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BioID liveness detection added to Digidentity biometrics, identity proofing for Gov.uk Verify

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BioID has partnered with Solera Holdings’ subsidiary Digidentity to provide biometric anti-spoofing liveness detection and automated identity proofing for the UK government’s Gov.uk Verify service, the company announced.

A certified Trust Service Provider (TSP) compliant with eIDAS, KYC and AML regulations, Digidentity provides remote identity verification for Gov.uk Verify as one of its only private sector participants. On an annual basis, Digidentity’s technology verifies more than 200 million identities and processes over 300 million authentications. For enhanced security, Digidentity’s long-term partner BioID uses facial recognition and biometric liveness detection to validate online identity and prevent presentation attack fraud.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there has been an increased need to replace physical interaction when accessing government services. As a result, remote identity verification is now used by a high number of users, with Digidentity onboarding over 400 UK identities per minute in the past weeks alone. The government digital ID system has been much more popular since the UK was locked down.

To prevent identity fraud in real-time and ensure a frictionless experience, BioID’s technology only needs two selfies and a photo ID, which can be collected either with NFC technology or with a camera, according to the announcement.

“We are proud to partner with BioID in supporting Gov.uk Verify during this unprecedented situation in completing critical remote identity verification. We offer organizations an easy and secure way to verify their users,” said Marcel Wendt, Digidentity CTO, in a prepared statement. “Part of the verification is the ‘selfie check’ where we check if the selfie sent to us is the same as the photo on the chip of the ID document. By working together with BioID, we can further automate this process, providing a face-to-face level of assurance with liveness detection and making sure the person on the other side is really who they say they are with facial recognition.”

Verify is expected to reach its sunset soon, with commercial digital identity providers taking over, though the details remain scant.

BioID recently posted a demo of its anti-spoofing liveness detection technology.

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