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Contactless payments: ‘our every economic interaction ends up logged in databases for analysis.’ Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images. weden leads the world in cashlessness. In doing so it also leads the world in opening its citizens up to fine-grained financial surveillance. “Cashless society” is a euphemism for a “bank payments society”, in which every transaction must be passed through a complex of banks, card companies, phone providers and payments apps. In granting financial corporations complete control over the money system, our every economic interaction ends up logged in their databases for analysis. Sweden may end up being the first society in which every private economic action is recorded. Full story

13 September