United Kingdom-based Luciditi has launched the first digital proof of age credential to be accredited under the Home Office-backed Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS), and is embarking on a real-world pilot in partnership with the compliance testing specialist Serve Legal.
The Age Proof mobile ID card is available in 16-plus and 18-plus formats, and lets third party organizations validate the holder’s age with a QR code scan. In a statement, the company said that its pilot will involve “products such as vapes, energy drinks and gambling scratch cards across retailers ranging from supermarkets to convenience stores.”
The 16-plus Age Proof card would enable participants to prove that they are old enough to buy energy drinks and over-the-counter medication, while the 18-plus version would enable purchases of cigarettes, vapes, and lottery tickets. Alcohol purchases legally require the presentation of a physical ID card featuring the PASS hologram, but Luciditi anticipates regulatory changes that will permit the use of digital IDs in 2024.
“Fake ID cards, whether they be forged physical identity cards, driving licenses or even passports, have become more and more sophisticated in recent years and have proven a major headache for retailers,” said Luciditi co-founder and CEO Ian Moody. “We’ve developed a standards-based digital solution which brings the UK a giant step closer to eradicating the problem completely.”
Luciditi’s accreditation under PASS and its efforts to pilot digital ID cards help to further underscore the flurry of activity underway in digital identity technology in the United Kingdom. Much of that activity has been encouraged by new regulatory frameworks such as the Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF) and its program of official Identity Service Providers (IDSPs). PASS is an older regulatory system, first implemented in the year 2001; but stakeholders are now working to align it with the ongoing digitization trend, and Luciditi clearly anticipates success on that front in the near future.
Source: Convenience Store
October 13, 2023 – by Alex Perala