June 1, 2013
Hat tip to Steve Spingola http://www.badgerwordsmith.com/spingolafiles/
Update June 2, 2013 and here is Steve’s article on the matter: In Appleton, Wisconsin, Having a Cold One is Now the Government’s Business
Across the country, citizens are surprised and sometimes outraged by increasing demands by businesses and government to submit to the instant capture and downloading of all of the data contained on their driver’s licenses and ID cards as a condition for ACCESS.
You might wonder what your data is being used for after it is taken.
The answer is whatever they want to use it for including letting law enforcement troll through it looking for any naughty law-breakers.
The article below gives one example of how your once lowly driver’s license that is now empowered with machine readable technology (RFID or 2D barcodes) and your facial biometrics, is performing exactly as designed. These technologies are designed to make you easier to track, monitor and control.
If my license must be scanned as a condition to access an establishment, then that is a place I will not go.
In Appleton, bar owners share patron data with police seeking probation violators
Owners of Appleton’s more popular bars turning over data on all their patrons to police, who use it to find people violating probation and those wanted on warrants.
According to the Appleton Post-Crescent, last year data was collected on some 8,500 bar goers, including 241 who were not supposed to be going to the establishments.
The practice has raised some privacy concerns.
“The technology doesn’t give any particular thought to privacy concerns since everybody who enters gets scanned,” Chris Ahmuty, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, told the Post-Crescent.
Appleton police loan two high-tech scanners to the city’s high-volume bars, who use them for everyone who enters. The scanners detect fake IDs and let bouncers block those users’ entrance.
But the scanners also store up names, ages and addresses from every ID scanned, data the police then download from the scanners and cross-checked against lists of probationers and those wanted on warrants.
Some bars who buy their own scanners use the data gathered for marketing purposes as well.