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A look back on 2022

A look back on 2022

In a year where life feels like it’s in full flow again, so does Yoti! We continue to be the most downloaded Digital ID in the world, but that’s just half the story of our 2022.  We’ve been busy teaming up with some of the world’s biggest social media platforms, got ourselves accepted in cinemas across the UK, and became the first certified digital identity service provider under the UK Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework for Right to Work, Right to Rent and criminal records checks. That and much more! Here’s a look back on what’s been going on with us this year…   Created age-appropriate experiences online  Together with some of the biggest social media platforms, we’ve made lots of positive changes to keep children safe online. Meta are using our facial age estimation technology to deliver age-appropriate experiences on Instagram and Facebook Dating. And with 81% of users on Instagram choosing facial age estimation over uploading an ID document, it’s proving to be the most popular way to verify age online. Social network app Yubo started asking first-time users signing up for an account, or existing users who haven’t yet been verified, to confirm their age with our facial age estimation technology. By being able to know who is a child, young users can safely explore the platform and make friends with people in the same age group. OnlyFans also introduced our technology to protect children and ensure underage users cannot access the platform, which further bolsters the existing identity verification measures OnlyFans already has in place in the UK. Completed millions of age checks  Our facial age estimation is being used globally by a wide range of social, gaming, ecommerce, adult, gaming and retail organisations. To date, we have completed over 570 million age checks using our privacy-preserving technology, and have the ability to scale to tens of millions of age checks every day.    Campaigned for a safer internet Our Chief Policy & Regulatory Officer, Julie Dawson, attended the annual FOSI 2022, hosted by the non-profit Family Online Safety institution (FOSI). She led a lively panel discussion with Google and Kantar experts on recent FOSI research that looks at parents’ and childrens’ awareness, attitudes, and behaviours towards age assurance, exploring who’s responsible for monitoring what children see online and how much their privacy is protected. Julie was also invited to speak at Meta’s Summit on Youth Safety and Well-Being where she spoke with Meta Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan on the importance of getting age verification right.  For us, speaking at events is about more than just taking part. It’s a chance to show that purposefully designed technology can provide safer, age-appropriate experiences online.   Approved by regulators and named by the French President’s wife Our facial age estimation technology can play an important role in protecting young people and improving online safety, so we were thrilled when it was approved by the German regulator, KJM, for the highest level of age assurance. This means it can be used for 18+ adult content.  President Macron launched his international innovation lab on the protection of children in a high-level meeting with a selection of platforms and NGOs at Elysée Palace. In the meeting, Brigitte Macron asked Meta directly, very intrigued whether their implementation of Yoti’s facial age estimation technology to assess the age of minors worked. Meta confirmed our technology was helping to create age-appropriate experiences for young people. Merci!    Completed a summer of supermarket trials  Things heated up this summer when we had a number of supermarkets trialling our technology. Shoppers purchasing alcohol could simply look at a camera on the self-checkout, or use the Yoti or EasyID Digital ID app, to verify their age instead of waiting for assistance.   Created safer gaming experiences We teamed up with Regal Gaming technologies to solve the challenge of age verification in the offline world too. As the UK’s leading provider of gaming machines to the leisure and hospitality industry, they’re committed to helping staff create safer gambling experiences.  With our technology in their gaming machines, customers now have two ways to prove their age digitally – with a real-time selfie or using our reusable Digital ID apps. Became the first certified provider for digital Right to Work checks   Yoti and Post Office became the first to be a certified digital identity service provider (IDSP) under the UK Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework, for Right to Work, Right to Rent and criminal records checks. This announcement marked the first time that a digital identity app has been approved by the UK government.  Since being certified, we have been selected by over 600 companies for digital Right to Work checks from industries spanning retail, technology, financial services, charities and universities. We have also partnered with the majority of the world’s major employment screening companies including uCheck, First Advantage, Verifile, Hire Right, People Check, Talent Clouds and Sterling Check who have all embraced the digital checks and now offer employers and candidates a faster and more secure method of verifying identity documents. Over 13 million Digital ID app downloads This year, we reached over 13 million app downloads and continue to be the most downloaded Digital ID in the world.   Digital IDs became accepted at UK Cinemas UK cinemas started to accept the Yoti and EasyID apps as proof of age. Young people aged 13+ now have a safer, more convenient way to prove their age when watching age-restricted films – meaning that important ID documents, such as passports, can now be left at home. They no longer need to worry about keeping their passport safe and can instead focus on whether the popcorn should be sweet or salty. In other news… We were awarded 5th place out of 3,000 in the Top 100 Startups, Businesses, and Entrepreneurs in 2022 by TechRound, the UK’s fastest growing startup and tech news site. We celebrated amazing partnerships including THG Ingenuity, Fluttr, Further, Department of Trust, Preloved and many others.  As part of our ongoing work to protect young people, we helped check the age of attendees at the summer garden party of Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust. The event was for under 18s, so attendees were asked to show ID or prove their age with our facial age estimation technology. This helped safeguard the event, ensuring only those of the right age attended.  There’s so much we’re proud of this year. We can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store.

