OCR Labs Global, a world leader in digital ID verification, has received the official certification for the United Kingdom’s Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF). The company’s Zero Bias AI technology pioneers the use of generative AI to train deep neural network systems to protect against discrimination on the basis of race, age and gender.
DIATF is a set of rules that organisations must follow to provide secure and trustworthy digital identity solutions. It seeks to simplify and increase the security of services that allow people to prove who they are.
As of October 2022, candidates can no longer show their passport on a video call for the Covid-adjusted right-to-work check, they must either conduct a physical, face-to-face check, or use an Identity Service Provider (IDSP).
As certified IDSPs ensure compliance with relevant scheme guidelines and standards, the Home Office recommends employers use them as part of right-to-work programmes.
The DIATF has different methods of performing identity verification, and rates the methods low, medium, high and very high. OCR Labs Global have been certified for 16 profiles for Right to Work, Right to Rent and DBS in accordance with the identity profiles mentioned before, which is the most of any identity service provider.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) estimates the average cost per hire in the UK at £3,000. With, just three in ten companies monitoring candidate experience, the high price tag has more to do with onboarding than recruitment.(1)
By obtaining DIATF certification, OCR Labs Global is able to fast-track digital right to work for employers, employment agencies and human resources (HR) companies, as well as digital right to rent and DBS checks for letting agencies and large landlords.
Terry Brenner, Head of Legal, Risk & Compliance for OCR Labs Global, comments, “We can now fully support right to work and DBS identity services and offer fast-tracked digital services to every employer in the UK, as well as market leading employment agencies like Reed Screening.
The UK has a diverse population and all citizens should be able to obtain and use digital IDs safely and securely. Our Zero Bias AI technology eliminates barriers that lead to exclusion, so that everyone has access to digital ID systems in society, such as recruitment and right to work, right to rent.”
Brenner continues “The DIATF is the new standard for identity service providers, and certification is a mark of trust that indicates that we will safeguard your data and protect your privacy.
We’re hoping that more governmental organisations will join in and choose to adopt the DIATF as the standard for identity service providers to meet, which we believe in turn will help them reduce the overall costs of screening and onboarding new hires.”
Late last year, OCR Labs Global partnered with Reed Screening, the leading specialists in employment screening, for faster onboarding and improving the hiring process’s safety and efficiency for the benefit of workers and employers alike.
Paul Clements, Product Manager, Reed Screening, comments: “Reed Screening uses OCR Labs to provide the highest level of assurance for the ID and Right to Work checks we perform for organisations across all sectors. The solution is invaluable for not only verifying the identity of the individuals, but also for strengthening the identity validation and identifying fraud or other risk indicators”.
OCR Labs Global verifies 16,000+ identity documents in over 220 countries/territories and process 142 typesets/languages, matching people with their government-issued IDs worldwide, helping fight fraud and remain compliant with identity verification requirements for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know-Your-Customer (KYC).
For more information, go to https://ocrlabs.com/.
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