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Yoti launches eSign with Selfie

Yoti launches eSign with Selfie

1st February 2023, London, UK – Digital identity company Yoti has launched eSign with Selfie, a new product feature on their digital signing platform. In an industry first, Yoti is the first company to integrate selfie verification directly into the signing process. This new feature allows individuals to confirm their identity with a selfie before signing a document. This reduces the risk of impersonation and fraud, and provides transparency and confidence that the correct person has signed the document.  The whole process can be completed in seconds, in one seamless flow: Signees take a selfie Yoti’s proprietary NIST-certified passive liveness technology, MyFace, confirms they are a real person  MyFace checks that the selfie is captured from a live person by detecting different presentation attacks, such as printed and digital photos, videos and masks Once the liveness check is complete, individuals sign the document   The selfie image is cryptographically linked with the signature, providing a very high level of assurance over who has signed the document.  Robin Tombs, CEO at Yoti said, “There is a growing trend towards identity linked signatures as they are more secure and robust than a standalone signature. eSign with Selfie provides a high level of confidence and transparency over who is signing a document, whilst offering a faster, more frictionless experience than a separate, full ID verification check. Identity driven signatures through eSign help businesses fight fraud,  meet compliance and regulatory requirements, and create more trusted business interactions.”  Companies can manage all documents from one digital platform and then email (or text) them out for signature – requesting selfie verification as part of the signing process, if required.   Notes to editors Yoti’s liveness technology – MyFace – is certified against the NIST standards by iBeta.   The difference between passive and active liveness: Active liveness requires the user to take a video of themselves performing certain actions. For example, moving toward and away from the camera, or repeating random words. This then uses AI and / or manual review to complete the check. Passive liveness can be achieved from a single selfie. Passive liveness reduces friction for users, thereby reducing drop off and speeding up the journey of verifying genuine users. 

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Muzz introduces selfie and identity verification from Yoti for safer Halal dating

Muzz introduces selfie and identity verification from Yoti for safer Halal dating

18th January 2023, London, UK – Leading Muslim dating and marriage app Muzz (formerly muzmatch) has partnered with digital identity company Yoti to give singles increased confidence and transparency over who they are connecting with online.  Muzz has integrated Yoti’s photo verification technology to confirm every dating profile belongs to a real person. On account creation, users are required to take a selfie, which will be analysed by Yoti’s proprietary passive liveness technology, MyFace. The technology checks that the selfie is captured from a real person by detecting different presentation attacks, such as printed and digital photos, videos and masks. If the technology detects the image is not from a real person, they will be asked to take another selfie, helping to reduce the risks of fake profiles and catfishing.  MyFace only requires a selfie image to complete the liveness check, creating a smooth user experience and speeding up the process of verifying genuine accounts. Muzz has also integrated Yoti’s identity verification technology, to strengthen online safety even further. Members can verify their identity for free. Muzz will boost the verified profiles, giving these daters a higher chance of connecting with more people.  “Muzz is the world’s largest Muslim marriage app, so we have a responsibility to lead when it comes to safe spaces for Muslim singles. Yoti’s ID verification and MyFace technology give our members peace of mind that their matches are who they say they are,” says Shahzad Younas, CEO and Founder of Muzz. Robin Tombs, CEO of Yoti said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Muzz to give Muslim singles greater peace of mind, trust and transparency over who they are connecting with online. Muzz pride themselves on creating the safest dating platform for the Muslim community, so we are proud they have chosen our technology to enhance their existing safety measures. Our technology has seamlessly integrated into the Muzz app, showing how dating platforms can verify users, without compromising their online dating experience. Verified profiles will make it easier and safer for honest people looking for love, and create safer, positive matches.” The partnership with Yoti allows Muzz to enhance their existing safety measures, which include an all-female support team, video and phone calls within the platform so users do not have to share their phone number, and the detection and removal of nude images.     Notes to editors Yoti’s liveness technology – MyFace – is certified against the NIST standards by iBeta. The difference between passive and active liveness: Active liveness requires the user to take a video of themselves performing certain actions. For example, moving toward and away from the camera, or repeating random words. This then uses AI and / or manual review to complete the check. Passive liveness can be achieved from a single selfie. Passive liveness reduces friction for users, thereby reducing drop off and speeding up the journey of verifying genuine users.  About Muzz Muzz (formerly muzmatch)  is the world’s largest Muslim dating and marriage app, with over 7 million members and 400,000 successes. Founded originally as a website in 2011 by former Morgan Stanley banker Shahzad Younas, Muzz has seen massive success since the launch of its iOS and Android apps in 2016. The company has over 80 team members with offices in the UK, US, France and Pakistan. 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.

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Facebook Dating introduces age verification with Yoti to create age appropriate experiences

Facebook Dating introduces age verification with Yoti to create age appropriate experiences

