March 8, 2021 – Today, Q5id and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) announced a partnership to help keep kids safer throughout the United States. NCMEC and Q5id will partner to elevate awareness of missing children and build technology to assist in finding missing children.
In the most recent data from the FBI, there were more than 420,000 reports of missing children in a single year. For more than three decades, NCMEC has worked with law enforcement, local communities and corporate partners to recover missing children. NCMEC operates a 24-hour hotline (1-800-THE-LOST or 1-800-843-5678) and sends information about missing children through social media and a network of secondary AMBER alert distributors. This new partnership with Q5id will help NCMEC leverage new technologies and apps to get the message out about missing children.
“NCMEC’s priority is to find missing children in our country, and continually improve the way we search for our kids. Social media and technology have been a big part of our success,” said John Clark, NCMEC President and CEO. “By partnering with Q5id, we have yet another strong technology partner to help bring even more children home in the future.”
Q5id is a leader in identity proving and authentication. Their core product, a platform that provides individuals with a universal, self-managed identity, helps to protect consumers and businesses from identity theft and fraud. Using cutting-edge biometrics and encryption techniques, Q5id definitively proves individuals’ identities. Once an identity is proven, consumers can use a standard smartphone to authenticate transactions by taking a selfie and a picture of one of their palms.
“Our mission at Q5id is to protect individuals and their families,” said Steve Larson, CEO and founder of Q5id. “We are thrilled to partner with NCMEC to help bring more children home safely. We are excited to start developing new technologies to help find missing children. NCMEC’s expertise in locating child combined with Q5id’s cutting-edge technology will lead to new ways to bring missing children home.”
Q5id’s mission is to provide consumers and businesses with the most robust Proven Identity Management solution available. Through a comprehensive, powerful and frictionless biometric enrollment and authentication process, Q5id proves individuals’ identities and ensures their digital identity remains secure. Q5id protects consumers and businesses from identity theft and fraud. Founded in 2019, Q5id is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. For more information, visit https://q5id.com
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Since 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has served as the leading private, nonprofit organization helping to find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent future victimization. As part of its work as the clearinghouse and resource center on issues relating to missing and exploited children, NCMEC operates a hot-line, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted in the recovery of more than 341,000 missing children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline®, a mechanism for reporting suspected child sexual exploitation, which has received more than 82 million reports. To learn more about NCMEC, visit www.missingkids.org.