Online identity document checks grow in the UK


Is the UK taking a side step or one more step towards digital ID by allowing more checks with uploaded ID documents? Changes to the Identity Trust Framework promise the private sector faster and more secure checks on people’s right to hire, work and request background checks. Among the providers of biometric authentication of identity documents and selfie, Britain’s Yoti is working to bring digital ID to Open Banking, Blinking is aiming for European expansion and iDenfy has added new capability.

UK to launch certification for private sector identity verification technology

Employers and landlords in the UK will be able to use private sector certified Identity Document Verification (IDVT) technology to verify the credentials of tenants and potential workers to determine their rights, according to a policy document the Home Office, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; and the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

This will be the result of upcoming changes to proposals for new legislation to establish the UK’s digital identity and attributes trust framework as it enters the beta phase in early 2022 before taking effect. officially.

The updates follow positive feedback received by the Home Office for its remote work entitlement and rental entitlement checks processed remotely during COVID-19.

The use of private providers of IDVT is intended for checks on persons outside the scope of services managed by the Home Office, such as UK and Irish citizens. The changes to the legislation will come into force on April 6, 2022.

The policy document says the changes will make it easier to prove eligibility to work, hire, or apply for a DBS check by allowing people to upload document images instead of submitting physical documents.

The Identity Trust Scheme will also enable private sector IDVT service providers to obtain independent certification to perform verifications and ensure data protection. This process will open in January 2022.

Yoti partners with Ecospend to bring its digital identity to Open Banking

UK digital identity company Yoti to partner with ‘next-generation payments and data company’ Eco-expenditure offer Open Banking functionalities and payment capabilities to services aimed at consumers, businesses and government customers.

Ecospend is the Open Banking provided to UK tax administration, HMRC, the first Open Banking payment integration with government anywhere in the world. The integration of Ecospend’s services with Yoti’s reusable biometric-based digital ID will enable its use with various financial institutions.

“Having started working with HMRC earlier in 2021, we are really looking forward to expanding our UK presence with Yoti and by extension the UK Post Office, highlighting how far we are in the process of becoming the flat -Key open banking form in UK and Europe. Comments James Hickman, Commercial Director at Ecospend.

“We look forward to the unique opportunity that secure and verified digital identity and open banking offers businesses and governments to save money while improving the security and quality of their user experiences. We have over 50 UK banking APIs and are nearing completion of our European PSD2 model, paving the way for a positive start to 2022. “

Flashing plans European expansion of digital ID services

A windy interview in Ekonomija I Biznis Together with Milos Milovanovic, co-founder and COO of the Serbian company providing and verifying biometric and digital identities, Blinking explores the company’s expansion plans.

Milovanovic says the company is the market leader in the Western Balkans, including Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia, and has customers in Canada, Switzerland and the UK. He says they plan to build on their recent increase in workload and team size to become “a significant player in the European market through a leadership position in the region” (via translation online Macedonian).

“In just a few months, any business can shorten the customer acquisition process by 80%, reduce internal costs by 60%,” says Milovanovic. “By automating the process of implementing our Blinking Identifier platform, you enable an increase in the customer base, while reducing costs and optimizing work.

In addition to the services more typical of the financial sector, Blinking offers its users a different experience of the hotel industry. “We prefer customers who check in at the hotel through our service, and the key card awaits them at reception or in a specially designed letterbox that opens via a QR code,” adds Milovanovic.

“This eliminates the wait and mandatory identification at the reception, and depending on the hotel they take advantage of various other advantages. As you can see, the opportunities for improvement for all kinds of businesses are immeasurable, you just need to initiate them using our Blinking Identifier platform.

iDenfy Launches Improved Phone Verification

Lithuanian identity verification company iDenfy is launching updated product to verify phone numbers used in KYC to further reduce fraud. The API will call the number to assess risk and recommend actions by collecting data on customer location, roaming status, current network, availability, and phone contract details.

Customers can send customers a one-time password or text-to-speech message as a double check for fraud prevention or as part of the onboarding process.

Articles topics

biometrics | Flashing | consumer adoption | digital identification | digital identity | document verification | facial biometrics | iDenfy | identity verification | integration | United Kingdom | Yoti

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