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Disney World Now Finger-Scanning Preschoolers

As of last month, Disney World now requires kids ages 3 to 9 to have their fingerprints scanned before entering any of the Orlando resort's four theme parks.

Guests older than that have been getting their digits scanned for some time, but now the Mouse wants to take a look at even the jelly-smeared fingers of the preschool set.

Disney says the move is designed to prevent stolen and reused tickets, and the company promises that it doesn't store biometric information permanently. Instead, each fingerprint is assigned a numerical code used to identify visitors in the future. 

Those parents made uncomfortable by the Orwellian possibilities of a giant corporation tagging 3-year-olds can opt to serve as a proxy for their children by presenting a photo ID or visiting Guest Relations instead.