UK bank HSBC is going to use selfies for identity verification

UK bank HSBC is going to use selfies for identity verification
When you think of selfies, you probably think of dog ears and filters rather than biometric security. But it appears UK bank HSBC is trialing a new selfie verification system that will let business customers use the method to pass identity checks for new accounts.

Basically, the bank has prepared an app that will have customers land a pic with the front camera and have it matched against their passport or driving license. This way, customers will no longer have to visit a branch to verify their identity.

Reportedly, the app uses facial tracking technology to match parts of a customer's face to photos used in official documents from over 150 countries. The bank also expects this method to become preffered among customers due to its convenience.

A couple of years ago, some smartphones supported unlocking by taking a picture of the user's face. Alas, technology back then wasn't as sophisticated, and smartphones got easily fooled with facial photos of their owners.

However, the bank seems to have figured out a safe method to implement facial biometrics security. Perhaps the technology will catch on in the sector, together with fingerprint and voice recognition.

source: Independent



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Similar to Samsung's Smart Stay.. Just kidding! I'm eager to see this tech. But what if the selfie cam gets fooled into believing a high-res photo of someone is the person's actual real-life face? Just my 2 cents.

2. Fona13A unregistered

*poses retardedly in front of a violent car accident* Check deposited!

4. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

HSBC is not a UK bank but a Hong Kong bank, but that's none of my business. They have British subsidiaries but by no means a UK bank.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Half truth is full lie ! HSBC has its headquarters in UK. Even their Hong Kong based headquarters is owned by UK. So, although HSBC was 'founded' in Hong Kong it's by no means a 'Hong Kong bank' anymore. So yeah, they are definitely not 'British subsidiaries' by any stretch of imagination.

6. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

The way its written it makes one think that that's their "country of origin" If I were to say "McDonal's a Japan restaurant" see? Yes McDonald's also has their headquarters in Japan for Asia but it sort of gives the speculation that's where it's from, but that's more of an obvious example that it is not a Japanese firm by any means. Another similar example would be "Nintendo an American entity" where it was previously Japanese but now American.

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