Facebook has acquired a startup that offers a system for verifying the authenticity of identity cards, biometrics and facial recognition.
Signature Confirm.io , with headquarters in Boston , confirmed on its website that an agreement has been reached with Facebook. He will now join Mark Zuckerberg’s company, where he will probably work on checking the Facebook platform, perhaps with transactions made on the social network or helping users who cannot access their accounts.
«When we launched Confirm, our mission was to become the trusted platform for market identity that other multi-factor verification services can use,» says the company. «Now we are ready to take the next step in our journey with Facebook.»
Confirm.io adds that its current authentication offerings will be reduced as it shifts its focus to Facebook.
One of the main pieces of software in startups verifies government-issued ID cards using a telephone camera. What the highlights TechCrunch , the DoorDash delivery service used this system to confirm the identity of the drivers, while Notarize used it to verify the legal documents of its customers for presentation. The startup also worked on extracting information from mobile biometrics and facial recognition to verify a person’s identity.
Facebook says Confirm.io technology «will support our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe,» suggesting that the short-term use of the API startup will be for security reasons. It could speed up the process, for example, for users to regain access to their accounts if they have been hacked.
In the long run, digital authentication could expand Facebook’s coverage to act as a virtual identity card. Companies like Veridium ID Yes Trusona He is already looking at the role of government-issued identification in a world of biometrics and mass identity theft, so Facebook might be looking at how it can fulfill the role of a driver’s license or passport.