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Ten Fingerprint Scan at JFK

More Biometrics? Should Your Fingerprint Be Your ID?

If you're a foreign traveler heading into JFK airport, be ready to have all ten digits scanned. As part of a heightened security plan, the Department of Homeland Security just announced an upgrade from a two-finger scan to ten. Officials say,

"Biometrics have revolutionized our ability to prevent dangerous people from entering the United States since 2004. Our upgrade to 10-fingerprint collection builds on our success, enabling us to focus more attention on stopping potential security risks."

It's not just in the name of safety, however. Businesses like Dunkin' Donuts are increasingly using the scan-erators to keep tabs on employee whereabouts. Companies claim they use them to streamline administration, though employees resent the biological intrusion. Ed Ott, executive director of the New York City Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO says, "They don't even have to hire someone to harass you anymore. The machine can do it for them. The palm print thing really grabs people as a step too far."

Is the use of biometrics too prevalent and James Bond-esque? Do you worry about your civil liberties?


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