Whole Foods Quietly Asks for Your Palm Print

All Whole Foods stores will allow shoppers to pay with a wave of the hand, but should you give biometric data to Amazon?

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No phone, no card, no problem! All Whole Foods stores will accept a palm-based biometric payment technology by the end of the year, Amazon announced on Thursday. To use the payment method, called Amazon One, shoppers will simply hover their hand over a scanner near check-out. Amazon intends to market the technology for widespread use by retailers, ticketing agencies, office security providers and others, so this convenience is poised to grow. But before you give Amazon full access to the unique biometric identifiers held in your palm, think carefully about the price of that convenience.

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Ellen Kennedy
Personal Finance Editor, Kiplinger.com

Ellen writes and edits personal finance stories, especially on credit cards and related products. She also covers the nexus between sustainability and personal finance. She was a manager and sustainability analyst at Calvert Investments for 15 years, focusing on climate change and consumer staples. She served on the sustainability councils of several Fortune 500 companies and led corporate engagements. Before joining Calvert, Ellen was a program officer for Winrock International, managing loans to alternative energy projects in Latin America. She earned a master’s from the U.C. Berkeley in international relations and Latin America.