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Auckland Transport adopts digital student ID cards

Auckland Transport adopts digital student ID cards

We’re delighted to announce that we have partnered with Auckland Transport to provide digital ID cards for Auckland Secondary school students, providing an innovative alternative to plastic cards and reducing waste. This change is just one of the ways cities like Auckland can make their infrastructure even smarter by using digital-first technologies.   The more accessible way to travel The digital ID cards offered through the new scheme will be free of charge to schools. Until now, providing student ID cards was an expensive and time-consuming process. By using a free digital ID app like Yoti, card creation and distribution is much faster.  Aine Conlan, Auckland Transport’s Manager of Customer Care says, “Auckland Transport are excited to be able to help provide cost effective easy ID options for the secondary schools children of Tāmaki Makaurau”.  Digitising the way we travel helps us to free up resources for schools. And, by producing fewer plastic cards, it also reduces the impact on the planet and local environment. There’s also the issue of lost or stolen cards – we’ve all experienced it. If a student were to lose their phone, their Yoti account and digital ID can be just as easily restored on a new device by them within minutes. What’s more is there’s no added cost, lessening the administrative burden for schools.  Aine Conlan, Manager, Customer Care, Auckland Transport: “AT is excited to be partnering with Yoti to provide this new digital ID option for secondary school students. It was important for us to be able to work with an organisation that could offer our customers the security and flexibility that they need”. As part of the scheme, physical cards will still be available for any student who may simply prefer using them or perhaps doesn’t have access to a smartphone.  Once the student is set up with an account, they will have a free, reusable ID that can be used in a growing landscape of businesses adopting digital ID. Karl Stemp, Commercial Director, Yoti NZ: “We are excited to be offering Digital ID to all Auckland secondary schools and students. Auckland Transport adopting this innovation is showing great initiative to make the concessions process more customer focused and giving people a plastic free option for ID cards makes sense as part of these improvements”.   Privacy matters We’ve adopted a data-minimised approach to identity. That’s because we believe people shouldn’t have to share everything about themselves when completing day-to-day tasks like getting the bus. And with our app, you can share less data. We’re not in the business of selling or passing on data to any organisations – only the owner of the ID can control what data is shared and when. All data is securely encrypted, so we don’t have access to anyone’s personal information. If you want to learn more about our digital ID solution, you can read about it here. Alternatively, if you want to find out how digital ID can be used to transform your business or institution in New Zealand, get in touch with our Commercial Director Karl Stemp.

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Yoti and Ecospend partner to combine digital identity with open banking

Yoti and Ecospend partner to combine digital identity with open banking

We’re delighted to announce that we have partnered with Ecospend to combine our reusable digital ID and suite of identity solutions with the power of open banking. In 2022 we will focus on adding both open banking attribute and payment capabilities to further service the needs of our consumers, business and government clients.  This change is just one of the ways we see digital identity will come to the forefront in 2022 as adoption grows and government regulations and policies favourably evolve.  Privacy preserving identity will turbo-charge the power of banking data and payments John Abbott, Chief Commercial Officer at Yoti commented: “This partnership announcement is a great way to end a very busy year for Yoti and sets the scene for 2022 and how we will continue at pace to add more utility and features to our digital ID ecosystem. We are really looking forward to integrating Ecospend’s open banking services into our range of products, to give utility to consumers, give secure and value-for-money services to businesses and governments, and yet another blocker in the path for fraudsters.  James Hickman, Chief Commercial Officer at Ecospend added: “Having started working with HMRC earlier in 2021, we are really looking forward to growing our UK presence with Yoti and by extension the UK Post Office, underlining how we are fast emerging as the key Open Banking platform in UK and in Europe. We look forward to the unique opportunity that secure, verified digital identity and open banking provides for businesses and governments to make cost savings while improving security and the quality of theirs user experiences. We have over 50 UK bank API’s and are approaching the completion of our European PSD2 model, paving the way for a positive start to 2022.” About Ecospend Ecospend is an FCA regulated business powering the next generation of payments and financial data services. Their proprietary end-to-end technology enables them to deliver agile and comprehensive solutions to clients without relying on third parties or legacy systems. At the end of 2020 Ecospend’s technology was selected by HMRC and the UK Government to provide payment initiations across all HMRC’s tax regimes, making them the first Government open banking payment service in history.  Since the beginning of 2021 Ecospend has been initiated more than £2 billion of payments for the four biggest tax regimes: Self Assessment, Corporation Tax, PAYE for employers and VAT. More information from HMRC here. If you would like to learn more about our digital ID solution and how it can help your business, you can read about it here.

