Amazon palm scanning payments get to Austin, Texas

Privacy questions are being raised.

In Austin, Texas, Whole Foods buyers can now pay using their palm. The pay-by-palm service is usually enabled by the  Amazon One   devices, which link the user’s palm signature for their debit or credit card.

“ Amazon . com One is all about making daily activities, like paying at a store, easier and more easy for customers, ” an Amazon . com representative said. “ We built Amazon One to provide a quick, reliable, and secure way for people to identify them selves or authorize a transaction while moving seamlessly via their day. ”

Paying using the pay-by-palm device takes about a second. While it is convenient, the technology raises privacy issues.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jon Ossof (D-GA), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA)  sent the letter to Amazon questioning the company’s data collection by means of Amazon One.

“ Amazon’s development of biometric data selection through Amazon One boosts serious questions about Amazon’s plans for this data and its respect for user privacy, including about how Amazon may use the data for advertising and monitoring purposes, ” they published.

While unveiling the technology in 2020, Amazon said: “ Amazon . com One device is secured by multiple security regulates. ”

“ The images are encrypted and sent to a highly safe area we custom-built intended for Amazon One in the cloud where we create your palm signature. ”

Austin is the second town, after Seattle, where Amazon . com One is available. The technologies is available at nine Whole Foods stores in Seattle.

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