A South Island supermarket has backed down over insisting a worker have her fingerprint scanned when she clocks into work.
The measure has been introduced in 20 stores owned by the supermarket chain Foodstuffs as a way of identifying staff when they begin and end shifts.
It sparked the concern of a worker at the Motueka New World who felt her privacy would be infringed.
The supermarket has now decided to give staff the option of having their fingerprint scanned, or entering a pin number when they clock on.
A Foodstuffs spokesman says using fingerprints to identify staff saves the cost of printing identity cards and stops staff clocking on behalf of another worker.