Thursday, October 19, 2006

Finger food

With our attention on the use of children's fingerprints in school at the moment, we couldn't help noticing this gruesome item in the Register:

The public fears losing their fingers to ruthless biometric ID thieves in the fingerprint-controlled future, apparently. Or at least, so says Frost &Sullivan analyst Sapna Capoor, who argued unconvincingly that "A dead finger is no good to a thief."

If you have a fingerprint scanner protecting your family jewels, your data might be safe, but what about your fingers?

So, it's all getting out of hand? Then on the other... there are recorded instances of people having their fingers chopped off, and the biometric industry takes the issue seriously.

Just imagine having your finger lopped off because someone else wants your school dinner...


At Friday, October 20, 2006 12:48:00 PM, Anonymous Pippa said...

It would of course depends on what was on the menu :-)

Chopping fingers off is not the only option as there are far easier ways to fool biometric scanners.

See research done in Germany:


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