[LRUG] Identity services

Tom Blomfield tomblomfield at gmail.com
Wed May 11 14:01:19 PDT 2016

It's often called "Identification & Verification" or ID&V.

Useful to split out two concepts;

1. Is the information provided linked to a real person? You can use
databases for this, and it costs between £0.25 - £1 for a range of checks,
depending on scale and the provider you choose. There are lots - they're
basically a commodity. GBGroup, Experian etc etc.

2. Is the person on the other end of the screen/device the person they
claim to be (anti-impersonation). This is more interesting, and there are
no silver bullets. Generally you'd take a risk-based approach with tiered
checks depending on the behaviour of the user. You might send a small
amount of money to the bank account provided, post a confirmation code to
the physical address or send SMS confirmation codes to mobile phones. You
could take pictures of the user's face and compare it to an ID document.
There are many more things you can do, depending on how costly your risks

On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM, Mark Blackman <mark at blackmans.org> wrote:

> > On 11 May 2016, at 21:43, Andrew Premdas <apremdas at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hey there,
> >
> > We need some way of knowing that people who register to use our service
> are who they say they are. This needs to go a bit further than email
> address confirmation. Has anyone done any of this stuff, or perhaps used
> some service that does this for you. Looking for a Stripe for ID :)
> If you’re prepared to pay for each check, you can use services like GB
> group ID3Global, http://www.gbgplc.com/uk/products/gbg-id3global/. I used
> to use this when it was called URU and it can confirm addresses and date of
> births based on other address and DoB sources. Obviously, if the person in
> question has gone to some effort to lay down a false trail, it won’t help
> but it defeats casual efforts.
> Regards,
> Mark
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