Saturday, June 03, 2006

New technology for security or interference with privacy rights?

Scandinavian airlines plan to introduce the technology know as biometrics later this year, first in Sweden and later at other Scandinavian airports. This technology means that when you check your baggage, you will be asked for your fingerprint. The distinguishing print features will be then temporarily stored in digital form. At the boarding gate, your fingerprint will be verified and matched against the data on your checked baggage. After the aircraft departs, the digital data will be erased.

The process has been approved by the Swedish Data Inspection Board. However, the question remains whether such a process is necessary in democratic society?


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