BREAKING Porn block delay CONFIRMED as UK admits there are more kinks to iron out

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Plans to block porn for underage internet users have been delayed AGAIN in a chaotic decision by the UK government.

Age verification on sites like Pornhub had been due to launch on July 15 after missing previous estimates of April 2018 and April 2019.

But Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright today admitted it will be stalled again by around six months as he irons out kinks in the policy.

He apologised and announced an investigation after officials made a “mistake” – by failing to notify the EU about part of the plan.

In a humiliating statement to MPs, Mr Wright branded the error an “administrative oversight”.

Labour shadow cabinet minister Cat Smith branded the latest delay a “shambles”.

“It’s not good enough, it’s not acceptable and it’s letting children down,” she told the House of Commons. And she demanded assurances that user data will be safe from leaks or hacks.

If you want to access these sites, you’ll to give your name and address

Under the plans, commercial porn sites will be forced to show they are verifying users are over 18.

Users may be forced to submit ID details online, like a driver’s licence or passport, or buy a voucher from a high street shop.

Yet campaigners have raised privacy concerns and fears about how well the scheme is known by the public or will work in practice.

Last night it emerged industry chiefs had written to the scheme’s regulator – the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) – warning “time is very tight” and asking for another delay.

Labour branded the situation a “shambles” that is “letting children down” (file photos)

According to Sky News, the Digital Policy Alliance (DPA) warned a rushed scheme would mean “less protection for public data”.

And the DPA said: “It appears that there is an intention for uncertified providers to use this opportunity to harvest and manipulate user data.”

Ex-Culture Secretary Matt Hancock originally claimed the porn block would be “fully in place” by “April 2018”.

But it was stalled amid criticism – and the revelation it could cost millions in legal battles against the government.

Newspaper reports then suggested it would launch by April 2019, but these turned out not to be correct.

A date of July 15 was eventually announced in mid-April.

Commercial porn sites such as Pornhub will be forced to show they are verifying users are over 18

One of several solutions being considered by the industry is called AgeID.

Under this system users verify their identity through a third-party website.

They can then use a single login to gain access to a range of different porn sites – a bit like ‘Login with Facebook ‘.

AgeChecked, another age verification provider, said preparations would continue despite the delay.

Chief executive Alastair Graham said: “Responsible website owners are already making robust preparations for online age verification – we work with many of these businesses.

“Websites that aren’t making preparations need to do so quickly, irrespective of whether the law is officially in place.”

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