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Nightspot ID Scanning, BDR Raise Privacy Concerns

PERSONAL PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

November 23, 2011

The Herald Sun reports that privacy advocates are raising alarms about the practice by nightclubs, bars and other venues of storing personal information from scanned IDs for marketing purposes. Civil Liberties Victoria Director Tim Vines said, "By scanning and keeping records of your personal information, such as your age and gender, nightspots can then use this information to tailor promotional club events to an appropriate demographic." Privacy legislation in Victoria currently recommends that venues not collect personal data for future use. Meanwhile, a new online registry (BDR) designed to prevent banned drinkers from purchasing alcohol via online stores is raising privacy and security concerns. A representative from the Department of Justice said the site is secure and only accessible to legitimate retailers.   
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