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ATMs might start reading your veins for security

I've told you before how skimmers make it dicey to use an ATM. In fact, ATMs are one of the four riskiest places to swipe your debit card.

Now, an experiment in Poland could take all that risk away - and it doesn't even use fingerprints to do it.

A new high-tech ATM being tested will let users withdraw money by pressing their finger on an infrared reader that identifies users by vein patterns.

A person's finger effectively becomes the "chip" on a conventional bank card, as the infra-red device reads the unique vein pattern just below the skin surface of a finger or the back of a hand.

Japan has been using the technology for awhile, it turns out. Some banks there use the scans as security for safety deposit boxes.

Hitachi Europe, which is behind the Polish ATMs, stressed that it is not about reading fingerprints. "Near-infra-red light is transmitted through the finger and partially absorbed by haemoglobin in the veins to capture a unique finger vein pattern profile, which is then matched with a pre-registered profile to verify individual identity," it says.

So what do you think? Is this a win for stronger security, or is it a loss because of the creepiness factor? Let me know what you think below.

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Source: The Guardian
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