Published: September 3, 2006 at 7:38 AM
Again, blinders. This, for me isnt about the issue of people stealing tickets, I want them to find a way to do it. I just dont want to submit my fingerprint to do it. And for the record, I have been a disney AP holder for years...Dont have the fingerprint scan, just the stick your fingers in that takes a general scan, not a direct print. If the system doesnt take a direct reading of your print, then its not a bad idea, but the way it sounds they take a direct print which then CAN BE compared to the FBI database...the same technology used just to make sure you dont have a faulty ticket. I see that as a bit excessive. Again, I wont be part of it...and if any other park did it, you all would be all in arms, but because its for "poor old disney" trying to keep people from taking tickets, then well by golly its alright. Sorry if I see it as a bad idea.
And I add this from an article:
“The lack of transparency has always been a problem,” said Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, who added that Disney's use of technology "fails a proportionality test" by requiring too much personal information for theme park access.
"What they're doing is taking a technology that was used to control access to high-level security venues and they're applying it to controlling access to a theme park," Coney said.
"It's impossible for them to convince me that all they are getting is the fact that that person is the ticket-holder," said George Crossley, president of the Central Florida ACLU.
But Disney's Prunty downplayed privacy issues, saying the scanned information is stored "independent of all of our other systems," and "the system purges it 30 days after the ticket expires or is fully utilized." Visitors who object to the readers can provide photo identification instead – although the option is not advertised at the park entrance.
Scanning fingerprint information isn't new to private businesses or the government, which scans fingerprints of visitors entering the country.
But surprisingly, after the Sept. 11 attacks the federal government sought out Disney’s advice in intelligence, security and biometrics, a tool that teaches computers to recognize and identify individuals based on their unique characteristics.
The federal government may have wanted Disney's expertise because Walt Disney World is responsible for the nation's largest single commercial application of biometrics, said Jim Wayman, director of the National Biometric Test Center at San Jose State University.
"The government was very aware of what Disney was doing," he said. "Everybody's interested in a successful project."
Industry insiders say Disney has expressed interest in an even more advanced form of biometric technology _ automated face recognition. It has been touted as a way to pick criminals and terrorists out of a crowd.
So again, if this becomes common practice, me being a passholder will not be. Most likely that wont sway a lot of you, because you fancy that sort of behavior, but it plays a big role for me.