It is very hard not to question why fingerprinting scanning is becoming main stream across the country. MorphTrak (Safran Group) and 24 hour fitness has teamed up to offer members easy access to the gym to eliminate the 24Hour fitness id card, they claim that the biometrics fingerprint scanning will not be tracked or data stored whatsoever and their clients privacy is there highest concern. Being a member at 24-hour fitness and a curios George on how this works, so I gave up my Bill of Rights and took part of the system for research purposes to inform americans. How it works. An employee of 24-hour fitness will ask you to place both the right and left index finger in the scanner and pick a secret password to access the club. I asked to see and sign an agreement form that states that 24-hour fitness does not store my information, instead only a verbal agreement was given that data is not stored or shared. Remember now, 24 hour fitness is a corporation, so it is hard to stomach that they are in the best interest to protect my privacy.
I contacted 24-hour fitness media relations office in San Francisco and asked several valid questions. 1. Why no agreement form from 24-hour fitness to customers indicating that if I chose to remove myself from the fingerprint access or cancel my membership 24-Hour fitness will destroy my fingerprints file?
2. Are customers being track by linking to any government database using the MorphoTrak system?
3. What guarantee can you give customers that their fingerprint information is not permanently stored in your data system or Morpho Traks sytems when 24-hours and Morpho Trak end their contract relationship?
The spoke person for 24 hour fitness said he will get back to me regarding my concerns. I have not recieved a call back.
Who is MorphoTrak, formely Sagem Securite now called Safran Sagem. The firm creates military weapons and both are a French multinational defense corporation operating in the United States. MorphoTrak is into multibiometric technologies for fingerprint, iris and facial recognition, and an acknowledged expert in identification, including identity management and work with 450 government agencies in over 100 countries worldwide including the United States. MorphoTrak has contracts with the FBI, state of North Carolina for 3D driver license, colorado with a state wide biometrics identification (BIS) and a long list of other agencys such as the NSA.
The main question is why is a french company able to implement biometrics in the United States. This firm has ties to over 450 government agenices world wide and will have access to all of us through the manpulation from corporation to mandate that all emplyoees must now give your fingerprints for ID purposes.