Plastic surveillance: Payment cards and the history of transactional data, 1888 to present

  title={Plastic surveillance: Payment cards and the history of transactional data, 1888 to present},
  author={Josh Lauer},
  journal={Big Data \& Society},
  • Josh Lauer
  • Published 1 January 2020
  • Economics
  • Big Data & Society
Modern payment cards encompass a bewildering array of consumer technologies, from credit and debit cards to stored-value and loyalty cards. But what unites all of these financial media is their connection to recordkeeping systems. Each swipe sends data hurtling through invisible infrastructures to verify accounts, record purchase details, exchange funds, and update balances. With payment cards, banks and merchants have been able to amass vast archives of transactional data. This information is… 

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