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Imagine walking up to a bouncer at a bar. Instead of digging through your bag to find and present your physical ID, you simply use your mobile device to scan a QR code on his kiosk to prove your over 21. The bouncer doesn’t need to worry about correctly sussing out fake IDs, and he can focus on maintaining the bar’s safety and security, by keeping an eye out for aggressive or disorderly behavior.
Bars are just one example of how we protect different environments, products, or services, and underage drinking is an example of a problem where identity verification can mitigate liability concerns.
Using fake IDs to access alcohol is a relatively common occurrence for college students. The legal drinking age was put in place to protect minors, who are simply more susceptible to health concerns that arise from drinking at a younger age. Yet, in a study of 1000 college students, the research found almost two-thirds of participants had used a fake ID to buy alcohol at least once during college. Additionally, the more frequently the students used fake IDs, the more they drank according to a clinical research journal.
New technology, like blockchain-powered identity verification, represents an opportunity to better protect minors and young people from not only underage drinking but to provide protection for all age-gated industries. In addition, this new technology can provide more confidence and simplify the age verification process from a business perspective.
Digital identity will become a part of our future, and age-gated industries, specifically bars and nightclubs, are one place where these digital IDs could provide additional safeguards, helping protect companies facing higher liability standards and helping protect minors for their own health, safety, and well-being.
One of the problems with identity now, far beyond fake IDs, is that you don’t ...
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