Commissioners, Former AG Warn of ID Scanning Abuse
PERSONAL PRIVACY—QUEENSLANDMarch 18, 2010
While the Law, Justice and Safety Committee has issued a report encouraging the use of ID scanner systems that would allow pubs and clubs to share patrons' information in an effort to deter alcohol-related violence, former Attorney General Dean Wells is warning that such systems could be "disastrous." The Brisbane Times reports that Wells points to concerns for patrons such as the potential creation and sale of blacklists. Queensland Information Commissioner Julie Kinross agreed, the report states, saying "fundamental human rights, including privacy rights, should not be eroded by the use of ID scanning." Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis, whose office is in the process of investigating specific cases of ID scanner use, said any implementation of a shared ID scanning system will need to be strictly legislated.