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Date: 2001-11-24

"Fuehrerschein und Fingerabdruck, bitte !"

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Eine Mietwagengesellschaft in Oakland vermietet Waegen nur an
Kunden, die willens sind, ihren Fingerabdruck zu hinterlassen um
potentiellen Autodieben vorzubeugen.

post/scrypt: Wir danken höflich für die vielen Zusendungen der
letzten beiden Tag, die leider großteils liegen geblieben sind, da
sie nur an eines der drei q/Relays gerichtet waren. Pls mail 2 all

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No Thumbprint, No Rental Car By [6]Julia Scheeres 2:00 a.m. Nov.
21, 2001 PST

When James Glave arrived at Oakland International Airport and
went to retrieve the rental car he had reserved over the Internet, he
was dismayed to learn that the agency not only required his driver's
license and payment information, but also his thumbprint.

The New Mexico-based magazine editor said he found out about
the requirement when he walked up to the [7]Dollar Rent A Car
counter and noticed a display featuring a drawing of a big thumb
making the A-OK sign with the words "Thumbs Up!" printed on it.

The display explained that thumbprints were being collected from
customers as part of an effort to reduce fraud and theft, Glave said.

When he refused to fork over his digit, the employee refused to rent
him a car.


Glave, a former reporter and editor at Wired News, had unwittingly
walked into Dollar's biometric experiment, which is being
conducted at the agency's outposts in 13 airports across the

"It's all about asset control," Jim Senese, Dollar's vice president of
quality assurance, said.

The vehicle rental industry is plagued by theft and credit card fraud,
which often go hand in hand: Fake or stolen IDs and credit cards
are used to rent vehicles, which are never returned.

[92]U-Haul has been thumbprinting clients in areas with high theft
rates since the early 90s, said company spokeswoman Jennifer
Flachman, who added that the prints are destroyed at the
customer's request when the equipment is returned.

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published on: 2001-11-24
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