The DailyBreeze tells us about how Lorna Herf discovered South Bay BMW in Torrance’s sales policy of “No fingerprint, no car.” The dealership claims that this is an effort to prevent identity theft, though how this would help the customer is unclear. Additionally, this effort is being actively supported by the sheriff’s office. I think Ms Herf said it best:
They’re going about this with the best of intentions, but in the wrong way. A private dealer shouldn’t take the law into their own hands.
Things like this and the nonsense at Disney World add no discernible security or protections and serve only to get people used to having their privacy further invaded.
As always, all non-trivial privacy fears come true.