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Individuals should be in control of their contactless payments


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Emma Revell writes for The Telegraph

Emma Revell, IEA Head of Public Affairs, has written an op-ed for The Telegraph arguing that the individual, not the state or banks, should be in control of their personal finances when it comes to contactless payments.

In the Spring Budget, Rishi Sunak announcement that the limit for contactless payments will rise from £45 to £100. Emma Revell argued that although advocates may be right that contactless payment is safer than cash, contactless cards can be spent once stolen and “people should still be offered the opportunity to opt out of the risk should they wish to do so”.

Ultimately, the consumer should be able to decide whether they want to take the risk of a higher contactless payment allowance, “Banks should be encouraged to offer lower limits or no contactless cards if account holders prefer it so that everyone is able to protect their money”.

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