Yoti will be trying to make the internet a safer place as one of the founding members of the Online Safety Tech Industry Association (OSTIA). The new UK industry organization will unite tech companies and advisory bodies as they work to raise awareness about the various digital security solutions that are currently available.
On that front, OSTIA has the backing of several prominent UK regulatory bodies, including the National Crime Agency, the GCHQ, the Home Office, and the NSPCC. OSTIA will give its members a greater voice in policy discussions and create an opportunity to advise on future security regulations.
In that regard, Yoti will be placing its faith in Gordon Scobbie, who has 33 years of experience in law enforcement and previously served as the UK’s National Chief Police Lead for social media and online engagement. Scobbie now acts as Yoti’s Scotland Lead, and as the Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Marie Collins Foundation. He is responsible for guiding Yoti’s collaboration with the Scottish Improvement Service in the former capacity.
OSTIA itself emerged from a 2019 roundtable discussion about online threats. The various participants agreed that smaller technology startups should play a role in the security conversation, and decided to join forces to amplify their respective voices. OSTIA was officially launched in March of 2020. The initial roundtable was hosted by Public and the Edinburgh security firm Cyan Forensics.
Yoti’s involvement is in keeping with its longstanding commitment to safer online spaces. The company recently joined the Point de Contact association to help fight child abuse, and it has previously deployed its digital identity app and age verification technology to prevent underage individuals from gaining access to age-restricted websites in Germany and the UK. The solution has also been used in reverse, to prevent adults from joining Yubo’s social media platform.