German regulators FSM approve our age assurance solutions to protect young people online

Read the FSM seal text here.

For the first time ever, German citizens will be able to use digital age estimation and age verification technology to access adult content online.

This comes as the German Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers (FSM) has approved Yoti’s anonymous age estimation technology, Yoti Age Scan, and age verification via the Yoti Digital ID, to protect underage young people from accessing adult content sites.

Age verification

Age verification is a legal requirement for many businesses to ensure they are not selling age-restricted goods or services to minors. 

In face-to-face transactions, this often involves checking a passport or driving license. 

Online, it is much harder to carry out robust age checks in a way that doesn’t compromise privacy. Common methods range from asking users to tick a box, enter their date of birth or make a payment with a credit card. 

The need for robust, privacy-preserving age verification methods in the online space is no more clearly highlighted than in the recent calls to protect young people from accessing adult content sites.

As world leaders of identity verification technology, Yoti has developed anonymous age estimation technology that enables people to be age checked without an ID document, and age verification technology through the Yoti Digital ID.

 

 

Age estimation technology – how it works

Yoti’s age estimation technology allows anyone to be age checked by just looking into a camera on a device. Facial recognition technology creates a biometric template of the face, which it compares to thousands of previous photos it has studied through machine learning and gives an estimated age.

 

 

Yoti Age Scan always forgets a face

Yoti Age Scan is an anonymous age estimation tool that has no way of linking a face with a name or an identity. No information is requested before the session and all photos are instantly deleted. We have developed our technology as ethically as possible and communicate openly about  how we use biometric technology. We have also shared our approach to age estimation in roundtable sessions with civil bodies and have undertaken an Algorithm Impact Assessment with IEEE Expert Dr Alison Gardner, Keele University. 

 

Accuracy 

The age threshold can be configured by a business in the same way that a “Challenge 30” rule may be operated in a supermarket. The technology has been proven to be much more accurate than humans, estimating 13-25 year olds within circa 2 years of accuracy. For more accuracy rates, head to our regularly-updated Yoti Age Scan whitepaper.

 

Age verification with Yoti Digital ID

Those who look under the age threshold will be asked to prove their age through a different method. For this, users can use the Yoti app, which enables citizens to create a verified Digital ID with a government-issued ID document and a biometric selfie video. The onboarding process takes up to five minutes and involves a series of checks that Yoti carries out with leading technology and expert security personnel to ensure the document is valid and belongs to the person uploading it. 

 

Free, reusable digital ID

Once verified, users have a reusable digital ID that they can use to verify themselves with businesses and individuals. Thanks to a data minimisation approach, users can share just a verified age, such as “Over 18”, rather than their entire date of birth or ID document. This age token is shared with a site and is valid for up to two weeks. Both parties have an audit trail of exactly what data has been shared and the relying party will have access to anonymised metadata such as “18+ from driving license”.

 

Regulatory approval from the FSM for adult content

We’re delighted that Yoti Age Scan and Yoti Digital ID have been approved as solutions for proving age on adult content sites in Germany. 

Citizens accessing adult content will be directed to a page where they can either scan a QR code with their Yoti app to privately share their age attribute or give access to the camera on their device which will anonymously estimate their age in seconds. The age threshold will be set by the German regulator and will be reviewed periodically. More information on our combined solution for secure age verification can be found at ProveMyAge.

We’ve had brilliant feedback from the FSM’s Martin Drechsler, who believes “the innovative mechanism that Yoti has developed opens up new paths for modern and effective protection of minors in Germany. The approach can also give positive impulses to content providers and open up new ways of cooperation – which we as FSM are happy to support”.

In the words of our CEO Robin Tombs, ““We have been extremely impressed by the rigorous, scientific review of the FSM and the expert team who have audited our age assurance offerings over the last months. We are delighted to be awarded the Seal of Approval from the FSM to offer our age estimation and age verification solutions for youth media protection in the German market place.”

Yoti is delighted to be working with the FSM (The German Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers (FSM e.V.) dedicates itself primarily to youth protection and combatting …). Within the German system of regulated self-regulation introduced by the Youth Media Protection State Treaty (JMStV) in 2003, the FSM is a recognised self -regulatory body for the area of ​​telemedia in Germany.

We’re keen to help other regulated markets where age assurance is needed. We look forward to serving adult content providers, wider organisations and consumers in the German market and supporting keeping young people safe and preserving their privacy. In years to come, age estimation AI and digital ID age verification will become globally the most popular, private and trusted way of checking age.”