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THG Ingenuity partners with Yoti for digital age verification solutions

London, UK – 18th November 2022 – Yoti, the digital identity company, has today announced its partnership with THG Ingenuity, THG’s proprietary technology platform specialising in taking brands direct-to-consumers (“DTC”) globally.  Yoti will provide age verification solutions on the THG Ingenuity platform. This will allow THG clients to strengthen age checks and protect underage customers from buying age-restricted products.  Yoti’s age verification solutions include facial age estimation technology, a digital identity app and ID document verification. THG Ingenuity clients can choose which solution complements their business, and ensure they meet regulatory and local market requirements for selling age-restricted goods and services. Yoti’s solutions integrate into different touchpoints on a company’s eCommerce customer journey, for instance during the checkout process or during account creation. THG Ingenuity provides eCommerce solutions to many of the world’s leading brands, with a unique end-to-end approach, encompassing eCommerce management services, global hosting, marketing technology, digital fraud detection, fulfilment & warehousing, creative content & brand services, translation services and delivery & courier management.  Through this partnership, THG Ingenuity will be able to broaden the range of solutions available to new and existing clients. THG Ingenuity’s platform powers the online direct-to-consumer growth of both THG’s own brands – such as Myprotein and LOOKFANTASTIC – and third-party clients such as Nestlé, Elemis and Homebase. Vivek Ganotra, THG Ingenuity CEO, said: “We are proud to be partnering with age verification specialists, Yoti, to provide digital verification solutions to our clients. It further extends THG Ingenuity’s capabilities as a unique, end-to-end eCommerce platform, which has proven to be a huge competitive advantage, helping our brand partners scale, expand and grow their DTC offerings.” Robin Tombs, Yoti CEO, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the THG Ingenuity platform, allowing their clients to access our robust and effective age verification solutions. There’s no one size fits all approach when it comes to age verification. So, we have a suite of solutions which are all flexible, fast, scalable and secure. Companies can strengthen age checks and be compliant without compromising the customer experience.”     Notes to editors About Yoti Yoti is a digital identity technology company that makes it safer for people to prove who they are, verifying identities and trusted credentials online and in-person. They now provide verification solutions across the globe, spanning  identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication. In the UK, Yoti has partnered with Post Office to accelerate digital identity adoption, with a national footprint spanning 11,500 Post Office branches, online and more. Over 12 million people have downloaded the free Yoti app across the world. It 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. For more information, please visit www.yoti.com.   About THG Ingenuity Ingenuity Commerce provides an end-to-end direct to consumer e-commerce solution for consumer brand owners under ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) licences. The wider Ingenuity division provides stand-alone digital services, including hosting, studio content, translation services and beauty product development and manufacturing.

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Department of Trust and Yoti introduce one-click affordability and identity verification

Department of Trust and Yoti introduce one-click affordability and identity verification

