UK: New Face-based ID and payment scheme in two supermarkets

Digital identity start-up Yoti has successfully held talks with self-service till maker National Cash Register Company (NCR) to trial a new facial recognition payment app in two supermarkets.

For the new tool to work, consumers download the Yoti app and upload their photo ID documents, such as a driver’s licence or passport. They then link their documents to a selfie in the app. When purchasing items at the supermarket through the app, a QR code will appear on the self-service till screen, where customers can then scan the selfie on the app to prove their identity.

"Yoti have stated that they have no access to the data and that all data is encrypted to reassure customers that the app is safe from fraud."

The tool will allow consumers to buy age restricted items, such as alcohol and knives, without having a human verify their age.

During the account set-up phase, Yoti staff will verify the documents and ensure that the selfie taken matches the picture on the given ID. Yoti have stated that they have no access to the data and that all data is encrypted to reassure customers that the app is safe from fraud.

The new system will be available to trial in 2018.

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