Macau introduces facial recognition security checks to ATMs

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u has made the move to introduce facial recognition technology that will be used to scan millions of bank card users at ATMs in the world’s largest gambling hub.

In an unprecedented move by authorities to tackle money laundering, the region is looking to tighten restrictions on cash flows out of the mainland.

In a statement the government said the new restrictions make users to scan their identity card at ATMS, which will use facial recognition technology to verify the user allowing them to monitor withdrawals.

Although the government failed to mention when the new security features would be implemented, it did say that it would specifically target ATMs around casinos. The document stated: “All ATM machines in Macau, including those inside casinos and neighbouring areas.”

The statement said only people using UnionPay bank cards issued in mainland China would have to undergo the identity recognition procedures.

The statement was released hours before the expected arrival of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress’ Chairman, Zhang Dejiang.

The planned ATM measures come as Macau is proposing changes to its anti-money laundering laws which will strengthen current regulations.

The gaming authority is also conducting additional audits on the lucrative VIP gambling sector and more vetting of individual junket operators.


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