Disney has been using biometrics as part of their entry system since 2013. Merrian Webster defines biometrics as “the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (such as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity”
Disney is not the only organization who uses biometrics. Orlando International Airport recently announced implementing small facial recognition stations to verify the identities of all incoming and outgoing travelers, including U.S. citizens.
In Disney’s case, to enter a park, all guests from age 3+ are requested to scan their ticket media (or your Magic Band) and then place their finger onto a scanner to confirm your ID.
But why? More importantly, are there any implications on our personal privacy? You can find the answers to this and more here:
Essentially, Disney scans fingers as a preventative measure against fraud, and matches your ticket, to you and you only. Disney discards the measurements and uses a tag ID instead.
Disney explains this on their site:
“We offer the convenience of Ticket Tag at the entrance of many of our theme parks and water parks. Ticket Tag helps to facilitate ease of re-entry into our parks and helps prevent fraud. In order to use Ticket Tag, you simply place your finger on a reader. The system, which utilizes the technology of biometrics, takes an image of your finger, converts the image into a unique numerical value and immediately discards the image. The numerical value is recalled when you use Ticket Tag with the same ticket to re-enter or visit another Park. Ticket Tag does not store fingerprints.
The security, integrity and confidentiality of your information are extremely important to us. We have implemented technical, administrative and physical security measures that are designed to protect guest information from unauthorized access, disclosure, use and modification. From time to time, we review our security procedures to consider appropriate new technology and methods. Please be aware that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.”
So there you have it. According to Disney there is no need to be concerned about privacy, but if you still feel uneasy about it, you can always opt out.