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Yoti age estimation approved by German regulator KJM for the highest level of age assurance covering 18+ adult content

Yoti age estimation approved by German regulator KJM for the highest level of age assurance covering 18+ adult content

We are delighted to announce that Yoti’s Facial Age Estimation technology has now been approved by the German regulator, KJM, for the highest level of age assurance. This means it can now be used for 18+ adult content.   In November 2021, Yoti’s Facial Age Estimation technology was approved for 16+ (erotic) content so today’s news is a significant new development as it demonstrates that our technology has passed the highest levels of regulatory scrutiny in Germany. This is the first time age estimation has been approved for use by any regulator at the highest level for the sensitive area of adult content access. It potentially sets a precedent for approval wider throughout Europe and in the other jurisdictions which are reviewing age gating for adult content access. Germany has one of the most stringent regulatory environments in the world, in particular when it comes to accessing adult content online.  Previous to this announcement, adult websites had to verify the age of their users by asking them to use a physical identity document, either in person (by buying a card from a store), via an app or via a video call. According to the KJM, under the German regulations, regulated businesses must set an age threshold with an agreed year buffer of 5 years. This means that for websites that require you to be over 18, Yoti’s technology must estimate you to be at least 23 years old. Yoti’s current margin of error is 1.52 years for ages 13 – 19. Our True Positive Rate* (TPR) for 13-17 year olds being correctly estimated as under 23 is 99.65%. This gives regulators a very high level of confidence that nobody underage will be able to access adult content. Yoti’s liveness detection also ensures that under age website visitors will not be able to use the photo of an older person to access age restricted content.   To find out more about how our Age Estimation technology works please read our most recent white paper. * True Positive Rate – the probability that an actual positive will test positive, such as an under 18 year old is correctly estimated to be under 23.

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uCheck partners with Post Office and Yoti to drive digital DBS and Right to Work checks

uCheck partners with Post Office and Yoti to drive digital DBS and Right to Work checks

LONDON – 16th March 2022 – uCheck has announced a new Digital Identity Check solution in partnership with Post Office and Yoti. It brings a modern approach to DBS and Right to Work Checks that will save time and admin by swapping manual ID reviews and the copying of applicants’ physical documents for a secure digital process that takes seconds. uCheck is the top DBS umbrella body in the UK and a leading provider of employment vetting and screening solutions – it currently processes over 850,000 checks annually for over 20,000 organisations. uCheck is the largest DBS provider in the UK along with DBS Enhanced, Standard and Basic Checks and the Right to Work, ID and Adverse Credit Checks.  This move follows the government’s recent release of new guidelines around Digital Identity Checks for DBS applications, as well as Right to Work Checks. The guidelines are based on the new UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework, which aims to facilitate secure and trustworthy solutions around digital identity in the UK, improving the user experience and boosting economic growth. The Post Office EasyID and Yoti Digital ID apps will allow potential employees’ identity to be verified quickly, remotely and securely. A reusable digital identity enables people to pre-verify their ID and then prove who they are using their phone. People simply scan a QR code to share their ID in seconds, without needing their physical ID documents. The new Digital Identity Check service uses automated checks to identify prospective employees almost instantly – to support Basic, Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks as well as Right to Work requirements. The secure service uses advanced AI to check documents such as passports and driving licences are genuine. Digital Identity Checks increase efficiency and ensure that checks are secure and reliable. Checking identity is crucial during the recruitment process to protect business against fraud. The advantages of digital verification include: Speed – the applicant can upload documents digitally and prove their identity during the application process, saving both the applicant and employer considerable time. Quality – a Digital Identity Check scans documents’ biometric data, making it significantly more thorough than any physical check. There’s no need to worry if a document could have been forged. Reliable – a Digital Identity Check verifies a set scope of requirements, every time. There’s no risk of human error. Scope – with the ability to check passports from over 200 countries there’s no need to worry if you’ve never seen a particular document before.   George Griffiths, Managing Director at uCheck said: “We are delighted to partner with Post Office and Yoti to transform the way businesses verify their employees identity. This new approach is better for all stakeholders in the recruitment process. It’s faster, secure and the only information that is absolutely necessary needs to be shared by applicants during the Digital Identity Check process. At uCheck, we’ll be seamlessly integrating Digital Identity Checks into our Platform, so that they’re ready to use as soon as permitted. Digital Identity Checks will be charged on a per-applicant basis.” Robin Tombs, CEO at Yoti said: “It’s fantastic to partner with uCheck and Post Office and make it easier for businesses and their employees to perform DBS and Right to Work checks. Digital identities are a powerful tool in the battle against ID related fraud. Not only do they help you know who you’re dealing with, they speed up and secure everyday tasks, cutting out paper trails and time intensive manual processes. It’s a real win-win for individuals and organisations alike.” For more information about Digital Identity Checks or  queries about any uCheck services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.     Notes to editors  New government guidance on digital identity verification On 17th January 2022, the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) published updated guidance paving the way for Digital Identity Checks to be used as part of Basic, Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has also released an update around Digital Identity Checks to verify Right to Work and other certifications.   About Yoti Yoti is a digital identity company that allows organisations to verify identities and trusted credentials online and in person. Yoti’s products span identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication. In the UK, Yoti is partnered with Post Office to accelerate digital identity adoption with a national footprint spanning 10,500 Post Office branches, online and more. Over 11 million people have downloaded the free Yoti app globally. Yoti is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Polish. Yoti is certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for ID Verification Services, ISAE 3000 (SOC 2) Type 2 certified for its technical and organisational security processes.   Media contacts For Yoti: press@yoti.com For the PR network: yoti@thepr.network 

