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 or expired 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 – email@example.com
We’re joining a movement of thousands that believe in a fair day’s pay We’re proud to announce that Yoti has received accreditation and joined thousands of organisations, businesses and people across the UK that support the real Living Wage. So what is it? It’s the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by businesses who believe their staff deserve a pay that allows them to earn enough to live on and meet their everyday needs. Yoti has always been completely committed to the welfare of our staff and we value everybody across the company. We pay £11.05+ an hour in London, and £9.90+ an hour to UK employees outside of London, and this extends to our third party contracted staff such as cleaners and security.
London, UK, 25th July 2022 – Investment platform Further has today announced a new partnership with digital identity provider Yoti, who will streamline the customer onboarding process, making it faster and easier for people to invest in their chosen funds. Under Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules, Further is required to provide appropriate identity evidence for investors when transactions take place. This is to prove that all investors seeking to invest in a fund via Further are who they say they are. By using Yoti and their partner Post Office for digital identity verification, Further will strengthen their KYC and AML processes, offer frictionless onboarding and faster processing times. Yoti’s digital identity checks take less than five minutes to complete; speeding up the identification process. Further, a London-based startup, connects retail investors with high-quality venture capital funds, at scale and with minimum investment levels never seen before in the market. This enables many new retail investors to invest in venture funds, from as little as £1,000. Further’s platform offers investors a selection of venture capital fund investment opportunities, from a variety of well-known UK tax-advantaged and international venture capital fund managers. Rob Tominey, Further CEO said, “We’re thrilled to be working with Yoti on identity verification and AML, which has been seamlessly integrated into Further’s onboarding process. To deliver a high quality, premium, trustworthy experience for today’s investors, it was important that we found a tool with a user experience that matched our own and was straightforward to use across devices – and Yoti have delivered on this. We look forward to growing Further alongside the team at Yoti.” John Abbott, Chief Commercial Officer at Yoti, said, “We’re really pleased to be working with Further to power the next generation of financial products. Our identity verification technology will strengthen and streamline their customer onboarding, and create a frictionless and secure experience. There’s a growing desire for better experiences from consumers and our technology can fast track processes that historically have taken up significant time and effort. Individuals can pass identity verification checks quickly and focus on what’s important – their investment decisions.” Notes to editors About Further Over the past decade, venture capital funds have achieved index-beating returns by backing the startups changing the world around us. Further connects more investors with high-quality venture capital funds, enabling access from £1,000. Further’s software manages the onboarding, administration and lifetime reporting of investors for funds, removing the historic administrative burden associated with investor management. 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. Yoti’s digital ID app is accepted as proof of identity in over 30,000 UK High street locations including cinemas, Post Offices and convenience stores. In 2021 Yoti partnered with the Post Office to deliver the UK’s most comprehensive identity service. The Post Office EasyID app is interoperable with the Yoti digital ID app. Over 11 million people have downloaded the free Yoti app globally (3 million in the UK). Yoti is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian. 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Online service providers are increasingly being called upon to provide age appropriate experiences online for their younger users. To do so effectively, service providers need to know the age of their users to make sure they’re providing the right experiences. Why are age appropriate experiences important? The ICO’s Children’s Code, originating in the UK, is driving a global movement to ensure children are able to enjoy online interaction ‘age appropriately’. A growing number of countries around the world are already reviewing legislation for a range of age restricted goods and services, particularly age assurance for online services. Specific initiatives are being developed, with the Californian Age-Appropriate Design Code Act in the US, the EU’s Digital Services Act, and the Online Safety Bill in the UK. Adult content sites are also using Yoti age estimation successfully to prevent children from accessing their websites. What are age appropriate experiences online? Child safety and protection is the significant factor here. They range from ensuring age appropriate interaction for children, protection against detrimental content and grooming, and supporting age appropriate content moderation. The ICO defines the code as applying to all service providers that have children access their services. This includes: Social media Streaming services Online gaming Chat rooms Forums Apps So how can Yoti help with age appropriate experiences online? For a long time, the discussion around age verification has centred on the practicality, effectiveness and cost of implementing such a solution. However, technical solutions have now been developed that are scalable, global and affordable for operators. For example, Yoti’s age estimation is the most privacy-preserving, quickest method of age assurance; it is a global, popular way for service providers to determine age from an image or selfie. Our experience has shown that given the option of age verification methods, around 4 in 5 users choose to use Yoti’s age estimation. Learn more about Yoti’s age estimation and age verification solutions or get in touch for a demo.
