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BRI seeks OJK approval to apply biometric security system

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 19, 2018   /   05:50 pm
BRI seeks OJK approval to apply biometric security system Police officers guard BRI ATMs on a university campus in Jember, East Java, in this undated photo. (tempo.co/Fully Syafi)

State-owned lender PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) will introduce a biometric security system to improve security measures for its customers' access, following dozens of reports of lost funds in Kediri, East Java.

“With the biometric technology, the security is much better. It is to prevent trial and error by criminals,” said BRI digital banking and information technology director Indra Utoyo during a media gathering over the weekend as reported by kontan.co.id

He said the company would seek approval from the Financial Services Authority (OJK) before implementing the biometric security system, which would scan the customers' fingerprints or retinas.

He said the biometric system had already been in place in a number of smartphones, but BRI needed certain standardizations to apply it as its security system.

He called on customers not to allow other people to obtain their personal data as it could become an entry point for criminals to carry out their crimes.

Police have arrested a number of people, mostly foreigners, who were accused of stealing money from BRI customers through skimming. The lender said it had spent Rp 145 million (US$10,541) to reimburse its customers' lost funds. (bbn)