Survey: contactless P2P payments increase adoption of digital euro

Tuesday 5 April 2022 13:28 CET | News

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) research has explained that the ability to make instant payments, including P2P, is a priority for a digital euro.

Participants in the research identified the ability to make such payments from a digital wallet that could be used ‘regardless of the platform or device used by the payers and payees’ as being ‘even more appealing’ and support for biometric authentication of digital payments as ‘highly desirable’.

The ECB’s Study on New Digital Payment Methods also shows that consumers believe that any new digital payment method, such as a digital euro, should be universally accepted across the euro area ‘regardless of the size of the purchase’, be available as a one-stop solution that gives access to a range of payment options on a single device, and be easy to use, secure, reliable, and fast.

Participants also wanted the option of confirming and giving permission before payment, but opinions differed as to how this should happen. Some participants mentioned a PIN or one-time password (OTP), while others would prefer biometric confirmation, such as face or fingerprint recognition. In general, the younger the respondent, the less likely was the preference for a PIN or other less convenient verification methods.

However, most disliked the idea of multilevel authentication as it was deemed a burdensome procedure for users to switch from the app to a text and so on. The use of PIN codes for authentication was viewed as dated and cumbersome, and QR code-based authentication also had little appeal. There was a general consensus that authentication methods should vary by amounts. 

The 128-page paper also contains more detailed information on the findings in each of the 19 euro area countries where the research was conducted with consumers, merchants, people with knowledge of technology, and those with limited access to banking services or the internet between October and December 2021.

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Keywords: European Commission, digital euro, biometric authentication, multi-factor authentication
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Companies: European Central Bank
Countries: Europe
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