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Concerns Persist on Pubs and Clubs’ Data Collection

PERSONAL PRIVACY—NEW SOUTH WALES

October 11, 2012

Civil libertarians are raising concerns about a new system to store individuals’ details at pubs and clubs, ABC News reports. In an effort to curb violence, establishments in Sydney’s Kings Cross will scan patrons’ IDs as they enter. Cameron Murphy of the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties has concerns about the plan. “I wouldn’t be comfortable handing over my ID,” he said. “We know that a licence on its own is enough for somebody to use to commit identity theft and fraud.” Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has raised concerns about pubs and clubs’ collection of personal information following complaints from patrons.
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