Fingerprint Library Cards
Biometric library cards are coming to Naperville, Illinois.
On the one hand, the library is just storing a data string derived from the fingerprint, and not the fingerprint itself. But I have a hard time believing the second paragraph below.
Library Deputy Director Mark West said the system will be implemented over the summer beginning with a public education campaign in June. West said he is confident the public will embrace the technology once it learns its limitations.
The stored numeric data cannot be used to reconstruct a fingerprint, West said, nor can it be cross-referenced with other fingerprint databases such as those kept by the FBI or the Illinois State Police.
Nor do I have any faith in this sentence:
Officials promise to protect the confidentiality of the fingerprint records.
Posted on May 23, 2005 at 7:44 AM • 54 Comments