If you’re interested in our age solutions, please get in touch.

It’s my health: a global Code of Practice for sharing personal health credentials

As governments across the globe look to ease the restrictive measures placed on individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for a secure way to share personal health information has become clear.

Individuals that present reasonable evidence that they pose a low risk of transmitting the COVID-19 (either they have recovered or have a recent test indicating they’re not currently infected), need a secure and trustworthy way of proving this information in order to return to work, board a flight or return to some specific, limited access venues and activities. 

We believe that abiding by a Code of Practice is the right approach to ensure that personal health information is shared in a secure, privacy-preserving way, and can be trusted as an accurate representation of an individual’s health status.

 

Code of Practice

As such, we have drafted a proposed Code of Practice, which serves as an initial framework for the secure sharing of health data for a range of purposes, including creating a Health Test Credential. The key organisations covered by these standards are those that:

  • test and issue test results or certificates; 
  • provide the Health Test Credential; and
  • require information on an individual’s health status.

 

The pillars of the Code are;

  1. Trusted identity verification of individuals
  2. Trusted and transparent health testing of individuals by authorities
  3. Trusted storage of credentials or Health Data
  4. Trusted presentation and transfer of Health Test Credentials
  5. Privacy requirements

 

Yoti’s COVID-19 Pledge

Yoti is uniquely positioned to issue digital credentials to the public at scale through the free Yoti app. We are currently working with the NHS to remotely issue digital staff ID cards and have the system architecture in place to issue third-party credentials from a verified authority.

The Yoti app has always been free for individuals and we are also offering as part of our COVID-19 pledge

  • issuing COVID-19 test results to the Yoti app is free for both individuals and verified testing organisations (such as health laboratories, clinics and pharmacists)
  • receiving COVID-19 test results is free for organisations;
  • our API integrations are free for organisations.

The Yoti app is currently in English, French and Spanish, and with more languages being added as we grow.

Yoti can support the granularity of the specific test results, whether that is detection viral RNA, antigens or antibodies using a swab or blood test, the credential issuer, and the duration of the test result stored securely in the individual’s secure digital wallet.

 

Call for collaboration

Given the global nature of the coronavirus pandemic, it is clear that any framework governing the secure share of personal health information must be developed collaboratively. 

We have drafted what we believe to be the fundamental pillars to ensure that health data is handled securely, for the intended and declared purposes, and is valid, trustworthy and an accurate representation of an individual’s health status. We have shared this draft Code with experts and we welcome more feedback from health organisations and civil society bodies. 

You can read the full version of the Code of Practice here.

Good Practice Guide 45 (GPG 45)

Yoti has very much welcomed the updating of GPG 45 (Good Practice Guide 45) by the GDS (UK Government Digital Services) team at the end of 2019. Yoti focuses on enabling most organisations to meet levels Low and Medium Scores of Assurance. However we are happy to support organisations who need to meet level High.  

Yoti especially welcomes the new GPG 45’s focus on new ways of verifying identity, such as chip reading of ID documents such as passports, as well as the fact that GPG 45 is also technology neutral by being outcomes-focussed rather than process-focussed.

Yoti is looking forward to the imminent publication of the new GPG 44 standard. We have seen a draft and consider it an excellent guide for the authentication of users.

How does the GPG 45 work?

The revised GPG 45 is a very useful practice guide in terms of enabling identity providers to check identity. An identity is a combination of characteristics that identifies a person. A single characteristic is not usually enough to tell one person apart from another, but a combination of characteristics might be. The GPG 45  guidance can help you check the identity of a customer, employee, or someone acting on behalf of a business. By successfully checking someone’s identity, you can be confident that you’ll give the right people access to the right things.

The number of synthetic (or made up) and stolen identities being used to commit identity fraud in the UK is growing every year. Some of the most common reasons people or criminal groups commit identity fraud are to access services or benefits they’re not entitled to, steal personal, medical or financial information from other identities, enable organised crime or avoid being detected by the police and other authorities.

Checking identities in a consistent way will reduce the chance that one person or service does less effective identity checks than others. This helps protect against identity fraud. It also means that there will be fewer people or services with less effective identity checks that could be targeted by identity fraud.

