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Security fears threaten biometric payments growth

As reported earlier by PCM, Biometric payments are poised for significant growth, but substantial consumer security concerns could put its future at risk according to a new report from Transaction Network Services (TNS).

Biometric payments per countryVital Insights into Biometric Payments Adoption, shares the results of an independent US, UK and Australian survey which explores consumer attitudes toward and experiences with making biometric payments. The report reveals that 15% of adults have made a biometric payment in the last year, including a quarter of 18 to 24 year olds.

“We are delighted to see that biometric payments are being tested by consumers, however, a staggering 61% felt that providing companies with their fingerprint and iris information put their personal identity information at risk,” notes Mark Collins, Managing Director of TNS’ FinTech Solutions business in the EMEA region

Biometric payments growth by country

“The industry needs to take measures to both ensure the security of this sensitive information and to convey to consumers what protections are in place.

It’s exciting to hear that more than half are willing to use the widening range of biometric identifiers available, which now includes iris and vein scanning, as well as facial recognition and fingerprints. Reassurance will be the key to ensuring that biometric payments achieve the successful future that our survey data suggests.”

Highlights of the report:

  • Fingerprints were chosen as the most popular identifier overall; however, the second choice varied by region
  • 68% believe biometric payments will become more commonplace in the next 2-5 years
  • Trust in biometric payments among US adults has increased slightly since survey two years ago
  • Usage in the last year has been greatest among UK adults
  • In the US and UK more men reported security concerns, but in Australia women were most concerned

The report is available to download by clicking HERE

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