It may sound like something from a dystopian cyberpunk movie, but payment providers could soon be validating transactions by the way users walk, their heartbeat, veins, and more. Mastercard has recently revealed they “have been testing heartbeat, vein technology, and the way people walk to authenticate people.” The high tech proposal, designed to fight hackers and increase convenience, could be a serious issue for people viewing such measures as unnecessary and invasive, where Bitcoin solves many of the challenges facing online finance already.
Mastercard to Map Your Walk
Mega payments provider Mastercard recently revealed to financial news outlet Marketwatch that “We are working with transport organizations where your face or gait will authenticate you.”
While facial recognition software is becoming more and more widely utilized in security, and the field of biometrics continues to evolve rapidly, most everyday people still haven’t considered that something like their gait, or style of walking, could be a means of identification. The tech will ostensibly be able to utilize CCTV, amongst other means, for allowing services such as boarding of public transport.
The president of cyber and intelligence solutions for Mastercard, Ajay Bhalla, told the news outlet:
The way you hold your phone, which ear you use, and how your fingers touch the buttons are all unique to you. We have been testing heartbeat, vein technology, and the way people walk to authenticate people.
For those that think they’ll be able to outsmart this type of tech if it falls into the wrong hands or is abused, they may want to think again.