PayPal Wants Your Next Password to be a Stomach Implant

By Tom Pritchard on at

We're always hearing about new innovative tech that will eventually help kill off the password, and now PayPal getting in on theat action. It's supposedly working on identification devices that are designed to be ingested, injected, and embedded into the human body.

Jonathan LeBlanc, PayPal's head of developer evangelism, claims that these devices could emerge as brain implants, wafer-thin chips that live under the skin, or devices that use batteries powered by stomach acid.

The point of the devices is to allow 'natural body identification' by monitoring internal body functions like heartbeat, blood glucose, and vein patterns. The hope is that the tech would replace passwords, and more advanced identity verification like fingerprint scanning. The latter of which, LeBlanc claims, is unreliable. He said:

"As long as passwords remain the standard methods for identifying your users on the web, people will still continue to use 'letmein' or 'password123' for their secure login, and will continue to be shocked when their accounts become compromised,"

PayPal is already working with partners to help develop the tech, but apparently this doesn't necessarily mean it's thinking of adopting them. Rather the hope is that it will position itself as a "thought leader".

PayPal has been in touch and offers the following statement:

We have no plans to develop injectable or edible verification systems.  It's clear that passwords as we know them will evolve and we aim to be at the forefront of those developments. We were a founding member of the FIDO alliance, and the first to implement fingerprint payments with Samsung.

New PayPal-driven innovations such as one touch payments make it even easier to remove the friction from shopping. We’re always innovating to make life easier and payments safer for our customers no matter what device or operating system they are using.

Beyond that, if it were a thing, would anyone here want such an implant stuck into their brain? [Wall Street Journal via The Telegraph]

Featured image: Jonathan LeBlanc via The Telegraph