We need to know the ‘claimed identity’ of the person we’re checking. This is  a combination of information (such as someone’s name, date of birth and address) that represents the characteristics of whoever a person is claiming to be. When we have this, we can find out if the person is who they say they are. The ‘identity checking’ process under GPG45 is made up of 5 parts:

Doing different parts of the identity checking process helps us build up confidence in an identity so we can be sure someone is who they say they are. There is a score for each part of the identity checking process. How much confidence we have in an identity depends on how many pieces of evidence we can collect, which parts of the identity checking process we do and the scores for each part of the identity checking process. The different combinations of scores are known as ‘identity profiles’. Each identity profile relates to one of the following levels of confidence – low confidence, medium confidence, high or very high confidence.

We aim to get a higher level of confidence in someone’s identity if your service is at high risk of identity-related crime. Our confidence in a person’s identity can increase over time if we do extra checks or collect more evidence. 

 

Which profile to choose?

Yoti focuses on levels Low and Medium as these are the profiles that most organisations ask for; however, we are happy to support organisations looking for High confidence

1) Low confidence in the person’s identity

Compared to not doing any identity checks, having low confidence in the person’s identity will lower the risk of you accepting either synthetic identities or impostors who are not close friends or family of the identity they’re pretending to be.

By meeting this identity profile, we know each piece of evidence appears to be genuine, are confident that the claimed identity exists in the real world, have made sure your service has reduced the risks of any known identity fraud associated with the claimed identity and have checked the person going through the identity checking process matches the photo or biometric information that’s shown on the evidence.

2) Medium confidence in the person’s identity

Compared to low confidence, having medium confidence in the person’s identity will lower the risk of accepting synthetic identities or accepting impostors who are not close friends or family of the identity they’re pretending to be or who do not look like the identity they’re pretending to be.

By meeting this identity profile, we know that very strong evidence of the claimed identity exists, know the evidence is genuine and valid, have checked the claimed identity exists in the real world, have made sure we have reduced the risks of any known identity fraud associated with the claimed identity, be confident the person going through the identity checking process matches either the photo or biometric information that’s shown on the evidence.

The revised GPG 45 will accompany a new UK government-backed digital identity trust framework to be issued soon. Once published, we will engage a qualified auditor to assess our compliance.

 

Yoti is proud to be an accredited Fair Tax Mark business

We’re on a mission to become the world’s trusted identity platform and protect society from the growing threat of fraud. While building trust means ensuring our technology is robust and secure, it’s also about doing the right thing as a team of individuals and company.

Yoti’s ethical framework and principles shape every area of Yoti, from our development practices right through to our approach to taxes, which is why we’re proud to be an accredited Fair Tax Mark business after passing our annual review.

The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification scheme, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are paying the right amount of corporation tax in the right place, at the right time; have a transparent tax policy at the heart of their business; and are committed to following both the spirit and the letter of the law.

Paul Monaghan, Chief Executive, Fair Tax Mark said: “Yoti is taking corporate responsibility around tax transparency seriously and has made a commitment to not use tax havens or shift profits for tax avoidance purposes, instead committing to paying the tax it owes at the right time, and in the right place.”

Robin Tombs, CEO, Yoti said: “We believe paying corporate taxes is an important contribution to wider society rather than simply a cost to be minimised. Whilst many businesses pay the ‘right’ taxes, there is a concern, often fuelled by some high profile companies paying low corporate taxes, that businesses are not a force for good in society. At Yoti we have a set of principles and independent Guardians to help us to operate in the right way. This includes being honest and accountable, seeking to do the right thing and being transparent in what we are doing and why.

He continued “We believe the Fair Tax Mark helps show anyone using Yoti, working for the team or doing business with us, that we are committed to transparent and fair tax practices, including paying the right amount of tax, at the right time and in the right place.”

In becoming a Fair Tax Mark business, Yoti joins other accredited organisations including Lush, Timpson Group, SSE and the Co-operative Group.

Paul Monaghan continues: “It is estimated that €600bn of corporate profits are shifted annually to tax havens, with corporate tax revenue losses globally of €200bn per year – which equates to approximately £7bn of missing revenues in the UK.

“Paying the right amount of tax is about fairness and ensuring a level playing field for business.”

You can read our fair tax commitment here.

Yoti supports the seven ethical principles for biometrics

We believe that our technology should keep people safe and work for everyone equally. So, we support the seven ethical principles for biometrics, released by the Biometrics Institute.

