In what could be a first, Toronto-based ING Direct, a phone and Internet bank owned by ING Group of the Netherlands, says it will provide home fingerprint readers for verifying customers' identities on-line.

The readers will be built into computer mice that ING will buy from Secugen Corp. of San Jose, Calif. Saflink Corp. of Tampa will provide software for comparing the readings with images to be stored in a data base. The system will make log-in passwords unnecessary at ING Direct's Web site, Saflink said.

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