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Yoti and Post Office gain UK government approval as certified identity provider for DBS, Right to Work and Right to Rent checks

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 or expired passport (including Irish passport cards) 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

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: press@yoti.com

Yoti age estimation approved by German regulator KJM for the highest level of age assurance covering 18+ adult content

Yoti age estimation approved by German regulator KJM for the highest level of age assurance covering 18+ adult content

We are delighted to announce that Yoti’s Facial Age Estimation technology has now been approved by the German regulator, KJM, for the highest level of age assurance. This means it can now be used for 18+ adult content.   In November 2021, Yoti’s Facial Age Estimation technology was approved for 16+ (erotic) content so today’s news is a significant new development as it demonstrates that our technology has passed the highest levels of regulatory scrutiny in Germany. This is the first time age estimation has been approved for use by any regulator at the highest level for the sensitive area of adult content access. It potentially sets a precedent for approval wider throughout Europe and in the other jurisdictions which are reviewing age gating for adult content access. Germany has one of the most stringent regulatory environments in the world, in particular when it comes to accessing adult content online.  Previous to this announcement, adult websites had to verify the age of their users by asking them to use a physical identity document, either in person (by buying a card from a store), via an app or via a video call. According to the KJM, under the German regulations, regulated businesses must set an age threshold with an agreed year buffer of 5 years. This means that for websites that require you to be over 18, Yoti’s technology must estimate you to be at least 23 years old. Yoti’s current margin of error is 1.52 years for ages 13 – 19. Our True Positive Rate* (TPR) for 13-17 year olds being correctly estimated as under 23 is 99.65%. This gives regulators a very high level of confidence that nobody underage will be able to access adult content. Yoti’s liveness detection also ensures that under age website visitors will not be able to use the photo of an older person to access age restricted content.   To find out more about how our Age Estimation technology works please read our most recent white paper. * True Positive Rate – the probability that an actual positive will test positive, such as an under 18 year old is correctly estimated to be under 23.

uCheck partners with Post Office and Yoti to drive digital DBS and Right to Work checks

uCheck partners with Post Office and Yoti to drive digital DBS and Right to Work checks

LONDON – 16th March 2022 – uCheck has announced a new Digital Identity Check solution in partnership with Post Office and Yoti. It brings a modern approach to DBS and Right to Work Checks that will save time and admin by swapping manual ID reviews and the copying of applicants’ physical documents for a secure digital process that takes seconds. 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.  This move follows the government’s recent release of new guidelines around Digital Identity Checks for DBS applications, as well as Right to Work 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. The Post Office EasyID and Yoti Digital ID apps will allow potential employees’ identity to be verified quickly, remotely and securely. A reusable digital identity enables people to pre-verify their ID and then prove who they are using their phone. People simply scan a QR code to share their ID in seconds, without needing their physical ID documents. The new Digital Identity Check service uses automated checks to identify prospective employees almost instantly – to support Basic, Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks as well as Right to Work requirements. The secure service uses advanced AI to check documents such as passports and driving licences are genuine. Digital Identity Checks increase efficiency and ensure that checks are secure and reliable. Checking identity is crucial during the recruitment process to protect business against fraud. The advantages of digital verification include: Speed – the applicant can upload documents digitally and prove their identity during the application process, saving both the applicant and employer considerable time. Quality – a Digital Identity Check scans documents’ biometric data, making it significantly more thorough than any physical check. There’s no need to worry if a document could have been forged. Reliable – a Digital Identity Check verifies a set scope of requirements, every time. There’s no risk of human error. Scope – with the ability to check passports from over 200 countries there’s no need to worry if you’ve never seen a particular document before.   George Griffiths, Managing Director at uCheck said: “We are delighted to partner with Post Office and Yoti to transform the way businesses verify their employees identity. This new approach is better for all stakeholders in the recruitment process. It’s faster, secure and the only information that is absolutely necessary needs to be shared by applicants during the Digital Identity Check process. At uCheck, we’ll be seamlessly integrating Digital Identity Checks into our Platform, so that they’re ready to use as soon as permitted. Digital Identity Checks will be charged on a per-applicant basis.” Robin Tombs, CEO at Yoti said: “It’s fantastic to partner with uCheck and Post Office and make it easier for businesses and their employees to perform DBS and Right to Work checks. Digital identities are a powerful tool in the battle against ID related fraud. Not only do they help you know who you’re dealing with, they speed up and secure everyday tasks, cutting out paper trails and time intensive manual processes. It’s a real win-win for individuals and organisations alike.” For more information about Digital Identity Checks or  queries about any uCheck services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.     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 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 10,500 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 Yoti: press@yoti.com For the PR network: yoti@thepr.network 

