WORLD - Fingerprint Sensor Credit Card Revealed

Arno Froese

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.

“Fingerprints have helped us avoid using terrible passwords, and even the most gullible person is not going to cut off their finger if [a criminal] asks nicely.”

No scanner needed

The cards are thought to be the first to include both the digital template of the user’s fingerprint and the sensor required to read their fingerprints at the point of sale.

Previous biometric payment cards only worked when used in conjunction with a separate fingerprint scanner.

That limited their usefulness, as only stores with the correct equipment could accept them.

Having both the data and the scanner on the same card means that they should be accepted everywhere a normal chip and PIN payment card can be used.

-www.bbc.com, 20 April 2017

Arno's commentary

Cashless has been a by-word for many decades. But now digital technology has made possible the transfer of money “cashless.” It is based on the assumption that people will have faith in a piece of plastic with numbers, controlled and verified by computer technology.

No wonder that cashiers at the supermarket often ask, “Do you want cash back?” Why? Because cash processing costs money. The bills and coins will have to be counted, recorded, and then transported by secure means to the bank, where it has to be properly verified, recorded, deposited, and receipts issued. That type of work costs money; electronic transfers are instant and virtually cost-free.

Where will it lead? The fulfillment of Revelation 13:17: “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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