Companies using hand, finger scanners to log employee hours

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Forget about the idea of punching a clock to report to work. Employees at a growing number of businesses and government agencies are, in effect, letting the clock punch them these days.

A lot of firms are now using biometric devices to scan fingerprints or palm prints as a means of documenting when employees come or go.

Manufacturers say the biometric devices improve efficiency and make payroll operations easier. However, the new systems have raised complaints from some workers who see the efforts to track their movements as Big Brother-ish.

But the devices aren't going away. A consulting firm for biometric devices estimates that 635 million dollars of the high-tech devices were sold last year.

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