[Previous entry: "NEW, FROM OUR EDGAR J. HOOVER LINE OF ACCESSORIES"] [Main Index] [Next entry: "Checkpoint nullification"]

08/12/2004 Archived Entry: "Statue of Liberty & "biometrics in everyday life""


At the Statue of Liberty, recently reopened after a two-year closure, stashing a package offers a glimpse into the future. To rent, close and reopen lockers, visitors touch an electronic reader that scans fingerprints.

"It's easy," Taiwanese visitor Yu-Sheng Lee, 26, said after stowing a bag. "I think it's good. I don't have to worry about a key or something like that." ...

Smarte Carte's fingerprint lockers were introduced two years ago at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, and also can be found in Chicago's Union Station and the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks in Florida.

The company adopted the biometric system for the airport lockers to assure the Transportation Security Administration that the bins could not be rented by one person then opened by someone else.

Ah. So it's illegal now to send your kid or your wife to open your airport locker? Who knew?

This news from privacy maven Richard M. Smith, who kindly posted it on the CASPIAN staff list.

Posted by Claire @ 02:25 PM CST

Powered By Greymatter