posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 07:49 AM
My nephew attends karate classes locally.
This school has been fantastic and he has really enjoyed the classes.
However, about 6 weeks ago the school announced that it would be taking the fingerprints of all the children and parents, of course they would be
encrypted, with their names, addresses and dates of birth, to track attendance on a new ocmputer system.
On asking for more information from the Master, he said he had been approached by a computer company to 'help' him to simplify his paper work. The
door would be locked, instead of the free entrance to the class we had all enjoyed (this is a low crime, safe area of the UK), and each person would
only get in with their fingerprint reading on the scanner. The only persons with access to the computer would the Master and his staff. He said that
if we wished our finger prints to be removed at any time we could.
The computer company were claiming to offer a 'massive discount' on the system, much as any new window salesman would, and they would show case the
karate club as one of their 'success stories'.
At this point, I should have asked him if he wanted to 'buy a bridge'!
On reading www.bigbrotherwatch.co.uk I read that many schools had abandoned their finger printing schemes. But apparantlhy this company sold their
scheme as fantastic, and not open to any abuse as only the Master would access the computerand used by schools.
Call me thick, but surely, a finger print can never be removed from the hard drive of the computer.
Also, surely a company that wrote the encryption code would be able to decode it easily.
All they would have to do is set the computer system to fail after say a year, come to 'repair' it, stick memory stick in and remove all that
lovely, valuable information.
This would be like money in the bank in a few years time. If the banks manage to digitalise all our accounts, make them accessible only with our
finger prints, millions of finger prints will be for sale on the black market and their names and addresses and ages, so easy to match.
All those people could, in theory lose their savings and there would be nothing they could do about it as it was done with THEIR OWN fingerprints.
If I was a diabolical criminal genius, this is what I would be doing!
If someone knows better.....please inform me as until I know this is impossible I will continue to support my sister and brother in law in their
refusal to allow their son to have his prints taken!
So! Anyone know bette?
[edit on 18-8-2010 by Elliot]