Facial recognition technology to be used for ATM transactions in Singapore

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Facial recognition technology will be used for transaction authentication at ATMs across Singapore, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

The ATMs will be able to perform only account balance enquiries using face verification for now.

The use of biometrics authentication by financial institutions is not new and has been deployed for online financial services and phone banking, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

An MAS spokesman said: “MAS does not prescribe any specific technology to be used for authentication, and financial institutions are encouraged to innovate to meet their customers’ needs for security and convenience while ensuring that MAS’ requirements on strong security controls, data confidentiality and responsible use of data are met.”

The face verification feature will be extended to cash withdrawals at all 550 of OCBC’s ATMs in Singapore progressively from June, and extended to other ATM transactions, including cash deposits, fund transfers to other banks, CashCard top-ups and credit card bill payments from next year.

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