A company named Indivos is trying to take biometrics to a new level, by replacing 100 million credit cards with fingerprint scanners.
Invi Indivos' website makes clear:
[this] voluntary service authenticates consumer identity at the point of purchase... After voluntarily enrolling in the free service...
It's voluntary, so, what's the problem then?
In a trial run, there was only one unenrollment: "Lady's husband was convinced this was the "Mark of the Beast", and made her un-enroll." Their solution is simple: "Must continue to educate the public on how biometric technology works to dispel the "Mark of the Beast" phobia."
I think it might be a wise idea for concerned citizens - regardless of what they think of Jack van Imp - to protest any businesses that use this. But, hey, if you want to give up your fingerprint in exchange for the proferred sign-up bonus of a free hamburger, go ahead. Just make sure that you get a super-sized meal in exchange for the tattoo.
Privacy · Sun, 12/01/2002 - 23:10 · Importance: 1