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  • South Africa Hosts Trials For Mastercard’s First Fingerprint Credit Card

    Mastercard's first fingerprint credit card By Dana Sanchez, 9:40 pm

    Mastercard hopes to roll out fingerprint payment cards globally by the end of 2017. South Africans’ willingness to try new technology and their familiarity with using biometrics for identification made the country an ideal market to test the payment cards. They’ll work with any card terminal around the world that accepts embedded chip technology. In the U.S., embedded chips are increasingly popular. Regulations make merchants and financial institutions liable for breaches resulting from a lack of support for chip-and-pin cards. Some merchants won’t have to get new equipment to accept fingerprint-enabled cards.

  • Fingerprint Technology Expanding In African Mobile Banking

    Fingerprint technology is expanding in African mobile banking By Dana Sanchez, 5:11 pm

    Biometrics have been around for years. African countries have used fingerprint biometrics for voting, but they’re relatively new in the payment space. Fingerprint login already exists in mobile banking in South Africa, Kenya, Benin and Nigeria. London-based bank Standard Chartered plans this year to bring biometric tech to mobile banking in eight African countries. The bank claims this will be a first in most markets, and the largest deployment of fingerprint biometric tech by any international bank.

  • Biometrics, High-Tech Can’t Stop Election Fraud In Africa

    By Dana Sanchez, 6:01 pm

    Several African countries have adopted fingerprint technology to cut down on election fraud, but as useful as biometrics could be, it’s risky, TVCNews reports. The European Union has funded most of the biometric election projects in Africa over the years and intends strengthening its participation in election monitoring, according to the report.

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