Daily Talker: New Disney Tech Raises Privacy Questions

Disney Theme Parks are taking their tickets high-tech, and that has some privacy advocates worried.

The new “Magic Bands” are now being rolled out. They use an RFID chip to act as a park entry ticket, a FastPass, a hotel room key, and a charge card. The technology can also track guests, including children, as they make their way around the park, which would allow characters to call kids by name.

When they were announced last year, Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey criticized the bands. “It’s important that children and their information be protected,” he told WBZ News.

Disney responded by calling the concerns ludicrous, and that the Magic Bands are optional.

Would you opt for the convenience of the Magic Bands on your next visit to a Disney park? Or do these raise security concerns for you and your family? Share your comments below.


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