London, UK – 6th October 2022, Digital identity company Yoti and Department of Trust, the financial KYC provider, have today announced a new partnership enabling gambling operators to complete affordability, safety and identity checks in one click.  Consumers will be able to link a new or existing Yoti verification to a BetBudget personal financial profile at any time. After completing this simple one-time process, future registrations at participating gambling sites can be achieved in one click. Operators who use the combined service will have the benefit not only of frictionless registration with reduced risk of fraud, but also instant access to ongoing real-time financial KYC data for affordability, responsible gambling and AML checks. Robin Tombs, CEO of Yoti said: “We’re excited to partner with the Department of Trust (DoTrust) and combine our solutions to introduce a new standard of compliance and identity verification for the gambling sector. DoTrust shares our philosophy to empower individuals with a safer way to share their personal information; one that protects their privacy and personal data, whilst ensuring companies have the details they need to be compliant.” Charles Cohen, CEO of Department of Trust, said: “Safe, one-click identity and financial KYC is the holy grail for gambling operators and their customers. No more forms, no more documents – and no risk to privacy. Yoti’s document based verification tools are the best on the market, with millions of users already. Combining this with the power of Open Banking to enable non-intrusive and effective affordability checks is a great step forward for the industry.”     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. Over 12 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. For more information please visit www.yoti.com.   About Department of Trust Department of Trust (dotrust.co.uk) is a UK-based provider of financial KYC solutions. The company is registered with the UK financial conduct authority as an agent for Open Banking. BetBudget (betbudget.app) is a free personal budgeting app and website which empowers consumers with information to support smart budgeting decisions alongside productivity tools for managing all their gambling accounts. Consumers are able to use BetBudget to share the data necessary for satisfying financial KYC inquiries from gambling sites, including affordability, without having to send bank statements or intrusive checks on their credit file.

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Talent Clouds launches digital DBS checks in partnership with Yoti and Post Office

Talent Clouds launches digital DBS checks in partnership with Yoti and Post Office

22nd September 2022, LONDON – Talent Clouds, a digital workforce management and employee vetting platform, has become the latest company to launch digital DBS checks with Yoti and the Post Office. Talent Clouds modernises workforce vetting by simplifying the complex and manual onboarding and workforce monitoring processes. These are especially burdensome for public services in regulated sectors such as education, care and health. The Talent Clouds platform enables employers to verify worker credentials safely and efficiently which in turn saves them time and money. Under new legislation, which came into effect from 6 April 2022, Right to Work and DBS checks can now be completed using an Identity Services Provider (IDSP). 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. Yoti and Post Office, the UK’s first certified IDSP, offer three inclusive options for a candidate to prove their identity and complete required DBS checks. They can do this online, through the Yoti or EasyID apps, or in person at their local Post Office branch. Enabling Basic, Standard and Enhanced DBS checks to be carried out this way supports remote and hybrid working practices, speeds up onboarding processes, reduces recruitment times, and improves the security and reliability of checks. British and Irish citizens who hold valid passports will be eligible for these digital checks. Unlike the traditional and manual process, digital DBS checks allow candidates to prove their identity from any part of the country – removing geographic barriers to employment. Talent Clouds onboards and monitors employees in a safer way as they can confirm prospective candidates’ identities and eligibility using consistent and secure methods, and relieve pressure on HR teams to correctly check documents and store sensitive employee information. Talent Clouds, CEO, James Whittingham said, “We’re excited to partner with Post Office and Yoti to launch this new technology to transform how our customers verify their workers’ ID. This technology supports our vision for streamlining pre-employment checks to save our customers both money and time”. Elinor Hull, Identity Services Director at Post Office said, “We’re delighted that Talent Clouds is the latest company to harness the power of digital identity for DBS checks. With less paperwork, stronger security and a better onboarding and recruitment experience, the benefits of these digital policies are clear. There’s a growing desire from individuals for better experiences and this technology can fast track processes that historically have taken up significant time and effort. If any companies are on the fence about digital DBS checks, it’s time they embrace a better approach to identity verification, otherwise they risk falling behind and giving an edge to their competitors.”     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 and Post Office 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 11,500 Post Office branches, online and more. Over 12 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.   About Talent Clouds Talent Clouds provide a digital platform to verify worker credentials safely and efficiently – saving you time and money to spend on frontline services.​ We move offline clunky processes online, which reduces onboarding times by over 95%, and reduces application entry errors to under 1% – enabling significant internal savings Offer a suite of over 15 checks to suit all needs – including DBS and employment history referencing. We integrate with your existing systems to remove need to duplicate data entry – providing a seamless user experience Our workforce monitoring system notifies you of any pending compliance concerns through our business health check tool We keep your records in one single view, ensuring you are audit ready and regulation compliant

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Yoti and Post Office partner with PeopleCheck to power digital DBS checks