Preloved increases member safety with verified ID checks from Yoti

Preloved increases member safety with verified ID checks from Yoti

Preloved is integrating new technologies to enable people to verify their identity in seconds boosting transparency, trust and safety in the classified community   London, UK – 21st January 2022 – Preloved, one of the UK’s most trusted classified advertising sites, has announced that it is introducing new safety measures that will enable its users to verify their profile using Yoti’s identity verification technology. The move will improve the security of sales for sellers and buyers alike, who will be able to transact online with additional peace of mind.  With over 9 million members and thousands of sales every day in over 500 categories, extra security and peace of mind in every purchase is imperative to Preloved, and the classified advertising community. As part of its mission to continue being the UK’s most trusted classified site, and promote responsible pet ownership, Preloved is committed to creating a safe space for people to connect, buy and sell. By leveraging Yoti identity verification, it will enable people to trade safely and ensure that people are who they say they are – of particular importance when making high value and emotional purchases such as pets and electronics.  Yoti is designed to make it simpler and safer for people to prove who they are, digitally. Individuals can verify their identity in minutes by sharing their ID document and facial biometrics via their phone or computer to prove they are genuine. This means there’s no more commuting to share ID documents and less admin and risk for businesses copying, checking and storing ID documents. It’s a secure solution that helps businesses and individuals be confident that people are who they say they are.   Lucy Roberts of Preloved said: “Preloved values itself on making sure that trust is at the core of its business model. Therefore, we are always looking to take important steps to improve transparency with every Preloved transaction and reduce the risk of fraud. Which is why we are delighted with our partnership with Yoti, as they will allow us to complete thorough online identity verification checks, enabling us to continue supporting our community to transact with peace of mind online.”   John Abbott, Chief Business Officer of Yoti, commented: “Buying and selling on classified sites is hugely popular for good reason, but wherever there are good people with good intentions, fraudsters will never be too far away. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Preloved to improve customer experiences and safety. We created Yoti to help businesses and people work together to improve the safety of everyday tasks and it’s great to see Preloved leading the way in the worlds of classifieds using our secure, privacy preserving technology.”     About Preloved Established in 1998, Preloved started out as a community site for second hand enthusiasts to buy and sell unwanted items. 20+ years later, and with increasing awareness surrounding environmental responsibility, Preloved has become one of the most trusted and largest classified sites in the UK. over 9 million members Buy and sell in over 500 different categories. No selling fees, no auctions – just extra benefits for as little £5 a year. The total value of items for sale on Preloved tops £1.5 billion Over 2 million visits every month. Roughly 10,000 new adverts are posted each day.   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. In the UK, Yoti is partnered with Post Office to accelerate digital identity adoption with a national footprint spanning 10,500 Post Office branches, online and more. Over 10 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. Yoti.com

Sevenoaks District Council revolutionises its document processing with Yoti eSignatures

Sevenoaks District Council revolutionises its document processing with Yoti eSignatures

London, UK – 19th January 2022 – In a bid to modernise its document processing, Sevenoaks District Council has today announced a move to implement digital signature technology from Yoti across its Housing department.   The Council, located in Kent, is keen to cut admin-intensive processes using a secure approach. Currently an organiser of public services for 120,000 citizens and employing approximately 425 staff across 16 departments, the decision to incorporate Yoti’s eSign and eWitnessing platform will ensure smoother operations council-wide.  The move will support the council in reducing time and costs relating to sending, signing and managing documents, as well as reducing daily paper use, providing a more environmentally friendly approach to their work.  Previously, officers relied on printing and sending documents via post – both proving time absorbing and difficult to manage during remote working. Yoti’s eSignature platform allows documents to be managed from a central location and for a digital copy to be sent to the customer via email.  On average, businesses using Yoti benefit from improved document signing speeds with 85 per cent of documents being signed within the first 24 hours.  Given customers will now be able to access sensitive documents via email, enabling them to sign quickly and securely, the entire customer experience promises to be a more seamless one.  Based in London, Yoti provides identity verification, eSignature and age verification technology. It  boasts a rapidly growing eSignature division delivering services for several prominent organisations including Connells group, RIBA, GiGroup and Countrywide. The company has recently launched its ground-breaking electronic witnessing solution.  Cllr Kevin Maskell, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re always looking for more efficient and innovative ways of working, and Yoti’s eSign technology ticks both of these boxes. At a time when there is greater demand for our housing services than ever, eSign is speeding up the processing of applications while providing a more convenient service for our clients. It also cuts down on paper, helping with our ambitions to become a Net Zero carbon council by 2030.”  Matthew Gilbery Commercial Director at Yoti commented: “Our collaboration with Sevenoaks District Council follows the successful transformation of Ashford Borough Council in 2020, another local authority in Kent that adopted Yoti’s eSignatures platform and saw a reduction in costs and increase in efficiency. It’s exciting to see just how transformative digital identity services can be – and the citizens of Sevenoaks District Council should expect to see greater efficiencies moving forwards.”   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. In the UK, Yoti is partnered with Post Office to accelerate digital identity adoption with a national footprint spanning 10,500 Post Office branches, online and more. Over 10 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. Yoti.com   Media contacts Mark Hindle at Yoti – press@yoti.com Nikki Alvey at The PR Network – 07973 354 706, nikki.alvey@thepr.network