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Re: Apple's fingerprint sensor may be the biggest leap forward in payments since the credit card

From: David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:46:29 -0400
Message-Id: <9180EC64-178B-4B86-B326-BE0FDF288B2F@3roundstones.com>
Cc: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
To: Scott Elcomb <psema4@gmail.com>
Hi Scott,

For what it is worth, I agree with you.  The concept of biometric deployment by a major vendor for the purposes of payment seems on topic.


On Sep 10, 2013, at 21:55, Scott Elcomb <psema4@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 7:55 PM, David Wood <david@3roundstones.com> wrote:
>> Apple's fingerprint sensor may be the biggest leap forward in payments since
>> the credit card
>> http://peternixey.com/post/60868649096/apples-fingerprint-sensor-may-be-the-biggest-leap
> (I hope you'll forgive this, my personal opinion; it's something I
> feel rather strongly about. If such comments are not in keeping with
> list guidelines I'll beg your further forgiveness and not do so
> again.)
> There's a certain appeal to the convenience - I'll grant you that but
> I just cannot see myself ever using biometrics for payments. Unless,
> perhaps, it were a matter of life and death (ie. there was no other
> choice).  Even then it would be a decision I'd likely struggle with.
> Biometrics are not foolproof (despite the marketing) and are the
> antithesis of anonymity.  While I choose not to be anonymous online,
> it is just that: a choice*. And I reserve the Right to change my mind
> at any given point in the future.
> Additionally, what happens when the encryption protecting that
> biometric information is broken? (Anyone who says it can't be broken
> is selling something ;-)
> Best Regards,
> - Scott
> * I'm open to discuss the topic with most anyone; might be best
> off-list to avoid further noise though.
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