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Online Safety Act becomes law

After years of debate and discussion, the Online Safety Act is now law – marking a new chapter in online safety. There are three key elements within the Online Safety Act that we are ready to help with: Age assurance to help platforms create safe, age-appropriate experiences online User verification to give users more control over who they interact with online Over 18 consent from content creators for the publication of intimate images   Age assurance in the Online Safety Act The Online Safety Act is not about excluding children from the internet. It’s about giving them an experience

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Facial age estimation, reusable digital ID and Age verification with a document are all methods of age assurance

Offering choice in age assurance methods

New regulations are being introduced that require platforms to create age-appropriate experiences. These include the UK’s Online Safety Bill, the EU’s Better Internet for Kids strategy and country-specific Children’s Codes. These regulations aim to help young people thrive online by ensuring they are only exposed to age-appropriate content. It ensures that only adults can access certain goods, services and experiences or enter legal contracts. It also means that adults are kept out of spaces designed exclusively for children. To do this, platforms need to check the ages of their users so that they can design their sites accordingly.   How

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An illustration of a Digital ID app. The accompanying text says "Exploring social purpose: Digital ID".

Addressing social challenges: How a Digital ID can help solve everyday problems

At Yoti, social purpose is at the heart of everything we do. When we create new products, we try to think of the social challenges that our technology could help tackle. In this case, that’s helping people prove who they are, safely and securely. This series explores the potential of our products to meaningfully help individual users and wider society. This article focuses on the everyday problems that Digital IDs can help to solve.   What can you use a Digital ID for? You need an identity, or some way of proving who you are, to access a variety of

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An image with the Yoti and Post Office logos at the top. Underneath these, the text reads "150,000 Digital ID checks per month". Below this the text says "DBS, Right to work, Right to Rent"

Post Office and Yoti lead the way in accessible identity checks

It’s been 18 months since Post Office and Yoti became the first Identity Service Provider (IDSP) to be certified under the Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework, to complete online right to work, right to rent and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks. Each year over 7 million DBS checks are completed, alongside a further estimated 10 million right to work and 3 million right to rent checks. Whilst many businesses are still performing these checks in person, the UK government regulatory changes to allow these to be done online have been a huge success. There are now 44 IDSPs

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Exploring bias in credit card-based age verification

We publish the accuracy rates of our facial age estimation technology, split by gender, age and skin tone. By being open and transparent, we hope to give businesses and users confidence in the technology. We also hope this helps regulators to fairly review facial age estimation as an effective age assurance method. However whilst evaluating facial age estimation, some stakeholders and regulators overlook the drawbacks and bias shown in other age assurance approaches.   Bias and limitations of using credit cards for age verification One age check method approved in many countries is asking adults to use a credit card

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An image of a person holding smart phone in their left hand. On the phone's display is a Yoti Digital ID showing their verified credentials. In the person's right hand is their physical UK driving licence. The person is holding the two forms of ID next to each other.

From physical to digital: how we transform your ID

There can be hidden beauty in things taking on new forms. A caterpillar becoming a butterfly, water turning into wine, a physical ID transforming into a Digital ID. If you’ve ever wondered how we do it, wonder no more. As we continue to shape the future of digital identity, we’ll continue sharing our methods with you. After all, the Digital ID app is created for you, so it’s only right we let you in on the magic.   What is a Digital ID? A Digital ID is your ID on your phone and your data in your hands. It gives

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