This tech could lead to a huge unchecked database which could be secretly abused by the government…
(The Daily Star) Facial recognition ID is predicted to replace cash and cards in future as a standard form of payments.
Just last week it emerged MasterCard customers will be able to pay for their shopping by using a selfie from April next year.
Mark Barnett, from Mastercard, said: “Biometric technologies perfectly meet the public’s expectation for state-of-the-art security when making a payment.”This will be of great benefit to everyone: consumers, retailers and banks.”
Chinese HSBC consumers have been happy to flash their faces at their smartphones when paying for stuff in the past 12 months.
The Alibaba app also allows KFC customers in China to prove their identity and pay for grub by simply looking at a checkout 3D camera.
Another step in the facial recognition revolution was announced in November by a British start-up firm called Yoti which plans to trial a supermarket app from 2018.
This works by pairing a selfie with an official document such as a passport or driving licence which can be verified by Yoti staff…
Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “Selfie pay may seem like a convenience but it’s actually a biometric identification tool, much like DNA and iris scanning.
“Selfie pay caused controversy when it recently became normalised in China and yet Brits are now submitting themselves to the same identity checks for simple payments.
“Under the Snooper’s Charter, the UK Government can secretly seize any database, and that includes databases of facial scans…