These principles enable anyone working in the biometrics industry to show they’re committed to addressing ethical issues raised by new technology – biometrics in particular. Here are the seven principles.

 

Ethical behaviour

The first principle states that companies must act ethically even beyond the requirements of law. Ethical behaviour means avoiding actions which harm people and their environment.

We’re proud to be one of the UK’s founding B Corps, which means that we are legally required to consider the impact of our decisions on our workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment. B Corps focus on balancing purpose and profit, and using business as a force for good.

That’s why our age estimation technology, Yoti Age Scan, uses artificial intelligence for good. It simply estimates your age by looking at your face. It doesn’t store the image it captures to estimate your age or any of your personal information.

 

Ownership of the biometric and respect for individuals’ personal data

This principle requires personal data, even when shared, to be respected and treated with the utmost care by others.

One of our founding principles at Yoti is to encourage personal data ownership. We believe personal data should be exactly that: personal. Individuals shouldn’t have to share an excessive amount of sensitive, personal details simply to prove their age. That’s why Yoti Age Scan does not require individuals to register in advance or provide any documentary evidence of their identity.

 

Serving humans

Technology should serve humans and should take into account the public good, community safety and the net benefits to individuals.

We agree that technology should be developed and used for good. Social networking site, Yubo, is already using Yoti Age Scan to be able flag any accounts where there is suspicion or doubt about a user’s age. It’s a vital step towards helping protect young people online.

Retailers will soon be able to use Yoti Age Scan at self-checkouts to give shoppers a simple and secure way of proving their age for age-restricted goods, without needing to show physical ID or wait for staff assistance. Shoppers will spend less time at the self-checkout and retail staff will be free to help with other tasks, improving the overall shopping experience. ID documents can then be left at home. No one wants to lose their documents when they’re out and about or increase their risk of identity fraud.

Justice and accountability

Companies should accept the principles of openness, independent oversight, accountability and the right of appeal and appropriate redress.

One of our founding principles is to be transparent and accountable. This means we’re open and transparent about how we operate. With this in mind, we published a whitepaper that explores Yoti Age Scan in detail. We also have an external Guardian Council to ensure that we always seek to do the right thing and are transparent about what we’re doing and why.

 

Promoting privacy-enhancing technology

Companies should promote the highest quality of appropriate technology use including accuracy, error detection and repair, robust systems and quality control.

Yoti Age Scan is a privacy-preserving system. It simply estimates your age; you don’t need to register in advance or provide any more information about your identity. The image Yoti Age Scan captures to estimate your age is permanently deleted once your age has been estimated, protecting your privacy and identity.

We are constantly improving our age estimation technology and believe it is among the industry leaders in terms of accuracy. We expect this mean average figure to decrease as we continue to train the system.

 

Recognising dignity of individuals and families

Companies should support the dignity and human rights of individuals and families provided that it does not conflict with the legitimate and lawful aims of the criminal justice system to protect the public from harm.

As a B Corporation, one of the things we are measured on is how our operations and business model impacts our workers, community, environment and customers. From our supply chain and input materials, to our charitable giving and employee benefits, our B Corp certification proves we are meeting the highest standards of verified performance. The B Corp certification commits us to consider stakeholder impact for the long term by building it into our legal structure.

 

Equality

This principle promotes the planning and implementation of technology to prevent discrimination or systemic bias based on religion, age, gender, race, sexuality or other descriptors of humans.

Our facial recognition solutions are designed to make life easier for everyone. So we continually train Yoti Age Scan on a diverse range of genders, ages and skin tones, and we believe it is crucial to have a transparent approach when launching new technology that uses facial recognition.

We recognise the sensitivity of ethnic and gender diversity when applying machine learning techniques and share details of the accuracy rates for different ages and skin tones in our whitepaper. You can read it here.

The case for digital IDs

As Director of Regulation and Policy at Yoti, I’m delighted to see techUK highlight the importance of secure digital identities in their new white paper ‘The Case for Digital IDs’. They argue that as the UK pursues the ambition to be the world-leading online economy, the need for digital identities is becoming ever more apparent.

Secure and robust age verification for retailers

Without secure identity solutions, individuals cannot easily and safely connect to digital services. If they need to verify their age online, they currently check an 18+ tickbox or manually enter their date of birth – both of which are open to abuse and can be easily falsified by minors.

