Mainland UnionPay Cards Forced To Use Macau ‘Big Brother’ ATMs

The Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM) has instructed ATM operators to refuse cash withdrawal services to China UnionPay (CUP) customers from mainland China if their ATMs do not allow face-recognition verification.

UnionPay cash card holders from the mainland must now undergo "Big Brother"-style facial verification when withdrawing cash from ATMs to “protect the legal interests of financial institutions and … cardholders”, the AMCM said in a statement on Monday.

From today, “ATMs without ‘know-your-customer (KYC)’ techniques installed [should] suspend cash withdrawals services for Mainland CUP cards,” the statement said.

“Relevant services will be resumed as soon as the KYC function is installed.

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