Yoti has teamed up with the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to help stop the spread of sexually explicit images of minors.
To that end, Yoti will be providing age verification technology that will allow people under the age of 18 to report nude images of themselves to the NSPCC’s Childline program anonymously.
The Childline is a self-report program run in collaboration with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). Once a report is filed, the IWF will take steps to scrub the offending images from the internet if the report is found to be credible, or if the photo contains illegal content.
The problem is that the IWF cannot take action if the person in the image is not underage. That means that the person reporting a photo needs to submit proof of age along with the report, which has historically taken the form of a passport or ID scan. Unfortunately, that requirement has had the effect of discouraging reports, since people are afraid that the act of filing could create a more permanent (and potentially more public) association with the illicit photo.
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