MasterCard to bring facial recognition payment software to Canada

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Starting this summer, Canadian MasterCard holders with smartphones will be able to pay for their online purchases by taking a selfie or stamping their fingerprint on the screen instead of punching in a pin or a password.

The payment card company says it plans to roll out the technology in Canada, after successful pilot programs in the U.S. and the Netherlands

New technology from MasterCard could soon allow Canadian users to authorize payments by taking a picture of themselves with their smartphone. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

MasterCard says biometric payments — which use characteristics such as fingerprints, voice or facial features to identify users — are more convenient and secure than passwords.