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The different ways to check age

The different ways to check age

Checking age no longer has to rely on seeing an ID document. In fact, you don’t even need to see a name.  With Yoti Age Verification, businesses can check the age of their users without processing or storing any personal data. Users choose their preferred way to prove their age, from convenient things like a selfie or a mobile number. We work out the age, delete the personal data and share just the result with the business. That way, businesses can be confident they’re delivering age-appropriate services to the right people, whilst protecting their privacy. Here are the different ways to check age. Remember, it doesn’t matter which method someone chooses to prove their age. Yoti will always remove any personal data and share just the result of the age check. Facial age estimation People simply look at the camera on a device and have their photo taken. The image is analysed by an algorithm that has been trained to determine age by analysing facial features. A robust facial age estimation process should also include liveness detection technology to ensure it’s a real person in front of the camera. Good for: People without ID documents Global coverage Low friction   ID document  Your customers scan a photo ID document and take a selfie using the camera on their device.  Their ID can be analysed to make sure it’s genuine and the document photo is matched to the selfie.  Good for: High assurance Global coverage   Digital ID Your customers scan a QR code using their digital ID app and share a verified age attribute, such as 18+ or 21+. This requires a one-time onboarding process with an ID document and a selfie. Once created, users are verified for life and can use their digital ID to prove their age or identity details with businesses online and in person. Good for: Reusable authentication High assurance Global coverage   Credit card check Verify your customer is over 18 using their credit card details. This method proves your customer is in possession of a registered credit card, which in most countries, can only be issued to people old enough to sign a credit agreement.  Good for: Background checks Specific countries   Mobile number check Verify your customer is over 18 using their mobile provider details. Mobile phone numbers can be checked against contracts issued by mobile carriers. You should ensure the phone is in the possession of the contract holder before checking their contract and be aware parents will take out contracts for their children. Good for: Accounts linked to a mobile number Background checks Specific countries   Database check Verify your customer’s name, date of birth and address against a credit reference agency database. In some countries, users will be on a database if they have signed a credit agreement. This may exclude those in lower income groups or younger adults and students. Good for: Background checks Specific countries

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Preloved increases member safety with verified ID checks from Yoti

Preloved increases member safety with verified ID checks from Yoti

Preloved is integrating new technologies to enable people to verify their identity in seconds boosting transparency, trust and safety in the classified community   London, UK – 21st January 2022 – Preloved, one of the UK’s most trusted classified advertising sites, has announced that it is introducing new safety measures that will enable its users to verify their profile using Yoti’s identity verification technology. The move will improve the security of sales for sellers and buyers alike, who will be able to transact online with additional peace of mind.  With over 9 million members and thousands of sales every day in over 500 categories, extra security and peace of mind in every purchase is imperative to Preloved, and the classified advertising community. As part of its mission to continue being the UK’s most trusted classified site, and promote responsible pet ownership, Preloved is committed to creating a safe space for people to connect, buy and sell. By leveraging Yoti identity verification, it will enable people to trade safely and ensure that people are who they say they are – of particular importance when making high value and emotional purchases such as pets and electronics.  Yoti is designed to make it simpler and safer for people to prove who they are, digitally. Individuals can verify their identity in minutes by sharing their ID document and facial biometrics via their phone or computer to prove they are genuine. This means there’s no more commuting to share ID documents and less admin and risk for businesses copying, checking and storing ID documents. It’s a secure solution that helps businesses and individuals be confident that people are who they say they are.   Lucy Roberts of Preloved said: “Preloved values itself on making sure that trust is at the core of its business model. Therefore, we are always looking to take important steps to improve transparency with every Preloved transaction and reduce the risk of fraud. Which is why we are delighted with our partnership with Yoti, as they will allow us to complete thorough online identity verification checks, enabling us to continue supporting our community to transact with peace of mind online.”   John Abbott, Chief Business Officer of Yoti, commented: “Buying and selling on classified sites is hugely popular for good reason, but wherever there are good people with good intentions, fraudsters will never be too far away. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Preloved to improve customer experiences and safety. We created Yoti to help businesses and people work together to improve the safety of everyday tasks and it’s great to see Preloved leading the way in the worlds of classifieds using our secure, privacy preserving technology.”     About Preloved Established in 1998, Preloved started out as a community site for second hand enthusiasts to buy and sell unwanted items. 20+ years later, and with increasing awareness surrounding environmental responsibility, Preloved has become one of the most trusted and largest classified sites in the UK. over 9 million members Buy and sell in over 500 different categories. No selling fees, no auctions – just extra benefits for as little £5 a year. The total value of items for sale on Preloved tops £1.5 billion Over 2 million visits every month. Roughly 10,000 new adverts are posted each day.   About Yoti Yoti is a digital identity technology company that allows organisations to verify identities and trusted credentials online and in person. Yoti’s products span identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication. In the UK, Yoti is partnered with Post Office to accelerate digital identity adoption with a national footprint spanning 10,500 Post Office branches, online and more. Over 10 million people have downloaded the free Yoti app globally. Yoti is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Polish. Yoti is certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for ID Verification Services, ISAE 3000 (SOC 2) Type 2 certified for its technical and organisational security processes. Yoti.com

