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Face-verification app trialled by PayPal

PayPal, the online payment business, is testing a new face-verification feature on its mobile app.

When users click on the ‘Local’ tab in the app it highlights stores and restaurants nearby that accept mobile PayPal payments. Once a customer has checked into one of these shops, their name and photo appear on the store’s payment system, connecting the customer to the store.

The customer can then use the app to request to pay for items and the cashier can click on the individual’s photo on the app to process the payment. The customer is then alerted that the payment has been made and receives a PayPal email receipt.

Rob Harper, head of retail services at PayPal, said of the technology: “This is another step on the journey towards a wallet-less high street, where customers will be able to leave their wallet or purse at home and pay using their phone or tablet.”

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