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News - 11 August 2008
As ID-scanning by Aussie bars increases, so do data protection concerns
More and more pubs and nightspots in Australia are scanning and recording their patrons' driver licences for the purpose of obvaining verifiable ID. But authorities are warning them to take privacy laws seriously.
Machines, which either scan and record ID cards or take photographs and record the basic details of club visitors, can be found in more and more areas where binge-drinking and alcohol-fuelled trouble among youths is common.
Clubs have praised their impact on reducing anti-social behaviour but the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis, says if clubs are reckless with the information, they risk having a privacy complaint lodged against them.
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