What’s The Real Reason Why Disney Parks Take Your Fingerprint? And What Do They Do With It?

Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been using biometrics as part of their entry system into the parks since 2013. Biometrics is defined as, “…the technical term for body measurements and calculations. It refers to metrics related to human characteristics. Biometrics authentication is used in computer science as a form of identification and access control.” (thank-you, Wikipedia). 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 do they use this form of identification? Isn’t it a little, well, “invasion of privacy-esque” to have your fingerprint on file? And what do they do with the info?

Well, there’s someone who found out…

Interesting, huh?

So apparently they don’t actually DO anything with the measurements. If that’s the case, that’s a good thing. Disney even explains it all on their website, calling it a Ticket Tag system:

What is the Ticket Tag service and what information is collected through it?

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.

Are all guests required to use Ticket Tag?

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.

How do we keep the information we collect secure?

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.

Where can I get more information?

You can learn more about our privacy and data collection policies by visiting MyDisneyExperience.com/privacy. You may also contact Guest Services at 407-WDISNEY (407-934-7639).

By the way, we told you all about the places where you should and shouldn’t buy Disney tickets in the past. The above video is part of the reason why you shouldn’t buy tickets from those shady places. 😉

Of course, there are plenty of other, more important places where biometrics are being used nowadays…CLEAR, Global Entry, some workplaces, etc. Who knows if they’re using the information they get in the same way that Disney does? Somehow, I doubt it ;-). Oh, and those Magic Bands I mentioned? We’ll get into those another time…

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