Yoti offers free digital identity verification for organizations fighting coronavirus

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Yoti is offering its biometric digital identity verification service for free for the next three months to all public health organizations, emergency services and community initiatives fighting to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, the company’s CEO Robin Tombs wrote in an blog post.

The service had already been offered for free to charities and nonprofits, but Yoti now wants to help others provide secure contactless staff verification and authentication. UK’s National Care Force has made available an online platform for care providers, healthcare workers and volunteers to provide assistance for vulnerable members of society during the coronavirus pandemic. The platform is integrated with Yoti’s identity-checking system to accelerate the verification process.

Developed in line with government-grade levels of security, the system guarantees data privacy and integrity. Yoti is collaborating with the Government of Jersey and Improvement Service in Scotland and is certified as an HM Government G-Cloud supplier.

Yoti boasts more than six million global downloads and more than 60,000 installs per month in the UK. The digital ID app is developed with privacy in mind so users can securely share personal information with verified organizations and keep track of the data shared.

By switching to digital IDs in supermarkets and replacing physical documents with a contactless ID, contagion risk would be reduced, the company says. Yoti is currently used in 12,000 convenience stores in the UK to prove identity in the sale of age-restricted goods. More than 270 million age checks were run by Yoti in its first year of use.

The company’s portfolio includes verification and authentication technologies, such as an electronic signature platform, a document verification solution and age estimation technology, which will also be available for organizations involved in the containment of the coronavirus.

This month, Yoti added three more partners to its humanitarian digital identity tech support program that helps organizations and startups focused on global humanitarian problems.

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