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Poker Player Registry Plan Raises Concerns

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

December 3, 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the clubs industry is attacking a recommendation by Families Minister Jenny Macklin to require poker players to register their identities. She has suggested that a swipe card for poker machines, similar to what is used in casinos, may be the answer, the report states. ''This would require players to register, just like they do now for loyalty programs in gaming venues,'' Macklin said, reportedly downplaying privacy concerns by pointing out that, ''People have cards for all sorts of things, including their club membership, or to borrow a book from the library or rent a DVD from the video store.''
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