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Sevenoaks District Council revolutionises its document processing with Yoti eSignatures

Sevenoaks District Council revolutionises its document processing with Yoti eSignatures

London, UK – 19th January 2022 – In a bid to modernise its document processing, Sevenoaks District Council has today announced a move to implement digital signature technology from Yoti across its Housing department.   The Council, located in Kent, is keen to cut admin-intensive processes using a secure approach. Currently an organiser of public services for 120,000 citizens and employing approximately 425 staff across 16 departments, the decision to incorporate Yoti’s eSign and eWitnessing platform will ensure smoother operations council-wide.  The move will support the council in reducing time and costs relating to sending, signing and managing documents, as well as reducing daily paper use, providing a more environmentally friendly approach to their work.  Previously, officers relied on printing and sending documents via post – both proving time absorbing and difficult to manage during remote working. Yoti’s eSignature platform allows documents to be managed from a central location and for a digital copy to be sent to the customer via email.  On average, businesses using Yoti benefit from improved document signing speeds with 85 per cent of documents being signed within the first 24 hours.  Given customers will now be able to access sensitive documents via email, enabling them to sign quickly and securely, the entire customer experience promises to be a more seamless one.  Based in London, Yoti provides identity verification, eSignature and age verification technology. It  boasts a rapidly growing eSignature division delivering services for several prominent organisations including Connells group, RIBA, GiGroup and Countrywide. The company has recently launched its ground-breaking electronic witnessing solution.  Cllr Kevin Maskell, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re always looking for more efficient and innovative ways of working, and Yoti’s eSign technology ticks both of these boxes. At a time when there is greater demand for our housing services than ever, eSign is speeding up the processing of applications while providing a more convenient service for our clients. It also cuts down on paper, helping with our ambitions to become a Net Zero carbon council by 2030.”  Matthew Gilbery Commercial Director at Yoti commented: “Our collaboration with Sevenoaks District Council follows the successful transformation of Ashford Borough Council in 2020, another local authority in Kent that adopted Yoti’s eSignatures platform and saw a reduction in costs and increase in efficiency. It’s exciting to see just how transformative digital identity services can be – and the citizens of Sevenoaks District Council should expect to see greater efficiencies moving forwards.”   About Yoti Yoti is a digital identity technology company that allows organisations to verify identities and trusted credentials online and in person. Yoti’s products span identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication. In the UK, Yoti is partnered with Post Office to accelerate digital identity adoption with a national footprint spanning 10,500 Post Office branches, online and more. Over 10 million people have downloaded the free Yoti app globally. Yoti is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Polish. Yoti is certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for ID Verification Services, ISAE 3000 (SOC 2) Type 2 certified for its technical and organisational security processes. Yoti.com   Media contacts Mark Hindle at Yoti – press@yoti.com Nikki Alvey at The PR Network – 07973 354 706, nikki.alvey@thepr.network

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Yoti’s facial age estimation technology provides accurate real-time age assurance for under 13s

Yoti’s facial age estimation technology provides accurate real-time age assurance for under 13s

