What does it mean when someone provides a government ID?

We want you to be confident that people on Babysits are who they say they are.

One way we do that is by having the user provide a government ID. This could be a passport, identity card, driver’s license, etc.

If it says “Government ID provided” for a parent or babysitter, it means this person has successfully presented a Government ID. This helps us keep Babysits secure, fight fraud, and more. We may store data about the ID-document and facial imagery. We do not permanently store the photo of the ID-document itself.

Is adding a government ID safe?

The pictures of your ID-document will not be stored by Babysits after the verification is completed and this may take up to 1 week.

We may collect your facial imagery, ID-number, date of birth, first name, last name, middle name, document type, document issuing country, nationality and address, as well as sophisticated fraud signals and information about the devices that connect with our services. To pay babysitters we may share babysitter IDs with our payment provider Stripe due to regulatory and financial partner requirements. Whatever the reason, your ID will never be shared with anyone else who uses Babysits or any other third-parties.

How is a Government ID checked?

Users capture images of physical ID documents with their desktop or mobile phone camera and send them to Babysits. Machine Learning tries to identify if the presented document is authentic.

Next, users have to take a selfie. This is used to verify that the face on the identity document and the selfie match.

Finally, we check whether the selfie matches the user's profile photo.

Completing this process isn't an endorsement of any parent or babysitter, does not guarantee someone's identity, and is not an assurance that interacting with them will be safe. Always use your own best judgment, and follow our safety tips.