Friday, July 15, 2005

I'm Going to Disney World!!! To Get Fingerprinted!!

I've said it before - biometrics is the future.

All people entering Walt Disney World in Florida must now get electronically fingerprinted in order to get in.

People place their middle and index fingers onto a machine that records the information.

It's a security measure designed to prevent people from getting into the park without a legitimate ticket. They've already been doing for people with annual passes for years. Linking fingerprints to the person is the natural way to do this. The machine creates a unique code using a person's fingerprint. More and more businesses and government facilities will do this in the future.

Privacy advocates are troubled, of course, but they can't stop it. "Slowly but surely we're just giving away our right of privacy, and the question is what are we getting in return?" said Larry Spalding, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Here's an interesting question: Disney officials claim that, if a crime were to occur inside a park, police would not be able to use the images to match a fingerprint to a person. Why? Because the numerical values -- not fingerprints -- are saved in Disney's system.

But couldn't the "numerical values" be recreated just by having a suspect place his fingers onto the Disney machine?

Even if the answer is "yes," it still is possible that the numerical values, and thus, the identity of the person, could not be receated using a fingerprint lifted from a crime scene. I'm not enough of an expert to know.

2 Comments:

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11:46 AM  
Blogger Admin said...

Wow, what a great site. I will bookmark this site and return often. It's nice to see sites like this.

Please visit my website and let me know what you think. Disney World

11:25 PM  

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