Pen-One Fingerprint Pen Steals Your Identity

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What's the point of a pen that can take your signature when you sign? Imagine your credit card being stolen, but if the person who's signing gets their fingerprint taken when they sign, you'll have a record of who the thief was. A stupid example for sure, but there are other, more important uses for the device. Some that take advantage of its authentication features:

Chain of custody documentation, Child care and custody records, Patient consent and HIPAA compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley signoff for corporate SEC filings, US Customs Entry and Biometric Passport Authentication

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Not really a big deal for everyday use, but for high security situations like handing off a Metal Gear, you want to make sure the guy you're giving it to really is who he is, and not just Snake in a mask.

Product Page [Pen-One via Red Ferret via Oh Gizmo]

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DISCUSSION

Of course, when it's stolen/hijacked the thieves have BOTH your signature and fingerprint to use as they see fit.

Then Pen One, Inc. will release a new version with an additional DNA test, passport RFID verifiver, voice sampler and retinal scanner built into the pen. That's so when thieves steal the new pen they can pretty much be you in person.