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Macau’s cash machines will scan users’ faces before dispensing money

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Soon all of the 1,200 ATMs in the Asian gambling hub of Macau will use facial-recognition technology to authorize cash withdrawals.

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Bank card firm UnionPay, which operates most of the cash dispensers in the territory, is already using the technology.

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Macau’s monetary authority is planning to demand that Visa and Mastercard also equip their ATMs with facial recognition, according to Bloomberg.

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China wants Macau to identify people using the territory to move money out of the country. More than $1.2 trillion left China since mid-2015.

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The measure is also meant to avoid money laundering, and it could have a negative effect on revenues of casinos in Macau, which have been falling for years.

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