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Young Britons want to be chipped?

Could anyone be in so much of a hurry to consume that they would want to have a chip installed subcutaneously in their body in order to make check out so much more convenient? Apparently, if we're to believe an industry-conducted survey, the youth of Britain have been so cowed that they would accept this:
Some customers are willing to have microchip implants as a means of paying in stores, a report out today says.

Teenagers are more open to the idea of having a high-tech shopping experience, the Tomorrow's Shopping World report suggests.

Around 8 per cent of 13 to 19-year-olds were open to the idea of microchip implants while 16 per cent wanted trolleys to be fitted with SatNav systems.

This compared to just 5 per cent and 12 per cent respectively for adults asked the same questions. Two thirds of teenagers and 62 per cent of adults questioned for grocery think tank IGD's report wanted self-scanning systems at shop check-outs.

Some 7 per cent of people in both age groups were willing to use biometric iris or retina recognition payment systems...
As discussed elsewhere in this category, several schools in the U.S. and England use similar schemes for mundane tasks such as paying for lunches. While promoters and useful idiots discuss how convenient it is, or how it's for safety, the bottom line is to obtain control and to make money. And, since those who are now adults would tend to resist such invasions of privacy, they're willing to get children used to the idea so that, as shown by this study, they'll go along with it as they get older.

Other tags: biometrics

Privacy · Wed, 10/11/2006 - 13:58 · Importance: 1