In order to protect both BLUF and our members, we reserve the right to use identity verification to prevent people under the age of 18 from accessing the site. In addition, we may use verification to ensure that people are not accessing the site under false pretences, including by using photographs of someone else to gain access.
To do so, we work with Stripe, whom we also use for processing payments in the BLUF shop and donations to BLUF.com.
BLUF Ltd works with Stripe to conduct identity verification online. Stripe builds technology that’s used by millions of companies around the world like Amazon, Google, and Zoom. They help with everything from accepting payments to managing subscriptions to verifying identities.
Stripe helps BLUF Ltd confirm your identity by conducting the following checks:
Where we verify your identity, we will retain a record of your date of birth, and of the fact that your identity has been verified. We will NOT retain any scans or images of your identity documents, or any other information obtained from them. Data will be redacted from the Stripe Identity service once your identity has been confirmed. Your date of birth will be stored separately from the BLUF member database.
Access to identity information is restricted to a very small number of people at BLUF Ltd, via a two-step authentication process, and will not be shared with people outside the organisation, save where we are required to do so by law.
At present, this is not a requirement. However, it has been proposed that social media sites, and adult sites, be required to verify user identities in the UK, where BLUF Ltd is based. We hope that BLUF will not fall within the scope of any such changes to the law, but we cannot give a firm guarantee that verification will never be required.
We use Stripe Identity for identity verification, and for payments through BLUF.com only. BLUF.com does not retain any scans or images of your identity documents. We keep a record indicating that your identity has been verified, and a record of your date of birth. These are stored in a separate database, not accessible to BLUF members.
This depends on the reason for which an identity check has been requested
Yes. The name that is displayed on your BLUF profile can be anything you wish. It is not a requirement that members use their real names on profiles.
No. The only information that we store as part of an identity check is your date of birth, and this is not visible to other users, or to most of the BLUF Admin team, nor will we add it to your BLUF Profile. You may you choose to use your real name, or date of birth as part of your profile information, but this information will not be verified by us.