Britain's cinemas are to introduce digital ID cards for adults and children as proof of age for entry to age restricted films.
The UK Cinema Association, which represents 90% of cinemas, will from Monday accept a digital ID app which confirms the age
of an adult or child to box office staff based on a previously uploaded official ID document such as a passport.
The technology, developed by digital ID provider Yoti is part of a wider move towards digital IDs for adults and children where there
are restrictions on age-related products.
The Home Office is trialling Yoti's AI facial photo checks that can estimate age and its apps at supermarket checkouts to prevent children buying alcohol. If successful, ministers will consider amending
the law to allow digital age checks for alcohol sales. It is not allowed under current legislation. About 3 million Brits have already downloaded the Yoti app.
To obtain the digital age ID app, the person has to prove identity with a
document such as a passport then take a live picture to confirm. The information is stored in a government-grade database that Yoti claims it does not have access to and which can be erased at any time by the individual. However it should be noted
that similar systems used for online ID generally maintained a full database of usage supposedly for 'fraud prevention' auditing.
The digital ID card shows the verified photo of the individual and their age as over 18, 15 or 12. There is a
hologram on the card that moves when the phone is tilted to prevent spoofing. However this suggests that phones will have to be handed over to cinema staff to check the hologram.