There are several worries about what would be a costly exercise for the banks or their customers. Over half of customers are unwilling to pay the extra costs involved, according to a poll commissioned by Reader's Digest from Mori, an attitude that makes most of the banks particularly reluctant to adopt the scheme.
The pilot project requires volunteers, and they may well be more careful and thoughtful people than the average cardholder.
As the photographs are a novelty, they may also attract more care and attention from users and retailers. If millions come into use, current slapdash standards of signature verification may well spread to cards with photographs, so the higher security may not be all that it is claimed to be, once it becomes a national system.
There may also be other technically more attractive and enduring answers using computer technology to make smart cards that contain personal information - not just personal identification numbers - to verify ownership. That kind of technology can be developed as bank computer systems improve, which is not true of photographs. By all means carry on with the experiments, but it may be wrong to opt too quickly for photos.Reuse content