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What are the key differences with and without data custody?

Without Data Custody

  • Your biometric data is first processed locally on the Orb.
  • It never leaves the Orb.
  • Once you've signed up, the image data is permanently deleted.
  • The only data that remains is your iris code, which is a set of numbers generated by the Orb and is not linked to your wallet or personal information.
  • You may need to later revisit an Orb to reverify your iris code as algorithms are updated.

With Data Custody

  • Your biometric data is first processed locally on the Orb.
  • It is then sent via encrypted communication channels to our distributed secure data stores.
  • After arrival, your image data is permanently deleted from the Orb.
  • Image data is encrypted and stored securely on a server.
  • Your data will be used to train our algorithms, and you may not need to revisit an Orb as algorithms are updated.
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