A customer uses a facial recognition payment system at a KFC fast food restaurant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: AFP

China’s top fintech adviser sees ‘bright prospects’ for facial recognition payment systems

  • This year is expected to see the first widespread adoption of facial recognition payments, with an estimated 118 million Chinese users embracing it
  • Despite concerns over data privacy, the use of facial recognition for payments will expand rapidly in China, says fintech official
Topic |   Facial recognition

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A customer uses a facial recognition payment system at a KFC fast food restaurant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: AFP
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Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai, based in Beijing, covers technology and capital flows in the world of start-ups in Greater China. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for over two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.