Want to Borrow a Library Book? Give Us Your Fingerprint

06 Jan

    In England they are choosing to condition children at their libraries rather than spend funds on improving the library catalog. Children will be required to be finger printed in order to check out books. This may seem like the latest and greatest method of tracking library loans, but it will serve another purpose in the long run. Children will be conditioned to give biometric identifiers in order to authorize various actions in their name. This may seem harmless to most, but if you think through all the implications of this method the possibilities are extreme. This will have government run libraries store databases of fingerprint. Government should not be trusted to hold such sensitive information for the general population. As the conditioning takes hold this could be used to prepare our youth for the time when the governments want us to give these biometric identifiers for every transaction. This will allow the government to monitor and eventually regulate the whole economy. Maybe this does not seem like a problem now, but if there comes a time of rationing this will be a major component if the government wants to monitor all goods and purchases. Regulation will also add to the possibility for government to flag your ID and stop your ability to purchase. It is more prudent to fear what could be done tomorrow instead of arguing about how it is used today. 

Children, 4, ‘to be fingerprinted to borrow school books from library’

Children as young as four could be fingerprinted to take out books from a school library.

Children as young as 4 'to be fingerprinted to borrow school books'

Critics labelled the plans ‘appalling’ and a waste of resources. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
8:00AM BST 28 May 2010
Students in Manchester are having their thumbprints digitally transformed into electronic codes, which can then be recognised by a computer program.
Under the scheme, pupils swipe a bar code inside the book they want borrow then press their thumb on to a scanner to authorise the loan. Books are returned in the same way.
The scheme is being trialled on junior classes at Higher Lane Primary in Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester.
Officials confirmed it is due to be extended to all pupils at the school, one of the areas largest primary schools, with 453 pupils aged four to 11.
School authorities defended the scheme on Thursday, and moved to reassure parents that the voluntary system, is heavily encrypted or coded and that no images of fingerprints would be stored.

But critics said they were “appalled” at the system, developed by Microsoft which is also being trialled in other parts of the country.
“This is quite clearly appalling,” said Phil Booth, national coordinator of NO2ID, a privacy campaign group.
“For such a trivial issue as taking out of library books the taking of fingerprints is way over the top and wrong.
“It conditions children to hand over sensitive personal information.”
He added: “The money for such a system could be spent on actual school resources. How about some more books for the library instead?
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