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Title: Biometrics Creep
Post by: unstructuredreality on July 19, 2004, 01:09:38 pm (

Blockbuster, EDS, etc.
Title: Biometrics Creep
Post by: Bear on July 19, 2004, 01:42:13 pm
It looks like a big push for this in the commercial sector is fraud protection. Pay cash, and they
have no reason to scan you. If they insist, leave and take your business elsewhere. You might
even consider talking to a manager so that they know why they've lost a customer.

Title: Biometrics Creep
Post by: unstructuredreality on July 19, 2004, 10:30:53 pm
That is true as long as  "fed friendliness" doesn't get a soapbox at board meetings.  Next thing we know, the only place "worth" shopping for the guy/gal seeking privacy is Mom and Pop.  I respect mom and pop but know that they won't last long and charge higher prices across the board unless they have chosen to be the exception.  Most do not want to be that exception because of the reality that the "heroin addict" WILL steal from them because they chose to trust.  I hope that companies like Blockbuster will choose a free market path, but I know they choose the "in bed with the feds" attitude to avoid bad publicity and hassle.

As for the public, tax paying segment of this story:

"Texas is expanding the biometrics program it began using in 1996 for state food stamp and welfare programs to Medicaid to crack down on fraud. In a test involving 180,000 people, Medicaid patients scan their finger at each doctor's visit to confirm that the scan matches the one stored in the smart cards they carry. This prevents recipients from sharing their benefits cards with friends and family.

The U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is also driving biometrics adoption to give hospital employees access to medical records and certain areas of a facility. "Passwords are a problem in healthcare," says Thomas Doggett, marketing director for Saflink, a company that implements biometrics for the healthcare industry. "They get changed every 30 to 90 days, and people write them down in violation of HIPAA."

I'd say "get off the welfare, you bums" for my answer to this, but the state is just as thirsty for federal dollars as the poor folk are for the system.  The sad fact is, there are enough to feed the gov that want a handout regardless  how bad they have to live because of it.  They are "system fed and thus, created" for generations now.  It is engrained into the frontal lobe and beyond.  Good job the socialists did, I would say.

Just my opinions and observations of what's f'ed up in the world.

Good Day