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New Right to Work and Right to Rent guidance - a buyer’s guide

New Right to Work and Right to Rent guidance - a buyer’s guide

Since April 6th, employers are now able to perform Right to Work and Right to Rent checks using digital identity service providers (IDSP).  – read more about the changes here.  What are the advantages of using an IDSP for right to work and right to rent checks? Faster – no waiting for additional approvals. Pre-verified digital IDs can complete a check in seconds. Efficient – reduce the admin burden for your staff and make it more convenient for your customers. Inclusive – customers can complete checks wherever they are in the UK. Reduce friction – complete Right to Work or Right to Rent checks in seconds. Data security – improve your data security by removing the risk of sensitive data being left in your inbox. Statutory excuse – compliant with the steps an organisation can take to avoid liability for a civil penalty. What questions should you ask an IDSP? Certification Home Office recommends employers partner with a certified identity services provider (IDSP) – a list of certified suppliers will be published on the Home Office website. Certification gives you peace of mind that your Right to Work checks comply with the statutory excuse. Accessibility Some candidates may be unable or unwilling to complete checks online. How does your partner support them? Security accreditation As part of the scheme, alongside Home Office certification, get further assurance by comparing security accreditations. Trusted Sharing highly sensitive personal details can be scary, so ensure your partner shares your ethics with trusted security and processes. Reusable For organisations with a high seasonal variation in workforce, reusable digital ID offers a more economical option – more of the UK are embracing a reusable digital ID on their phones.  There will always be a balance to be made in terms of speed, friction, user experience and success rates in completing checks. Ensure your IDSP can provide the blend of service that suits your business requirements and risk profile.  Learn more about Yoti and Post Office’s Right to Work and Right to Rent solutions or get in touch for a demo. 

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Future plans for Right to Work and Right to Rent guidance

Future plans for Right to Work and Right to Rent guidance

In December 2021, the Home Office announced that from April 6th, there would be changes to the guidance for completing right to work and right to rent checks.  Advice was amended at the start of the pandemic to allow right to work checks to be performed via a video call – following feedback from organisations, this temporary guidance has been extended until September 30th.  The updated Right to Work guidance will come into effect on 6th April, a new scheme under the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Identity and Attributes Trust Framework. The aim is to develop the market for digital identities, and engender trust in businesses and citizens to enable this future-focused, more efficient way of proving identity.  You will still be able to continue using video calls to complete checks – this temporary adjustment has been deferred until September 30th 2022.  However, the big change is that you will be able to accept digital remote checks from April 6th. There is a certification process being undertaken at the moment and Yoti, in partnership with Post Office, is actively undergoing its own certification.  So, how can I now perform right to work checks and ensure I’m meeting the guidelines? Video calls are still allowed until September 30th 2022 Physically checking a candidate’s document on day 1 and taking a copy is still valid From April 6, you can use a digital identity provider Read more about how our unique partnership with Post Office can help you with right to work and right to rent checks.

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Yoti is speeding up KYC for Gamesys online casinos and bingo

Yoti is speeding up KYC for Gamesys online casinos and bingo

Leading gaming operator Gamesys Group is transforming the registration experience with  Yoti’s document scanning and verification product Doc Scan. Doc Scan will be embedded into Gamesys’ bingo and casino game sites. Yoti’s Doc Scan is simple yet robust for businesses and customers alike, offering seamless identity checking with our award-winning technology under the hood. Together, we’ll help people register faster, while helping Gamesys tackle fraud and comply with the Gambling Commissions players safety rules.  Doc Scan makes it easy for customers to prove their identity without compromising on security. It helps businesses complete know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) checks around the globe, accepting 1,000s of ID documents from 200+ countries – providing a full check report for audit trails and compliance. Simon Mizzi, Marketing Director of Gamesys said: “This partnership with Yoti is a double win for Gamesys. Not only does it enhance the already strong processes that we have in place but it demonstrates our determination to understand and care for our customers and to provide them with the most enjoyable experience within a secure environment”. For individuals, using Doc Scan is as simple as taking a photo of their government-approved ID document and a photo of themselves. Yoti brings biometric liveness and face matching, accurate data extraction and document authenticity checks by our 24/7 expert security centres to ensure a frictionless experience and a high-level of assurance. John Abbott, Chief Business Officer at Yoti said “We’re delighted to be working with Gamesys to make the gaming experience better for players. Gamesys share our commitment to building trust between businesses and consumers – and together we provide a simple, private and secure way for people to prove their identity for Gamesys powered games.” Seamless integration takes just a few hours into websites or apps thanks to our wide-ranging support for major development languages and easy-to-use plugins. With checks start as little as £0.25, Doc Scan can help you transform the KYC process for your customers and business.

