September 8, 2012
Back in April I looked into the practice of retail stores scanning driver’s licenses as a condition for returns that was really making some customers angry.
The practice is becoming more and more prevalent.
Swiping of driver’s licenses is being required for buying gas (in case you try to leave without paying), for entry to public schools (in case you might be child predator and if you are misidentified as a sex offender, which happens often enough, well, stinks for you!), for buying cold medicine, for entry to bars and casinos, San Francisco wants ID swipes for most public events, Harlem wants tenants to swipe to gain entry to their homes, and now, the TSA is swiping airline passengers’ ID’s .
Turning our driver’s license into an all purpose access and identity card is contributing to the creation of a 24/7 digital footprint that can be recalled on each of us. While it may be more convenient and efficient for corporations and the government, it makes us less secure.
Last night Fox 25 News took a look into the practice. I talk about a sticker trick you can use to protect yourself from ‘sudden scanning shock’ and Fox 25 News Legal Analyst, David Slane gives his opinion on the matter and says that the the ‘sticker trick’ does not run afoul of any state laws. (I have to credit Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst for the ACLU as the source of inspiration for the sticker trick-Creative solution!)
Once again, Fox 25 stands apart from the pack for their willingness to investigate and cover news that we care about. Thank you Kisha Henry and Fox 25!
Tonight at nine, Fox 25’s Kisha Henry introduces us to a woman who currently is in legal battle with the Department of Public Safety over her right to privacy associated with her state driver’s license. We’ll also hear what stores are legally allowed to do with that information, and what you can do to prevent them from having it.
Read more and watch the video here