College seeks security in thumbs

Tuesday, 6 August 2002, 12:10 PM EST

While the plan to use thumbprint scanners by the West Des Moines campus of the Des Moines Area Community College might sound like Big Brother to some, students seem unfazed by the idea. Even students at the University of California at Berkeley, with its reputation for protest, shrugged at the thought of logging into a school computer with their thumb.

Of course, it's not happening on their campus.

Problems with students and staff forgetting their passwords and general security concerns prompted officials at the Iowa college to implement computer mice with thumbprint scanners.

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