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Making it easier for EU residents to prove their COVID-19 Vaccination status

Making it easier for EU residents to prove their COVID-19 Vaccination status

Vaccine certificates are proving fundamental in safely opening the world up, and being able to prove your COVID status via the Yoti app for travel, leisure and work has been the most requested feature by the Yoti community in recent months. That’s why we’re excited to announce that it is now possible for fully vaccinated people to add their EU COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate to their Yoti app.   Add your vaccine certificate to the Yoti app in seconds Before you add your vaccine credentials to your Yoti app, you’ll need to make sure you’ve also added your ID first. This is because we want to make sure that your information is verifiable and trusted. Then when you add your vaccine certificate, we match it with your verified identity information to make sure it’s definitely yours. And, it’s all securely stored and encrypted in your Yoti account which only you can access. Showing your vaccine certificate is easy and simple. You can either show your QR code upon request, or share it digitally if you need to prove your vaccine status online. So, next time you’re heading into a bar, restaurant or stadium that requires you to prove your vaccination status, just show your phone.   Once you’ve added your ID document, it’s simple: Add your certificate on the ‘Personal details’ page on the Yoti app. When entering a venue, simply open your vaccine certificate card on the ‘My Yoti’ page and show the QR code. The person checking your details will scan your QR code to check that your certificate is real. This is the latest step in helping people do the things they love safely again. If you haven’t already, download the Yoti app today.

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Yoti, First Advantage & Disclosure and Barring Service: The future of background screening and digital identity verification

Yoti, First Advantage & Disclosure and Barring Service: The future of background screening and digital identity verification

Earlier this year, the UK Government published plans to build a UK digital identity and attributes trust framework. The framework aims to build trust around the use of digital identities and deliver standards for how organisations should safeguard customer data and protect privacy.  This trust framework falls in line with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) announcement of their plan to introduce digital identity verification during the screening process. These changes will impact how your team carries out background screening checks.    Digital Identity is on the rise. Are you prepared? A digital identity is a representation of your real identity and who you are in a digital world.  We’ll be taking part in a webinar with First Advantage and special guests from Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to discuss the new world of digital identity in background screening. Together we’ll explore how technology will streamline employee onboarding and help reduce the risk of identity fraud.   During the discussion, you will learn:  Why digital identity is essential to DBS checks. How the new legislation will enable the introduction of digital identity for criminal record checks. What digital identity is and how it will impact background screening How to bring it to life with a live technology demonstration by Yoti.   The webinar will take place Wednesday 24th November.    Book your spot now.

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Tackling child sexual abuse online with the Safety Tech Challenge Fund

Tackling child sexual abuse online with the Safety Tech Challenge Fund

We’re delighted to announce that the Safety Tech Challenge Fund 2021 has awarded Yoti and our collaborators with not one, but two rounds of funding. Working in partnership with Galaxkey & Image Analyzer and DragonflAI, we are looking to tackle child sexual abuse and demonstrate how end-to-end encryption and AI-powered image analysis could be used to create secure solutions that protects young people online. Between 2019 and 2020, over 10,000 cases of online child sexual abuse were reported to police forces across the UK. In efforts to create change to prevent such crimes, the UK Government created The Safety Tech Challenge Fund. It is a progamme that supports the development of innovative technologies to help provide better protection to victims of child sexual abuse. Led by the DCMS and Home Office, winners have been awarded with £85,000 for their proposals.  Yoti is delighted to be:   1.  Partnering with Galaxkey & Image Analyzer to create an end-to-end secure messaging platform End-to-end email encryption platform, Galaxkey has partnered with Yoti and content analysis platform Image Analyzer to innovate a messaging platform that detects explicit content before it is sent, rather than after the fact. The tech would work by creating an encrypted messaging platform that allows the user to verify their age using Yoti’s facial age estimation or the Yoti digital ID app when they create an account. Any messages sent via the platform will go through an explicit content detection process using Image Analyzer’s AI to prevent explicit material from being sent to a recipient. The solution is also expected to evolve beyond images in the future, scanning voice, text and URLs. We hope this will provide even more protection against explicit content. Upon detection, the content would be sent to the reporting server on Galaxkey’s NCSC accredited encrypted workspace platform for moderation. By creating a working platform which can detect, action and report explicit content prior to delivery of the content to a recipient, we hope to prevent child sexual abuse material from being sent via messaging platforms.   2. Working with DragonflAI to detect and flag child sexual content on a device We’ve also joined forces with video and image moderation company DragonflAI to create a solution that instantly detects a person’s age in explicit content on a device and completely offline. Specialising in the detection of nudity, DragonflAI’s algorithm has a success rate of 97.9%. Combined with Yoti’s age estimation technology, the collaboration will be able to detect the ages of people involved in explicit content. This will then allow successful moderation of illegal content without a third-party being involved.  The goal of this collaboration is to create a tool that can detect unseen and new indecent images with a high degree of accuracy without the content leaving a device. We are proud to be putting our solutions forward to encourage innovation, helping change the digital space to better protect children online. We thank the Safety Tech Challenge Fund for welcoming the use of tech to tackle the rise in online-linked sexual crimes, and look forward to working with our partners to create tools that make the internet a safer place for children.

