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Friday, March 21, 2008

Pay-by-Touch Bankrupt

Pay-By-Touch has filed for Bankruptcy, closing all their operations. Their system was one of the best known commercial applications of biometric payment verification. In their case using fingerprints as the biometric. Biggs, Jewel-Osco and Albertsons are well-known retailers that have used their systems since 2006. I participated in one of their tests and was impressed by it's overall reliability. The fact that fingerprints are often associated with law enforcement and privacy issues related to fingerprint data were often brought up. When questioned, very few shoppers had concerns about these issues. I also know of no data losses encurred by PBT. An unfortunate step backward for improved payment verification via biometrics.

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