War on Cash: Japan testing fingerprints as ‘currency’

From SM Gibson at ANTIMEDIA:

Over the course of the upcoming summer months, the Japanese government will begin testing a new authentication system that will allow foreign tourists entering the Pacific nation to verify their identities using only the user’s fingerprint.

Travelers will register their fingerprints and provide an array of personal data about themselves — including credit card information — at airports upon arrival on the islands.

Once signed up, participants will be allowed to make purchases and conduct tax-exempt transactions by simply pressing two fingers gently against a device, which will be installed at various retail outlets. The technology will also allow foreign tourists to avoid previously mandatory requirements that they produce a passport while checking into ryokans (inns) or hotels. Instead, travelers will only need to produce their fingers.

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games only four years away, the Japanese government believes the system…

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