Veridas Digital Authentication Solution Receives ACCS Accreditation
Veridas meets technical requirements for age estimation technologies in the U.K. to earn ACCS accreditation.
LONDON, England —Spanish digital identity and biometrics company Veridas has received accreditation for its age estimation technology from the U.K.’s Age Check Certification Scheme (ACCS) for Evaluation Assurance Level 2.
In addition to its European footprint, Veridas has employees in Boston, Houston and Portland, Ore.
The Age Check Certification Scheme (ACCS) is a UKAS-accredited conformity assessment body, comprised of auditors, certification specialists and data protection experts.
ACCS independently tests and certifies online and offline systems that check both age and identity, such as passport scanners, biometric technology and age verification software. ACCS is “aimed at protecting children from the harm associated with access to age-restricted products, content and services.”
Veridas offers “a comprehensive age verification solution that leverages advanced AI technology to determine the age of an individual with just a selfie, in a matter of milliseconds,” the company announcement says.
Supported by strong anti-spoofing and deep fake detection , the Veridas approach to age verification also “incorporates rigorous identity document and biometric checks to be applied if the user’s age is under the required limit,” according to the announcement. “This in-house developed solution reduces the risk of fines and damage to your reputation while providing fast and seamless access for customers.”
“As we expand into different territories, it is of utmost importance to secure the trust and recognition of our current and potential customers in the region,” says Eduardo Azanza, CEO of Veridas, in the company announcement. “The internationally recognized ACCS is a highly regarded safeguard in the U.K. and a standard that we are thrilled to have easily met.”
Inside the Veridas ACCS Assessment
The ACCS assessment determined Veridas “can accurately estimate the age of people under the age of 18 as being under the age of 25 with 99.9% accuracy.” This means that Veridas “can address an increasingly widespread need to enforce age limitations and safeguards for underage and vulnerable users.”
Whether through gambling, online gaming or online dating industries, most countries aim to enforce age limits to meet growing regulations.
The Age Check Certification Scheme (ACCS) has established a standardized approach “to assess the suitability of age estimation technology for specific age categories.” For instance, in the context of a Challenge 25 category, individuals under 25 are required to produce identification to verify that they are indeed over 18 years old.
Veridas privacy-centric age verification works through a simple selfie, validating both whether the individual is present and estimating whether the individual is under a certain age. This five-second process “enables peace of mind for customers as it empowers users to securely validate their age without compromising personal information,” the company announcement says.
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