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Amazon wants patent for pay-by-selfie
Amazon is looking to patent the ability to authenticate a payment using a selfie, according to a newly-filed patent. Re/code reports the patent outlines how an Amazon shopper would authorize a purchase using a photo of oneself instead of a password.
How it works
The application is related to a separate patent Amazon holds for technology that allows a device to authenticate a user via a photo or video, but not necessarily to complete a transaction.
Under the scenario in the patent application, a phone or computer “can prompt the user to perform certain actions, motions, or gestures, such as to smile, blink, or tilt his or her head,” to prove the shopper is who he or she says, rather than an imposter simply holding up a photo of the shopper.
Amazon believes facial recognition more secure than entering passwords, which can be stolen. Entering long passwords, the company says, can also be cumbersome on mobile devices. Instead, Amazon suggests “a computing device might capture an image of a user and analyze that image to attempt to recognize the user using facial recognition software.”
Amazon isn't the first
A year ago, Alibaba demonstrated a similar technology, and MasterCard is rolling out a photo-based payment technology. USAA, a financial services organization for U.S. military members and their families, also started utilizing selfies as logins last year.