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

From: Jason Grant <jason@flexewebs.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:03:14 +0100
Message-ID: <CAAneVVV4x-H=F7jpQbDGO5qmB+zeDXOcFKjt+BE4kYer-mxGHQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>
Cc: Scott Elcomb <psema4@gmail.com>, Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
Two points:

1. I doubt people are going to en-masse be flocking to using bio-metrics
for payment. Having worked with American Express Innovation Labs for 9
months and looked at every form of payment under the Sun, this is not the
issue with modern day payment methods.

2. Scott, it is not possible to choose to be anonymous online. If you think
it is, you are majorly misinformed/uninformed.

Have a very nice day people. These are very exciting times we live in.


On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM, David Wood <david@3roundstones.com> wrote:

> 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.
>
> Regards,
> Dave
> --
> http://about.me/david_wood
>
>
> 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.
> >
> > --
> >  Scott Elcomb
> >  @psema4 on Twitter / Identi.ca / Github & more
> >
> >  Atomic OS: Self Contained Microsystems
> >  http://code.google.com/p/atomos/
> >
> >  Member of the Pirate Party of Canada
> >  http://www.pirateparty.ca/
> >
>
>


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