posted on May, 28 2011 @ 02:00 AM
Coming soon: make your phone your wallet
Google releases another tool to make our lives even more convenient, but will people prefer to keep increased privacy?
First, anyone who uses a credit card is already leaving an electronic trail, so this seems like a small jump to just have them on a phone instead. But
then consider that we use phones to make calls too. Would you like your credit card to be able to know what calls you were making? A phone that links
the two (and more) would be a leap worth considering.
The deal breaker for me would be those "loyalty cards" and "special offers"/ coupons. Loyalty cards are discrete tracking tools used to analyze
our buying habits. (A bit of a workaround is to "lose" yours every so often then start over.) They help stores know what people are buying, in what
quantities, in what combinations, when, and in what combinations.
While I use credit cards for most purchases, I would say no to having them on my phone.