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Pen-One Captures Fingerprints While Signing

Pen-One (Image courtesy Pen-One Inc.) By Andrew Liszewski

Living in a world of extreme paranoia isn’t that bad when you think about it. I mean everyone loves airports so arriving 2-3 hours ahead of your flight and standing in endless lines is actually pretty fun… On the plus side things can only get better right?

Well unfortunately things don’t bode well when I see companies integrating fingerprint scanners into something as common as a pen. Not only will the Pen-One capture your fingerprint while you’re signing some important document but your signature too! Of course it’s all being passed off as some great new security measure to prevent fraud or identity theft but I’ve worked pretty hard to keep my fingerprints out of most databases and I want to keep it that way. (Even if it has meant living in 63 different countries over the past 5 years…)

On the plus side the current design of the One-Pen including the PC it’s tethered to makes it pretty obvious it’s not your normal BIC pen but sooner or later it will no doubt be impossible to tell.

[ Pen-One ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]