorn and Brazzers – will now collect names, mobile phone number, addresses and dates and place of birth before users log in. The AgeID system has caused alarm among privacy campaigners – who say it has the potential for Ashley Madison-style leaks.

The online ID checks will mean people will have to prove they are 18 before viewing any porn online, and are part of the Digital Economy Act 2018. The new system will be policed by the British Board of Film Censorship, but porn publishers will implement their own age checks. AgeID will prompt users to create an account, using a passport or mobile phone to confirm their age. The data is passed to a government-approved service to confirm that the user is aged 18+ – then users can then use their AgeID account to bypass checks. Sites which fail to ID users can be fined up to £250,000, and the government can ask payment services to withdraw their support.