Amazon explores pay by "selfie" system

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We told you recently that credit card giant MasterCard is testing a new way to authenticate payments using a selfie.

This week Amazon announced it is attempting to do something similar.

WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Amazon has filed a patent for payment via facial contortion, also known as a selfie.  The company filed for the patent in October.

Organizations testing this way to pay say it is a safer form of verification than a password.  Payton's explanation of how it works follows:

How it will work:

1.  Amazon knows that sometimes their customers store passwords on devices & then those phones and tablets become hijacked by anyone that uses them.

2.  Amazon's patent describes a process where you can CONFIRM a purchase with a selfie photo or video

3. With a twist, once it identifies you in the photo or video, it will tell you to make a physical movement to confirm that you are not a bot just pumping them your picture.

4.  It is quite possible that Amazon will use head-tracking technologies, sophisticated facial movements, and possibly even infrared or thermal imaging

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