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Yoti accepted on the government's G-Cloud Framework

Yoti accepted on the government's G-Cloud Framework

Yoti is pleased to announce that it has once again been approved to list services under the Crown Commercial Services G-Cloud framework. G-Cloud allows UK public sector bodies to choose and buy cloud computing services without the need for a lengthy procurement process. It provides a quick and easy route to market, access to the latest technology and reduced cost of ownership. Since its inception in 2012 there has been £4.72bn worth of sales through the framework with 45% of the spend awarded to SMEs. A range of Yoti services, covering identity verification, authentication, e-signing and age estimation are now available, via the digital marketplace on G-Cloud 11. To find out more about the Yoti services on offer visit the Digital Marketplace or contact Gav Watts at gavin.watts@yoti.com. Founded in 2014, we are on a mission to become the world’s trusted identity platform. Our free digital identity app, with over 4.5 million downloads, is the new, safer way to prove your age online, check out faster with age-restricted items at supermarkets and save time and money proving your identity to businesses. It brings safer connections with the people you meet online as well as enabling secure website login with your biometrics instead of remembering passwords.

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Yoti trials blockchain in property transactions with HM Land Registry

Yoti trials blockchain in property transactions with HM Land Registry

London, UK, 17th April 2019 – As part of HM Land Registry’s Digital Street research and development project, digital identity company Yoti has worked with the organisation and other partners on a blockchain prototype to show how buying and selling a house can be made simpler and quicker by demonstrating a digital transfer of ownership.  The sale of a semi-detached house in Gillingham, Kent, was used to show how the emerging technology could be used to reduce uncertainty and delays when buying a home. Stefan, the seller of the house in Gillingham who took part in the trial, said “It was pretty straightforward. If that’s the way forward, it’s going to make everything easier.”  The blockchain technology was developed through conversations with stakeholders across the property market, and tested with close cooperation of Mishcon de Reya, Premier Property Lawyers, Barclays and ShieldPay. Yoti provided the digital identity component of the HM Land Registry (HMLR) electronic title deed transfer project. Throughout the property transaction process, it is essential to identify all participants at each point of progress to ensure protection against fraud and money laundering. Yoti’s secure digital identity enabled the buyers and sellers to safely prove who they were throughout the transaction, resulting in a safe and secure completion. As each organisation that services a property transaction is required to identify property buying and selling customers, Yoti interacted with the entire value chain from mortgage lender to conveyancer to HMLR. One of the biggest pain points in the property transaction process, as it exists today, is the mix of methodologies used to identify and engage with buyers and sellers across each organisation that services the transaction. Estate agents, mortgage lenders, and conveyancing solicitors are all required to formally identify the participants in a property transaction, yet their customers need to go through multiple identity verification processes to achieve this. Some of these processes involve insecure and easily defrauded practices such as posting documents, emailing document images, and in-person document checks by untrained staff.  By creating a reusable biometrically verified Yoti digital identity, buyers and sellers are able to prove who they are safely and securely multiple times across an entire transaction cycle using their smartphone.  Simon Charnock, Commercial Director at Yoti said, “It’s great to see HMLR working hard to show how technology can make the property transaction process easier and quicker for all of us. This has been a hugely collaborative project and by encouraging participation from private organisations, HMLR are driving innovation and value in the property sector. It’s exciting to think that buying or selling a home could become a digitised proposition using blockchain and Yoti’s digital identity technology in the future.”

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