Now Mastercard Wants Your Fingerprints

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Earlier this week, USA Today reported that massive payment processor MasterCard had joined the FIDO alliance. FIDO is an acronym for Fast IDentity Online, and the group describes itself as:

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization nominally formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance plans to change the nature of authentication by developing specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that supplant reliance on passwords to securely authenticate users of online services. This new standard for security devices and browser plugins will allow any website or cloud application to interface with a broad variety of existing and future FIDO-enabled devices that the user has for online security.

USA Today reports that:

SAN FRANCISCO — MasterCard is joining the FIDO Alliance, signaling that the payment network is getting interested in using fingerprints and other biometric data to identify people for online payments.


MasterCard will be the first major payment network to join FIDO. The Alliance is developing an open industry standard for biometric data such as fingerprints to be used for identification online. The goal is to replace clunky passwords and take friction out of logging on and purchasing using mobile devices.

It’s for your own good, and it’ll probably fight terrorism too!

Apple’s new iPhone 5s smartphone has a fingerprint sensor, but the tech giant is not part of FIDO. However, Google is part of the Alliance, and devices running Google’s Android operating system will have fingerprint sensors by next year.

I’m sure the folks at the Department of Homeland Security will be more than happy that the financial giant will make mass collection under its Biometric Optical Surveillance System (BOSS) that much easier. Serfs up suckers!

Full article here.


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seek's picture

Fuck this, I'll use bitcoin instead.

wee-weed up's picture

Never buy anything on credit...

especially from a Big Bank!

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Mastercard can have my scrotum print, right on their chin.

ACP's picture

I just want to know what Pelosi's cut is for brokering this deal between the NSA and MC.

Ineverslice's picture


Viictory Gin for all!

Drink up gents.

maskone909's picture

Funny you mention that. I just saw a commercial from that is marketing a do-it-yourself DNA test kit. Simply swab your dna and mail it in. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG!?!

wintermute's picture

How soon before some unlucky dude gets his fingerprints matched with Al Qaeda's latest bomb-making mastermind.


Keyser's picture

Looks like I'll be canceling my MasterCard account. 

fockewulf190's picture

I can already see the headline by Drudge:


Ranger4564's picture

Haha, I actually bought that in 2011. I knew this day would come.  o.O

My response to this move is to just steal what I want since they've compromised cash / check / debit + credit cards.

Fedaykinx's picture

nice little hawk for the money there

Ineverslice's picture



Thanks Q!

Diamonds Are Forever, Stephanie Powers (?) gets fooled.


kralizec's picture

They can have my ass-print on their face...especially after downing a blazing bowl of chilli!

Xibalba's picture

Just cut to the chase already and implant the chip

illyia's picture

I see a business op here. Faux prints. Who's game?

wintermute's picture

Next, everyone is going to have a bar-code tattooed onto their foreheads.


A Lunatic's picture

They may already be doing that in some military hospitals.......

DeadFred's picture

I'm sure the next iPhone will be chip compatible.

NoDebt's picture

Xibalba- Amen to that, brother.  Let's get this over with.  Put the damned chip in my head and let's 'move on'.  We all know where it's headed, so let's dispense with this childish and annoying "are we there yet, Dad?" bullshit and just get there already.  Hook me up to the Matrix or don't.  Stop fiddle-farting around.

El Oregonian's picture

I'll give them both my bionetric middle fingers!

ebworthen's picture

Tread with caution, the bankers and their minions in .gov are intent on debasing Bitcoin.

+1 for your efforts to fuck the system.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Try it. Go ahead. FUCK OFF MOTHERFUCKERS I'll cancel all cards that require this.

Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

That's toooo harrrrd. I need easy, I've got a full day ahead of me on the hamster treadmill.

DanDaley's picture

Just cut up your cards, i.e.,don't use them...if you offically cancel that dings your credit rating...if it matters at all.

