Give Amazon your palm print and receive $10 in credit

jsilva

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Through the looking glass: Have you ever thought of selling your biometrics to a tech company? Well, now you can, as Amazon will be giving $10 for those who scan their palm in one of the company's checkout-free stores and link it to your Amazon account.

When Amazon One launched in September 2020, only two Amazon Go stores in Seattle were using this technology. Since then, the tech giant has expanded its contactless technology to multiple Amazon Go, Go Grocery, Books, 4-star, Whole Foods Market and Pop Up stores in Seattle. Now that Amazon has many stores supporting the palm-reading technology, the company will promote its use, offering $10 to customers that add their palm print data into their accounts.

Just like you can use your phone to make contact-less payments, this goes a step further so you can confirm your identity and sign in at a store without any device whatsoever. According to Amazon, the palm scanning hardware "captures the minute characteristics of your palm -- both surface-area details like lines and ridges as well as subcutaneous features such as vein patterns -- to create your palm signature," this is then stored in the cloud and associated to your Amazon account.

If you're interested in adding your palm print to your account, go to one of participating Amazon stores, sign up at checkout and follow the instructions to login into your Amazon account or create a new one. You will then receive an email to claim your $10 Amazon credit.

Considering how Amazon One works, it raises some questions about how Amazon will use the data and how secure it is. Amazon already knows what you buy, how much you spend, and targets ads, recommendations, and promotions based on that data, but the company claims your palm is private, and you'll only use it when you want to.

As for how long they will keep the data, Amazon states it stores it for "as long as you use Amazon One," so if you decide to cancel your Amazon One ID, your palm data is deleted, but only after completing any pending transaction. Moreover, if you don't use your palm signature for over two years, it will be automatically deleted. It will be up to customers to accept or reject Amazon's offer, and if this becomes a widely adopted authentication method or not.

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Ean Mogg

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I've always said why use a card for ID or to pay for products as you have the best ID on you, especially if the technology uses advanced palm read technology which reads blood vessels and fingerprints all at the same time, so can't be copied yet..
 

psycros

Posts: 3,613   +4,459
I've always said why use a card for ID or to pay for products as you have the best ID on you, especially if the technology uses advanced palm read technology which reads blood vessels and fingerprints all at the same time, so can't be copied yet..

Once that biometric data is scanned it can be used at will by anyone who has it. You can be framed for anything and if the files containing that data are stolen your identity goes with them. Same goes for fingerprints, retinal scans and DNA. Only a crazy person would give that up willingly.
 

Ludak021

Posts: 546   +394
I've always said why use a card for ID or to pay for products as you have the best ID on you, especially if the technology uses advanced palm read technology which reads blood vessels and fingerprints all at the same time, so can't be copied yet..

I burnt my index finger and could not unlock my phone that way any longer. "Best" you say? ;)

 

TheBigFatClown

Posts: 968   +393
Theres a vending machine that already let's you buy food and add money to an account with your thumbprint. People love the convenience. I dont want to do this though.
Point being, people will do this for free already just for the convenience so if those saps knew about this they would definitely take advantage also. For the free credit.
 

hahahanoobs

Posts: 3,704   +1,778
Before we even get to the security concerns, I'll avoid putting my open hand in the exact spot 1000 other people's hand has been for as long as I possibly can. Thumb or finger maaaaaaybe, but open hand no. Gross. People are nasty.
 

Ravey

Posts: 321   +138
Hmmm I need more incentive, Like free Amazon Prime for life for me and all my family and friends and free delivery and at least 50% off all items bought on Amazon :)

 

Markoni35

Posts: 1,290   +518
$10. That's kinda cheap. Amazon, why don't you send me a hooker and she can collect samples from me entire day. Week!
 

Ludak021

Posts: 546   +394
It's not cheap, it's $150!
PS. I expect it to work properly if it's already put on the device. If not, they shouldn't have included it. And it's almost 6 years newer.