Monday, May 23, 2005

Fingerprinting @ your library?

The computer security blog Schneier on Security, has a news item about a plan to replace library cards with patron fingerprints. This story has been reported on in other sources, including LISNews and Slashdot.

Does this sound convenient, worrisome, or provoke some other feeling?


Blogger Elise Tomlinson said...

A co-worker emailed me this on Friday and I thought it was a spoof, ala the Onion but then I saw it was from the Washington Post and I almost choked on my pretzel.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say its 'worrisome'. We have already removed the ink pads and card stock from the circ desk, in lieu of the receipt printer.

Think technology. Fingerprinting is ancient. What about a retinal scan, or some that 'biometric' analysis.

Everyday that passes the place where I work looks and feels like a TSA checkpoint.


11:35 AM  
Blogger Elise Tomlinson said...

The Juneau Public Library has a book on order that looks interesting, it's called "No place to hide : behind the scenes of our emerging surveillance society" by Robert O'Harrow.

I'm going to check it out when it comes it. I'm reminded of that movie "Minority Report" where scans of people's eyes happened everwhere they went, automatically, in stores or on the subway, and the advertisements on signage would say "Hi Jim Smith, welcome back, would you like another pair of kaki capries today?".

Here is a funny Flash parody by the ACLU, of a pizza delivery.

Ordering Pizza.

Funny and scary

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's worrisome about biometric identification is when it's compromised. (i.e., when your identity is stolen, you can't set yourself up with a different i.d.)

So, if someone "steals" your fingerprint and starts using it everywhere -- lifting it from a glass, making a rubber mould -- you can't simply call up the DMV and have them issue you a new one.

Retinal Scans might be more foolproof now, but you can bet someone will figure out how to trick those, too.

10:23 AM  

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