This is something we’ve worked to resolve with Jägermeister, who have integrated Yoti into their online shop. Individuals can now use the free Yoti app to prove their age when buying age-restricted items on the new www.jagershop.co.uk. A secure and robust age verification solution for both consumers and retailers.

Yet when we wish to buy alcohol from the supermarket, or prove our age at a nightclub, we are forced to show physical ID documents, which can be easily lost or stolen. Last year the DVLA revealed that Brits spent £18.6m on replacing lost and damaged driving licences, and approximately 10,000 passports are lost per year at bars and clubs.

While digital identities are starting to be adopted by online retailers, UK bricks and mortar retailers must also have the support to adopt new technologies in physical stores. These technologies can help improve the customer experience, as well as meet the needs of regulators.

Being able to use a digital identity to prove our age in a supermarket will allow us to buy age-restricted items without intervention or assistance from retail employees. This is not only quicker and less of a nuisance for shoppers, but can greatly reduce friction between them and retail staff.

Customers will spend less time at self checkouts and employees can assist with other tasks, improving the overall shopping experience. The ever-improving quality of fake IDs also makes it extremely challenging for retail staff to confidently check someone’s ID. Digital identities will remove the pressure staff face when required to confirm someone is over 18. Digital identity technology doesn’t get fatigued on a long shift and cannot show favour to personal friends or bias against individual customers.

Utility, greater data privacy and social inclusion

As techUK point out in their white paper, digital identities are the key for consumers to unlock the full benefits of digital innovation. Not only can they be used to give us a simpler and safer way of proving our age when buying age-restricted items without having to show physical ID documents, they could also be used to securely interact with government services online, prove our identity to businesses and swap verified details with online buyers and sellers. Simply put, all you have to do is create your digital identity once and you can use it time and time again.

Digital identities are not only more convenient, they’re also more secure. They let us share specific identity details, instead of disclosing unnecessary, sensitive personal information. This gives us greater data privacy and ownership to help fight identity fraud. With data breaches hitting the headlines every week, it has never been more important to protect our personal details.

Furthermore, some people are socially excluded because they do not have access to a physical document. A young person who doesn’t drive or can’t afford a passport would find it extremely difficult to prove their age to buy energy drinks or to access an age-gated online chat room for young people.

Money and age should not be barriers to proving who you are. A PASS card (proof of age card), such as CitizenCard, can now be used as an anchor document to set up a digital identity. And using age estimation technology Yoti Age Scan, individuals will be able to prove their age in US supermarkets by simply looking into the camera at the self checkout.

Digital citizens

Digital identity technology is creating greater convenience to many citizens. The States of Jersey and The Improvement Service in Scotland have both adopted digital identity technology to transition more government services online and give their citizens a simple and secure way to prove their age and identity to businesses. It is encouraging that airports like Heathrow are embracing digital identity technology to help passengers have an easier and more convenient journey, and that the FCA is keen for financial services companies to embrace digital identities as part of the KYC process.

Now that the Home Office has just launched a smartphone app with identity document verification for EU citizens applying for Settled Status, we will maybe see some changes for other sectors. Clearly if a digital identity smart phone app is secure enough for immigration, the same approach should be secure enough for age restricted purchases. It makes sense to create parity in the acceptance of digital and physical ID methods for age and identity both online and offline. And parity in enforcement.

We need to remove barriers to the UK developing, deploying and adopting world-leading digital identity solutions and ensure the UK builds on its world firsts – the PAS 1296 standard for age checking and the BBFC audit framework for age proofing compliance under the Digital Economy Act. Between 20 and 25 million adults are expected to be age verifying digitally to access adult content. Hopefully soon there will be parity and we will also be able to use our identity apps at self checkouts and on nights out. This will also lower the cost of digital identity for the public purse.

Yoti signs the Safe Face Pledge

From today, we are a proud partner of the Safe Face Pledge.

We are firm in the belief that our technology should keep people safe and work for everyone equally. So, we support the pledge.

The Safe Face Pledge

The Safe Face Pledge urges companies using artificial intelligence (AI) to ensure that facial recognition technology is not misused to bring harm to anybody, abused by law enforcement or employed to assist secret or discriminatory government activities.

It requires its partners to show value for human life, dignity and rights, address harmful bias, facilitate transparency and embed it into their business practices.

As a digital identity platform, AI plays a crucial role in what we do every day, and as always, we want our tech to only be used for good. We’re looking forward to fully supporting an ethical and transparent approach to facial recognition.

