Will the CDS make banknotes secure?

Banknote security is accomplished through the layering of complementary security features, together with the public’s examination of visible security features. The issuing authority in each country has a program for counterfeit deterrence and is responsible for determining the suite of security features most appropriate for their banknotes. The CDS is one of the layers of protection that issuing authorities can use to deter digital counterfeiting.

Why is the CDS needed?

Although the use of personal computers and digital imaging tools to counterfeit currency varies from country to country, advances in technology make counterfeiting easier than in the past. While overall levels of counterfeit currency remain low, the CBCDG works both to deter the use of digital technology to counterfeit currency and to protect the security of currency.

Does the CDS allow authorities to invade consumers’ privacy?

No. The CDS was developed solely to prevent personal computers and digital imaging tools from making unauthorized reproductions of banknotes. The CDS does not track the use of personal computers or digital imaging tools. Independent third-party testing has been conducted on the CDS and confirms that the CDS does not affect individual privacy in any way.

What is the CDS?

The counterfeit deterrence system (CDS) consists of anti-counterfeiting technologies that prevent personal computers and digital imaging tools from capturing or reproducing the image of a protected banknote. It prevents the unauthorized reproduction of banknotes and protects individuals and businesses from the losses they incur by accepting counterfeit currency.