Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io

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Facebook has showed to TechCrunch that it’s obtained…Confirm.io. The startup introduced an API that allow different corporations briefly examine any person’s govt issued id card like a driving force’s license was once original. The Boston-based startup will close down as each its crew and era are rolled into Facebook, the place it would lend a hand customers who’re locked out in their accounts.

Confirm.io had raised a minimum of $four million from buyers together with Cava Capital since launching 3 years in the past. The 2015 seed spherical funded complicated forensics used to drag data from an ID card, in addition to cellular biometerics and facial popularity to verify an individual’s identification ahead of the startup deleted the non-public knowledge

Purchasers may briefly combine the tech, which accelerated on-demand startup team of workers onboarding. Meals supply carrier Doordash used Confirm.io to make sure its drivers, whilst Notarize used it to authenticate the identification of consumers taking a look to record paperwork.

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The startup writes “When we launched Confirm, our mission was to become the market’s trusted identity origination platform for which other multifactor verification services can build upon. Now, we’re ready to take the next step on our journey with Facebook. However, in the meantime this means all of our current digital ID authentication software offerings will be wound down.”

Confirm.io’s ID authentication characteristic

Facebook tells TechCrunch “We are excited to welcome the Confirm team to Facebook. Their technology and expertise will support our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe.”

Facebook exams selfie-to-unlock characteristic

Facebook may probably use the era to have folks verify their identities in the event that they’re locked out in their accounts after being hacked or dropping their password. Again in September we noticed Facebook checking out a characteristic that assist you to liberate your account the use of a selfie. And because a minimum of 2013, Facebook has let folks mail in a replica in their picture ID or different identification verification fabrics with a view to regain get entry to to their account.

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Since this can be a complete acquisition, now not simply an acqhire, Confirm.io’s crew and tech may lend a hand Facebook reinforce and streamline those choices. And someday, in all probability Facebook may even function your ID card in some eventualities. Face ID at the iPhone X may in the end be opened to third-parties to energy extra biometric safety throughout apps. With our keys and fee playing cards turning into digitized and a part of our telephone, the ID card is in point of fact the final reason why it’s important to lift an old-school pockets.