Brave Browser Taps Blockchain Identity Startup Civic for Secure KYC

Cryptocurrency-funded web browser Brave has announced that it will collaborate with Civic, the blockchain identity platform, on a project that will bring the latter's identity verification services to publishers on the Brave platform. Under this framework, Brave-verified publishers will be able to confirm their identity using Civic's technology, and thus gain secure access to their Basic Attention Token (BAT) earnings made via the Brave browser.

CCN reported recently that Brave has recorded more than 10 million downloads in addition to over 4 million active monthly users and 21,000 Brave-verified publishers. Brave's BAT allows users to send anonymous and automatic micro-payments to publishers through the browser's integrated Brave Payments system. Under the new partnership, content publishers who receive BAT payments with their own Ethereum wallets will now be able to make use of the Civic Reusable KYC service to securely and conveniently verify their identity and ensure authenticity.

Using Civic's reusable KYC framework, publishers will be able to receive BAT micro payments from Brave users without having to share more data than is necessary. The blockchain system provides a means for Brave-verified publishers to be identified with their mobile devices every time they log in to claim their payments.

Speaking about the new partnership, Civic CEO and co-founder Vinny Lingham said:

“Brave is a revolutionary browser that is combating some of the biggest Internet privacy challenges. As Brave is experiencing exponential publisher and user growth, implementing Civic will enable more people to safely and securely utilize the Brave platform while establishing and sustaining trust between publishers and users. We’re thrilled to partner with Brave and bring our trusted identity verification services to help build a better browser with the benefits of blockchain technology,”

In his own reaction, Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave Software said:

“Brave and the Basic Attention Token aim to directly connect users and publishers in a transparent system to guarantee privacy and authenticity, without the intermediaries that harvest user data. Civic shares our values around privacy and protecting user information, and we’re excited to work with them to offer Civic Reusable KYC, which will be key to ensuring security and privacy on our publisher network,”

It will be recalled that Civic recently launched "Civic Libre", an incentive campaign designed to support its Reusable KYC service and drive adoption. The promotion permits verified businesses to access free identity verification services up until the end of they year.

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