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Re: Finger Scanning At Disney Parks Causes Concern

Dale Farmer (
Sun, 17 Jul 2005 21:24:37 GMT

Monty Solomon wrote:

> ORLANDO, Fla. -- The addition of finger scanning technology at the
> entrances of Walt Disney World theme parks for all visitors has caused
> concern among privacy advocates, according to a Local 6 News report.

> Tourists visiting Disney theme parks in Central Florida must now
> provide their index and middle fingers to be scanned before entering
> the front gates.

> The scans were formerly for season pass holders but now everyone must
> provide their fingers, Local 6 News reported. They have reportedly
> been phased in for all ticket holders during the past six months,
> according to a report.

> Disney officials said the scans help keep track of who is using
> legitimate tickets, Local 6 News reported.


> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: How could it tell something like that
> unless there was some control samples as well? For example, finger
> prints or scans _after_ the tickets were used, or when the tickets
> were purchased? What good is just a random set of fingerprints without
> some name or other controlled circumstances to go with it? Or is
> Disney World taking down names and addresses and supplying these
> finger scans to some third person or agency as well? Hmm ... PAT]

Disney does have a problem with ( typically teenage) chronic
troublemakers. They get caught, given the usual don't come back on
the property spiel, and escorted off the property. The problem is
that some of them come back with revenge in mind. By getting these
folks prints and scanning everyone upon entrance, they can easily
recognize them at the gate and block them.

Disney has every right to use this technology at their parks. Just as
I have the right to take my business elsewhere.


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