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Our age assurance solutions are approved by German regulators KJM and FSM to protect young people online

Our age assurance solutions are approved by German regulators KJM and FSM to protect young people online

We’re excited to announce that The Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM) has approved our facial age estimation tool (formerly known as Yoti Age Scan) to be used in the German market to protect young people online. You can read the KJM press release here. This follows our approval from the German Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers (FSM) in 2020, which allowed German people to use digital age estimation and age verification technology for the first time ever to access digital adult content. You can read the FSM seal text here.   Positive approval by KJM for our age estimation technology It’s the first time KJM has approved an age assessment tool built using machine learning, heralding it as “an important sign for the future”.  Using our age estimation technology, businesses can give customers secure access to age-restricted content without sharing personally identifiable information or an ID document. Dr. Marc Jan Eumann, chairman KJM: “Artificial intelligence is finding its way into almost all areas of our life. There is still great untapped potential here to protect children and young people online. “Yoti Facial Age Estimation” is the first AI age assessment approach that we have approved. We welcome that this tech can be used to protect children and young people.” Under the regulation, businesses must set an age range threshold with a five year buffer. This means that for services which require you to be 18 or over, our technology must recognise a user to be at least 23 years old.    Regulatory approval from the FSM for adult content Our facial age estimation tool and Digital ID app have already been approved by the FSM as solutions for proving age on adult content sites in Germany.  Citizens accessing adult content will be directed to a page where they can either scan a QR code with their Yoti app to privately share their age attribute, or give access to the camera on their device which will anonymously estimate their age in seconds. The age threshold will be set by the German regulator and will be reviewed periodically. More information on our solution for secure age assurance can be found here. We’ve had brilliant feedback from the FSM’s Martin Drechsler, who believes “the innovative mechanism that Yoti has developed opens up new paths for modern and effective protection of minors in Germany. The approach can also give positive impulses to content providers and open up new ways of cooperation – which we as FSM are happy to support”. In the words of our CEO Robin Tombs, “We have been extremely impressed by the rigorous, scientific review of the FSM and the expert team who have audited our age assurance offerings over the last months. We are delighted to be awarded the Seal of Approval from the FSM to offer our age estimation and age verification solutions for youth media protection in the German market place.” Yoti is delighted to be working with the FSM (The German Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers (FSM e.V.) dedicates itself primarily to youth protection and combatting …). Within the German system of regulated self-regulation introduced by the Youth Media Protection State Treaty (JMStV) in 2003, the FSM is a recognised self -regulatory body for the area of ​​telemedia in Germany. We’re keen to help other regulated markets where age assurance is needed. We look forward to serving adult content providers, wider organisations and consumers in the German market, keeping young people safe and preserving their privacy. In years to come, age estimation AI and digital ID age verification will become globally the most popular, private and trusted way of checking age.   Age verification Age verification is a legal requirement for many businesses to ensure they are not selling age-restricted goods or services to minors.  In face-to-face transactions, this often involves checking a passport or driving license.  Online, it is much harder to carry out robust age checks in a way that doesn’t compromise privacy. Common methods range from asking users to tick a box, enter their date of birth or make a payment with a credit card.  The need for robust, privacy-preserving age verification methods in the online space is no more clearly highlighted than in the recent calls to protect young people from accessing adult content sites. As world leaders of identity verification technology, Yoti has developed anonymous age estimation technology that enables people to be age checked without an ID document, and age verification technology through our Digital ID app.   Age estimation technology – how it works Our facial age estimation technology allows anyone to be age checked by just looking into a camera on a device. Facial analysis technology creates a biometric template of the face, which it compares to thousands of previous photos it has studied through machine learning and gives an estimated age. We’ve built the solution to be anonymous. Users are not individually identifiable as there is no way to link an image to a person or an identity. We have developed our technology as ethically as possible and communicate openly about  how we use biometric technology. We have also shared our approach to age estimation in roundtable sessions with civil bodies and have undertaken an Algorithm Impact Assessment with IEEE Expert Dr Alison Gardner, Keele University.    Accuracy  The age threshold can be configured by a business in the same way that a “Challenge 30” rule may be operated in a supermarket. The technology has been proven to be much more accurate than humans, estimating 13-19 year olds within circa 1.55 years of accuracy. For more accuracy rates, head to our regularly-updated white paper.   Age verification with Yoti Digital ID Those who look under the age threshold will be asked to prove their age with the Yoti app, which enables citizens to create a verified Digital ID with a government-issued ID document and a biometric selfie video. The onboarding process takes up to five minutes and involves a series of checks that Yoti carries out with leading technology and expert security personnel to ensure the document is valid and belongs to the person uploading it.  Once verified, users have a reusable digital ID that they can use to verify themselves with businesses and individuals. Thanks to a data minimisation approach, users can share just a verified age, such as “Over 18”, rather than their entire date of birth or ID document. This age token is shared with a site and is valid for up to two weeks. Both parties have an audit trail of exactly what data has been shared and the relying party will have access to anonymised metadata such as “18+ from driving license”. If you’re interested in our age solutions, please get in touch.

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