Russian retailer launches facial recognition payment system

Russia’s X5 group, the country’s leading food retailer, announced Wednesday the launch of a facial recognition payment system, the latest expansion of a technology that has sparked privacy and security concerns. To launch its facial recognition payment system the X5 group, which owns the Pyaterochka convenience stores and the Perekrestok supermarket chain, has joined forces with the Visa payment system and Russia’s state giant Sberbank that is striving to become an IT company. The service has rolled out in 52 Perekrestok supermarkets and will expand to a total of 150 by the end of the month, X…

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