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NatWest launches biometric bank card trial

24 April 2019
Customers can embed their fingerprint at home for improved security.

NatWest became the first UK bank to issue a biometric fingerprint card on April 24th, with a three-month trial involving 200 customers.

Those triallist customers will be able to use their fingerprint to verify transactions above the £30 contactless limit. NatWest says this will improve security and make it easier for customers when paying for goods or services at the tills as no PIN is required. As well as retaining contactless functionality, the fully integrated card can be used as normal in ATMs, the post office and for digital banking.

A fingerprint is registered onto the bank card and this can be done in the customer’s own home, said NatWest. Once a fingerprint is locked onto a card it cannot be changed. The fingerprint is only held on the card and not centrally by the bank with each transaction verified using data which is encrypted and stored locally on the card.

The new cards work with existing contactless and Chip and Pin terminals so shops will be able to accept payments without updating their technology.

NatWest is working with digital security company Gemalto and Visa to launch the service.

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