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Natwest to trial debit cards with fingerprint scanner

Debit cards with built-in fingerprint scanners could be the future of transactions.

Natwest has teamed up with the company Gemalto, who will build the high tech cards for biometric payments, and will be trialled by 200 customers and will mean no pin is required for making payments.

The cards won't be restricted by the £30 limit placed on normal cards with contactless capabilities.

Named the RFID card, the card contains all the customer's data, with no details being shared with the bank, which means it would be at less of a risk of being shared.

Howard Berg, UK managing director of Gemalto, explained: "Using a fingerprint rather than a PIN code to authorise transactions has many advantages, primarily enhanced security and greater convenience.

"Cardholders can pay quickly and easily with just a simple touch, and they no longer need to worry about the limit on contactless payment transactions."

If the trial proves to be a success, this biometric card could become a common form of payment.

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