At this point I would not invest in Prin…

At this point I would not invest in PrintPass. While I commend the CEO on her idea and the enthusiasm with which she pitched the idea I feel there are some technology and usage issues that make PrintPass a venture that I would not invest in. While I agree that the iPad is the most popular tablet device used in schools currently, the model that Apple has always promoted is a 1:1 deployment. PrintPass does not address the main concern when multiple users use an iOS device – how to deal with locally saved material. While PrintPass (in theory) would easily allow students access to their cloud-based content, there is no way to deal with locally saved material. Secondly, while the solution that PrintPass offers seems unique (no know competitors) it is very likely that many of the apps that PrintPass would access could/would develop the same technology on a wider scale (addressing different OS). It is not unreasonable to think that Google will soon release a similar update which will allow users to use fingerprint technology to log into their Google accounts – this technology is already used in the App store. Finally, I have some concerns with the amount of data that will be collected by PrintPass (or a version of the company that would exist in the future). Since fingerprints, unlike passwords and email address, cannot be changed, a company like PrintPass would be able to track and collect data on a user for their lifetime. I feel that there are some ethical issues when asking children to use their fingerprint as a digital sign-in that would need to be explored further. I would like to commend the CEO of PRintPass on her idea – it definitely see the need for a simple, single sign-in for iOS and other mobile devices, however I feel her idea will soon become the norm for many of the applications PrintPass targets and as a result will make the application redundant.