Yoti and Post Office gain UK government approval as certified identity provider for DBS, Right to Work and Right to Rent checks
We are delighted to announce that Yoti and Post Office are 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. A significant milestone for Yoti and digital identity This announcement marks the first time that a digital identity app has been approved by the UK government, and our partnership with Post Office has enabled us to bring a unique identity offering to the market. The Yoti and EasyID reusable digital ID apps give people straightforward way to prove their identity with their phone, which is particularly useful for people like contractors and temporary workers who need to do this regularly. Alternatively, businesses can use our web service that requires a customer to simply scan their documents and add any other required information. Finally, the partnership also provides in-branch verification services in Post Office branches for people unable, or who choose not to, do so online. To achieve certification, we completed a rigorous audit process undertaken by the Digital Identity Systems Certification service authorised by DCMS and UKAS for the pilot certification process. It represents a significant shift in policy toward digital identity as a valid form of proof of identity, greatly improving compliance processes in our digital world. What are the changes to guidance? From 6 April 2022, employers and landlords can use a digital identity service provider (IDSP) to complete identity verification for right to work and right to rent checks. British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport (or Irish passportcard) will be eligible. IDSPs can carry out digital identity verification to a range of standards or levels of confidence. The Home Office recommends that employers only accept checks via an IDSP that satisfies a minimum of a Medium Level of Confidence. GOV.UK provides a list of certified providers to choose from: Digital identity certification for Right to Work, Right to Rent and criminal record checks. Why is this important? Over 7 million adults have to complete DBS (Criminal Record) checks a year Over 30 million people work in the UK and have to complete Right to Work checks £1.275m value of penalties issued between 1 July to 30 September 2021 for non-compliance, with a maximum fine of £20,000. 9% of people surveyed have needed to prove their identity due to starting a new job in the past 12 months (Post Office Hot Topics data) 46% of people don’t feel comfortable with businesses taking a photocopy of their ID (Post Office Hot Topics data) Who are we working with? We are pleased to be working with many of the largest screening companies in the UK, who have recognised the unique proposition the Yoti and Post Office partnership offers.
UK Cinema Association partners with digital identity provider Yoti to ease 'proof of age' challenges at cinemas
Young people can now prove their age using the Yoti and Post Office EasyID apps, instead of taking documents such as a passport out with them Move is set to reduce pressure and confrontation for staff when checking age LONDON – 30th May 2022 – The UK Cinema Association, representing the interests of the vast majority of UK cinema operators, has today announced a partnership with digital identity provider Yoti so participating sites will accept Yoti and their partner’s Post Office EasyID apps as proof of age. From today, participating cinemas will accept the digital ID apps, giving young people aged from 13 upwards a safer, more convenient way to prove their age using their smartphone – meaning that important ID documents such as passports can now be left at home. The modern solution will also reduce the challenges many cinemas face in checking ages as required by the current film classification system. Phil Clapp, CEO at the UK Cinema Association said: “Of the 165 million to 170 million admissions per year UK cinemas were seeing pre-pandemic, around 30 per cent fall within the 15-24 year old bracket (and around 20 per cent within the 9-14 year old age group). Since cinemas re-opened last May those proportions are likely to be even higher. For many wanting to get into a ‘15’ or even ‘18’ certificate film proving their age – without a passport or driving licence to hand – can be incredibly difficult and an understandable source of frustration when they are turned away from the cinema. This new partnership offers a straightforward and modern way to alleviate many of those issues.” Kelly Drew, Operations Director at Cineworld said: “With an increase in recent years in the number of films classified at ‘15’ but with a broader youth appeal, the issue of proving age is getting increasingly challenging. The introduction of digital ID is a trusted and robust way of checking ID and will support our staff, who are often on the frontline of any resulting customer frustration.” Robin Tombs, CEO and Co-founder at Yoti said: “We’re thrilled to have many UK Cinema Association members join the 30,000 locations on the UK high street accepting our reusable digital ID apps. Young people expect to be able to do everything with their phone and using it to prove their age will come naturally to them. It’s a win-win for both cinemas and young cinema-goers.” How it works The process to obtain and use the accepted digital ID apps is simple, with the individual applicant being required to: Download the free Yoti (or partner’s Post Office EasyID app) app from Android Play or the Apple App Store Add a photo ID and a current photo to verify their identity. Open the ID app – tap to show the ID card and select age (no other personal details are shared) Present the ID card to cinema staff: The Digital ID card will show the verified photo of the individual and their verified ‘Age Over…’ There is a hologram on the Digital ID card that moves when the phone is tilted – for anti-spoofing purposes For further confidence, the cinema staff can scan the QR code on the card with a freely available web app scan.yoti.com Yoti’s apps (including Post Office EasyID) have been downloaded over 11 million times globally and are already accepted by a wide range of organisations including the Jersey Government, Scottish Improvement Service, The NHS, Virgin Atlantic, NSPCC, convenience stores and many more. Notes to editors UKCA canvassed the opinion of their 850 members which include all the major UK cinema operators (Vue, Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase Cinemas, PictureHouse and others) about the use of digital ID apps which was met with strong approval. About the UK Cinema Association The UK Cinema Association (UKCA) represents the interests of well over 90 per cent of UK cinema operators. Our members range from the largest cinema circuits to a wide range of single site owner-operated companies. The UKCA advocates on behalf of the UK cinema sector at international, national, regional and local level as well as working with other sectors of the industry, particularly colleagues in film distribution, to promote the value of cinema to the wider public and identify and share best practice. 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. Yoti’s digital ID app is accepted as proof of identity in over 30,000 UK High street locations including cinemas, Post Offices and convenience stores. In 2021 Yoti partnered with Post Office to deliver the UK’s most comprehensive identity service. Post Office EasyID app is interoperable with the Yoti digital ID app. Over 11 million people have downloaded the free Yoti app globally (3million in the UK). Yoti is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian. 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 further information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Nikki Alvey, The PR Network on 07973 354 706 or James Connor, UK Cinema Association on 07725 501 422. For Yoti: email@example.com