Starting this Monday Delta Sky Club members, who are U.S. citizens, are going to be able to use their fingerprints to gain access to the Sky Club airport lounges in 50 airports. This will change the way customers access the lounge, in they only have to scan fingerprints opposed to providing other forms of identification. Additionally, at Regan Washington National Airport, Delta is using the biometric scanning to increase check-in process matching customers fingerprints to flying information. Ideally, this will ease the time-stricken process airport checkin process cutting down on security check-ins would increase productivity and customer satisfaction. Something as simple as unlocking our phones with fingerprints is disrupting our daily lives as users are expecting easy, fluent, and precise biometric verification processes to simplify daily activities. How long until biometrics are apart of our daily lives beyond unlocking our phones ? What steps and risks must be assessed, protected against, and guarded to ensure that this information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands ?
This November the app Strava wanted to share its data it had collected from users using the app to log fitness information such as runs and bike rides. Within roughly two months observers had noticed that the app had perhaps revealed private U.S. military base locations and personnel based on the data collected and now publicly shared. Of course, this was not the fitness apps intention, as it was simply made to help people track their personal performance, but all of this personal data collection comes at a cost. This is not the first time data has been revealed and unintentionally had unintended negative consequences and will probably not be the last. With people downloading apps everyday and not fully understanding all of the data they are collecting about them there will always be consequences of some sort.
How much data are you willing to give up about yourself and your daily life ? Where do you draw your privacy line ?
Reports have surfaced that Amazon has filed patents for electronic tracking wristbands that would be worn by its warehouse employees. Although the descriptions for the patents explain that the sole purpose of the wristbands would be to collect data about inventory, the wearable technology would most likely gather tons of data on the employees as well. Essentially, the wristbands would track the products handled by the employees and vibrate to guide the employees’ movements to increase efficiency.
Amazon’s warehouse workers have already been complaining of poor working conditions, and this has the potential to be viewed as an invasion of privacy if implemented. Amazon believes that the technology could greatly improve the productivity of its workers while giving them less time using scanners or computers. However, others think it would be an unethical method and could strain relationships with employees even further.
What do you think? Does company-issued wearable tech belong in the workplace? Is it ethical and productive? Or will it only hurt Amazon’s relationship with its workers?