AMAZON is offering US customers $10 for a scan of their palm prints.
The scan would be used as a way for customers to pay in select Amazon stores and Whole Foods stores.
Some stores in the US already have these Amazon palm print scanners that can essentially turn your hand into a debit card.
Palm scanning is an optional payment method.
However, Amazon seems keen for people to sign up at its stores.
Shoppers can do so at a checkout or special kiosk.
Their palm print can then be connected to their Amazon account.
Amazon is looking for eligible customers to join and will reportedly offer a $10 incentive.
The $10 can only be spent at Amazon though.
The palm prints are reportedly safely stored indefinitely unless you want it deleted or don’t use it as a payment method for two years.
It may seem like an easy way to never accidentally forget your wallet again but some cyber experts aren’t as impressed.
Albert Fox Cahn, the executive director of the New York-based Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, told Tech Crunch: “The dystopian future of science fiction is now. It’s horrifying that Amazon is asking people to sell their bodies, but it’s even worse that people are doing it for such a low price.
“Biometric data is one of the only ways that companies and governments can track us permanently.
“You can change your name, you can change your Social Security number, but you can’t change your palm print.
“The more we normalize these tactics, the harder they will be to escape. If we don’t [draw a] line in the sand here, I am very fearful what our future will look like.”
We have reached out to Amazon for comment.
In other news, Samsung has teased a glimpse of the design for its highly anticipated Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphone.
The next iPhone will come in a new pink colour and start at just under £800, according to recent rumours.
And, Apple has paid millions of dollars to a woman whose explicit videos and images were shared online by people repairing her iPhone.
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