Disney World collects your fingerprint data. Who has access to that?

A new ticketing system could be problematic.

Kristen Johanson
May 22, 2018 - 9:38 pm
Through the Ticket Tag system, it links your fingerprint to an admission bracelet that gets you into the park. Disney said each fingerprint is transformed into a unique numerical value.

Steve Butler | KYW Newsradio

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ORLANDO, Fla. (KYW Newsradio) — Each year, Disney World gets millions of visitors, and the theme park has collected fingerprints from many of them. But what do they do with this abundance of data?

As part of a new admissions system, Disney theme parks collect fingerprint data from visitors who have tickets — more than 55,000 prints a day. 

Through the Ticket Tag system, it links your fingerprint to an admission bracelet that gets you into the park. Disney said each fingerprint is transformed into a unique numerical value — and that they don't store the data.

"For Disney to say they are not storing the actual fingerprints, they are," countered Former FBI agent J.J. Klaver. "They are storing the digital representation of that fingerprint."

Klaver said all prints are reduced to a series of digital numbers, which "is how fingerprints are categorized and catalogued and then searched."

A spokesman for Disney said they hold onto the information for as long as the ticket is valid, but Klaver said it's concerning they are collecting personal data at all.

"Law enforcement could go to Disney with a subpoena or court order to obtain any information that they have, and that could include fingerprint information," he added.

A spokesman for Disney said the newer system was put in place to combat fraud, but if visitors don't want to use a print, they can use a photo ID instead.

"That is just one more piece of personal data that a private company is asking us to give up," Klaver continued.