I am left puzzled about this story about using ID cards and fingerprints to authenticate visitors at a homeless shelter. The motivation appears to be problems about personal safety while staying at the shelter. But I fail to see how having clients identified in this way would help deter any behavioral problems that occur. Just like the border identification schemes that are motivated to prevent terrorism, knowing who someone is does nothing for knowing their intent. On the other hand, such an identification scheme might do a lot to discourage people from using the shelters.
Fingerprint scans and ID cards may be required for clients wanting to enter Calgary’s largest homeless shelter.
The Calgary Drop-In Centre is pricing out new security measures that could include biometric technology, such as fingerprints, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
The centre wants to maintain a database of client identities, which
would enhance security operations and offer clients peace of mind.