Pikcio partners with BioID for age verification as a service solution

German cloud biometrics developer BioID and blockchain-based data exchange company Pikcio have announced a joint project that will have BioID’s facial recognition technology used to deliver an age verification as a service solution for access to adult websites, in compliance with new U.K. regulations.

By the end of 2018, all commercial porn sites will have to find a way to “effectively verify” that their users in the U.K. are over 18 years old, and block access to everyone else. Because a website user’s identity cannot be disclosed, “anonymous” age verification needs to be implemented. The collaboration between Pikcio and BioID is aimed to deliver privacy-assured age verification in a frictionless process. KYC/AML processes are in place for Pikcio’s customers’ onboarding processes.

“We will simply store tokens of the data we have verified,” explains says Pikcio CEO, Didier Collin de Casaubon. “The user logging on to an age-restricted site has the option to make the token reusable and thus does not have to go through the verification process each time. Delivering a simple, intuitive experience when verifying the individual’s data or token is key to this solution. With BioID’s advanced face recognition and liveness detection technology, we can extend this philosophy to ‘anonymous’ age verification as a service.”

“Pikcio is a true innovator in the field of securing, exchanging and verifying personal data,” added BioID CEO, Ho Chang. “With face recognition as an authentication method, access to data is exclusive to its owner. Combining our technologies for age verification services is the ideal way to deliver a highly innovative means of compliance with UK regulation. We are pleased to help Pikcio continue to improve their services.”

Earlier this year BioID introduced a new liveness detection feature for its biometrics-as-a-service solution.

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