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NatWest launches biometric feature for business payments

Sam Monk | 16:19 Tuesday 23rd April 2019

NatWest has announced the launch of a new biometric approval feature for all business payments.

The feature enables businesses and commercial banking customers to make payments of any size via their Bankline mobile app, without requiring a card reader, by instead using Face ID or Touch ID.

NatWest claimed that this feature was a UK banking first which also allowed businesses to authorise multiple users to set up payments that business owners could then subsequently approve through the app.

The feature was introduced to iOS users last week, with availability on Android and other platforms expected to follow in H2 2019.

James Holian, chief operating officer of commercial and private banking at NatWest, said: “We know that ease, speed and security are important to our customers, and that’s why we’re excited to be the first UK bank to offer biometric payments of any size through our Bankline mobile app.

“By offering unprecedented levels of security via three levels of unique authentication, as well as the ability to make payments of any size, we feel this is another important innovation that will make it easier for our customers to get on with doing what they do best: running their business.”

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