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Dutch payment by fingerprint initiative stopped

Tuesday 17 March 2009 | 07:37 PM CET

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn has decided not to follow up on a trial with payment via fingerprint. The trial was conducted in an Albert Heijn branch in the town of Breukelen, near Amsterdam, where 580 participants were able to pay for their daily groceries using their finger print instead of cash or debit cards.

The trial, which lasted 6 months, was the first of its kind in the Netherlands, where more than half of all supermarket transactions are completed using a debit card. During the first weeks of the trial, experts already pointed out a number of security issues arising from the use of the fingerprint payment method. A security expert managed to pay using someone else’s finger print.

Albert Heijn has currently decided not to follow up on the trial, citing ‘security issues and vulnerability to fraud’. The participants however were enthusiastic about the payment method and applauded the fact that they could complete their purchases without needing their debit cards, cash or loyalty cards.
 

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