Mastercard to launch face recognition payments in Australia
03 February 2017 15:47 GMT

Global payments firm Mastercard is taking selfie-enabled payments to Australia this year, the company has revealed.

The solution, called Identity Check, is wrapped in a mobile app that is also linked to a smartphone’s fingerprint sensor.

For the face recognition, a blink test is used for liveness.

“We are relentlessly focused on making the online payment experience near frictionless, without making any compromises on safety and security,” Ajay Bhalla, Mastercard’s president of Enterprise Risk & Security, said in October last year.

The company assures users that the technology is a completely optional opt-in service.

Mastercard will offer the technology to Australian banks, allowing them to integrate fingerprint and selfie verification features into their own apps.

Rolled out to Latin America in December 2016, the service became available to US financial institutions in 2016, with futher global expansion expected during this year.