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BioID releases PhotoVerify API for automated identity proofing


BioID has released a PhotoVerify API as part of the BioID Web Service (BWS) which enables online providers to verify the legal identities of their customers and users without the need for registration in person or via live video session.

The company says it is an ideal solution for applications where legal identity must be known, such as online banking registration, electronic document signing, online renewal of identity documents, or taking part in online exams

The new API compares two live facial images against an image from a photo ID such as a passport or driver’s license and ensures that the images are from a live person and that the live person matches the ID photo. No biometric templates or photos are stored and all data is deleted after the operation, fulfilling all requirements for an anonymous identity proofing service.

“Inconvenient registration and identification processes present a known barrier to adoption of a wide variety of online services, and anything companies can do to simplify these processes while remaining compliant with regulations serves to increase their user base,” explains Ho Chang, BioID CEO. “With our new PhotoVerify API, we are happy to offer online services yet another strong tool for hassle-free identity management and authentication.”

Earlier this month BioID partnered with Microsoft Cloud Germany and Deutsche Telekom to host its BioID Web Service in the data center of T-Systems to further improve data security and privacy.

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