South Korea’s card firm will adopt fingerprint recognition service to authenticate cardholders’ identity when making online payments via credit cards

Fingerprint recognition to authenticate cardholders’ identity for online payment

Lee Yoo-sup

2014.05.11 18:07:25

South Korea’s card firm will adopt fingerprint recognition service to authenticate cardholders’ identity when making online payments via credit cards. This is the first-ever of its kind in the nation’s financial industry. 
Shinhan Card will use finger recognition system as an alternative to digitally-signed certificate for payments at domestic and overseas online shopping malls, according to sources in the financial industry Sunday.
A financial industry official noted, “when making credit and check card payments worth over 300,000 won ($292) or above, there should be an alternative to verify cardholders’ identification aside from digitally-signed certificate,” adding “Shinhan Card will be the first to introduce finger print recognition service to authenticate cardholders’ identity via smartphones.”
At the meeting to examine regulatory reform in March, President Park Geun-hye noted, “overseas customers including the Chinese are denied access to purchase coats exhibited in Korea’s drama because they aren’t entitled to digitally-signed certificate.” In response, the financial watchdog decided to abolish the mandatory use of the certificate through the revision of the oversight for e-financial regulation.
A Shinhan Card official noted, “our talk with the finger recognition service agency has been completed,” adding “upon the set-up of infrastructure and test period, the new system will be in place from this July.”
With the latest move, other players including Samsung Card, Hyundai Card and Kookmin Card will likely follow suit of Shinhan Card which commands the nation’s largest card market share.
The introduction will benefit foreigners who do not possess registration number and thus cannot issue digitally-signed certificate. Locals will be allowed to choose between traditional form of digitally-signed certificate or finger print recognition for their authentication.

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