My palm print was taken [ over and above my vociferous objections ] years ago when I was pulled over having a tail light out. Yes, a tail light. I was taken into the rural county police station and forced to have palm prints and all fingerprints from both fingers entered into a database. All of this was justified , I was told, because there was an outstanding ticket on my record. This all took place in Colorado, as I was passing through, on my way to the east coast. I tried to maintain my right not to be “palm printed” but it did no good. I was told I would be jailed indefinitely if I did not yield up palm prints, while the officers “confirmed my identity.” This took place in the summer of 2006. I have never returned to Colorado. The experience was unnerving. I definitely had the gut feeling that the officers were using the tail light being out as a pretext to get me into the station and get me palm printed. It was harrowing.
Some hospitals are now asking their patients to scan their palms, ostensibly to compile a biometric data base to prevent identity theft.
Don’t do it! Nor is the palm scan mandatory; it’s purely optional. But they won’t volunteer that information unless you ask.
Natasha Singer reports for the New York Times, Nov. 10, 2012, that she was told they needed to scan her palm “for her file” when she recently visited a doctor’s office at New York University Langone Medical Center.
Singer balked. As she explains: “As a reporter who has been covering the growing business of data collection, I know the potential drawbacks — like customer profiling — of giving out my personal details. But the idea of submitting to an infrared scan at a medical center that would take a copy of the unique vein patterns in my palm seemed fraught.”
Despite her reservations, Singer still complied. Next…
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