Mastercard to use Selfies for ID Checks


Mastercard has confirmed it will accept selfies and fingerprints instead of passwords for verifying IDs for online payments

Mastercard has taken this approach after trialling software in the US and Netherlands last year.

According to Mastercard, a whopping 92 per cent of people preferred the new system.

Announcing the move at the Mobile World Congress tech show in Barcelona. Mastercard said it would be rolling out the changes this summer.

The first countries to get it will be the UK. US, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

To use the system, people would have to download an application to their PC, tablet or smartphone.

Rather than typing in selected letter for their password after providing their credit card details when making an online purchase, they’ll have to look at their phone’s camera or use its fingerprint sensor.

If they have their selfie taken, they’ll have to blink to show they’re not holding up a photo.


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