A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard. The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa.
The technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a purchase. Security experts have said that while using fingerprints is not foolproof, it is a “sensible” use of biometric technology.
However, fingerprint sensors can be compromised. But Mr Nohl is cautiously optimistic about the technology, saying it is
“better than what we have at the moment”.
“With the combination of chip and PIN, the PIN is the weaker element. Using a fingerprint gets rid of that.”