Yoti and Post Office partner with PeopleCheck to power digital DBS checks

15th August 2022 – Today, Yoti and the Post Office announce they are the official provider of digital DBS checks for PeopleCheck, the UK’s leading background check provider for remote and onsite hires. As the UK’s first certified Identity Services Provider (IDSP), Yoti and the Post Office will deliver digital Right to Work and DBS checks, streamlining and speeding up the process for PeopleCheck. Historically, these checks had to be completed manually, with physical evidence and paper documents. But under new legislation, which came into effect on 6 April 2022, DBS and Right to Work checks can now be completed using an IDSP. Enabling DBS checks – including Basic, Standard and Enhanced – to be carried out digitally supports long-term post-pandemic working practices, such as remote or hybrid working, speeds up onboarding processes, greatly reduces recruitment/ onboarding times, and improves the security and reliability of checks. Conducting a check through PeopleCheck provides employers with the Statutory Excuse for UK Right to Work and means that the employer no longer needs to check original documents prior to the person starting work. They only need to retain evidence of the online Right to Work check, which will be available within the PeopleCheck platform. This removes the need for employers to securely store physical copies of documents containing sensitive personal information. British and Irish citizens who hold valid passports will be eligible for these digital 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. David Hutchinson, CEO at PeopleCheck said, “We are delighted that through a superb partnership with Yoti and the Post Office, digital Right to Work and digital ID solutions have been successfully and seamlessly integrated within the PeopleCheck platform. The design, functionality and intuitive candidate experience is truly leading edge. This is a significant game changer for both on-site and remote hiring – with companies now being able to fully outsource UK Right to Work credibly and compliantly; at scale and at speed.” John Abbott, Chief Commercial Officer at Yoti, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome PeopleCheck as the latest company to use Yoti and the Post Office for digital DBS and identity checks. With evidence of increased efficiency and getting people into jobs faster, these remote policies are quicker, more reliable and more convenient for all parties.”     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 PeopleCheck PeopleCheck is the UK’s leading background check provider for remote and onsite hires. A company with decades of experience, with a consistently outstanding commitment to innovation and customer support. Professional expertise and the use of smart user-friendly technology has enabled PeopleCheck to develop a frictionless and secure platform; providing the best possible experience for all users. PeopleCheck partners with companies of all sizes across all sectors and is recognised as being a kind, transparent and highly responsive organisation. About Yoti and Post Office 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 11,500 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.

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uCheck launches digital identity checks with Yoti and the Post Office

uCheck launches digital identity checks with Yoti and the Post Office

4th August 2022 – Today, uCheck announces that all clients will now be able to complete DBS checks digitally, instead of having to manually check physical ID documents, streamlining and speeding up the process. Earlier this year, uCheck partnered with Yoti and the Post Office, the UK’s first certified Identity Services Provider (IDSP), who will provide the digital DBS checks. uCheck clients will be able to quickly and easily ensure that candidates have sufficient ID in line with DBS ID checking requirements. This can be completed online, via a digital ID app (such as Post Office EasyID or Yoti) or in person at a Post Office branch. Under new legislation, which came into effect on 6 April 2022, DBS checks can now be completed using an IDSP. British and Irish citizens who hold valid passports will be eligible. 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. Enabling DBS checks – including Basic, Standard and Enhanced – to be carried out digitally supports long-term post-pandemic working practices, such as remote or hybrid working, accelerates onboarding processes, reduces recruitment times, and improves the security and reliability of checks. George Griffiths, Managing Director at uCheck said, “uCheck is delighted to have released Digital Identity solutions to our customers. This new approach will offer employers and applicants a faster and more secure method of verifying identity documents. This release is a firm step in the right direction to further streamlining background screening and will significantly improve efficiencies throughout the hiring process.” Elinor Hull, Identity Services Director at Post Office said, “We’re delighted to be working with uCheck to improve, streamline and strengthen the way DBS checks are carried out. Today’s announcement is really exciting, with all uCheck clients, and prospective clients, now able to submit DBS checks in minutes. These digital checks offer benefits to both employers and candidates; they are quicker, more reliable and more convenient. They also support remote working practices and remove geographical barriers to employment as individuals can complete these important DBS checks from home.”     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 uCheck 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. About Yoti and Post Office 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 11,500 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 press enquiries, please contact: Yoti – press@yoti.com

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