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Reinforcing our commitment to protecting children from online harms by joining the Point de Contact association

Reinforcing our commitment to protecting children from online harms by joining the Point de Contact association

We are delighted to announce we have been accepted into the Point de Contact association to help the fight against abuse and inappropriate online content. Point de Contact was created in 1998 to contribute to the fight against illegal content on the internet and facilitate the reporting of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Point de Contact is also a member of the French Monitoring Committee for protecting children from online pornography and has been supported by successive European Commission programs. Point de Contact is a founding member of INHOPE – the International Association of Internet Hotlines which unites over 40 countries worldwide in fighting child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Point de Contact coordinated the White Paper entitled Child sexual abuse material and online terrorist propaganda | Tackling illegal content and ensuring staff welfare. The French reporting hotline has also been adapting the reporting of suspected illegal content to new digital uses and younger generations, with a mobile app (iOS, Android) and “next gen” reporting add-ons, available across browsers.  At Yoti, we already provides age checking services to a broad range of online businesses and organisations including social networks Yubo and GoBubble, non-profit organisations such as NSPCC Childline, and age-restricted goods providers like Jägermeister. We trust that joining the Point de Contact brings our robust age checks to more platforms and businesses with a shared interest in protecting children online. Point de Contact’s President Jean-Christophe Le Toquin said “We are thrilled to have Yoti on board as a new member. Safety by design and age verification tools are part of the solution to advance child online protection. The impact equation for us is always innovation for better protection.” Robin Tombs, CEO of Yoti said “We’re delighted to join Point de Contact and bring our ready-made solutions to members, platforms and their users. We’re a global leader in the innovative use of age checking technology – having done over 330 million age checks in the last 18 months, helping online providers deliver age-appropriate content and services while promoting privacy and boost security.” Yoti is offering our ID and age verification through the free Yoti app, as well as AI-powered age estimation technology, Yoti Age Scan. Yoti helps individuals and organisations know who they’re dealing with and meets internationally recognised standards and accreditations including; the UK’s BBFC, Germany’s FSM, PAS (Publicly Available PAS 1296:2018 Age Checking), as well SOC2 for secure data management. 

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We've partnered with OneFamily to help UK teenagers take ownership of their Child Trust Funds with the Yoti app

We've partnered with OneFamily to help UK teenagers take ownership of their Child Trust Funds with the Yoti app

Yoti has partnered with OneFamily to make life easier for its 1.6 million child trust fund account holders who can now take control of their accounts with our digital identity app.   OneFamily OneFamily holds around a quarter of the UK’s child trust funds (CTFs), which are tax-free savings accounts that were awarded to every child born between 1 September 2002 and 1 January 2011.  On Tuesday 1 September 2020, the first recipients will be eligible to access their funds. It’s anticipated that the OneFamily accounts will mature at the rate of around 20,000 per month from September for the next eight and a half years.   What’s a CTF? Child trust funds are tax-free savings accounts that were introduced by the government in 2005 as a way of encouraging savings for children. All CTFs were opened with an initial payment of £500 by the government, which belongs to the child who can’t access it until they’re 18. The scheme closed in 2011 and the first 6m babies who had CTFs opened in their name will come of age in September 2020.   Digitally verifying account owners with Yoti OneFamily will be allowing its fund holders to prove their identity with the Yoti app. The Yoti app is free to download and empowers users with a reusable digital ID they can use on their phone.  To create a verified Yoti Digital ID, users upload a government-issued ID document and take a scan of their face for a ‘liveness’ selfie. Once verified, users can securely share their verified identity details with OneFamily in seconds.   Speeding up the ownership process “We wanted to make it as fast and simple as possible for our customers to securely access their accounts, so it made sense to use the very latest technology available,” said Jon Lee, Hedd of Investment Proposition at OneFamily. “We know from our discussions with our online teen community, that many don’t have the same types of identification to prove who they are.  The Yoti app helps with this, by allowing them to use a broader range of documents.” John Abbott, Yoti Chief Business Officer said, “There couldn’t be a better fit than our partnership with OneFamily that puts IDs on the phones of people turning 18 and getting ready to live their adult lives. These young adults will be able to use Yoti to securely identify themselves for their child trust fund and a whole host of everyday situations where their valuable documents are best left safe at home.”

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Yoti is helping to make everybody good2rent

Yoti is helping to make everybody good2rent

Renting a property has long been the norm, especially amongst Millennials. But tenants are facing fierce competition when it comes to securing their dream rental home and many are losing out. A huge contributing factor to this situation is the existing prolonged ID & referencing system. Something Yoti has enabled good2rent to make faster, easier and safer. good2rent is a tenant-led referencing solution for the digital age that puts renters back in control. Tenants use Yoti, a digital identity app, to easily ID themselves so they can then start building their renting profile. Their good2rent profile includes previous landlord & employer references, credit check, affordability statement, and of course Yoti verified nationality & ID. Tenants can then share this verified profile as many times as they wish with the letting agents & landlords during their house hunt.   Building a Good2rent reference profile with Yoti We accept passports from over 140 countries worldwide, which means both UK and international tenants can create their Yoti. They can then get ahead of the competition by building and sharing their good2rent reference profile when booking a viewing. good2rent referencing is held in a tenant’s secure vault and is fully portable and built year on year, enabling the tenant to prove a true history of good tenancy. Letting agents and landlords will also save both time and money by ensuring tenants are matched in advance to the right properties for them, ensuring no unsuitable tenants are viewing properties. The Yoti ID element of good2rent also gives letting agents & landlords the added security of knowing who they will be showing around a property. You can find more information at www.good2rent.co.uk Gone are the days of the hassle, expense and repetitive paperwork of traditional referencing. In its place is a digital, portable, new way to rent that is easy, fast and fair. Empowering tenants, letting agents and landlords with every move.

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