DirkDiggler11's picture

They can't have my fingerprints, but I will gladly provide MasterCard with my stool sample.

knukles's picture

"They've" already taken my prints 3 times... working at a bank or brokerage you must give 'em the prints as part of your introductory indoctrination.  Was an olde time "security" precaution.  Just like the mandatory 2 weeks min va-ca.
I had to get very James Bond-ish to disguise myself after the print thry took of my foreskin.
Got me one of them home circumcision kits....

Tim_'s picture

Even Bush's Feces & Urine Are Classified Top Secret

"The White House flew in a special portable toilet to Vienna for Bush's personal use during his visit. The Bush White House is so concerned about Bush's security, the veil of secrecy extends over the president's bodily excretions. The special port-a-john captured Bush's feces and urine and flew the waste material back to the United States in the event some enterprising foreign intelligence agency conducted a sewage pipe operation designed to trap and examine Bush's waste material. One can only wonder why the White House is taking such extraordinary security measures for the presidential poop."

"The Israeli Mossad conducted one such operation against Syrian President Hafez Assad when he visited Amman, Jordan in Feb. 1999 for the funeral of King Hussein. The Mossad and its Jordanian counterpart installed a special toilet in Assad's hotel room that led not to a pipe but to a specimen canister. Assad suffered from diabetes and cancer and the operation was designed to discover the actual medical condition of the ailing leader."

Clashfan's picture

I'm sure that they could learn a lot. What kinds of kids he had eaten, what kind of blood he had been drinking? Maybe what kind of drugs he had been on? Something special about his DNA? This is a bizarre world.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Exactly. I'll freeze a massive taco shit and hurl it through their living room window.

Seize Mars's picture

Fuck Master Fuck.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'm giving them the finger right now.

akak's picture

They can have my fingerprints when they pry them from my cold dead hands.


EDIT: Oops, sorry Jumbotron!  You beat me to this line by four minutes.

A Lunatic's picture

I'm sure they won't mind prying them from both of you.......

LetThemEatRand's picture

You should both give each other a high four.

Jumbotron's picture

<Chuckle>  Why don't we raise a glass to Charlton Heston......with our four fingers.

Jumbotron's picture

Doesn't matter whether you believe or not.......but the "mark of the beast" passage in Revelation is looking more likely day by day.

Eternal Complainer's picture

Soon it will be the norm for everything.

FreeMktFisherMN's picture

Only those who have believed on the Lord and are eternally secure in their salvation from eternal damnation will be able to resist the mark of the beast. 

Only believing on the Lord saves a person. No works can be added. Salvation is a gift from God, as He gave Himself to die on the cross that we might be re-united with Him and not have to pay the wages of sin: death. 

Peter Pan's picture

The beast has all of us well and truly in his embrace through debt, wars on the innocent, sickly conumption, loss of privacy, lack of morality, godless leaders and pornography. The fingerprint is just another nail in our coffin.

fonzannoon's picture

"Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good . . . Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”

 - Pope Francis

Nice to see the Church coming around.

kito's picture

Not sure I agree fully fonz. There are some whackadoodles whose idea of fighting evil arent necessarily good for mankind. Francis' words open to the door for extremists to justify their actions, especially violent ones. Judeo Christian blueprints at least provide basic 101 on how to treat others. I think the popes words are dangerous

Simplifiedfrisbee's picture

Kito, your comment reminded me of a conversation I had over the weekend. Hitler and Jesus Christ were compared and connected based on my use of two words: reality and truth. How that person correlated the two is dangerous. I believe inaction is a pretense to danger. Fighting evil as the government sponsors is evil. Fighting against temptation is not dangerous. Neither is it dangerous fighting against the false self known as the ego. Yet, those two are extremely evil. Evil is not living in a foreign nation waiting to invade us. It has already invaded the minds of billions and attempting to slowly deactivate the truth within.

Acet's picture

There are no evil people, there are only great excuses.

In their own minds nobody is evil or does evil, they're just "defending themselves/their-family/their-country" or "getting them 'cause they're after us" or "retrieving what's rightfully ours" or even "we're saving them from themselves".

And this is nothing new. Why do you think that to make a country do evil things (as America has done) politicians will use the "they're against us" dialetics (such as "they hate us for our freedoms") or the "it's to save them" one (such as "free them from oppression")?