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MasterCard rolls out cards with fingerprint sensor

MasterCard rolls out cards with fingerprint sensor

A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider MasterCard.

It comes at a crucial time where hackers and scammers are getting smarter.

In fact, only last week, three persons were arrested by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for the skimming of bank cards.

According to BBC Technology, MasterCard’s rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa.

The technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a purchase.

Security experts have said that while using fingerprints is not foolproof, it is a “sensible” use of biometric technology.

The BBC says the cards are thought to be the first to include both the digital template of the user’s fingerprint and the sensor required to read their fingerprints at the point of sale.

Previous biometric payment cards only worked when used in conjunction with a separate fingerprint scanner.

That limited their usefulness, as only stores with the correct equipment could accept them.

Having both the data and the scanner on the same card means that they should be accepted everywhere a normal chip and PIN payment card can be used.

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April 20th, 2017

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