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Macau: ID Card Scan and Facial Recognition Required for Mainland Bank Card Holders Using ATMs

(May 11, 2017) On May 7, 2017, the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China announced that “know your customer” (KYC) technology will be installed in automated teller machines (ATMs) in the city, in particular those in and near casinos.  Holders of UnionPay cards issued by mainland China banks will be required to scan their ID cards and undergo a facial recognition check when withdrawing money in Macau from ATMs with such KYC features.  (Ben’ao Quanbu Zidong Guiyuanji Jiang Fen Jieduan Yinjin Xin Jishu, Cuoshi Youxiao Jiaqiang dui Neidi Yinhang Ka Chikaren de Baozhang [All ATMs in Macau Will Install New Technology in Phases, A Method Effectively Enhancing Protection of Holders of Mainland-Issued Bank Cards], Macau Government Information Bureau website (May 7, 2017); Macao Strengthens Monitoring of Money Withdrawal Using Mainland-Issued Bank Cards, Macau Government Information Bureau website (May 8, 2017).)

According to the government statement, such requirements apply to holders of mainland bank cards only and will not apply to those holding Macau bank cards or cards issued in any other places.  The measure “takes account of the increase in usage and transaction volume in Macao concerning withdrawals via mainland-issued bank cards,” said the statement.  (Macao Strengthens Monitoring of Money Withdrawal Using Mainland-Issued Bank Cards, supra.)  The SAR government has vowed to exert its best efforts to implement anti-money laundering rules and rules countering the financing of terrorism.  (Id.)