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Disney Fingerprints Children – The Magic Kingdom is now the CREEPY Kingdom – And it’s dangerous too. December 31, 2014

When you visit Disney World here’s what happens…

You go to the ticket window to buy or pick up your “tickets.”    Each member of your party (including most children) are provided with a “pass” bracelet or card with a RFID chip that can be used for  various things in the park (including payments under many circumstances).  Then you (and your children) make your way to either a ferry boat or a monorail that will take you to the actual entrance  where you, and thousands of folks behind you, will make your way to a bank of turnstiles.   When you finally get to a turnstile (with MANY people crowding up behind you and the resulting social pressure to keep things moving) you suddenly realize that they (Disney) want you (and most children) to hold your bracelet/card to a device and then get fingerprinted via a fingerprint scanner.   In this way they link the person and their fingerprint to their “pass” which in turn may be linked to other information (like name, credit card and/or “room key.”).   But here is the slimy part that really bothers me:

Nowhere during the entry process are you ever made aware that Disney will attempt to FINGERPRINT you (and MOST CHILDREN!) in order to pass thru the turnstiles to get into the park!   As it turns out, you and your children aren’t actually required to go thru the fingerprinting process.   You can “opt out.”   Disney informs the public of this in true Hitchhiker’s Guide fashion.   They “inform” us via an obscure sentence in a very obscure web page.   Here’s a link to Disney doing their best to “inform” the public that they can “opt out” of  being  fingerprinted before they can enter the Creepy Kingdom… I’m sorry… I meant the “Magic Kingdom.”

Buried in this web page it says… “If you don’t want to use Ticket Tag, you can simply carry and show a photo ID that matches the name identified with your ticket.”


Surely everyone should be expected to exercise due diligence and read that entire page before going to Disney World!   Was Disney being transparent?     Does an obscure sentence on an obscure web page inform anyone?  Or is it merely a flimsy excuse for bad behavior.  Let me think…  Oh wait!  Here’s a crazy idea… Disney could have been up-front and transparent and simply placed a sign at the kiosk where you get your tickets/passes that prominently states something like…

Disney will electronically fingerprint guests, including children, before entering the park unless you want to “opt out.”    To opt out simply use one of the “No Fingerprinting” lines when you approach the entrance turnstiles.”

And then,  at the actual entrance,  they could have placed signs above the turnstiles that prominently say something like…

“This line for fingerprinting.” and “This line to enter without being fingerprinted.”


Some have said that such signs would be too CREEPY.   But is it really?   Is it more, or less, CREEPY than fingerprinting children in order get to Tomorrow Land?   Would being transparent really be such a bad thing?   But before we decide whether such signs would be good or bad,  we should ask ourselves this (our honest answer will speak volumes):

 Would such signs make a difference to me AND which line would I get in?   And which line would we want our children or grandchildren in?


Now for another important question…


What does Disney do with the FINGERPRINT DATA

that they take from you and your children?   

And how long do they retain it?

You can wade thru all of Disney’s privacy policy here:


To see what Disney says about what they will do with the data see the above page.   But Disney says that could (would?) change over time.   As I interpret the document, it says that they can change their policy at any time and that all they have to do is to is update their privacy policy on their obscure web site.   However, I am not a lawyer so for a better interpretation I suggest that “You better call Saul.”

That said, how long will they retain your child’s Fingerprint Data?    Here’s what they say …

“… We will retain your personal information for the length of time needed to fulfill the purposes outlined in this privacy policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted  by law.

Or permitted by law.”   The key word here is OR.   That tells me that they intend to keep your fingerprint data indefinitely (and your child’s fingerprint data too!);  they’ll keep it until it’s not legal to do so!     In other words:

Don’t assume your data gets deleted when you leave the park or when your passes expire!  

In fact, don’t assume the data EVER gets deleted.

That includes your fingerprint data.

That includes your child’s fingerprint data.




Disney and Identity Theft  —    Your Identity  —  Your Child’s Identity

Let’s connect a few dots.

  • Sony gets hacked in December 2014 and loses mountains of sensitive data about its employees.
  • JPMorgan Chase gets hacked in Summer of 2014.
  • Remember the Target hacking?
  • Remember the Home Depot hacking?
  • China hackers may have hacked Apple’s iCloud –
  • Apple iOS bug lets fake apps sneak onto iPhones, iPads
  • Apple Pay will use scanned Fingerprint Data.
  •  What does Disney says about the information it collects about you?  It says  “Please be aware that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.



 If you lose control of your credit card info you just call the bank to get a new card.   

What happens if you lose control of the data about your fingerprints?


Whose bright idea inside Disney was it to try and fingerprint the world? 


What could possibly go wrong with Disney collecting the fingerprints of millions upon millions of children (and their parents and others)?   Seriously… What could go wrong!?


So what to do?   I encourage everyone I meet to boycott everything Disney and to tell everyone about this problem.

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