A security consultant in Europe says he fooled a fingerprint-payment system being tested in Netherlands, but the processor involved in the project says there is little reason to worry. Ton van der Putte, a security consultant who says he has worked with banks, insurance companies and smart-card firms, late last month made a copy of the right index finger of a Dutch TV reporter. The copy fooled a sensor at an Albert Heijn supermarket in the Netherlands that is taking part in a test of the "Tip2Pay" scheme, he says. The test enables customers to use mathematical representations, or templates, of their fingerprints to pay for goods after registering debit card details and other information. "It takes me about 10 minutes to duplicate a fingerprint with cooperation of the person and about one to two hours to duplicate a latent fingerprint left on a glass," van der Putte tells CardLine Global. A spokesperson for Netherlands-based Equens N.V., the processor involved in the scheme, confirmed to CardLine Global the system was fooled. "However, this is no news as this possibility has been known for quite some time," the spokesperson says. The Equens spokesperson says the system provides daily and weekly spending limits that help protect consumers, and adds that a consumer can "claim always claim a refund in case of any disputed transaction." The spokesperson reports that "consumers are enthusiastic about the pilot and the number of participants is higher than expected." The test is scheduled to last six months. "Should a similar way of payment ever be introduced and rolled out, it is certainly thinkable that additional security measures will be undertaken such as, for instance, a pin code," the spokesperson says.

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