Take selfie, pay your bill

Jul 05, 2015, 08:00 IST | Agencies

Credit card company works on app that gives a monetary reason to pout, pose and blink

New York: Paying bills through credit cards just got more personal. Soon, you’ll just need to click a selfie with your smartphone, blink once at your self-portrait and your bill is paid.

That’s with the help of a new mobile app that credit card company will soon launch. The app will use facial recognition to verify the identity of the payer. After downloading the app, one can pay for things by looking at the phone and blinking once.

The blink prevents thieves from showing the app a picture of a face in an attempt to fool it. Alternatively, the app can read fingerprint. The app doesn’t send either your fingerprint nor a picture of your face to the card company. Instead, it converts the image into a code.

By contrast, Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint verification, works entirely on your iPhone and no data is transmitted. The new biometric methods for verifying your identity could replace passwords or pin codes. The company is reportedly also experimenting with voice recognition and a method of verifying your identity by reading your heartbeat.

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