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To truly understand freedom, we must first examine the relationship between individuality and community.

Unfettered freedom, without the constructs of society, is obviously not the sort of freedom that mankind’s self-awareness is going to tolerate.  Anarchy is just no longer in our DNA, thanks to our big ol’ brain.  So, the question of freedom is not what we want, but where we draw the line on what others may want.

For instance, in its most basic measure, you wouldn’t want to allow serial killers to have the freedom to do whatever they’d like, because that infringes on others’ rights to live.  But, at the same time, do I want the internet or the government to be harvesting data about the way in which I browse the internet, for instance?  Or do I think that my fingerprints should be used for anything other than determining whether or not I am who you think I am?

That’s a question that Major League Baseball is taking a swing…and a miss…at.

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Lick the peanuts and Cracker Jack off your fingers, because those fingers may soon be your baseball ticket.

Clear, the company that lets people skip the TSA pre-check lines at airports, has announced it is teaming up with Major League Baseball and to introduce biometric ticketing at participating ballparks in 2019. A pilot program will arrive at select venues later this season.

The partnership will make use of the API of MLB’s ticketing technology company,, so Clear members can link their profiles with their accounts, entering Comerica Park or Yankee Stadium or AT&T Park with just the tap of a finger—or maybe even facial recognition technology in the near future. The tech is still developing.

For many Americans, this is simply crossing a line that they would rather not have technology companies cross.

First of all, when it comes to identity theft, we already know that corporations the world over are completely inept at keeping our data safe…sometimes even from their own employees.  (I’m looking at you, Wells Fargo).  How on earth can we expect Major League Baseball and any company linked to the incompetent TSA to keep things secure?


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