Selfies needed by July 12 to use Grab


PETALING JAYA (June 8): E-hailing users will soon have to submit selfies to ride on the cars of Grab. The company is making it “mandatory” by July 12 for passengers to provide selfies for security reasons, reported The Star today.

“We have introduced passenger verification via selfie as part of our efforts to build a safer platform for you and our driver-partners.

“The selfie is for identity verification, safety and may be used to assist the authorities when required,” Grab announced on its website.

Grab also added that passengers’ personal information are secure and will not be shared with its drivers and merchants, reported the daily.

Passengers may be asked to submit another selfie to verify their identity “when needed”.

The selfie “feature” is part of Grab’s facial recognition technology that was announced by Transport Minister Anthony Loke about two months ago.

Grab said that its “technology has already helped” in the arrest of two suspects in the robbery and murder of driver Mohd Hanafiee Jaafar in Tuaran, Sabah.

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