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Fingerprints for Fitness

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

September 3, 2010

A California-based fitness chain has begun using fingerprint scanners to identify members entering its facilities, raising privacy concerns for some, the Los Angeles Times reports. "I don't want my gym having more information on me than they already do," said one fitness publisher. A spokesperson for the chain said, "We aren't really storing fingerprints, just a number of points on a person's finger that are being captured." About three percent of members have opted out of the fingerprinting system. The Daily Dashboard asked privacy consultant Chris Zoladz, CIPP, CIPP/G, about biometrics in gyms. While implementing such technologies can help cut costs and fraud, Zoladz said, clubs must thoughtfully address the "significant" security and privacy implications in order to ensure they are not being "penny wise but pound foolish."
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