Mastercard Testing Facial Recognition Security App

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(BBC) – Mastercard is testing a smartphone app that uses facial recognition to verify online purchases.

Users in the trial can hold their phone up as though taking a selfie to approve transactions.

“The new generation, which is into selfies… I think they’ll find it cool,” the firm’s security expert Ajay Bhalla told CNN.

One security expert told the BBC facial recognition should be complemented with “extra layers of security”.

“Google tried facial recognition on Android phones and there were a lot of problems in the early days”, said Ken Munro, security researcher at Pen Test Partners.

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