Thursday, June 09, 2005

how much personal info will you give for a hot dog?

The Washington Post this morning ran a piece about "biometric payments." Specifically, a gas station/convenience store in Sterling, Virginia allows pre-registered customers to pay by having their fingerprints read; the charge is then deducted from the customers' checking account.

I don't think you need to be paranoid to wonder about the wisdom of giving away your fingerprints (not to mention access to your checking account) just to save 30 seconds in the morning when you're buying your coffee and a doughnut. I'll keep my fingerprints to myself, thanks, while I still can.