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(Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015) — Hundreds of San Francisco City Workers from across departments gathered at SF City Hall to protest the use of their thumbprints and a biometric time clock at SF Museums. Workers stormed SF City Hall and delivered hundreds of signed petitions to Ed Lee and the SF Board of Supervisors to protect their personal information from cyber hacking and third party contractors.
The use of a biometric time clock at SF Museums raises big trust and privacy issues for SF employees. City employees are demanding an end to using a person’s thumbprint to record when they come in and when they leave work. Workers believe its intrusive and not needed.
“We are not opposed to a time clock, just a biometric one. We would agree to use a swipe card to clock in, which is possible with the devices the Corporation of the Fine Arts Museum (COFAM) already has installed,” said Larry Bradshaw, SFFD Paramedic and SF Vice President of SEIU 1021.
City workers are asking Mayor Ed Lee to not implement the biometric time clock it exposes employees to cyber hacking. Workers throughout the city believe the use of biometric time clocks could spread citywide to all city workers and could open the floodgates to more invasions of workers’ privacy and prone to cyber hacking.
Last year alone, Best Buy, Target, AT&T, Sony and the U.S. Department of Defense were all hacked, resulting in the theft of working people’s private and personal information. These breaches have put the personal information of millions of Americans at risk, compromising everything from addresses and birth dates to Social Security numbers.
“We have a personal responsibility to protect our sensitive information from cyber hackers and we should all be cautious of the potential risks involved with sharing personal information with third parties. Hackers can open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create fake medical records and forge fake passports. Hacking of our personal and private information is the biggest threat to our financial security,” said Bradshaw
Many employers are concerned about hackers getting into the system and stealing that information once they have the fingerprint.
Jill Bronfman with UC Hastings College of the Law told ABC 7 that it is possible to steal someone’s identity with their thumbprint.
“It has happened. It could actually recreate someone’s identity and access their place of employment, their bank records anything that is using their laptop and using fingerprinting identification for the person,” said Jill Bronfman with UC Hastings College of the Law.
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