Amazon One lets customers scan the palms of their palms and join that to bank cards or Amazon accounts, however privateness consultants warn such biometric information might be hacked and stolen.
Amazon is rolling out pay-by-palm technology at some Whole Foods grocery stores close to its United States headquarters to make paying faster and extra handy.
The technology, referred to as Amazon One, lets customers scan the palms of their palms and join that to bank cards or Amazon accounts. After the preliminary setup, which Amazon says takes lower than a minute, customers can scan their palms at the register to pay for groceries with out having to open their wallets.
Amazon first launched the technology late final yr and at the time stated it might be used at stadiums, workplace buildings and different retailers. So far, Amazon hasn’t introduced any takers. It has been put into use in a number of of its cashier-less stores and Amazon stated it has signed up 1000’s of customers, however didn’t present a selected quantity.
Privacy consultants have warned in opposition to the use by corporations of biometric information, corresponding to face or palm scans, due to the chance of it being hacked and stolen. Amazon stated it retains the palm photos in a safe a part of its cloud and doesn’t retailer the data on the Amazon One machine. The firm stated customers also can ask for his or her data to be deleted at any time.
A Whole Foods retailer in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle, Washington began utilizing the technology on Wednesday. Seven further Whole Foods areas within the space could have it put in within the coming months. Amazon declined to say if or when different areas would possibly get it. There are about 500 Whole Foods stores throughout the US.