HSBC customers will soon be verify their identity using a selfie, as the bank follows a trend set by the likes of Mastercard and Airbnb.
Customers who open business accounts will now be able to prove who they are by snapping a picture of themselves, according to a report from Business Insider. The bank has said that eligible customers be given the option to use facial tracking technology to "streamline the account opening experience."
An option on the bank's mobile app will let customers complete an ID security check when opening an account by taking their own headshot, rather than inputting a password.
The picture will then be compared to the ID documents previously uploaded by the account owner.
The move follows similar selfie-enabled measures planned by Mastercard, which will soon enable sign-in via the snaps, and Airbnb which uses images to verify users upon sign up.
Earlier this year, HCBC implemented biometric voice and fingerprint recognition to increase access, and security, to customers using its digital banking systems.