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A woman using a contactless payment microchip implant
Patrick Paumen causes a stir whenever he pays for something in a shop or restaurant.
This is because the 37-year-old doesn’t need to use a bank card or his mobile phone to pay. Instead, he simply places his left hand near the contactless card reader, and the payment goes through.
“The reactions I get from cashiers are priceless!” says Mr Paumen, a security guard from the Netherlands.
He is able to pay using his hand because back in 2019 he had a contactless payment microchip injected under his skin.

For many of us, the idea of having such a chip implanted in our body is an appalling one, but a 2021 survey of more than 4,000 people across the UK and the European Union found that 51% would consider it. However, without giving a percentage figure, the report added that “invasiveness and security issues remained a major concern” for respondents.

Source: BBC Business

Date: April 19th, 2022

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61008730

Discussion

  1. Why is it a good idea to have a contactless payment card embedded in your hand? And why not?
  2. What are some of the possible “invasiveness and security issues”?

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