Big Oil wants your biometric details

Uh huh, this sounds like a great idea. The corporate world has done such a fantastic job of protecting consumer personal privacy, so now they want to take it to the next level. Whether it’s losing data due to incompetence or handing over data to the government without following proper legal methods, this is such a terrible idea in every way. Add “Big Oil” to the mix and you have an even worse situation.

Ten Shell gas stations in the Windy City are testing biometric systems that let consumers walk up to the pump, scan their fingertips on a device and fill up their vehicles. The systems, also installed at Shell convenience stores, are directly linked to customers’ checking or credit-card accounts for payment.

“When we talk to customers, they’re always looking for ways to make buying gasoline quicker and easier, and always looking for ways to make their transactions faster and more secure,” said Chris Susse, Shell’s manager of global refueling innovations.


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