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Macau Introduces ATM Facial Recognition to Deter Chinese Money Laundering

  • UnionPay cash withdrawals require ID, face recognition check
  • New rules affect UnionPay cards issued by banks in China
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Macau’s government is requiring facial recognition and identification card checks at ATMs before Chinese UnionPay cardholders can withdraw cash, a stepped-up measure to curb money laundering in the world’s largest casino hub.

Holders of China UnionPay Co. cards issued by banks in China must show mainland identification cards and have their identities verified through a facial recognition system for ATM cash withdrawals, according to a Macau government statement late Sunday. The technology will be eventually applied to all ATMs, focusing on ones in casinos, according to the statement.