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App for age proof on night out

A digital identity app is in partnership with a UK nightclub chain as a way for customers to prove their age on nights out. Yoti will be accepted at 57 Deltic nightclubs around the UK. Bournemouth is the first to accept Yoti as a form of ID at participating pubs, clubs and bars.

An estimated 10,000 passports are lost a year while on a night out in a bar or club in the UK according to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), leaving people exposed to identity fraud and a replacement passport cost of £72.50. Yoti’s app offers a way to prove age on nights out using a phone.

Yoti also points to venues able to verify the age of patrons more quickly and easily, given the challenge of high quality fake IDs. With the app, venues request the personal details required to prove a customer’s age – rather than show all of the personal data on their passport or driving licence, promoting a data minimisation approach whilst also being GDPR (general data protection regulation) compliant ahead of the EU’s deadline of May 2018.

Tim Howard, Marketing Director, The Deltic Group said: “Yoti will not only make checking ID quicker and therefore reduce queues, but provide improved security against fraud. We are pleased to be the first company to trial Yoti and put it through its paces, as with all new tech.”

The free app is available for Apple and Android phones and takes less than five minutes to set up, say developers. People take a selfie and scan a passport or driving licence with their smartphone, which makes a digital identity. It uses hybrid encryption to secure details. Yoti cannot see or access personal data once the account has been created and verified. Because of that, Yoti cannot sell people’s data to third parties. People using Yoti are the only ones with access to the private encryption keys needed to share their information because those private keys are secured on their device.

Robin Tombs, CEO, Yoti said: “The way we prove our identity and our age is outdated. Nightclubs across the country are seeking a reliable alternative to the traditional passport or driving licence, and the demand is there from digitally savvy customers. We’ll help venues verify the age of customers quickly and securely, while giving consumers full control over their data.”


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