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UK-based Onfido secures $100m

Onfido, the global identity verification and authentication company, has today announced that it has raised a $100 million round of funding from new and existing investors, including TPG Growth.

This brings the total investment in Onfido to $200 million and accelerates the company’s mission to deliver a new identity standard that helps everyone in the world easily and securely access digital services.

“Over the coming years, we’ll all be able to use our real identity to seamlessly access everything from financial services, online healthcare and trust marketplaces, to self-check-ins at airports, hotels and car rentals,” said Husayn Kassai, CEO and co-founder of Onfido.

“Passwords will become a thing of the past as a method for accessing digital services, as will queuing for hours to vote in person. We’re standardising the way everyone proves their real identity, in a similar way to how Facebook has standardised the way everyone shares their social identity, and LinkedIn has standardised the way everyone signals their professional identity.

“We are excited to leverage the expertise of our investor base to continue to scale our business.”

Onfido has seen tremendous momentum with 130 percent year-over-year growth, attracting established brands worldwide as clients, including CLEAR, Revolut and Expensify.

In January 2020, the company acquired a US-based tech company Aviata and partnered with some of the world’s largest identity companies including ForgeRock and SecureKey Technologies.

Identity fraud is the most commonly committed crime in the US and one of the fastest growing in the world.

With more businesses and services moving online, it makes it easier for criminals to hide their real identity, and they’re succeeding. The UN estimates that up to 5% of the world GDP is laundered money (that’s $2USD trillion) of which 99% goes undetected.

Credit bureaus, created 150 years ago, have long been the de facto standard to prove a person’s real identity online, but continuous data breaches have undermined their reliability.

They also create a closed world, blocking access to people who are under or unbanked and therefore not on a credit bureau. This means that half of the world’s adult population (approximately 2 billion people) are excluded from access.

Onfido’s mission is to solve the digital access problem by creating an open world where everyone’s real identity is their key to access.

The company verifies a user’s real identity by analyzing their photo ID and then matching it against a selfie video, using AI to catch fakes more reliably than is possible by the human eye.

The new investment will be used to further invest in machine learning technology, consolidate existing markets, and service demand in new geographies.