The privacy-preserving technology launched to help social networks and other businesses protect children from harms Adults and children simply look into a camera to pass an age check using their face – there’s no need for an ID document and no personal data is held or shared LONDON – 26/10/2021 – Global digital identity network Yoti has today announced that its Facial Age Estimation technology has been extended to children under 13. This opens new opportunities for social networks, gaming brands and other businesses to protect children online and comply with regulations from online safety regulators – such as the ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code and Childrens’ Codes. The privacy preserving, AI powered facial analysis solution has been growing in accuracy since launching in 2018 – estimating people’s age to within 1.5 years in the key age checking range of 13-25. Today’s announcement is a major step forward in helping businesses tailor their content and service for each audience. This allows children to thrive as well as be protected online. The technology is now accurate to an average Mean Absolute Error of 1.3 years for the years between 6 and 12 and 1.5 years for the years between 13 and 18. When using Yoti’s Facial Age Estimation, businesses can set an age threshold – i.e that someone is 18+ or under 13 to use a service. Customers simply look into their camera to prove their age with their face – there’s no registration, no personal details stored, and the technology “always forgets a face”. All information is instantly deleted once the site receives an estimated age.  Trained to work fairly across all skin tones, genders and ages, Yoti Facial Age Estimation has already performed over 550 million age checks for social networks, charities, retailers and more. Yoti built the solution with a strong ethical framework and principles to protect consumers and businesses alike: Facial analysis estimates age without identifying or recognising any individual Support people that do not own an ID document and so promotes social inclusion Yoti openly states the accuracy for skin tone, age and gender in its whitepaper Privacy preserving to help people remain safe from surveillance No personal information is stored Promotes data minimisation in line with GDPR  Speeds up, simplifies and secures the customer experience to reduce friction  Compliant with PAS Online Age Checking 1296:2018, the national standard Builds trust between customers, businesses and society Yoti’s Age Estimation using Facial Analysis has previously received regulatory approval from the BBFC, KJM and FSM in Germany and was recognised by the UK’s Age Check Certification Scheme (ACCS) for Challenge 25 retail sales, with its technical report stating: “Yoti Age Estimation has been certified ACCS 0:2020 Technical Requirements for Age Estimation Technologies as fit for deployment in a Challenge 25 policy area and is at least 98.89% reliable.”  Robin Tombs, CEO of Yoti said: “The threats that children face online sadly continue to grow so I’m proud to introduce Yoti’s Age Estimation for under 13s. This technology will help businesses and regulators better protect young people with low friction while preserving privacy. We’ve now made it easy for platforms around the world to design services ‘age appropriately’. Yoti’s facial Age Estimation will help many different businesses comply with changing age regulation such as the new Children’s Codes.” Yoti Facial Age Estimation can be used online via devices such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It can also be integrated into terminals to support sales on the high street. It is already used by social network Yubo, healthy eating app SMASH! and integrated into the flow of global self-checkout leaders NCR, Diebold and StrongPoint’s self-service technology. The technology can be integrated within less than one day, meaning there’s no costly or lengthy development needed. For people that don’t want to use Yoti Age Estimation, the free Yoti digital ID app gives people a safe, convenient way to prove their age and identity online and in person. Individuals add their ID document and facial biometrics in a few minutes and have a verified, reusable digital ID that protects their data. This makes it simpler and safer to share sensitive personal details and allows people to prove their age without sharing any personal details. We would like to thank the many organisations and people who have supported this work including: Lorin LaFave, Founder Breck Foundation: “Keeping children safer online is a collective priority for all of us, from the developing tech solutions to the education of children, parents and schools. By parents safely sharing their children’s photos today for Yoti to create better age verification techniques, children will have a safer and healthier online future.” John Carr, Online Safety Expert: “We need tech solutions which enable people of all ages to be able to prove their age safely, not just people with ID documents. Yoti’s work through the ICO Sandbox could support many platforms to meet their obligations.” For more information, please read the white paper. Notes to editors About ‘Mean Absolute Error’ – Yoti Facial Age Estimation can make both positive and negative errors when estimating age (that is, it can estimate too high or it can estimate too low). By taking ‘absolute’ values of each error, we mean ignoring whether the error is positive or negative, simply taking the numerical size of the error. We then take the average (or ‘arithmetic mean’) of all those absolute error values, producing an overall ‘MAE’. The average MAE can be measured as i)  the average of each age year’s MAE, ii) the average of each summary age range MAE or iii) the average of all the images in the training data. However, this data may be skewed towards certain ages with more training data. About Yoti Yoti is a digital identity and biometric technology company that allows organisations to verify identities and trusted credentials online and in person. Yoti’s products span identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication.  Over 11 million people have downloaded the free Yoti app globally. Yoti is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Polish. Yoti is certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for ID Verification Services, ISAE 3000 (SOC 2) Type 2 certified for its technical and organisational security processes. Media contacts Mark Hindle for Yoti – press@yoti.com Nikki Alvey for The PR Network – 07973 354 706, nikki.alvey@thepr.network