Online identity document checks will expand in the UK


Is the UK stepping aside or moving closer to digital ID by allowing more checks with uploaded ID documents? Changes to the Identity Trust Framework promise private sector provisions for faster and more secure checks of people’s right to rent, work and request background checks. Among biometric ID document and selfie authentication providers, Britain’s Yoti is pushing to bring digital ID to Open Banking, Blinking is targeting European expansion, and iDenfy has added a new capability.

UK to launch certification for private sector identity verification technology

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

This will be the result of upcoming changes to proposals for new legislation to establish the UK Trust Framework for Digital Identity and Attributes as it enters beta stage in early 2022 before officially taking effect.

The updates follow positive feedback received by the Home Office for its right to work remotely and its right to lease checks processed remotely during COVID-19.

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

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

The Identity Trust Program will also allow 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 ID to Open Banking

UK-based digital identity company Yoti is partnering with ‘next-generation payments and data company’ Ecospend to bring Open Banking attribute and payment functionality to services for consumer, business and government customers.

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

“Having started working with HMRC earlier in 2021, we are really looking forward to growing our UK presence with Yoti and by extension the UK Post, highlighting how quickly we are emerging as a key platform for ‘Open Banking in the UK and Europe,’ comments James Hickman, Chief Commercial Officer at Ecospend.

“We look forward to the unique opportunity that secure and verified digital identity and open banking offer 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.”

Blinking plans European expansion of digital ID services

A somewhat commercial interview in Ekonomija I Biznis with Milos Milovanovic, co-founder and chief operating officer 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 leading position in the region” (via a online translation from Macedonian).

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

In addition to services more typical of the financial sector, Blinking offers its users a different experience from the hotel industry. “We give preference to guests who check into the hotel through our service, and the key card is waiting for them at reception or in a specially designed mailbox that opens via a QR code,” adds Milovanovic.

“It avoids waiting and compulsory identification at the reception, and according to the hotel, they use various other advantages. As you can see, the opportunities for improvement of all kinds of businesses are immeasurable, you just have to initiate them using our Blinking Identify platform.

iDenfy launches enhanced phone verification

Lithuanian identity verification company iDenfy is launching an 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 the customer’s 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 counter-verification for fraud prevention or as part of the onboarding process.

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