In Brief
Mastercard is testing a smartphone app that uses facial recognition to verify online purchases.
  • Users in the trial can hold their phone up as though taking a selfie to approve transactions.
  • Mastercard’s app asks users to blink to prove that they are human, but even this has been spoofed in the past.
  • Mastercard is exploring facial recognition as an alternative to SecureCode, its security software that asks online shoppers for a password to make purchases. The company said the technology was used in three billion transactions last year.