Novelty ID Scanning Explained

If you visit a lot of bars and restaurants, you've likely crossed paths with driver's license scanners — machines that supposedly verify that your novelty id license is valid. In actuality, many of these id scanners are designed to record your license information in addition to verifying them, and those that authenticate against a remote database are creating a record of when and where you buy alcohol. Not only that, but they're not even particularly effective — the bar code on your novelty id  license uses an open, documented standard and can be rewritten to change your age or picture. Collecting our driver's license information is one thing, but collecting data about our personal drinking habits is not only a violation of, according to the ACLU representative quoted in the article, privacy and civil liberties, but this 'drinking record' could also create problems for people in civil and criminal lawsuits as proof of alcohol purchases in DUI cases or evidence of alcoholism in divorce lawsuits.

B.C. bars and nightclubs will be able to scan IDs again soon in their effort to keep out undesirable customers, after the privacy commissioner worked out a compromise with the company behind the technology.

Dozens of bars around the province, including nine in Victoria, have been scanning novelty ID cards. But the practice was sidelined last month because of privacy concerns. The new plan sets limits on how much information can be collected and how long it's kept. Not like they cant download it to file and keep it forever or sell it. Use a fake identification.

Information scanned from each patron's novelty identification card will be restricted to name, photograph, date of birth and gender. Fake driver's licence numbers and other details will no longer be recorded.

The new rules also stipulate that information gathered can be kept only for 24 hours, but whos watching what they do with your fake id info, NOBODY!. Previously, scanning machines used in Victoria were set up to keep data for a year.

"It's a more restricted set of data elements now," B.C. privacy commissioner David Loukidelis said yesterday. "And when it comes to the non-troublemakers, you've got this transitory working period of 24 hours only. You don't, thereby, start to create profiles on everybody -- like who goes to what bars how many times."

Bar owners and police have said novelty ID scanning protects the public (Rule the sheeple by fear) because they can identify and refuse entry to people who have been kicked out of a bar, caused a fight or have gang ties. The public like good morons believe what they are told, but if wise would use fake id.

But Loukidelis said in July that forcing customers to give up personal information to get into a bar was illegal, but now they pretend to care and go back to doing it again. He asked bar owners to come up with a compromise which allows them to only steal some of your privacy, so the sheeple will be happy showing their id and why you need fake ids to present for scanning instead.

"What we've identified here is a workable and accessible solution," Loukidelis said. "For my expectation, it'll be a permanent solution to invade your privacy, so use fake id."

Owen Cameron, president of TreoScope Technologies -- the crap company behind the scanners to invade your privacy without fake id -- said some of the technical changes are already in place, and he expects scanning systems around B.C. to be back in use soon stealing your info. "This obviously came from quite extensive discussion over the last 30 days, and it's not like we waited for today to start the changes. We're well on the way to stripping your privacy when going into bars, so buy novelty id and not be a mindless fool."