Amazon offers $10 for your palm print to improve their biometric scanners

Giant corporations love data. Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Google really like to take your data for undisclosed reasons. However, Amazon's latest data gathering technique is even weirder than others.

Reported by TechCrunch, the delivery company is trying to persuade customers into giving them their palm prints. However, Amazon isn't telling participants how they can claim the reward for giving them their data.

Amazon One wants your hands

Amazon is currently in the middle of expanding its biometric scanning technology across the United States. In order to make sure the scanning technology is efficient throughout the US, the company is looking for willing participants to sell them data.

The company is offering willing participants $10 in Amazon Credit for their palm print. Those who wish to participate must go to a One Venue and sign up on the machines. Currently, the service is available at AmazonGo stores and a few other locations.

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Palm scanning technology is planned to be one of the company's next big things. The tech is planned to be used for users signing into live venues for concerts and buying groceries at everyday stores. But what does it do?

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The data it collects

Those who use their palm print to pay for content will be giving Amazon a much greater insight into their everyday lives. Once the technology is spread to more businesses, every purchase made on the palm scanners will be seen by Amazon.

This gives the company more data than ever before. Shopping history from more than the company's website will be used to further target ads and push sales recommendations towards you. Of course, this all depends on whether or not the technology becomes mainstream. Thankfully, the company will give you the option to delete your palm print data from your account.

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Dystopian Payments

In the TechCrunch report, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, Albert Cahn, explained the dangers of the tech. Cahn explained that the introduction of this technology is just one step closer to a sci-fi dystopia.

He said:

“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.”
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