Facebook Dating introduces age verification test to help continue preventing teens from accessing the 18+ experience Meta continues to work with Yoti who specialise in privacy-preserving ways to verify age   The move follows age verification being introduced on Instagram earlier this year. Of those asked to verify their age, 81% of teens chose Yoti’s facial age estimation technology to complete the age check   5th December 2022, London, UK – Today, Facebook Dating has introduced age verification to verify that only adults are using the service and to help prevent teens from accessing it. This will initially be for people based in the US. Digital identity company Yoti will provide one of the age assurance tools, to ensure only adults can access the 18+ experience.  If Meta’s age detection technology finds potential discrepancies in the age someone provides and their suspected age, they will be prompted to verify their age. There will be two options to do this: upload an ID document or use Yoti’s facial age estimation technology. Providing people with more than one option allows them to select a method that best fits their needs and preferences.  Facebook Dating is the first online dating platform to introduce Yoti’s facial age estimation technology in the US to verify the age of users. The move follows age verification being introduced on Instagram earlier this year.  Julie Dawson, Yoti Chief Policy & Regulatory Officer said, “Enabling young people to thrive and be safe online is of the utmost importance. So we’re delighted to continue our work with Meta to create age appropriate experiences, this time on Facebook Dating. Daters can have greater confidence in who they are meeting online, and most importantly, young people will be better protected from accessing inappropriate content and experiences.” Erica Finkle, Meta Director of Data Governance said, “Our age verification tests show that our tools are working to help keep young people within age-appropriate experiences, and we’re proud to partner with Yoti to provide people with simple to use options that respect their privacy.” Yoti facial age estimation is a privacy-preserving solution that estimates someone’s age from a selfie. It was built to give everyone a secure way to prove their age without sharing their name or ID document. All images are instantly deleted once someone receives their estimated age.  Notes to editors: In June 2022, Meta introduced age verification to Instagram users in the US. If someone attempts to edit their date of birth on Instagram from under the age of 18 to 18 or over, they are required to verify their age. They can do this by uploading an ID document or using Yoti’s facial age estimation technology. Age verification was expanded to Instagram in other countries following the success in the US – including the UK, Europe, Brazil and India.  Yoti Facial Age Estimation whitepaper – https://www.yoti.com/wp-content/uploads/Yoti-Age-Estimation-White-Paper-Executive-Summary-May-2022.pdf

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Louisiana Age Verification Law: Arriving 2023

Louisiana Age Verification Law: Arriving 2023

A new Louisiana law will allow parents to take legal action against companies that do not have reasonable age verification in place to keep minors out of porn sites and other sites containing harmful material. The law focuses on pornography, citing that “advances in technology, the universal availability of the internet, and limited age verification requirements” have created a public health crisis.  The Louisiana Age Verification law will come into effect on 1st January 2023. It’s a significant milestone and demonstrates the important role an increasing number of lawmakers and regulators want age verification to play in keeping children safe online. So what does it mean exactly?    The Louisiana Age Verification Law Websites won’t be required to have age verification systems, but it does allow the State of Louisiana to sue websites that “contain a substantial portion” of porn, and do not have verification in place, therefore putting minors at risk. These sites will be held liable if they fail to check the age of individuals attempting to access the content on their website.  Importantly, the law also states that these spaces  “shall not retain any identifying information of the individual after access has been granted to the material.” Technology now exists to let individuals prove they are the right age to access age-restricted content and platforms, without the need to share lots of personal information.    Privacy-preserving age verification We have a range of age verification solutions available, which allow companies to check their users are the right age, without retaining any personal information.  Currently, a driver’s licence or other state-issued identification such as a digitised identification card are needed to access these sites in Louisiana. Our leading, facial age estimation gives everyone a secure and privacy preserving way to prove their age, without sharing their name or any ID documents. Yoti’s free Digital ID app allows individuals to just share a verified age attribute, such as ‘over 18’, and doesn’t share any personal details.  We already support a number of the world’s largest adult sites and social media platforms. We have performed over 550 million checks using our facial age estimation, and we are the leading global provider of age assurance. Our checks have reached across retail, gaming, gambling, dating, social media, telecoms, live streaming, vaping, ecommerce and adult content services. Enabling young people to thrive and be safe online is so important to us. Age verification can help do this, creating age-appropriate experiences that mean children have a safer, more positive digital life.  If you’d like to learn more about our age verification technology, please get in touch.

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Robin Tombs Named Amongst the Startup Elite in the Top 100 Startups, Businesses, and Entrepreneurs in 2022

Robin Tombs Named Amongst the Startup Elite in the Top 100 Startups, Businesses, and Entrepreneurs in 2022

November 30, 2022, LONDON, United Kingdom – We are delighted to announce that Robin Tombs, CEO of Yoti, has been awarded fifth place in the Top 100 Startups, Businesses, and Entrepreneurs in 2022 by TechRound, the UK’s fastest growing startup and tech news site. The competition followed a round of judging from an expert panel: James Mercer (tayp), Stephanie Affleck (Little Fashion House), Alex Buttle (Motorway), Jeffrey Faustin (Jenson Funding Partners), and Sabrina Chevannes (Complex Creative). The judges said: “With just over 3,000 applications this year, we were all blown away by the quality of entries including startups that operate in multiple countries and have raised vast amounts through funding rounds.” Robin Tombs, CEO of Yoti said: “I am delighted that Yoti has been named in TechRound’s Top 100 list, and to have been included alongside so many stand out and inspiring businesses and entrepreneurs. We are honoured to take 5th place out of 3,000 entries, showing the significant impact and importance of digital identity and age verification in today’s world. The competition was fierce and we congratulate our fellow winners and offer best wishes to all of the 3,000 start up ventures.” Yoti was named in the Top 10 alongside Simon Hansford of Itero Technologies, Ashay Bhave of Thaely, Sheila Hogan of Biscuit Tin, Jenny Saft and Tobias Kaufhold of Apryl, Simon Hudson of Cheeze, Tom Home of blOKes, Emma Kay of WalkSafe, Thomas (Hal) Robson-Kanu of The Turmeric Co. and Caroline Casey of The Valuable 500.   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.

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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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