Jumio helps US sectors battling coronavirus verify users for free
Jumio, the California-based mobile payments and identity verification firm, has made its remote user verification service ‘Jumio Go’ free for some of America’s hardest hit sectors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tool was designed to help organisations weed out bots and verify all their online users as real people, whilst at the same time complying with anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) regulations.
But the emergence of a global pandemic has seen new forms of fraud jump. Last week, The Verge reported a phone scam which sees fraudsters pose as the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claiming to have a vaccine to cure the coronavirus.
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) had to issue a warning to investors to avoid coronavirus-related cryptocurrency schemes which seemed too good to be true.
This heightened threat of cybersecurity risk means that making Jumio Go free should help those sectors trying to deliver high-in-demand online services resist identity fraud.
Jumio says the free offering – called Jumio Go For Good – is specifically for telehealth services trying to diagnose patients remotely, and online education and testing services trying to run virtual classes and assessments with authorised participants.
The company also says any organisation “involved in helping students, patients and vulnerable populations” should apply – these could also include non-profit organisations and food delivery services.
“Organisations involved in relief and assistance during this crisis have an urgent need to be able to quickly and accurately ‘identity proof’ their patients, students, and workers to ensure critical services can be delivered and trusted,” the company says on its website.
The ID coverage of the offering works for passports in all countries, and it also works for ID cards in France, Germany and the US, and driver’s licences in the US, UK and Italy.
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