I can’t say that I am thrilled about this.
Firstly, while I have a photo ID, it is not the law to have a photo ID in my home country. Nor, (I believe) is it a legal requirement in the U.S. What is more, since I am technically considered to be epileptic, I am not allowed a drivers licence. As such, if I didn’t have a passport, I would now have to go out and purchase one.
So, with it taking 4-8 weeks to get a passport in the UK (unless one pays for a fast track application) how will Fiverr ensure that users not already in possession of some form of photo ID, won’t get banned while rushing out to get one?
Secondly, if this rule was extended to buyers, it would completely put an end to Paypal charge-backs. In this case, will we see this happen?
Lastly, I’m sorry but I simply don’t feel comfortable handing over my ID to Fiverr. You are talking about a company which is notoriously hard to contact directly (unless you love robots) which so far, has neither announced this move officially, nor made available details of any kind of data protection policy.
In short, if this is true, it is really high time that Fiverr stopped with the surprise: “Hey we’re doing this now, deal with it.” And started communicating key policy and user updates in a timely manner.