Integrating the pledge with what we do

Our involvement with the Safe Face Pledge will ensure that we remain true to our principles. It will keep us actively focused on offering a safe and secure way to prove identity.

Robin Tombs, our founder and CEO, says:

“This pledge is an important way for us to explain to individuals that Yoti has been designed from the ground up to protect their privacy and any technology we develop is designed to be used for positive intent. Our facial recognition applications are designed to make life easier.

  • If you want to buy an age-restricted good at a self-checkout you can choose to use Yoti’s age estimation technology. It estimates your age using a photo of you and then deletes it directly afterwards.
  • Yoti’s age verification via the Yoti app lets you share just your age to buy goods at a supermarket self-checkout. The setup takes just a few minutes; you link your facial biometrics to your phone and validate them against your ID. When you’re at a checkout, you scan a QR code and take a photo of yourself to prove your age.

The system has been configured so that data is not indexed. It’s not possible for us to know what any individual is doing in their daily lives and we cannot sell on individuals’ personal data. Our business model is to charge organisations and governments for checks. Yoti is ISAE 3000 (SOC 2), Type 1 certified for its technical and organisational security processes.”

We are pleased to support the Safe Face Pledge and continue making everyday life safer and simpler for everyone.

We’ll be posting lots more about this in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out.

Yoti accepted into the FCA Sandbox

Yesterday the FCA revealed the next round of successful firms in its regulatory sandbox. We’re proud and excited to say that Yoti is one of those companies, along with Barclays, Nationwide, First Direct and Solidi, to name a few.

The FCA Sandbox allows firms to test innovative products, services or business models in a live market environment, while ensuring appropriate protections are in place. It’s a fantastic way to encourage innovation in financial services.

 

Yoti’s involvement in the sandbox

We will be using the sandbox to test consumer’s appetite for our innovative form of KYC, which lets people prove their identity via our digital identity app. Individuals can prove their identity in seconds without having to rely on paper documents, and financial services companies can benefit from fast and accurate KYC, as well as save time and money when verifying the identities of their customers.

Every Yoti account is linked to a government-issued identity document and personal biometrics so businesses can be confident the details shared with them are real. When an individual shares their information using Yoti, they see which identity details are being requested and give their consent to share them. They also receive a digital receipt so they can easily keep track of who they have shared details with.

Some businesses still believe they need to see an actual image of the identity document to be compliant. We want to demonstrate a data minimisation approach to KYC, encouraging firms to only request the details they actually need from their customers, which is both compliant and better for individuals.

If you’d like to know more about our involvement with the FCA Sandbox, please get in touch.

NSPCC & Yoti working together to help keep children safe online

At Yoti, we’re committed to using our identity checking system as a force for good. We’re a B Corporation with a set of principles to guide us and a Guardian Council of respected and influential individuals to hold us to account. We’ve also made our platform free-of-charge for individuals and charities to use.

We know that to really understand how our platform might be put to use to help solve local and global problems, we need to work with experts. So in February this year, we held a hack event to explore the challenges charities face checking ID and see how we might be able to help.

The NSPCC hack

Lizzie and Jen from NSPCC arrived at the hack with a very specific challenge. NSPCC’s Childline had partnered with the Internet Watch Foundation to provide a route for young people to report for removal sexually explicit images of themselves on the internet. However, for the IWF to remove the image, you first need to prove you’re under 18. Back then, that involved asking the young person to send a scan of their passport, which they worried put people off submitting the removal request.

Through the hack week, Lizzie and Jen worked with graduate developers from our partners, the Founders and Coders bootcamp, to thrash-out a basic design for an app to enable young people to prove their age and complete the removal request form in a smooth, anonymous online flow. They pitched their idea to a panel of Yoti staff and founders, who are passionate about online safety for children. They were instantly taken with the potential of the idea, and awarded a prize of a month of developer time to build the idea to a working prototype.

We were thrilled when, a month of development and some user-testing later, NSPCC said they’d like to go live with a fully functioning version of the app.

The pilot app is now live. Young people can use the tool on desktop computers and on their mobile phones to quickly and simply prove they’re under 18 years old and submit a request to remove the image that’s causing them distress.

 

Positive collaboration

We were so happy to help NSPCC with this impactful use case, and look forward to completing more projects like this.

If you’re a charity with challenges in checking people’s ID, please get in touch.

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