Sunday, May 26, 2024

2024 & The Inevitable Rise Of Biometrics

 From Zero Hedge:

Apple Pay already lets you pay with a face scan, while Amazon have introduced pay-by-palm in many of their real-world stores. VISA showcased their latest palm biometric payment set-up at an event in Singapore earlier this year. As we covered in a recent This Week, PayPal is pushing out its own biometric payment systems in the name of “preventing fraud”.

As always, this is not just an issue in “the West”. Chinese companies have been leading this race for a while, with AliPay having biometric payment options since 2015. Moscow’s Metro system has been using facial recognition cameras for biometric payments for over a year.

And it’s not just payments, “replacing the password with the person” has already spread to other areas. Hoping to corral support for biometrics from the right, national governments are collecting biometrics to “curb illegal immigration”. You can expect that to spread. The European Union will be implementing a new Biometric Entry-Exit System (EES) as soon as October of this year.

Biometric signing is on the rise too. Laptops tablets and smartphones already come with face-reading and fingerprint scanning technology to confirm your identity. Social media companies have been collecting biometric data “for security and identification purposes” for years.

Google Play launched a new biometric accessibility feature only a couple of weeks ago. It’s all just so convenient, isn’t it? So much faster than e-mailing security codes and solving increasingly impossible captchas (both of which have unaccountably got harder and more complicated recently, and will doubtless continue to do so).

That’s how they get you: Convenience. They won’t ever remove the “old-fashioned” ways of accessing your accounts, but it will get increasingly slow and difficult to use while biometrics get faster and easier. (Read more.)


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