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April 5, 2022

On the wires

September 21, 2020

On the web

In China, Paying With Your Face Is Hard Sell

Wall Street Journal (paywall)

“Ant Group Co., which revolutionized China’s payments industry , is learning how hard it is to separate people from their mobile phones. Three years ago, the financial-technology giant controlled by billionaire Jack Ma embarked on an ambitious and costly effort to install facial-recognition devices at retailers that would allow people to make payments by smiling at a screen without having to use their phones.”

August 17, 2020

On the wires

Restaurants & Retailers in Pasadena Establish Nation’s First Pay-by-Face Network

“With California imposing strict restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19, a number of restaurant and retail store owners in the city of Pasadena have quietly established the nation’s first dense “face-pay” network. These small business owners have embraced an advanced facial recognition technology that lets their customers make secure, hands-free purchases using only their faces.”

July 30, 2020

On the web

Face Verification Technology to Allow SingPass Holders to Sign up for DBS Digital Banking Services Using a Selfie


“SingPass holders will be able to sign up for DBS’ digital banking services by taking a picture of themselves through the use of face verification technology, following a rise in digital banking amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The pilot programme aims to benefit more than 1 million DBS customers who are SingPass holders and do not use digital banking services, the bank and Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) said in a news release on Wednesday (Jul 29).”

June 10, 2020

On the web

CaixaBank Rolls Out Facial Recognition ATMs Across Spain

NFC World

“Spain’s CaixaBank is to deploy ATMs equipped with facial recognition technology nationwide “with the goal of offering a better user experience and greater security in transactions, particularly in the context of Covid-19”. “The system is the first launched by a financial institution on a global level that allows users to withdraw money by simply recognising them from the image captured by the terminal’s camera, meaning they do not have to manually enter their PIN,” the bank says.”

March 3, 2020

January 24, 2020

On the web

December 16, 2019

On the web

CULedger Completes Blockchain Identity Pilot With Three US Credit Unions

FinTech Futures

“CULedger claims that MyCUID users can verify their identity by using a biometric function on their smart phone, such as voice, fingerprint or facial recognition. The vendor says that data from its pilot indicated that the average time to verify a member’s identity had been reduced from the industry average of more than 50 seconds to ten or less. “As financial cooperatives, credit unions are more inclined to work together than their bank counterparts in order to best serve their members’ needs,” said John Ainsworth, president and CEO of CULedger.”

December 12, 2019

On the web

Osaka Metro Unveils Ticket Gate With Facial Recognition Tech | The Japan Times

The Japan Times

“Osaka Metro Co. on Tuesday started testing a next-generation automated ticket gate featuring a facial recognition system. The subway operator aims to introduce the gates at all of its train stations by fiscal 2024, ahead of the 2025 World Expo in the city of Osaka.    The test involves around 1,200 Osaka Metro employees. According to the rapid transit company, this will be the first such experiment by a Japanese railway operator.”

December 9, 2019

On the web

Nets Launches Facial Recognition Pilot in Copenhagen Office Park


“Nets, a European digital payments firm, is launching a trial of facial recognition for payments for up to 1,000 office workers in Copenhagen.  The program will allow up to 1,000 people working at 25 companies at an office community in Vibenshushet to link their face to an employee ID card and pay for their lunch at the Kokkenes Kokkens cafeteria.”

November 1, 2019

On the web

Pay With Your Face System Coming to Canada, but Not Everyone Is on Board


“China has among the fastest rates of adoptions when it comes to non-cash payments. According to a 2018 McKinsey report, 40 per cent of in-person spending in China was through mobile digital wallets. The report said that China alone will generate half a trillion dollars in net new annual payment revenue by 2022. However, the technology raises concerns over privacy, security and surveillance – and not everyone is on board with it. Brenda McPhail, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association specializing in privacy and security, points to the potential for breaches and hacks, and mentions there is no infrastructure in place to protect people whose biometric data is stolen.”

October 2, 2019

On the web

Face-scanning Metro Check-in and Payment Launched in Central China – Xinhua | English.news.cn


“Zhengzhou Metro in central China’s Henan Province has ushered in the face-scanning era, as a new check-in and payment system based on facial recognition was launched on Friday. System construction was completed on Aug. 31 and started a trial run for passengers on the same day in all stations along Zhengzhou Metro Line 1, the company said.”

August 5, 2019

On the web

In China, QR Codes Are Being Replaced by Face Scans for Payments

South China Morning Post

“In different cities around China, merchants from supermarkets to bakeries have adopted facial recognition payments technology from Alibaba-affiliated Ant Financial and Tencent’s WeChat Pay to make the payments process as frictionless as possible. Alibaba owns the South China Morning Post.    Why? Because face recognition technology brings the next step in payments convenience for consumers and also has the potential to bring in a whole new wave of less tech-savvy users, such as the elderly or those who struggle to read and write.”

July 11, 2019

On the web

NSW Looks to Facial Recognition As Opal Card Alternative


“NSW transport minister Andrew Constance has raised the prospect of Sydney commuters one day ditching their physical Opal card and paying for public transport using just their face. In a speech to the Sydney Institute on Tuesday night, Constance said “frictionless transport payments” would become available on the public transport network “in the not too distant future”.”

July 3, 2019

On the web

China’s Alipay Adds Sought-after Beauty Filters to Face-scan Payments


“The new feature was created to address complaints that facial recognition machines make people look ugly. A new poll (in Chinese) ran by news portal Sina Technology showed that more than 60% of respondents think they look uglier through the next-gen payments method than on a regular camera. This could be a real concern for beauty-obsessed people who, at a busy supermarket checkout, find their face displayed unflatteringly on a large computer screen.”

June 11, 2019

March 21, 2019

On the web

With Facial Recognition, Shoplifting May Get You Banned in Places You’ve Never Been


“One mistake could mean never being able to shop again. Facial recognition: Your face, your passwordThis is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition. While that may be good news for shopkeepers, it raises concerns about potential overreach. It’s just one example of how facial recognition straddles the line between being a force for good and being a possible violation of personal privacy. Privacy advocates fear that regulations can’t keep up with the technology — found everywhere from your phone to selfie stations — leading to devastating consequences.”

March 20, 2019

On the web

Facial Recognition’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: Social Media Photos Used Without Consent

NBC News

“As the algorithms get more advanced — meaning they are better able to identify women and people of color, a task they have historically struggled with — legal experts and civil rights advocates are sounding the alarm on researchers’ use of photos of ordinary people. These people’s faces are being used without their consent, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them.”

February 14, 2019

January 18, 2019

On the web

China’s first facial recognition payment-based shopping street opens in Wenzhou

East China News Service

“A historical shopping street in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, has become the first in China to extensively apply facial recognition in making payments. The government in Wenzhou, a city known as the country’s cradle for private entrepreneurship, has joined with Ant Financial, operator of China’s biggest online payment platform Alipay, and e-commerce giant Alibaba through an agreement signed in May 2015 to jointly develop “a smart business area.””

November 19, 2018

On the web

Facial Recognition Goes Mainstream, Drawing Concerns

Wall Street Journal (paywall)

“Facial technology can now be found in more schools and retail stores to help identify people who may pose a security risk. Some stores are also using facial recognition in an attempt to determine shopper sentiment, giving retailers the opportunity to adjust their sales pitch. One company in Israel claims its software can flag potential terrorists by scanning facial features and expressions alone.”

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