Jumio Helps Byteball Build a Digital Identity Layer for ICOs

Cryptocurrency platform joins forces with trusted identity verification expert to comply with KYC regulations

London, UK, 17th January 2018 – Leading digital identity verification provider, Jumio, has teamed up with smart cryptocurrency payments platform, Byteball, to support it in optimising “Know Your Customer” (KYC) processes for users taking part in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

Byteball offers an innovative, distributed, decentralised platform that has been designed to support users in launching ICOs that offer enhanced protection against fraud. More and more listing companies are concerned about verifying the identity of ICO participants, as governments worldwide seek to bring these often unregulated “token sales” under the same regulations as traditional fundraising tools, to prevent money laundering and other financial crime.

Using Netverify®, Jumio’s advanced identity verification solution, Byteball will be able to offer optimum KYC checks for ICO transactions, providing ICO operators with reassurance that the people they are doing business with are are genuinely who they say they are. Netverify combines ID Verification and biometric Identity Verification to provide a quick and easy experience for users and, for ICO issuers, to ensure proactive compliance with imminent regulatory guidelines.

First, participants of an ICO hosted via Byteball’s platform are asked to scan a government-issued ID document, such as a driver’s license or passport, which is verified for authenticity in real time. Secondly, Jumio’s Face Match technology asks the user to submit a live selfie, following an on-screen icon with their eyes as it moves in a random pattern. This dual-layer of security, bolstered by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human identity experts, ensures that the user’s selfie matches the photo on their ID document, and that they are physically present at the point of verification.

Philipp Pointner, VP Product, Jumio, explained: “ICOs have transformed the financial arena as an alternative means for listing companies to raise funds for development projects or to launch new businesses. However, as they are currently unregulated and, as transactions in cryptocurrencies are, by their nature, anonymous, regulatory bodies are becoming increasingly concerned that they provide an avenue for money laundering and other financial crime.

Netverify’s comprehensive identity verification is ideally suited to tackling the unique fraud challenges of ICO projects. Asking a fraudster to submit a live selfie is a major deterrent, and makes participation in ICOs instantly less attractive to that individual. By working together on accurate identity verification for ICOs in this way, Jumio and Byteball can help prevent money laundering and fraud, and support conscientious listing companies in cooperating with regulatory bodies. Together we can help ensure that ICOs have a bright future as a legitimate alternative to traditional fundraising instruments.”

In addition to providing an innovative platform for ICOs, Byteball enables users to create and enter into smart contracts for a host of other financial transactions, such as betting or insurance, confident that the terms they have agreed upon will be met. This is because the platform allows users to set conditions which have to be met before the actual payment is made, protecting the money of the individual purchasing services from fraud.

Jumio is working with Byteball to provide identity verification for several other types of transactions in the near future, including fraud screening for credit card payments and lending.

The Jumio-verified identity will be stored securely in the user’s Byteball wallet, while a “hash” – or an encrypted shorthand form of the personal data, will be posted to Byteball’s Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) as a proof of identity verification. When a user needs to provide their personal data to access a service, including an ICO, they can pull their data out of their Byteball wallet in just a few clicks.

Tony Churyumoff, Founder, Byteball, added: “By partnering with Jumio, we bring identity to the distributed ledger, both for ICOs and other financial transactions, creating strong connections between the crypto and the real world.  For end users, we offer them a sovereign identity that is totally private, secure, and incredibly easy to use. For businesses, it is an opportunity to build applications that leverage the identity layer that were not possible before.”

The new Jumio-enabled identity verification feature will be launched on the Byteball platform on 17th January 2017.

About Jumio

When identity matters, trust Jumio. Jumio is the creator of Netverify® which enables businesses to increase customer conversions while providing a seamless customer experience and reducing fraud. By combining the three core solutions of ID Verification, Identity Verification and Document Verification, businesses now have a complete solution that allows them to establish the real-world identity of the consumer.

Leveraging advanced technology like artificial intelligence, biometric facial recognition, machine learning, and human review, Jumio helps customers to meet regulatory compliance including KYC and AML and tie the digital identity to the physical world. Jumio has verified almost 100 million identities issued by over 200 countries from real time web and mobile transactions. Jumio’s solutions are used by leading companies in the financial services, sharing economy, higher education, retail, travel and online gaming sectors. Based in Palo Alto, Jumio operates globally with offices in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific and has been the recipient of numerous awards for innovation. For more information,
please visit www.jumio.com.

About Byteball

Byteball is a cryptocurrency platform that enables trust where trust couldn’t exist before. It allows any two parties, even strangers, to make a contract on the platform and be confident that it executes exactly as agreed upon. Multiple independent participants of the network automatically verify all the contracts and make sure their terms and conditions are followed. Byteball’s distributed ledger is based on directed acyclic graph (DAG), which, unlike blockchains, has no blocks, hence no arbitrary scalability limits, no miners, no gatekeepers, and everyone can add their transactions to the DAG. The platform is accessible for everyone thanks to user-friendly wallet and smart contracts that any regular user can understand and create.

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