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Vietnam introduces mandatory facial recognition for digital payments above $390

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Authorities in Vietnam have introduced a facial recognition requirement for all digital payments of 10 million dong (about $390) or more made in the country. The measure, which has already raised questions about privacy and security, requires all money transfers made through banks or e-wallets to involve face scanning on smartphones via banking applications. According to the State Bank of Vietnam, the obligation aims to “ensure the security of online and bank card payments.”

Many internet users, however, have contested the need for a measure that will result in a widespread collection of personal biometric information, with the risk of exposing them to cyber attacks. Vietnam’s web domain, .vn, was the fifth most vulnerable globally to cyber attacks and data theft in 2023, according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

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