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Paying Through the Palm of Your Hands: Are we ready for a Cashless Society?

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Using the Palm of Your Hands when Paying

Famous Tech Company Amazon launches Amazon One as another vein of the widely used biometric technology that uses a person’s palm signature to enter its store and pay for its items. Shoppers will first connect their palm to a stored credit card, then place it over a scanning device, and then it is good to go. Imagine holding invisible money and using it to pay for your groceries.

Amazon’s Cashless Stores

It was a model Amazon has been putting into test before. A speedy shopping trip in their “Just Walk Out” stores is what they wanted their customers to experience. Amazon’s cashier-less stores allow customers to enter the shop by scanning an app and leaving without queuing for a line. Sensors and cameras serve as digital cashiers tracking the customers’ items and then charging them when they leave. It is no honesty store, to be precise.

On Privacy and Hacking

Way back 2013, hackers allegedly broke the Apple Touch ID fingerprint technology. They photographed a fingerprint that was left on a glass surface and then created a fake finger. Despite the claim, Apple said that its ID system is secured. If undesirable entities gained access to your palm print and by whatever means created a fake version of your palm, the damage could range from them going into as petty as a shopping spree up to as severe as getting access to your data.

With the growing concerns about data privacy, Amazon ensured that the technology is highly secured. According to the company, the images of palms captured is in the Amazon One’s device’s cloud, custom-built for this kind of safe security keeping instead of storing them. They explained that palm-scanning technology is considered more private than its contemporaries, including eye-scanning and facial recognition. 

Digital Transactions during Pandemic

Amazon already opened this technology for sale March this year to other retailers, which might be interested in going cashless. Now that this pandemic paved the way for cashless and digital payment transactions, this could be one big selling point for the company as everyone prepares for the new normal. By going cashless, there will be no person handing over physical money to another person, facilitating virus transmission. Cashierless stores would mean fewer people to either carry the virus or be a victim otherwise.

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